Move around Barcelona: Public transport

Move around Barcelona: Public transport

Barcelona has a wide public transport network: all the neighborhoods and the metropolitan area are connected to its eight metro lines. In addition, we have two tram lines running through the city from north to south, as well as a large fleet of buses arriving at the city. All this is completed by the commuter train lines, which not only serve to leave the city, but to move quickly within it.


If you buy a ticket you can enjoy the integrated fare system, which allows access to various means of transport, such as the metro, train and tram, with the same ticket for an hour and a quarter. This is not the case if you buy a single ticket, which is also much more expensive.


You will soon see that Barcelona's public transport network is very easy to use: at each train and metro station there are location maps, and inside the wagons on the subway the route of the line is indicated by luminous panels.

The metro is one of the preferred options for the people of Barcelona, ??since the eight metro lines reach virtually every corner of the city. In addition, dozens of stations are interconnected to also facilitate transshipment with other means of transport, such as trains or buses.

For example, you can get from our student building Ramón Albó to the city center in less than 20 minutes with a direct metro line (L4), or from our university apartments Robrenyo to the university area in just 9 minutes.

At night, the subway operates uninterruptedly on Saturdays and the eve of some holidays of the year.

Each subway line is identified by a different color: L1 (red), L2 (lilac), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (blue), L9 (orange), L10 (light blue) and L11 (green) Clear).

With regard to buses, at each bus stop you can see all information about the lines, schedules and stops. It is important to know that we Barcelonians use four basic points to orient ourselves in the city: meaning sea (east) or mountain (west) and Besòs (north) or Llobregat (south).

Around Barcelona there are around a thousand adapted buses that run throughout the city and also arrive in the metropolitan area.

The city also has a night bus service, the Nitbús.

Barcelona had a tram until 1971, year in which it disappeared, but fortunately, not definitively. Yes, we had to wait until 2004, year in which he recovered as an accessible, ecological, comfortable and fast means of transport. There are two Tram lines (as we call them from Barcelona): the one that crosses part of Diagonal Avenue to some neighboring towns of Baix Llobregat, known as Trambaix, and the one that goes parallel to the coast and reaches Badalona, ??the Trambesòs.

Renfe's Cercanías service links the different train stations of the city through five lines that cross Barcelona and connect it with the entire metropolitan area and with the main cities of Catalonia. But, in addition, the rail network of the city has three lines that connect the upper area with the center and reach the capitals of Vallès, Sabadell and Terrassa, while crossing the Collserola mountains.

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