Barcelona Public Transport
Barcelona is a city thought for pedestrians. It’s really easy to reach any point of interest by foot as long as you like walking of course. Barcelona has a well developed public transportation system. You can get a free brochure and a metro - bus plan in all Tourist Information Centers called ‘Información sobre el transporte público en Barcelona’.
Tickets and Prices
The entire city of Barcelona has a unique tariff zone. Tickets are valid for the Metro, FGC, Bus, Tram and Train (Cercanías/Rodalies). Please bear in mind that if during your journey you change transports you will have to use another ticket (unless you stay in the metro).
Therefore we recommend you to buy a card which allows you to do as much changes as you want (without repeating the same line) during 1h30’!
|Single Ticket:||1 journey||2 €|
|T-10:||10 journeys||9,80 €|
|T-Dia:||1 day||7,25 €|
|T-Mes:||1 month||52,75 €|
|T50/30:||50 journeys in 30 days||39,20 €|
|T70/30:||70 journeys in 30 days||54,90 €|
|Hola BCN!||2,3,4 or 5 days unlimited journeys||13,40 - 29 €|
Tickets can be purchased at the Metro and FGC stations at the counter office or at the ATMs as well as in newspaper Kiosks and tobacco stores. You will have to validate your tickets (at the turnstiles or in the bus) each time you enter a station or get on a bus.
Hola BCN! (Multi-day travel cards)
If you are not a big fan of walking (or have many things to see and not too much time) you can choose to buy the new Hola BCN! 2, 3, 4 or 5-day travel card. This card allows you unlimited journeys during 2, 3, 4 or 5 days (depending on which card you choose).
You'll have access to: metro, bus (TMB), tram (TRAM), urban railway (FGC) and zone-one regional rail (Rodalies de Catalunya).
|2 days||13,40 €|
|3 days||19,20 €|
|4 days||24,40 €|
|5 days||29 €|
The Barcelona Card
If you want to discover Barcelona by your own without limits, then the Barcelona Card is perfect for you!
This touristic card includes: Unlimited Public Transportation, Free entrance and discounts in over 80 museums, activities, restaurants, bars, etc. A map is provided with a small guide of the main attractions.
|3 days||47 €||31 €|
|4 days||56 €||33 €|
|5 days||62 €||40 €|
The card is not valid on the 25th December and 1st of January.
Children under 4 years get it for free.
Tickets can be purchased in all tourist information points and in the shopping center El Corte Inglés.
Barcelona’s city metro system has five metro lines (L1-L5) which can be easily identified thanks to their different colors on all metro maps. People usually refer to the color of the line instead of its number.
|Monday - Friday; Sunday||5am - 12pm|
|Holidays||5am - 12pm|
|Night of 1.1., 24.6., 15.8. and 24.9.||Non-stop|
|24.12.||5am - 11pm|
Website: TMB Metro
The F.G.C. (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) is a train which links Barcelona to suburbian cities. With the FGC you can go to the Tibidabo, Serra de Collserola and Sarrià Neighborhood. The main station for the FGC lines is situated in Plaça de Catalunya.
If you want to visit Montserrat, you can get on the train at Plaça d’Espanya.
|Monday- Friday; Sunday||5am - 12pm|
|Saturday||3am - 1.30am|
The tram service covers some parts of the city.
Lines T1-3 go from Plaça Francesc Macià along the Avenida Diagonal until L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. The new T4 goes from Citudella/Villa Olímpica to Sant Adrià de Besòs.
It is very useful to go from Glories (Torre Agbar) to the beach at Port Olympic.
|Monday - Thursday; Sunday||5am - 12pm|
|Friday and Saturday||5am - 2am|
RENFE is the national train company. They have: Long Distance, Medium Distance and Short distance lines.
The Rodalies/Cercanias lines are the Short distance ones which link Barcelona to nearby towns.
Get on a RENFE train and discover the wonders of this land like the beautiful city of Sitges at only 20’ by train. The main train stations are Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia and Sants Estacio.
|Monday - Thursday; Sunday||5am - 12pm|
|Friday and Saturday||5am - 2am|
Website: Train Renfe
The bus lines cover the whole city and it’s the ideal way of sightseeing Barcelona if you don’t like the suburban and if you have any walking difficulties. There are stops in every corner! Bus guides are available in the Tourism Office.
It is only allowed to get in the bus at the driver’s door. At night special night buses are going every 20 minutes. All night buses start at Plaça de Catalunya.
|Daily||6am - 10pm|
Website: TMB Bus
When the Bus service finishes the NitBus (nightbus) gets started and deserves the city and some cities of the metropolitan area.
Each line has its own time schedule but in general their first service is after 10pm and it finishes by 4:30-5am.
Website: Nit Bus
The Bicing is a public transport method based on the bike “hiring”, really popular in Barcelona where the good weather permits its use all year long.
The concept is to use the bicycle as the common transport, not for doing big routes but to move around the city, to get from one point to another, etc. That’s the reason why there are Bicing points all around Barcelona, take a bike when you need it and leave it in your destination for somebody else’s use.
To use it you have to subscribe through the web by an annual quote of 30€. The first half hour of use is free, after this first half hour a charge of 0,50€ will be applied for every 30minutes. After 2 hours there’s a penalization of 3€/hour.
Barcelona’s taxis are black and yellow, if they are available you will see a green light on top of the car and a sign on the windscreen.
However, the best way to discover Barcelona is on foot. The distances are not very long.
For example it takes only half an hour to walk from Plaça Catalunya to the district of Gràcia. The Barrio Gotico or La Ribera have many pedestrian areas which makes the driver’s access impossible.
However, take care when crossing a road. Cars don’t pay attention to crosswalks and sometimes not even to traffic lights.
|Minimum standart fee||2 €|
|Per kilometer||1,10 €|
|To or from the airport||extra charge of 3,10 € + 1 € per suitcase|
This old fashioned funicular links the Plaza del Doctor Andreu in Sarrià St.Gervasi with the Avenida Tibidabo.
|02.01. - 03.04.||Saturday, Sunday, Holiday||10am - 6pm|
|04.04. - 13.04.||Everyday||10am - 6pm|
|14.04. - 08.05.||Saturday, Sunday, Holiday||10am - 6pm|
|09.05. - 19.06.||Saturday, Sunday, Holiday||10am - 8pm|
|20.06. - 13.09.||Everyday||10am - 8pm|
|14.09. - 30.09.||Saturday, Sunday, Holiday||10am - 8pm|
|01.10. - 31.12.||Saturday, Sunday, Holiday||10am - 6pm|
|07.12.||(Bridgeday)||10am - 6pm|
TELEFÉRIC DE MONTJUIC (Cable Car of Montjuic)
This cable car goes from Parc de Montjuic to the Castle, the old military fort on the top of Montjuic hill, it stops by also at the Mirador del Alcalde, the observation deck with fantastic views on the city and the sea.
|April, May, October||daily||10am - 7pm|
|June - September||daily||10am - 8pm|
|November- March||daily||10am - 6pm|
|Single adult ticket||6 €|
|Return adult ticket||8,30 €|
|Single children ticket||4,70 €|
|Return children ticket||6,30 €|
TRANSBORDADOR AERI DEL PORT
The Cable Car goes from the Montjuic Mountain to the San Sebastiá beach in La Barceloneta crossing the port of Barcelona and offering magnificent views of the city.
There are 2 towers, the San Sebastiá Tower where to go on and off and where there’s an exclusive restaurant on the top floor, the Torre d’Alta Mar.
Website: Torre d´alta Mar
The second tower is situated in front of the World Trade centre and is called Jaume I.
The cable car opening times vary depending on the season but generally they open from 10:15am until 8pm.
|Single trip||9 €|
|Round trip||12,50 €|
Information telephone: 932 252 718