The Barcelona Metro, inaugurated in 1924, boasts a rich history. Its inaugural line, comprising five stations, linked Plaça Catalunya and Plaça de Lesseps. Over the course of nearly a century, the Barcelona Metro has expanded to encompass eleven lines, the majority of which are subterranean. Presently, the Barcelona Metro stands as the epitome of convenience and speed in the realm of public transportation in Catalonia's capital.
From students and locals to the millions of annual tourists who flock to Barcelona, the Barcelona Metro serves a diverse array of passengers. Adjacent to Barcelona's metro stations lie the city's iconic attractions, including the Arc de Triomphe, Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, Parque Güell, Picasso Museum, and more. Furthermore, the metro offers direct routes to Barcelona El Prat Airport and the central train station, Estación de Barcelona Sants.
The Barcelona Metro functions under the management of two operators, TMB and FGC, as part of an integrated transport network that includes buses, trams, funiculars, and suburban trains. A metro ticket in Barcelona is priced at 2.40 EUR, entitling passengers to 1 hour and 15 minutes of travel across all modes of public transport. For frequent travelers or groups, the T-casual ticket at 11.35 EUR proves to be a cost-effective option, allowing for 10 trips that can be shared among multiple individuals at the same station.
Identification of Barcelona metro stations is marked by a red diamond featuring an M for TMB or an orange rectangle adorned with two white brackets for FGC. Beneath these markers, station diagrams depict the Barcelona metro layout and the lines serviced by each station. Inside, all Barcelona Underground stations house three platforms, offering passengers the convenience of embarking and disembarking from both sides of the train, minimizing congestion and enhancing efficiency. This unique station design is referred to as the "Barcelona solution."
The Barcelona metro accommodates a mix of modern and vintage trains. The latter are outfitted with specialized buttons or levers to facilitate door operation. An aspect that warrants consideration is the connections between stations, which, unfortunately, tend to be narrow, lengthy, and occasionally cramped, detracting from an otherwise seamless travel experience.
The Barcelona Metro consists of 11 lines of different colour and number: L1 (red), L2 (violet), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (dark blue), L6 (purple), L7 (brown), L8 (pink), L9 (orange), L10 (sky blue), L11 (light green). Stations are conveniently located both in the touristic city centre and remote districts. Metro lines length amounts to 144,3 km and has 180 stations. Working hours: from 5 a.m. till midnight (Sunday – Thursday) and from 5 a.m. till 2 a.m. (Fridays and holidays). Moreover, the metro runs all night on Saturdays.
The cost of a single ticket makes € 2.40. In addition, there are various transport cards: the most popular one is T-casual giving you the right for 10 journeys and making them twice cheaper – €11,35. Also, there is an unlimited travel ticket: for 48 hours – € 16,30 for 72 hours – € 23,70, for 96 hours – € 30.80, for 120 hours – € 38, for 1 month – € 40.
Tickets and transport cards can be purchased from ticket machines and ticket offices located at the stations. You can pay in cash or with a bank card. Stations are entered through ticket barriers. The ticket shall be kept until the end of the journey. Be attentive when choosing the platform.