Public Services in Barcelona

Emergency services in Barcelona

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The number 112 can be dialed in most of Europe to reach emergency services. It can be called from any telephone (landline, pay phone or mobile cellular phone) for free. EasyExpat's FAQ on emergency numbers can help you find the emergency numbers around the world.

Note that many officers do not speak English. however, official report forms are usually in both English and Spanish.

For specific emergency, call

Ambulance (Ambulancia)

Local Police (Policia Municipal)

Fire (Bomberos)

    There are several other useful numbers for Barcelona emergency services
  • National Police (Policia Nacional) 091
  • Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) 062
  • Catalan Regional Police 088
  • Health Rapid Response Line (24 hour) 902 111 444
  • Social Help Centre (24 hour) 900 703 030


Barcelona is Europe's pickpocketing capital. Parts of Barcelona are covered by TV surveillance, but only at the more popular spots. Use basic precautions like:

  • Be alert in crowded places, such as public transport, train (Sants train station and Sagrada Familia) and bus stations. La Rambla and Raval are particularly bad areas.
  • Watch out for people with odd requests, like changing money, magic tricks, etc.
  • Keep your valuables in the safest place on your body, or to be completely protected, a money belt
  • Do not leave anything unattended

Women traveling alone should try not to travel alone at night, especially in isolated parts of Montjuic. They should also watch out on city beaches for bag snatchers.

Men traveling alone should expect the prostitutes on Las Ramblas to be aggressive. They also work in teams with pickpockets and robbers.

Update 17/10/2011

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