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.
The best apps in Barcelona
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.
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 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 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.
By touching different points on Smou’s map of Barcelona, you’ll find information and services that will help you move throughout the city more efficiently. You can easily locate and check parking availability, reserve shared vehicles, and pay meters from your phone. Even filter the app based on your preferences to prioritize the services you’re interested in on Smou!
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”.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
With the SYP! app you can discover offers and deals in many nice places in Barcelona. Each offer is worth a certain amount of points. You can win points by inviting friends to join your SYP! community or by posting (and tagging) the merchants you are interested in on Instagram. Your earned points can be used in all the merchants' lists of the app.
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.
Paperwork & finances
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Infoplayas app contains information on everything you need to know about the conditions of the metropolitan beaches. This free app provides information about weather conditions, sea temperature, services on the beach, and much more. Besides that, you can report any incident relating to damages, cleanliness, etc.