- Information; Phone. : 010 or 012.
A tip: there is now a free smartphone application that you can download from the site. You will therefore always have in your pocket the interactive map of Barcelona transport, including trams and trains, in Catalan, Spanish and English. Another free app, which only concerns buses and metro, to download on tmb.cat.
- Urban bus and metro are included at will in the Barcelona Card.
- Urban transport is varied and modern, and the signage is generally clear. The only risk of confusion is that some stations like Passeig-de-Gràcia, Plaça-de-Catalunya or Sants, large connection hubs, combine several different underground stations on several levels: metro lines, FGC line and Cercanías (or Rodalies ), and even in addition the medium and long distance surface trains for Sants.
The Barcelona metro is one of the most practical means of getting around. The network is dense. Tickets can be purchased at multilingual machines or at the rare counters. Do not crumple the banknotes, as they will no longer pass the magnetic composter. In this case, contact the attendant.
We advise you to take the T-10 card, by far the most profitable and practical. Eight metro lines plus three train lines (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya – FGC), numbered and colored. Connection points for important lines: Passeig-de-Gràcia, Diagonal and Catalunya.
- Hours: operates from 5 am to midnight; Fridays and eves of public holidays, up to 2h; Saturdays and eves of certain important holidays (January 1, etc., but not December 24: closed at 11 p.m.), open all night.
- Prices: individually, the ticket costs € 2.20. For several days, take the T-10 card, it entitles you to 10 journeys (10.20 for zone 1), by metro or bus as well as on the three train lines, including with correspondence (for journeys from 1h15 maximum).
This card can be used by several people at the same time and, big advantage, includes the train journey (but not by metro! It is a special line, with a price of 4.50 € per journey) between the airport and the city center (if it is 4 zones, i.e. € 35.25).
There is also the 1-day T-Dia (€ 8.60), but more difficult to amortize.
On the other hand, the Hola BCN cards offer 2 to 5 days (15.20-35.40 €) of validity (metro and bus, and connections to the airport included). Please note, they operate from date to date and not from hour to hour; 2 days will therefore not necessarily correspond to 48 hours. These cards are therefore more difficult to amortize; Note that you can buy them on the Internet, with a 10% discount (you then exchange the countermark with the personal code at a metro counter, upon arrival at the airport for example).
Also the T-50/30 (€ 43.50 zone 1), which allows 50 journeys by metro for 30 days and on the 3 train lines.
More than 80 lines efficiently crisscross the entire city (map available at some metro station counters, and posted on the most important bus stops). Buses are distinguished by color and number. Finding the right one isn’t always easy. Each bus stop displays on a panel the buses that stop there and the routes of each; so we manage to get used to it.
- Hours: operates from 6:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m. for some) to 10 p.m. (or 30 minutes earlier or later), including Sunday. Some lines run 24 hours a day. From 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. (approximately), the main routes are served by night buses (Nitbus).
- There are also 2 tourist bus companies which allow you to visit the tourist points of your choice.
- A special line, the Tibibús (or T2A bus; € 3), serves the Tibidabo from Plaça de Catalunya.
Operates only when the Tibidabo park is open: in winter, on weekends and during school holidays, departure every hour from 10:15 am; in July-August, every day, every 20-30 min; last return 1 hour after the park closes.
Cercanías (Rodalies in Catalan)
Between the suburban train for its destinations and the metro for its central stops (Plaça de Catalunya, Passeig de Gràcia, Estació de Sants, Arc de Triomf, Estació de França, etc.), the Cercanías is a bit the equivalent of the RER Parisian.
Managed by RENFE, the lines are named R1, R2, etc. (be careful, on some plans, their number is preceded by a C like Cercanías and not an R like Rodalies). All of them pass through Estació de Sants, and then serve either Passeig de Gràcia or Plaça de Catalunya.
- The R2Nord line serves the airport (the safest solution during rush hour): departures from Passeig de Gràcia or Sants.
FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya)
The FGC is between the suburban train and the regional network, lines numbered L6 to L8 then L12, R5 and R6 or S + number (from 1 to 9). 2 terminals in the city: Plaça d’Espanya and Plaça de Catalunya.
From the latter, in the basement of the station, leaves among others the L7 bound for Avinguda-del-Tibidabo (for 2.1520 €, from where you will take the Tramvía Blau).
The 6 lines bypass the center and do not serve notable tourist areas (with the exception of the ancient Tramvia Blau which serves the Tibidabo).
All in yellow and black. Taxis abound, so it’s usually very easy to catch one in the street.
24 hour support, € 2.20 except on Saturday nights, Sundays and public holidays (€ 2.30) – the nights of June 23-24, December 24-25 and 31, January 1 – € 3.20 ). From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the kilometer is billed at € 1.17, then € 1.40 from 8 p.m. and from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays, and also on weekends and parties from midnight to 6 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to midnight.
If you call a taxi, the pick-up on arrival is € 4 (€ 4.20 per day during the day, € 4.50 at night on weekends).
Very handy for moving from one neighborhood to another in the evening.
Minimum race (whatever the period): € 7. A city run will rarely cost you more than € 10; allow at least 20 € for an airport service, supplements included.
Some extras: for large luggage and animals, € 1; for Sants station, € 2.10; for the port, or for 5 or 6 passengers instead of 4, 3.10 €.
A real puzzle in the center! Be very careful where you park your vehicle: the municipal pound is unforgiving.
One solution: day parking; but the prices are prohibitive! They are found everywhere in town, public and private.
You can consult the list on the site aparcamentsbsm.cat, it is the city’s site on public paid parking. It also offers information on the cheapest car parks.
Please note, these are often closed on Sundays and public holidays.
For passing visitors, the B: SM Parking Card from 1 to 5 days allows you to park in a chosen car park for 24 to 120 hours consecutively (and the possibility of going out and returning as many times as you want during this given time ). Price varies according to the parking chosen and reserved (from 20 € the 24h card).