Public transport in Barcelona:
practical information, tips, network maps, tickets & current pricing (2018)
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the second largest city in Spain. About 1.6 million people live in the urban area, and over 3 million people in the Barcelona metropolitan area (Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona).
The city has a well-developed urban transport system. For tourists and visitors of the city the public transport system is the 1st choice, for travelling around in the city.
Parking facilities in the city centre are expensive and traffic jam is part of daily life.
With this website we would like to offer you information and tips for using the public transport in Barcelona. The city is too beautiful to waste your time and money by struggling with fare systems, queues at ticket vending machines and language barriers.
Of course, you can also find here network maps, current ticket prices (2018) and much more.
Ticket and travel cards – how to find the right ticket for your journey
The entire fare system of the Barcelona public transport is city-wide organized by the “Autoritat del Transport Metropolità”.
Whether single ticket, 10 journey ticket (T-10) or travel card “Hola BCN”, here you will find information and current prices. So you can find easily the right ticket for your stay in Barcelona. Knowing in advance, which ticket fits best to your needs, saves a lot of holiday time and money.
Our tip in brief:
– if you don’t like to read details about the fare systems and the Barcelona public transport network –
For most visitors of the city the “Hola BCN” day ticket is the best choice.
With this card, you can use unlimited the metro, bus, tram and suburban trains (Rodalies, Zone 1) during the entire validity period (2, 3, 4 or 5 days).
The metro ride to and from the airport is also included. You don’t have to buy the “metro airport ticket” (9.20 euros – round trip).
The “Hola BCN!” card is, compared to other big European cities, very cheap. The actual price (2018) is, depending on the chosen validity period, between 7 and 7.50 euro per day.
Save time and stress, by buying the „Hola BCN“ travel card online before departure – without any extra charge –
Your benefits of online purchasing:
– You will not waste your holiday time in queues in front of the ticket vending machines.
– After a long flight, you don’t have to deal with fare systems and ticket vending machines. You have already the right ticket to take the metro from the airport to downtown Barcelona and back.
Overview: public transportation in Barcelona
Here is a short overview of the Barcelona public transport system. Detailed information, plans and tips are available on an extra site
You can get around fast and independent of traffic jams by metro (subway). Currently (2016/2017), the metro transports half a billion passengers per year on 12 lines with almost 160 stops. The metro in Barcelona is operated by two different companies.
The company “Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC)“ and “Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)”. Since February 2016, Barcelona El Prat Airport is also connected to the metro network.
The city buses of TMB
The company „Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)“ also operates the city bus network in Barcelona. At present more than 100 lines cover almost every corner of the city.
Tram in Barcelona
There are two independed, not connected tram networks in the Catalan capital. Both networks are named after their end stops. The tram network “Trambesòs” after Sant Adrià de Besòs and the tram network “Trambaix” after the Comarca Baix Llobregat.
Suburban railway (Rodalies)
The suburban trains of the company “Rodalies de Catalunya” serve the surrounding area of Barcelona. It offers public transport connections in over 70 municipalities or cities of the metropolitan region.