Public transport in Barcelona is excellent and, if you choose the right ticket, is also quite cheap. Here you will find all the information needed to get around Barcelona.
The Barcelona metro is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to get around the city.
The transport system lets you use different modes of transport with the same ticket: metro, city, metropolitan area and intercity buses, tram, and trains belonging to Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat de Cataluña and Rodalies de Catalunya.
The cost depends on the number of trips you make a month and the number of zones you need (in case you live outside Barcelona). Here are some of the standard options so that you can choose the card that works best for you:
- If you make less than 42 trips a month, the cheapest solution is the T-10 card.
- If you make between 42 and 62 trips, a T50/30 card is a better option.
- For more than 62 trips, the best option is a T-Mes monthly card.
- If you intend to use public transport for three months, the best option is a T-Trimestre, the quarterly card that allows you 56 trips a month.
- If you travel with one or more people (70 trips a month), the T-70/30 will save you money.
- If you are under 25, the T-Joven youth card lets you make an unlimited number of trips over 90 consecutive days.
Opens every day at 5:00 a.m.
Weekdays (Monday to Thursday) until 12:00 midnight.
Fridays and the eve of public holidays: till 2:00 a.m.
Saturday: continuous service all night Saturday and Sunday.
Sundays and mid-week public holidays: until 12:00 midnight.
24th December: until 11:00 p.m.
New Year’s Eve (31st December): continuous service all night.
Barcelona has a fleet of almost 1000 buses serving the entire city. The network is extensive and the service reaches every corner of the city.
The bus timetables vary according to the line, but most of them start at 4:25 a.m. and end around 11:00 p.m.
To know the exact timetable and the frequency of each line, see the TMB web site.
This is the night-time network of Barcelona metropolitan area buses. It operates from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.., passing approximately every 20 minutes. All the lines (except the N0) stop in the Plaza Catalunya, so it is possible to transfer to any other line here.
Find out about the different lines and timetables in the NIT Bus section of the EMT or phone 010.
A useful transport option for a few areas of the city and a very enjoyable way to travel around it.
This is the way to get to outlying towns and a good complement to the metro for getting around Barcelona.
This is urban transport based on shared bicycles. It’s a simple, practical and sustainable way of crossing the city. The annual subscription includes the cost of the first 30 minutes of each trip. Check out the routes, prices and regulations.
Aerobus is the express bus service between Barcelona Airport and the centre of the city.
See the section How do I get to and from the airport?
Although this is not the most economical mode of transport around Barcelona, it is a very useful one sometimes, especially for speed and comfort.
This is the way to get to know Barcelona from on high. Check out the routes, prices and timetables.
The tranvía azul or blue tram is the last survivor of the old Barcelona trams and it runs between the Av. Tibidabo railway station and the Tibidabo Cable Car.
These are tourist boats mainly for viewing the Barcelona coast. Check out the routes, prices and timetables.
Download some apps onto your smartphone that are ideal for planning travel by public transport in the city of Barcelona:
- TMB iBus
TMB iBus is a service that lets you know in real time the forecast time the next bus will reach your stop, on your mobile or any device with an Internet connection. With it, you can be constantly up-to-date on waiting times and can decide, based on that information, which mode of transport or combination of modes suits you best at any time.
- TMB App
TMB App is an application that gives you information on the lines, service alerts and general information about the metro and buses, a journey planner and customer support methods. Members of Club JoTMBé can get personalised information.
Hailo is the easiest way to find a taxi in Madrid or Barcelona without flagging one down. Just select your location, press pick me up here, and hey presto! And if you’re an inveterate traveller, you can use Hailo in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan and Singapore.
- Barcelona Guia oficial
Absolutely essential for your trip to Barcelona!
- Urban Step Barcelona
An interactive timetable of public buses, trams, metros and bike-sharing stations in the city of Barcelona. With one touch you can know when the next bus or tram will pass any stop in the city.