Barcelona Metro - Underground - Tube -Subway

Updated Apr 27 2020

Barcelona’s metro (underground / tube / subway), opened in 1924 with one small section of the current Line 3 between Plaça de Catalunya and Lesseps, has continued to develop since, both in terms of the number of stops and indeed the number of lines that serve Barcelona. It is now one of the fastest and most reliable ways of getting across the city.

More information about Barcelona’s Metro

Now Barcelona’s metro lines, which are run by the TMB, cover the vast majority of the city, which means that they are used by both residents of Barcelona and tourists visiting the city.

Where to buy Metro tickets?

There are many places where you can buy the different metro tickets, and most people buy them in the automatic ticket machines that can be found in every metro station. Other locations include the TMB information points, kiosks, estancos (tobacconists shops that also sell stamps), and the stands in the streets that sell lottery tickets. The 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-day Hola Barcelona travel card metro tickets can also be bought online. You can buy your Barcelona Card in Barcelona’s Tourist Information Centres or online.

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Hola Barcelona Travel Card

Hola Barcelona travel card (2, 3, 4 and 5 days)

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Getting around with public transport

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Barcelona Card 3, 4 and 5 days

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Public transportation included and free admission to various museums

-10% online

Barcelona Turisme

Barcelona Card Express (2 days)

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Public transport included and discount in museums

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Barcelona Turisme

Differences between Barcelona Card and Hola Barcelona Travel Card

The main difference between the Barcelona Card and Hola Barcelona (also known as Hola BCN!) is that the latter only includes public transport while the Barcelona Card also offers free entry to various museums and places of tourist interest as well as discounts on cultural and leisure visits and some tourist services.

Once you’ve bought your ticket or pass, you need to keep in mind that you will need to insert it when you enter each metro station. If you have bought a pass that allows integrated travel, you can use it on all of Barcelona’s public transport for 1 hour and 15 minutes from the first time you validated your ticket. It will count as one journey, but you still need to validate it on each method of transport that you use (bus, tram, FGC or Renfe).

Tickets for other public transport in Barcelona

Metro tickets are also valid on other forms of public transport in the city.

Local buses + info

Tram

Zone 1 of the FGC and the Rodalies de Catalunya (RENFE).


Price of metro tickets in 2020

Although much more reasonably priced than the service in many other the European cities, during the past few years the price of metro tickets has risen significantly. It’s therefore important to buy the right ticket for your journey, and you may find that with the discounts available through the Hola Barcelona travel card (Hola BCN!) or Barcelona Card you could save quite a lot of money.

TYPE OF TICKETTICKET PRICE IN 2020INTEGRATED / NOT INTEGRATED
Single ticket€2.20Not integrated
T-Dia€10.50Integrated
T-Casual€11.35Integrated
T-Usual€40Integrated
T-Grup€79.45Integrated
T-Familiar€10Integrated
Hola Barcelona 2 days€15.20Unlimited journeys
Hola Barcelona 3 days€22.20Unlimited journeys
Hola Barcelona 4 days€28.80Unlimited journeys
Hola Barcelona 5 days€35.40Unlimited journeys
Barcelona Card 3-day adult€46Unlimited journeys
Barcelona Card 3-day children€22Unlimited journeys
Barcelona Card 4-day adult€56Unlimited journeys
Barcelona Card 4-day children€28Unlimited journeys
Barcelona Card 5-day adult€61Unlimited journeys
Barcelona Card 5-day children€33Unlimited journeys
Zone 1

The price that is shown on the chart for the single ticket and the passes that begin with “T-“ is for journeys within Zone 1, which serves Barcelona’s city centre.

The Barcelona Metro lines

Barcelona’s Metro has a total of 11 lines that run underground across much of the city. Below we have included a map that shows the different lines, and a chart that shows more information about each line. We should point out that Lines 6, 7 and 8 actually form part of the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), and not of the Metro, but the tickets and transport passes are the same as for the Metro.

LINECOLORORIG. – DEST.OPERATOR
L1 metro Barcelona Line 1Red lineHospital de Bellvitge – FondoLogo metro Barcelona TMB
L2 metro Barcelona Line 2Lilac lineParal·lel – Badalona Pompeu FabraLogo metro Barcelona TMB
L3 metro Barcelona Line 3Green lineZona Universitària – Trinitat NovaLogo metro Barcelona TMB
L4 metro Barcelona Line 4Yellow lineTrinitat Nova – La PauLogo metro Barcelona TMB
L5 metro Barcelona Line 5Dark blue lineCornellà Centre – Vall d’HebronLogo metro Barcelona TMB
L6 metro Barcelona Line 6Violet lineBarcelona Pl. Catalunya – Reina ElisendaLogo FGC FGC
L7 metro Barcelona Line 7Brown lineBarcelona Pl. Catalunya – Av. TibidaboLogo FGC FGC
L8 metro Barcelona Line 8Pink lineBarcelona Pl. Catalunya – Molí Nou Ciutat CooperativaLogo FGC FGC
L9 North metro Barcelona Line 9 NorthOrange lineLa Sagrera – Can ZamLogo metro Barcelona TMB
L9 South metro Barcelona Line 9 SouthOrange lineZona Universitaria – Aeroport T1Logo metro Barcelona TMB
L10 metro Barcelona Line 10Light blue lineLa Sagrera – GorgLogo metro Barcelona TMB
L11 metro Barcelona Line 11Light green lineTrinitat Nova – Can CuiàsLogo metro Barcelona TMB

Barcelona metro map 2020

Metro to and from the Barcelona Airport

From February 2016, with the extension of Line 9 of Barcelona’s Metro network, it’s now possible to travel by Metro from the city to both of the airport’s terminals. Unfortunately there’s not a direct line from the heart of the city centre to the airport and vice versa, so you’ll need to change lines to get to Plaça Catalunya and other central areas of the city

Price

The standard ticket isn’t valid on the airport service, so you’ll need to buy a special ticket that costs €4.50 per journey.

Journey time

Between Zona Universitaria and Terminal T1: 32 minutes
Between Zona Universitaria and Terminal T2: 27 minutes

Timetables

Barcelona’s metro timetable varies according to the day of the week, with the service being extended over the weekends, so that people can get around easily late at night.

DAY TIMETABLE
Monday-Thursday and public holidaysFrom 05:00 to 24:00
Fridays and evenings before public holidaysFrom 05:00 to 02:00
SaturdaysFrom 05:00 in the morning, with service continuing throughout the night
New Year’s EveFrom 05:00 in the morning, with service continuing throughout the night
The evening before 24th June (Sant Joan)From 05:00 in the morning, with service continuing throughout the night
The evening before 15th August (Assumption)From 05:00 in the morning, with service continuing throughout the night
The evening before 24th September (La Mercè)From 05:00 in the morning, with service continuing throughout the night
SundaysService continuing until midnight
24th DecemberFrom 05:00 until 23:00
The frequency

The frequency varies from line to line, but there will be many more trains at rush hour, and fewer late at night.