The best apps for living in Barcelona

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The best apps for living In Barcelona

Want to find the best rooftop bar in your area? Or maybe you want to know what events are on in the city this weekend. Chances are, there’s an app that will be able to give you the answer in seconds. You can now find all the information you need in just a few taps, from the best museums to a list of great restaurants and bars and much more.

 

These apps all have a strong presence in Barcelona, with everything from dating to apartment hunting to taxi apps, we’ve got you covered.

Transport Apps

TMB App

Giving you quick and easy access to information for your journeys on public transport in Barcelona. Look up the quickest routes, timetables, operating hours, maps, alerts and even purchase transport tickets.

Free Now

With Free Now you can order a taxi instantly to your door or make a reservation for up to four days prior, booking a taxi has never been easier! You can even keep track of its progress in real time and save time by paying via the app.

Bicing

Bicing is a bicycle rental scheme in Barcelona that was launched in 2007. The app allows you to see the locations of the bicycle stations and how many bikes are available in real time, create your own routes and rent a bike from your phone.

Citymapper

Citymapper helps you to navigate across Barcelona effortlessly by comparing travel options in real-time and telling you how to get around by metro, bus, train, tram, taxi, foot or even bicycle! Save your favorite destinations for added convenience and see live updates on the next public transport departures near you.

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Cultural Apps

Spotted by Locals

This app offers insiders tips and has a very strong presence in Barcelona. City-loving locals help you avoid tourist traps and share with you their favourite spots. The Guardian also described the app as giving “authentically local, on-the ground advice”.

Barcelona Official Guide/Visit Barcelona

Created by the Consortium of Turisme de Barcelona, this app features the best visitor attractions and offline maps of the city and metro network. As well as all the practical information required for the user, the app offers the possibility of navigating around areas of interest: Gothic Quarter, El Born, Gràcia, Eixample, etc.; or by themes: accommodation, restaurants, shops, museums, etc.

Social apps

Meetup

One of the most popular apps in Barcelona, Meetup has a very strong community in the city and there are meetups to do just about anything you can imagine. Meet people from around the world and never spend another evening at home on your own, learn new things and get out of your comfort zone. This app is ideal for finding something to do at the last minute.

TODDL

A fairly new app in Barcelona, TODDL is THE reference point for international families to search for and book activities for their children in Barcelona. With over 700 activities on the platform, you’re sure to be able to find something for your kids to do!

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Shopping apps

Wallapop

The Barcelona based, virtual flea market. Wallapop is a local favorite for buying and selling second-hand goods including books, clothes and furniture. By entering your location, you are able to buy and sell items in your neighbourhood.

Bizum

This app lets you send or receive money instantly using your smartphone, to or from anyone and without having to know their account number. All you need to know is their phone number and the money will be sent to their account instantly.

Food apps

The Fork

Perfect for finding exactly the kind of restaurant you’re looking for in Barcelona. Simply enter your location, choose your restaurant and make a reservation. You can filter the options to find what you want and read other users’ reviews on TripAdvisor before you make your choice. The app also features exclusive offers of up to 50% off your meal!

Fidmi

This app helps you compare the different delivery options in Barcelona to find the cheapest and the fastest. Users can compare the delivery fee, delivery time and special deals from Glovo, Deliveroo, JustEat, Uberats and many more.

Too Good To Go

Download the ‘Too Good To Go’ app and help fight food waste in Barcelona! Simply download and choose a goody bag of surplus food from your local supermarkets. The best thing about this app is that you won’t know exactly what’s in your order until you pick it up. Receive great food at great prices, and do your bit for the planet.

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Apartment and real estate apps

idealista

The ‘go to’ app in Barcelona for finding an apartment to share, rent or buy. Idealista even allows its users to draw the zone they want to live in on a map using their mobile device!

Badi

This Barcelona based app is the first app that lets you search for a room or an apartment to share based on the roommates and not just the usual factors, such as the location or price.

News apps

La Vanguardia

La Vanguardia is Catalonia’s leading newspaper. The app offers users access to news and videos across all topics. You can also send messages and photos directly to the newsroom via the app.

Other apps

Wikiloc

Wikiloc is an outdoor navigation app that helps you discover the best outdoor trails in Barcelona. Whether you're into hiking, cycling, running, MTB or skating, this app has it all. You can also record your own personalised routes, add stopping points and even take pictures to add to your account.

Urban Sports Club

Urban Sports Club is Europe’s largest and most diverse sports app. Free to download, it gives you access to hundreds of partner venues in every sport you can imagine, across the whole of Barcelona. Simply choose one of the 4 membership plans and get started! Head to the gym on Monday, go swimming on Tuesday and relax with a massage over the weekend: everything is possible.

Cita Extranjería

Completing your paperwork and requesting appointments at the ‘Oficina de Extranjeros’ can be tricky. Not only can you request, check and cancel your immigration appointments on the app, you will also receive notifications as to when new appointments are available, saving you the extra time of having to search every morning online.

Barcelona City Council

The Barcelona City Council website is a great way to find out about the best and most useful apps to download whilst in the city. Their online directory covers a wide range of areas, such as culture and leisure, transport, technology, tourism and much more.

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