Being one of Barcelona’s main transport hubs, it’s not uncommon to find yourself with the common crosstown challenge of getting from Placa Espanya to Sagrada Familia.
The 4.2 km trip requires a bit of attention since it involves multiple changes.
That said, as with most Barcelona transport dilemmas I’m going to recommend the metro here:
The great thing is there’s not a lot of walking involved – simply grab the red line from the Espanya Barcelona metro station (there are entrances in every corner of the square) and ride it three stops to Universitat.
Here, you’ll change for the purple line of the metro and ride that four stops till Sagrada Familia.
Expect the whole trip to take around 20 minutes.
Look for the massive ex-bullfighting ring called Las Arenas.
Follow the street out front (Carrer de Tarragona) for 10 minutes until you get to the Valencia-Lepant bus stop. Here you can grab the H10 bus.
Ride it until you get to the Sagrada Familia bus stop.
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The whole trip takes around 35 minutes.
When summer temperatures are pushing 35 and long walks are these transport cards can be a real life saver.
That said, if you’ve got any doubts about getting to Sagrada from Plaza de España or any other Barcelona question please give me a shout in the comments below – I look forward to hearing from you! 😊
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