Barcelona's excellent transport system includes the metro, buses, trains, funiculars and cable cars; tickets for all (except night buses) are transferable across the system. There are a number of more economical multi-ride tickets available, including the targeta valid for 10 journeys, as well as three to five-day passes, or the Barcelona Card that combines transport tickets with discounts on selected tourist sights, shops, entertainment and restaurants. The Metro is the fastest and most efficient way to get around the city, except during the rush hour when it becomes very crowded. The bus network is extensive and is easy to master with a transport map. Night buses take over from about 10pm to 4am. During summer the hop-on hop-off Bus Turistic links all the main sights and tourist destinations. Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive and are a good option especially late at night, but charge extra for a number of things - ask for a receipt. Make sure the taxi meters are only turned on when your journey begins as tourists are sometimes the targets of overcharging schemes. Hiring a car is unnecessary and frustrating within the city, but can be useful if planning daytrips outside the city.
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