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.
Buy your tickets online
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.+ info Barcelona Card BCN
+ info Hola Barcelona
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).
Metro tickets are also valid on other forms of public transport in the cityLocal buses + info Tram Zone 1 of the FGC and the Rodalies de Catalunya (RENFE).
Price of metro tickets in 2019
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 TICKET||TICKET PRICE IN 2019||INTEGRATED / NOT INTEGRATED|
|Single ticket||€2.20||Not integrated|
|Hola Barcelona 2 days||€15.20||Unlimited journeys|
|Hola Barcelona 3 days||€22.20||Unlimited journeys|
|Hola Barcelona 4 days||€28.80||Unlimited journeys|
|Hola Barcelona 5 days||€35.40||Unlimited journeys|
|Barcelona Card 3-day adult||€46||Unlimited journeys|
|Barcelona Card 3-day children||€22||Unlimited journeys|
|Barcelona Card 4-day adult||€56||Unlimited journeys|
|Barcelona Card 4-day children||€28||Unlimited journeys|
|Barcelona Card 5-day adult||€61||Unlimited journeys|
|Barcelona Card 5-day children||€33||Unlimited journeys|
The T-10 ticket is multi-person, in other words, you can buy one T-10 ticket and several people can use it at the same time. The other transport tickets can only by used by one person so several people cannot use them to travel at the same time (the system does not allow you to validate it consecutively at the metro, bus, train or tram machines).
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 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.
|LINE||COLOR||ORIG. – DEST.||OPERATOR|
|Line 1||Red line||Hospital de Bellvitge – Fondo||TMB|
|Line 2||Lilac line||Paral·lel – Badalona Pompeu Fabra||TMB|
|Line 3||Green line||Zona Universitària – Trinitat Nova||TMB|
|Line 4||Yellow line||Trinitat Nova – La Pau||TMB|
|Line 5||Dark blue line||Cornellà Centre – Vall d’Hebron||TMB|
|Line 6||Violet line||Barcelona Pl. Catalunya – Reina Elisenda||FGC|
|Line 7||Brown line||Barcelona Pl. Catalunya – Av. Tibidabo||FGC|
|Line 8||Pink line||Barcelona Pl. Catalunya – Molí Nou Ciutat Cooperativa||FGC|
|Line 9 North||Orange line||La Sagrera – Can Zam||TMB|
|Line 9 South||Naranja||Zona Universitaria – Aeroport T1||TMB|
|Line 10||Light blue line||La Sagrera – Gorg||TMB|
|Line 11||Light green line||Trinitat Nova – Can Cuiàs||TMB|
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
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 timeBetween Zona Universitaria and Terminal T1: 32 minutes
Between Zona Universitaria and Terminal T2: 27 minutes
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.
|Monday-Thursday and public holidays||From 05:00 to 24:00|
|Fridays and evenings before public holidays||From 05:00 to 02:00|
|Saturdays||From 05:00 in the morning, with service continuing throughout the night|
|New Year’s Eve||From 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|
|Sundays||Service continuing until midnight|
|24th December||From 05:00 until 23:00|
The frequency varies from line to line, but there will be many more trains at rush hour, and fewer late at night.