Barcelona Metro in Barcelona: map and info about the metro network
The Barcelona metro network consists of 5 metro lines (L1, L2, L3, L4, L5) and one FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat) line with two branches- U6,U7).
The Barcelona Metro can be considered a real underground network as only a very short section of the whole network is above ground, between Mercat Nou and Santa Eulàlia (L1) and at Can Boixeres (L5). During summer 2002, the stretch from La Pau to Pep Ventura was converted to become part of L2. The total length of the network is 80 km with 111 stations (15 interchange stations). This does not include the Sarrià/Tibidabo-Line (L6,L7) which is about 7 km long and has 13 stations. This line is operated by FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat) together with their suburban service Metro del Vallès. The Barcelona Metro Network is thus one of the longest in Europe (after London, Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Stockholm and St.Petersburg). L2, L3, L4, L5 and the FGC-Lines (L6,L7) have European international gauge (1,435 m) whereas L1 has Spanish gauge (1,672 m) which probably makes it the world's broadest metro line (3.1m wide cars are therefore much more spacious).
Trains are always formed by 5 cars on L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, and 3 (longer) cars on the FGC-Lines (L6,L7). Trains on this line are the most comfortable of the system as they're prepared to run also on the out-of-town section of the line. They're equipped with well working air-conditioning, upholstered seats and blinds (useful when running outside the tunnel on the suburban section).
The metro is complemented by a suburban rail service (Rodalies/Cercanías) run by the Spanish national railways (RENFE), an extension of the Sarrià-line operated by the Catalan railways (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya - FGC) called Metro del Vallès, and a narrow gauge line (FGC) leaving from "Espanya" towards L'Hospitalet, Cornellà and further out to the southwest (Metro del Baix Llobregat).
This is a metroPlanet Europe page designed by Robert Schwandl.