Metro Barcelona (update 2024)

Fast, safe and cheap: the metro is the ideal means of transport to get around in Barcelona. With quite dense traffic on the streets, the metro is often the fastest option offered by public transport to get from A to B in Barcelona. With nine metro lines and eight train routes also connected to the network, almost all of Barcelona’s attractions can be reached by underground.

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Barcelona metro network

The underground network in Barcelona is operated by two different companies: the city transport company Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona (TMB, identified by the red ) and the regional train Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC, recognisable by this symbol: ).

Most attractions in the city can be reached by the regular metro (TMB), but for Montserrat and the attractions at Montjuïc and Tibidabo, for example, you will have to use an alternative means of transport (such as the cable car or Hop-on Hop-off bus for Montjuïc and the FGC or the Tibibus for Tibidabo). The expensive residential area of Sarrià – Sant Gervasi, against the flanks of Tibidabo, is connected to the FGC network and therefore easily accessible. The metro system in Barcelona has several zones.

Underground lines

The TMB has nine lines in total, plus an extra line for the Funicular de Montjuïc. The orange line 9 is divided into North and South. These are Barcelona’s metro lines in a row:

  • Icoon metro lijn 1 BarcelonaL1 (red): between Hospital de Bellvitge and Fondo
  • Icoontje metro Barcelona lijn 2L2 (purple): between Paral·lel and Badalona/Pompeu Fabra
  • Icoontje metro Barcelona lijn 3L3 (green): between Zona Universitària and Trinitat Nova
  • Icoontje metro Barcelona lijn 4L4 (yellow): between Trinitat Nova and La Pau
  • Icoontje metro Barcelona lijn 5L5 (dark blue): between Cornellà Centre and Vall d’Hebron
  • Metrolijn 9 BarcelonaL9 Nord (orange): between La Sagrera and Can Zam
  • Metrolijn 9 BarcelonaL9 Sud (orange): between Aeroport T1 and Zona Universitària
  • Icoontje metro Barcelona lijn 10L10 (light blue): between La Sagrera and Gorg
  • Icoon metro Barcelona lijn 11L11 (light green): between Trinitat Nova and Can Cuiàs
  • Metrolijn Montjuïc BarcelonaFM (green): between Paral·lel and Parc de Montjuïc (funicular railway)

There are also the following Generalitat de Catalunya city trains (FGC trains, please note because if you travel outside zone 1 different fares apply), which are also covered by the Barcelona metro network:

  • Icoon FCG trein lijn 6L6 (purple): Catalunya – Sarrià
  • Icoon FCG trein lijn 7L7 (brown): Catalunya – Av. Tibidabo
  • Icoon FCG trein lijn 12L12 (light purple): Sarrià – Reina Elisenda
  • Icoontje lijn 8 FGC treinL8 (pink) Pl. Espanya – Moll Nou
  • icoon lijnS3 FGC S3 (green): Pl. Espanya – Can Ros
  • icoon lijn S9 FGC treinS9 (dark pink): Pl. Espanya – Quatre Gamins
  • Icoon FCG trein lijn S1S1 (orange): Barcelona-Pl.Catalunya Terrassa
  • Icoon FCG trein lijn S2S2 (light green): Barcelona-Pl.Catalunya Sabadell
  • Icoon lijn 4 FGCS4 (olive green): Pl Espanya – Olesa de Montserrat
  • Icoon FCG trein lijn S5S5 (blue): Barcelona-Pl.Catalunya Sant Cugat
  • Icoon FGC trein lijn 6S6 (red): Barcelona-Pl. Catalunya U. Autónoma
  • Icoon FGC trein lijn S7S7 (bordeaux red): Barcelona-Pl. Catalunya Rubí
  • Icoon lijn S8 FGCS8 (light blue): Espanya – Matorell Enllaç
  • icoon lijn R5 FGCR5 (mint): Pl. Espanya – Manresa
  • Icoon lijn R6 FGCR6 (grey): Espanya – Igualada

Map

map subway Barcelona

Click on the image above to see a pdf of the metro map.

These are the main stops for tourists, which fall under Zone 1:

  • Plaça Catalunya (L1, red line and L3, green line from TMB and L6 and L7 from FGC) At the heart of Barcelona, most metro lines converge.
  • Sants Estació (L3, green line and L5, blue line) – Barcelona’s largest train station.
  • Passeig de Gràcia (L2, purple line, L3, green line and L4, yellow line) – The boulevard where all the famous fashion houses are located, the works of Antoni Gaudí and those of other modernist architects.
  • Sagrada Família (L2, purple line and L5, blue line) – The Sagrada Família is Gaudí’s famous cathedral.
  • Diagonal (L3, green line) – Two steps away from Gaudí’s La Pedrera.
  • Paral-lel (L3, green line and L2, purple line) – Departure point of the ride train (funicular) to Montjuïc hill.
  • Collblanc (L5, blue line) – Located near the FC Barcelona stadium Camp Nou.
  • Barceloneta (L4, yellow line) – Less than a ten-minute walk to the beach.
  • Vallcarca and Lesseps (L3, green line) – In front of the popular Park Güell
  • Arc de Triomf – (L1, red line)

Tickets for the metro

Where?

You can buy metro tickets from the vending machines at all metro stations and at the airport. If you prefer, you can also do it at the ticket office, although that’s not always possible. Tickets for public transport in Barcelona are also sold in tobacco shops, on the website and via the TMB app. With the exception of tickets to and from the airport. These can only be bought at ticket machines in the metro station, on TMB’s website and via TMB’s app. The app can be downloaded on Android and iPhone and provides all information on bus and metro services.

Which metro ticket to buy?

For travelling within Barcelona, you can buy a day ticket, ten-ride ticket or monthly ticket. If you are alone and only take the metro once, it is best to buy a single ticket. But with a ten-ride ticket, you will soon be cheaper. This card can be used by several people, but not at the same time.

Are you in Barcelona for a longer period and planning to travel a lot by metro? Then a 30 or even 90-day subscription might be interesting.

Both the regular tickets and the metro card for tourists are valid not only for the metro, but also for the bus, tram, FGC trains and the regional trains of Rodalies de Catalunya (unless you are going out of town, then a different fare applies).

tickets metro Placa Espanya

How do you buy your tickets?

You can pay by cash, debit or credit card at the vending machine and ticket office in the metro station. (Please note you cannot pay contactless, for example, apple.)

PLEASE NOTE: From March 2023, you will no longer be able to buy the T-jove as a separate ticket at the metro station, but will have to get a magnetic ticket to do so. This can be done online through TMB’s website. You don’t need an NIE number for this, you can just use your passport number.

Change paper tickets in 2024

Paper tickets such as the T-casual, T-usual, T-familiar and T-grup will be replaced by the Catalan version of the public transport card: the T-mobilitat.

The T-mobilitat is basically a public transport card, but specific to Barcelona. You can add the card to your phone. If your card is stolen or lost, you can easily use your phone to block the card, request a new card and recover the product that was on your card. On the app, you can also plan your entire route and receive notifications of any changes, such as bus delays or metro updates. You can save your most frequently used addresses so you don’t have to enter your address over and over again.

How it works?

To purchase this card, you register with your NIE or passport number and a passport photo through this website, then you can pick up the physical card at a ticket counter. Paper tickets will be available through regular vending machines at least through Jan. 15 and can be used through April 30, 2024.

Prices

The most commonly used metro tickets in Barcelona are the single ticket, the day ticket and the ten-ride ticket. Incidentally, these tickets can also be used in other means of transport belonging to Barcelona’s public transport system such as bus, tram and train.

  • Bitllet senzill (one-way) – Relatively expensive (€2.55 per ticket) and it only allows you to transfer within the same form of public transport (i.e. from metro line to metro line or from bus to bus, but not from bus to metro). Only recommended if you will only use public transport once or twice.
  • T- Casual – (€12,15). This individual travel card is valid for 10 trips. If you stay in 1 zone, you have 75 minutes to take over your journey and can therefore transfer for free. This ticket cannot be used by several people on the same trip, check out the T-grup or T-familiar for that.
  • T-Día (day ticket) – This card (€11,20) allows you to use public transport in Barcelona for a whole day – until the last ride is run.
  • T-usual (monthly ticket) – This season ticket (€21,35) offers unlimited travel in 30 (consecutive) days. When purchasing this ticket, you need to bring a valid ID. If you do not live in Barcelona and you have a foreign ID-card or passport you can only buy the T-usual at the ticket office and not at the vending machine. For those who live in Barcelona: with an NIE number, the T-usual can be bought at the ticket machine and the T-usual can also be loaded onto the plastic T-mobilitat card. This Catalan public transport card can be ordered via this website and will be at your Spanish address within a week.
  • T-jove (unlimited) – The T-jove is a personalised travel card for people under 25. It allows young people unlimited travel for 90 consecutive days for €42,70. Note: from March 2023, the T-jove will no longer be available as a paper ticket, but can only be loaded onto the plastic T-mobilitat card. This T-mobilitat card can be ordered via this website and will be in your mailbox (in Spain) on average a week later.
  • T-grup – Ideal for groups. This travel card can be used by several people during the same trip and counts 70 rides. For 1 zone, the card costs €84,80 and you can travel for up to 75 minutes on 1 trip.
  • T-familiar – This card (€10,70) is available for one zone and can be used for multiple people during the same trip. The card is valid for 8 journeys within 30 days.
  • T-16 – This travel card is for one zone and can be used by children aged 4 to 16. This card allows unlimited free travel. This card is available for locals only.
  • Airport ticket (Airport ticket) – A ticket for metro travel to the airport. The price of the ticket is €5.50.
  • Hola BCN! Travel Card – A discount card that allows unlimited public transport travel for two or more days. The price of the Hola BCN! Travel Card ranges between €16,62 for two days to €38,76 for five days.
  • Barcelona Card – A discount card that allows you not only to visit museums for free, but also to use public transport for three days or more. Prices for the Barcelona Card start from €49,50 per person for 3 days.
  • BCN Essentials Pass – A discount card that gives you access to the Sagrada Família, Park Güell and unlimited use of public transport from two to five days. The cheapest BCN Essentials Card is €73.

Schedule and times metro

The Barcelona metro has a high frequency, so you never have to wait more than a few minutes, only during the night schedule does the metro run about every ten minutes.

The metro timetable in Barcelona is as follows

  • Mon-Thurs: from 5:00 to 0:00 a.m.
  • Fri & days of holidays: from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Saturday: from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Sunday: from 5:00 a.m. to 0:00 a.m.
  • December 24: from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Taking the subway to the airport

The Barcelona airport is easily accessible by metro. From both terminal 1 and terminal 2, the ultramodern line L9 Sud will take you into the city. This metro line is not the quickest way if your accommodation is in the center, I would recommend the Aerobus, cab or train. On this page you will find all the possible ways to get to and from the airport.

Be aware that you need a surcharge ticket of 5.50 euros to buy the L9 Sud metro line to/from the airport. You can buy this at any metro station, but in case you forgot and got on the metro anyway, you can also buy the supplement when you get off at the airport.

There are discount cards available that do not require you to pay a surcharge for the subway to the airport, which are the Hola BCN! Travel Card (unlimited public transport), the Barcelona Card (public transport with free entrance to museums)and the BCN Essentials Pass (public transport with access to the Sagrada Família and Park Güell).

Traveling with children by metro in Barcelona

Children under the age of 4 may travel for free on public transportation, including the subway. Children aged 4 and older must purchase a regular ticket.

It is possible to travel on the subway with a stroller or baby carriage. There is plenty of room for that, and the front and back of the subway even has extra space made for strollers. During rush hour, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., it is busier, but because the subway goes so often, you can actually always manage to take your stroller with you.

Wheelchair accessibility

The subway is accessible to people with mobility problems. There are reserved spots there and normally people stand up as well. In addition, there is extra space at the front and back of the subway for, for example, wheelchairs, and the platforms on the subway at the front of the subway have been made at the same height so that you can board easily.

Almost all the stations have elevators, but unfortunately the following stations do not:

  • Plaça de Sants
  • Espanya
  • Urquinaona
  • Clot (Line 1 has no elevator. Line 2, on the other hand, does)
  • Espanya
  • Maragall
  • Verdaguer
  • Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica
  • Virrei Amat