Living in Barcelona

Public Transport in Barcelona

Barcelona is a vibrant city, known for its impressive architecture, rich history, and beautiful beaches. However, what truly sets it apart from other major cities is its efficient public transportation system.


Barcelona’s public transportation network is extensive, efficient, and affordable, making it easy for both residents and visitors to explore the city without relying on private cars or taxis. From the iconic red and white buses to the sleek metro system, there are plenty of options for getting around Barcelona. In this article, we will delve into Barcelona’s public transportation system, its history, its key features, and how to make the most of it during your stay in the city.

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Public Transport in Barcelona

Extensive networks

Barcelona’s metro and bus networks are undoubtedly the most extensive public transportation systems in the city.

A single ticket permits the use of the transport needed to move from one place to another. It permits the change to the Barcelona suburban railway integrated network, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat, the metro, bus and tram.

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Rings and fare sectors

The integrated fare system covers a total of 296 municipalities divided into 6 fare bands and sectorsExample: To go from Barcelona (zone 1) to Terrassa (zone 3C), you should buy a ticket valid for three zones.


If you will be traveling outside of Zone 1 (Barcelona metropolitan area) and want to save money by purchasing a multi-trip travel pass (T-casual, T-usual, etc…), you will have to decide the number of zones needed.

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How do you pay for public transport in Barcelona?

The subways, buses, trains of the FGC (Catalan commuter trains), and trams in Barcelona are one transport network. With the same transportation card, you can use almost all means of transport.


In Barcelona, you can pay for all these public transport using the same transport card, which is less expensive than buying single tickets. There are many types of transportation cards, but the most common ones are: 


  • T- Casual : Individual travel card allowing 10 journeys to be made on all operators in the Integrated Fare System.
  • T- Usual: A holder-specific travel card allowing unlimited journeys to be made for one month on all operators in the Integrated Fare System.
  • T-16: For children from 4 to 16 years old living in Barcelona, public transport is free of charge. Check this site for more information on how to get the T-16


You can also purchase single-use tickets, which are more expensive than these cards but more convenient for those who won’t be using public transportation frequently. These tickets can be bought at vending machines located in metro stations and tram stops.



T-mobilitat is the new ticketing and validation system for public transport that allows you to travel using contactless technology.  You can purchase and upload tickets directly to your card or mobile phone through the TMB App, or the automatic ticket machines on the network.

Furthermore, there are other types of travel cards available, such as the Hola BCN card, which allows unlimited travel on all modes of transportation in Barcelona for a specified period of time, and the Barcelona Card, which includes unlimited public transportation and discounts at museums, attractions, and tours.

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What is the best way to get around in Barcelona?

The best way to get around Barcelona depends on your specific needs and preferences. However, the city has a well-developed public transportation system, and using it is often the most efficient and affordable way to explore the city.


The Barcelona metro network is extensive, covering most areas of the city, making it a popular choice for both locals and tourists. The metro is fast and reliable, with trains running frequently. However, it can be crowded during peak hours, and some stations may not be easily accessible for individuals with mobility issues.


There are also buses and trams, which offer a more panoramic way to travel around the city. The bus system is particularly extensive, with routes covering even the most remote areas of Barcelona.

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Cycling and walking

Cycling is also becoming an increasingly popular way to move around the city, with many bike rental services available throughout Barcelona.

Additionally, the city boasts a growing network of bike lanes and cycling infrastructure, making it safer and more accessible for cyclists.

AMBici is the Barcelona bicycle-sharing service  (100% electric) available in 15 municipalities within the Barcelona metropolitan area.



Finally, walking is a great option for those who prefer to explore the city at a slower pace. Barcelona is a very walkable city, and many of its main attractions are located close to each other.

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