How to get around Barcelona by public transportation?

Barcelona has an extensive and complete public transport network, which will allow you to move around the city in a comfortable, fast and more sustainable way.

The main company in charge of managing public transport is TMB. Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona1, abbreviated as TMB, is the public transport manager in the city of Barcelona and its metropolitan area.

In Barcelona, ??there are eight metro lines marked with different colors, two train networks, two tram lines, trains, railways and a powerful fleet of buses to reach any point in the city. In addition, the travel passes are integrated, that is, they allow you to combine different means for an hour and a half without having to pay for a new ticket.

If you are thinking of staying in one of the Barcelona Student Housing apartments or rooms, you are in luck, because thanks to its privileged locations, you will always have a stop close to home that will connect you with the entire metropolitan area.

How do I get around the city?

Barcelona's public transport network is very easy to use: at each tram, train and metro station there are location plans and illuminated panels that show the route of each line. With respect to buses, in each marquee there is all the information about the lines, with schedules, directions and stops. It is important to know that the people of Barcelona use four basic points to orient themselves in the city: direction sea (east) or mountain (west) and Besòs (north) or Llobregat (south).

Metro (subway)

The Barcelona metro network has not stopped growing in recent years, becoming one of the most complete means of transport that connects almost every corner of the city. In addition, thanks to its interconnected stations, transfers can be easily made to change lines and even means of transport. During the weekends its hours are uninterrupted, so you can use it at any time. The different lines are identified with a different color: L1 (red), L2 (purple), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (blue), L9 (orange), L10 (light blue) and L11 (light green) ).


Barcelona has a fleet of about a thousand perfectly adapted buses that run throughout the city and metropolitan area. If you travel with a subscription, you can enjoy the integrated fare system, which allows you to access the different means of transport, such as the metro, train and tram, with the same ticket for an hour and a quarter. The city also has a night bus service, the Nit bus, so returning home at night will not be a problem.

Tranvía (Tram)

It is an accessible, ecological, comfortable and fast means of transport. There are two lines: the one that runs along the Avenida Diagonal to some neighboring towns in Baix Llobregat, known as Trambaix, and the one that runs parallel to the coastline and reaches Badalona, ??the Trambesòs.

Cercanías Renfe

The Renfe Cercanías service connects the different train stations in the city through five lines that cross Barcelona and connect it with the entire metropolitan area and with the main cities of Catalonia.

Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat (FGC)

The city's railway network has three lines that connect the upper area with the center and that reach the capitals of Vallès, Sabadell and Terrassa, while crossing the Collserola massif.

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