The Metro is the most popular transportation system in Barcelona, with 11 lines, a length of 123,6 Km (76,8 Mi) and 165 stations, stands as the second longest underground system in Spain. By far, is the fastest and easiest way to move around Barcelona.
Nowadays, Barcelona Metro system is extremely intuitive and easy to use. It’s well indicated and there is a total of 11 working lines where each one can be identified by number and color.
Changing from one line to another can be done simply following the color signs of which line you wish to change, and language is no problem. In fact, all indications in the whole network are written in Catalan, Spanish and English. Also, every map on the Metro network clearly indicates which station is adapted for disabled people.
Barcelona 2017 Metro Map
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Barcelona 2017 Metro Map
- On weekdays, from Monday to Thursday and on public holidays: from 5:00 am to 12:00 midnight
- Fridays and public holidays: from 5:00 am to 2:00 am
- Saturdays and on certain public holidays: opens at 5.00 am, then continuous service through Sunday until 12:00 midnight
- 24 December: from 5:00 am to 11:00 pm
Barcelona Metro Tickets
Barcelona Metro vending machines
The Barcelona Metro has a wide variety of tickets to suit everyone’s needs. Tickets can be bought directly in every Metro station through automatic vending machines, all accepting cash, credit and debit cards. Buses on board only sell single tickets (2,15€).
The transport system in Barcelona is divided into six zones. Zone 1 covers all the Metropolitan area of the city, so unless you’re planning to travel outside Barcelona, you should stick with Zone 1 tickets.
All Metro tickets are integrated and can also be used for Buses, Tram, FGC Railway and the Funicular of Montjuic. Notice that the RENFE short distance train service works with separate tickets.
Most popular tickets & prices for 2017
Single TicketT-DayT-10 T-50/30T-Month
This ticket only works for a single ride of any lenght for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Important: this is the only ticket that does not allow transfers from the metro to bus, tram or FGC Railway and only works for Zone 1. Price: 2,15€
Aimed to tourists, this ticket gives you unlimited use of the whole transport system for one day. Notice that it’s valid from the moment you validate until the end of the day, (it doesn’t work for 24 hours). Requires passport number and it’s a one-person ticket. Price: 7,60€ (Zone 1).
This is the most popular ticket used by the Barcelona residents. It’s worth for 10 rides of any lenght and allows transfers without charging a new ride for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes. It can be used by several people simultaneously. Price: 9,95€ (Zone 1).
Works exactly like the T-10, except that is worth for 50 rides in a space of 30 days. It’s a one-person ticket. Price: 42,50€ (Zone 1).
Follows the same rules as the T-50/30 only that it gives you unlimited rides in a space of 30 days, so it’s the right choice for a long stay. It’s also a one-person ticket. Price: 52,75€ (Zone 1).
If you want unlimited free access
to the Barcelona metro and public transportation system, buy the Barcelona Card
- Bicycles are only accepted on the first and last carriages, or otherwise indicated.
- Children under 4 years old can travel for free.
- Some stations still have the old turnstiles (Sagrada Familia for example) and the ticket gets validated on the left side. With the new ones (as pictured above) the ticket gets validated on the right side.
- Travelling with a suitcase (even of large proportions) is widely accepted. The Metro carriages are big enough to transport them easily.
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