To visit Barcelona, it is important to have a little knowledge of the lines, map, hours, and fares of the metro in Barcelona. This is the purpose of this page. Make it easier for you to travel during your stay, to get to all the tourist attractions in the city without asking too many questions, and even buy a ticket in advance for your trips.
Tips: You want to find a hotel close to a metro station. We have selected the hotels closest to the main metro stations in the Catalan capital.
The Hola Transport Card is an ideal card to enjoy all of Barcelona's public transport: Metro, Bus, Tram... Unlimited journeys from 48 hours. On the spot, your card is waiting for you at any Barcelona Metro station.
The Barcelona metro is pleasant to use because it is clean, fast, economical and of course air-conditioned, which is more than enjoyable in summer!
- It is composed of 8 lines: L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L9, L10, L11 managed by the company TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona).
- And 4 lines L6, L7, L8, and L12 belong to the FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya).
You can travel on its 12 lines with a standard metro ticket and also enjoy the Barcelona bus network.
TMB and FGC are the two logos you will look for in the street to find the entrance of a station.
Barcelona Metro Map
To facilitate your journey, you can click on the link below to download the official map of the Barcelona metro, it is a PDF, so you can print it and bring it with you. Good to know, you can also obtain it for free in the Tourist Office of EL Prat airport as in all metro stations.
Barcelona Metro Hours
- Monday to Thursday from 5 am to midnight.
- Friday from 5 am to 2 am
- Saturday from 5 am until Sunday morning without interruption
- Sunday from 00h to 24h
During public holidays
- Holidays: from 5 am to midnight
- Holiday eve: from 5 am to 2 am
- December 31, June 23, August 14, and September 24: from 5 am then all night without interruption
- 24 December: from 5 am to 11 pm
- December 25: from 5 am to 2 am
Barcelona Metro Zones
All stops in Barcelona's metro network are in zone 1. This means that with a classic metro ticket or with your Hola Bcn or Barcelona Card tourist passes, you can reach any metro station in town.
One exception with the standard ticket: from the airport, you must buy a special ticket which costs 5.15€ to reach the centre or return to the airport.
You can visit the following page if you wish to reach the city centre from Barcelona Airport with the Line L9S.
The frequency of metro trains in Barcelona
- During the day, the metro usually passes every 2 to 4 minutes.
- While at night, the passages are less frequent, you can wait up to 10 minutes.
Barcelona Metro tickets prices
- A metro ticket or any public transport card is valid for any journey by metro, bus, tram or ferrocarril.
- You can buy individual tickets at the ticket machines. The Barcelona metro ticket price is 2.40 euros.
- You can also buy a T-Casual card which allows you to make ten trips on all lines of the network for a price of 11.35 euros.
- Be careful, though! Neither of these two solutions is valid for taking the metro to and from the airport. In this case, you must buy an airport metro ticket for 5.15 euros.
- Football fans, on FC Barcelona match days, there is a special ticket for you to use the buses that serve the Camp Nou stadium: the ticket costs 3.10 euros.
- Children up to 3 years do not pay in the Barcelona network - Children from 4 years pay the full fare.
- A ticket is valid for 75 minutes (an hour and a quarter), during which time you can make as many line changes as you like without leaving the metro.
- Barcelona's metro is very secure and guarded. There's no point trying to travel without a ticket. It is unlikely that you will escape control in this case.
The different types of metro tickets in Barcelona
There are different types of tickets for the Barcelona metro that will suit your needs during your stay in the Catalan capital.
Here is a selection of the most commonly used tickets:
This is the classic metro ticket: one ticket, one journey!
Is an individual travel card that allows you to make 10 journeys on the entire Barcelona Metro and Bus network.
Is a monthly pass that allows unlimited travel for one month for all the operators of the integrated tariff system. This card is personal (individual).
As the name suggests, this card is designed for groups. It allows 70 journeys over 30 days on the entire Barcelona public transport network.
Like the T-grup card, the T-familiar card allows several people to travel together on a single card.
It allows 8 journeys in 30 consecutive days from the first validation, on all operators.
For those under 25, the T-jove card offers unlimited travel for 90 days on all operators of the Barcelona transport system.
How to reach Barcelona's main monuments by metro?
Which subway for the Sagrada Familia?
To get to Barcelona's Sagrada Familia by underground you can use two lines L2 and L5. The station is called without surprise Sagrada Familia.
Line L2 - Violet - is very practical because it passes not far from the Plaça de Catalunya with the Passeig de Gràcia station - that is to say the centre of Barcelona.
Line L5 - Blue- crosses the city from east to west. Passing to the center and the eixample. De Passeig de Gràcia is three stations from the Sagrada Familia
Which metro for Camp Nou?
To get to the FC Barcelona Stadium known as Camp Nou by metro you can use metro lines L3 and L5.
Line L3 -Green- very practical because it passes through the centre of Barcelona and therefore the most visited places. The two resorts closest to Camp Nou are Palau Reial and Les Corts.
Line L5 - Blue - crosses it we have all the city, it is necessary to choose the stations CollBlanc or Badall and to make a small walk of about ten minutes. The nearest station to Camp Nou is CollBlanc.
Which metro for Casa Milà - La Pedrera by Antoni Gaudí?
To visit Casa Milà the nearest metro lines are L3(green) and L5 (blue).
The two lines L3 and L5, stop at the Diagonal station which is the closest to Casa Mila from where you only have 200 meters left to walk.
Which metro for Antoni Gaudí's Casa Batlló?
The metro stations to go to Casa Batlló are lines L2 (violet), L3 (green), and L4 (yellow).
These three lines pass through the Passeig de Gràcia station which will be your stop. From there are two blocks to go up to discover the Casa Batlló.
Which metro for Picasso Museum?
The Picasso Museum of Barcelona is located on Montcada Street 15-23. The entrance is at N°17. The nearest metro station is Jaume I on line 4. All you have to do is get off at Carrer de la Princesa in front of the metro and then turn right to find Montcada.
Which metro for Barcelona airport?
Barcelona airport is known as Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat. The L9S (orange) line connects the two Barcelona airport terminals T1 and T2 to the rest of the city's public transport network. To get from the airport to Plaza Catalunya (city centre), change at Torrassa to the L1 line (red). Changing at Collblanc, the L5 (blue) line takes you to the Sagrada Família.
Barcelona metro pass: A simple option to get around Barcelona by metro
The Hola Transport Card or the Barcelona Card are two serious options to consider for your transport needs as they offer an unlimited number of trips by metro, especially to and from Barcelona airport. More explanations on the two pages in question. advantages.
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How do I buy a metro ticket in Barcelona?
All metro stations in Barcelona have metro ticket vending machines and multi-trip cards. Metro tickets are also valid for buses. However, only some bus stations have ticket distributors: Mitre / Prat de la Riba, Diagonal / Muntaner, Gran Via / Pau Claris, Diagonal / Francesc Macià and Pg Zona Franca / Foneria.
Buying your Barcelona metro ticket with an ATM is very simple and intuitive by following these few steps:
- Select the language in which you want the messages to appear (Catalan by default, Spanish, English, or French).
- Choose the type of ticket you wish to purchase. The most common types of tickets are already displayed on the screen. Click on the "Others" option to discover all the other types of tickets and passes.
- Choose the number of tickets using the plus and minus signs on the left of the screen.
- Pay for your purchase: the machine now displays the total cost of your order. The payment systems are also activated. You can pay in Euro with coins, banknotes, or with payment cards. If you pay by credit card, the cash dispenser will issue you with a purchase receipt. For other payment methods, the receipt is only issued if you request it by clicking on the "Payment receipt" button.
Barcelona metro stations, lines, stops, changes and connections.
LINE L1 - Red
The red line crosses the whole city from east to west and stops at many tourist places such as the Arc de Triomf (Parc de la Ciutadella), Plaça Catalunya, and Plaça d'Espanya.
Its main connections are with the yellow line at metro station Urquinaona, the green line at Plaça d'Espanya, the purple line at Plaça Universitat or Clot, and the blue line at Sagrera-Meridiana or Plaça de Sants.
LINE L2 - Violet
The purple line connects Badalona to Parallel. The main points of interest in this line are the Sagrada Familia, Passeig de Gracia, and Sant Antoni in the Raval. Its main connections are with the yellow L4 line and the green L3 at metro station Passeig de Gracia, the blue L5 at Sagrada Familia, and the red L1 at Plaça Universitat or Clot.
LINE L3- Green
This line has 3 stops on the Rambla (Plaça Catalunya, Liceu, Drassanes) then continues north to Passeig de Gracia and Diagonal, while on the other side continues to Plaça d'Espanya via the Poble Sec and Parallèle. This metro also has stops near Park Güell (Vallcarca), Camp Nou (Les Corts), and Parc du Labyrinthe de Horta (Mundet). Its main connections: with the blue L5 line at Diagonal, the red L1 at Plaça Catalunya and Plaça Espanya, the yellow L4 at Passeig de Gracia, and the violet L2 at Parallel and Passeig de Gracia.
LINE L4 - Yellow
It connects the fashionable district of Gracia, north of the city with the Passeig de Gracia, the square of the Gothic Cathedral then heads towards the main beaches, those of Barceloneta and the Olympic port. Its main connections are with the red L1 on Plaça Urquinaona, with the violet L2 in Passeig de Gracia, with the green L3 in Passeig de Gracia, with the blue L5 in Verdaguer.
LINE L5 - Blue
It's a line to the business districts. It is however useful to join the station of Sants, Badal (for those who visit Camp Nou) and the Sagrada Familia. Its main connections are with the green line L3 to Diagonal, the yellow L4 to Verdaguer, the purple L2 to Sagrada Familia.
LINE L9S - Orange
It connects the two terminals T1 and T2 of Prat airport with the other lines going towards the centre. It's the newest in the Barcelona network. These main connections are with the orange line, the red line at metro station Torrassa, the blue line at Collblanc, and with the green line at the university zone.
The other lines are less interesting for you to discover, as they are quite far from the tourist attractions of the city.
Accessibility and reduced mobility
Barcelona's metro is constantly improving its accessibility for people with reduced mobility. Since 2012, for example, a relief map of the metropolitan network and a Braille metro guide are available at TMB information points. Sound and light devices have also been installed.
To date, more than 90% of Barcelona's metro network is accessible to people with reduced mobility. However, 15 stations out of a total of 156 stations are still undergoing adaptation work.
Stations not yet adapted :
L1 : Plaça de Sants, Espanya, Urquinaona and Clot.
L3 : Espanya and Vallcarca
L4 : Maragall, Verdaguer, Urquinaona, Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica, and Jaume I (project in progress).
L5 : Virrei Amat, Maragall, Verdaguer and Plaça de Sants.
Connections between lines to be adapted:
Catalunya L1/Rodalies (commuter trains) - L3/FGC (the connection between L1 or Rodalies at L3 and FGC is not accessible in both directions).
Passeig de Gràcia L2/L4 - L3/Rodalies (suburban trains) /Renfe (mainline trains). (The connection between L2 and L4 to L3 and Rodalies/Renfe is not accessible in both directions).