Understanding the metro in Barcelona is fundamental to having a good holiday.
The 11 lines (eight classic lines and three overland trains) are as prompt as any metro system in Europe and perhaps more importantly – they’re air conditioned 😉
Let’s get up to speed.
PROBLEMS YOU MIGHT HAVE
The only complaints you hear aside from spoiled locals who have never commuted a day in New York or London are tourists not taking proper precautions and being robbed by pickpockets.
There are also those people who get ripped off buying €2.15 single tickets, but after reading my Barcelona metro guide you won’t be one of them.
Hold onto the handles over your head! You’re about to become a Barcelona metro professional 😉
A QUICK BARCELONA METRO FAQ
What time does the Barcelona metro close?
- All lines run Sunday to Thursday from 5 AM to midnight
- Fridays and holidays until 2 AM
- Saturday it runs all night
- Open all night 23-24 June, 15-16 August, 23 to 24 of September and New Year’s Eve
How much do Barcelona metro tickets cost?
- Single tickets cost €2.15
- Valid for all metro, bus, and tram lines in the metropolitan area
- 75 minute validity
Does the metro reach the airport?
- The new L9 line reaches Terminal 1 and Terminal 2
- The L9 doesn’t serve the main tourist areas and is mostly used by locals from outskirts
- A return ticket costs €9 and is rarely the best airport transport
HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON BARCELONA METRO TICKETS
I always suggest tourists pick up a discount transport card that gives you unlimited metro access like the Hola Bcn or Barcelona Card. They save you time and money. Get one.
Find out which discount card is right for you by clicking the banner below:
Again, you can buy single tickets for €2.15 but the price and ticket machine lines are hardly ideal.
There’s also the famous Barcelona metro card the T10 – it’ll give you ten rides but unlike the passes above it’s not valid for the airport. More money to the wind.
For a greater look into all Barcelona metro passes and more check out my article how to master Barcelona transport in one glorious guide.
OTHER BARCELONA METRO INFORMATION
In general the trains are well kept and quiet.
The only thing you’ll need to worry about, as mentioned before, are the petty thieves operating in tourist areas – mainly in and around the stations at Liceu, Drassanes, Placa Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, and Sants.
Use common sense and you’ll be fine.
Frequency and proximity
- The most important lines are the red, green, and yellow (L1, L3, L4) lines
- During the day trains run every 2-4 minutes
- At night trains run every 6-10 minutes
- The yellow line gets you to the beach
- The red line gets you to Placa Catalunya and the famous La Rambla
BARCELONA METRO TIPS
- Avoid taking it during rush hour (8-9 AM and 6-7 PM)
- Changing lines could leave you a long walk at Plaça Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia and Sants.
- Always walk further up the platform for more carriage space
- Miss the last train? There’s probably a night bus to get you back
THE BARCELONA METRO MAP
Click the button below to enlarge or download your very own Barcelona metro map.
You can also grab these at the Barcelona Tourism Office at the airport or any metro stop.
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