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WiFi in Barcelona

Where to find free WiFi hotspots in Barcelona

Where to find free WiFi hotspots in Barcelona

There is free WiFi access all over the Catalan capital.

WiFi in modern times forms an important part of our lives, whether you're in Barcelona for work or one of the many travellers on holiday, if you're going to be here for a significant period of time you'll know that using mobile data is expensive and WiFi can be free. More than 95% of our Barcelona apartments have their own WiFi, but if you're out on the street where can you connect? Luckily, Barcelona has the largest number of free WiFi hotspots in Spain all around the city, more than 400 free WiFi points in fact so you can find a wireless connection wherever you may be. Catalonia is very well-connected!

Barcelona's Public WiFi hotspots

Public Barcelona WiFi points are identifiable around the city thanks to signs with the letter W on a blue logo. These mean you are near a public connection hotspot that is open from 8:00am until 10:00pm or until 1:00am in some areas. You always need to accept the terms and conditions before connecting and surfing the internet for free.

The service was created by Barcelona City Council and has been constantly expanded to provide more and more connection points in museums, parks, marketplaces, libraries, and even the beach. Wireless connection ranges for indoor hotspots are within a 20-50 metre radius and for outdoor hotspots are within a 100-150 metre radius. You can stay up to date with the service by visiting the official bcn.cat webpage from the city council on WiFi in Barcelona.

Public WiFi Hotspot sign and map in Barcelona
Public WiFi hotspots (shown by sign) are available all over Barcelona

Free fast WiFi in Barcelona locales

If you cannot find a public hotspot, you can easily find free WiFi in any hotel or major fast-food chain such as Pans & Company, Burger King, McDonalds, or Starbucks, in these places you will usually need to ask staff the WiFi key. As a tip; if you find yourself somewhere in Catalonia outside of Barcelona, you can usually find one of these franchises in most towns. The speeds aren't anything to celebrate though and if you prefer more intimate and less crowded places, then there are many bars, restaurants, and cafés that offer WiFi access back in Barcelona. Some great places include

La Fourmi

In addition to a set lunch menu for less than eight euros, you can relax here to tunes of great rock artists. A fantastic place to browse the web, no? This bar is located in the Gracia neighbourhood on Carrer de Alba, 58.

Bar La Fourmi
Bar La Fourmi

Bar Lletraferit

This charming bar in the Raval neighbourhood provides a free and good internet connection while you can enjoy a cocktail or warm drink on the comfort of a leather seat.

Bar Lletraferit
Bar Lletraferit


This was the first café with 3D printing available in Europe. It's not just a place you can go to enjoy company with mates, but also a space who want to partake in creative projects and meet like-minded thinkings.


Of course, there are many places around Barcelona that offer free Wifi and the city is absolutely full of cafés and bars you can pop into. In Spain and Catalonia they pronounce WiFi as "Wee-Fee" so when you ask, be sure to pronounce it that way!

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