Barcelona is well-served by land, sea and air links.
Getting there is easy. The airport underwent a complete
refit ten years ago, and plans are currently underway
to build a new runway. The high-speed train (AVE) which
will connect Barcelona with the European rail network
and Madrid, is expected to be operational by 2006. Barcelona
is just an hour and a half’s drive away from France.
Barcelona city centre has rapid transport links, including
six metro lines and an extensive fleet of buses. The
ring roads, or rondes, have eased traffic congestion
in the city. Eleven thousand taxis, with their yellow
and black livery, provide a rapid and efficient service,
and are available at all times either by pre-booking
or by hailing them in the street.