You may have heard that Uber—banned from operating in Spain in 2014—has returned to Barcelona in the form of a food delivery service. So while you might not be able to summon a lift from your smartphone you can, at least, snag a hot meal. Getting around Barcelona isn’t difficult as there’s no shortage of traditional taxis, but that doesn’t help much if your destination is in a completely different city. Enter Bla Bla Car, a cheap ridesharing service that’s as unique as it is convenient. Today in this article from ShBarcelona, we’ll be talking about the popular Spanish rideshare service, Bla Bla Car.
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Bla Bla Car: how it works
ShBarcelona: How did you hear about Bla Bla Car?
My Catalan roommate suggested we use the service after we couldn’t find affordable train and bus tickets from Barcelona to Madrid over a holiday weekend.
ShBarcelona: What was the booking process like?
The app shows all available rides for the day, according to when and where you want to go. You’re able to see the model of the car you will be riding in, how many seats are available and the approximate time of arrival. Once you select a driver they can accept or reject your request for a ride. We were able to choose an agreed upon pick-up destination by messaging back and forth on the app.
ShBarcelona: How much did it cost?
I paid about 32 Euros, one-way, from Barcelona to Madrid, but that was during a holiday weekend. It might be cheaper during other times.
ShBarcelona: Would you do it again?
Absolutely. It was a lot more affordable than taking the train and our driver was friendly. We made the trip with his dog, but my roommate and I didn’t mind. I’d definitely try Bla Bla Car again.