Metro is the is the best transport option as it covers the entire city, it is safe, easy to use and quick. There are seven different lines: L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L9, L10 and L11.
All different lines are operative except line L9 and L10 which are currently only available for a few metro stations. Both lines are one of the most ambicious targets of Barcelona for the following years. These lines will share railroad along many stations and will be the longest metro line in Europe with almost 48 km and 52 metro stations and will cross the whole city arriving to El Prat (Airport). The construction budget line is 6.500 million euros and it is estimated to be completely operative in 2014.
Barcelona Metro Map (click on it to enlarge):
TRANSPORT FARES BARCELONA 2013
The price for a single journey is 2€ (this ticket does not allow transfers among other means of transport).
Barcelona transport authority offers special travelcards for tourists.
The following travelcards are valid for an unlimited number of journeys in as many consecutive days as printed on the card (e.g. the 2 Day card is valid for an unlimited number of journeys in 2 days, and so on), however, time does not count from the start of use of the card but in calendar days (if you buy your 1-day ticket at 17:00, it lasts until the end of the same day not until the 17:00 of the next day).
|Number of Days||Price|
The following travelcards are normally used by locals rather than tourists, although the T-10 is avery reasonable option for tourists as well. The price of Metro tickets vary depending on the zone to which you want to move (tickets can be sold up to 6 zones). Prices shown below are for zone 1 which belong to Barcelona metropolitan area (airport is zone 2).
|T-Dia *||Unlimited journeys in 1 day||€7,25|
|T-10 **||10 full journeys||€9,80|
|T-Mes *||Unlimited number of journeys in 30 consecutive days from first validation||€52,75|
|T-50/30 *||Valid for 50 journeys in 30 consecutive days from first validation||€39,20|
|T-Familiar 70/30 **||Valid for 70 journeys in 30 consecutive days from first validation||€54,90|
|T-Trimestre *||Unlimited number of journeys in 90 consecutive days from first validation||€142,00|
|T-Jove ***||Unlimited number of journeys in 90 consecutive days from first validation||€105,00|
* Personalised ticket
** Multi-person ticket
*** Personalised ticket for under-25 people
One very important characteristic concerning Metro tickets is that are valid for all means of transport and also transfers among them: Metro, Bus, Tram, FGC and RENFE are allowed within the following 1 hour and 15 minutes from the first validation of the ticket. This feature is applicable to all metro tickets except the single trip.
As recommendation, the T-10 is the most interesting travel card as it can be used by different people and the price is very reasonable.
Barcelona Metro Ticket (click on it to enlarge):
BARCELONA METRO OPENING HOURS
|Monday to Thursday||05:00 – 00:00|
|Sunday and Holiday||05:00 – 00:00|
|Friday and day previous to festive day||05:00 – 02:00|
|Saturday and day prior to 1/1, 24/6, 15/8 and 24/9||non-stop service|
|December 24th||05:00 – 23:00|