The metro system in Barcelona is more than just efficient, it can take you pretty much everywhere around the city, it’s the most often used method of transport by tourist and inside each station you can find maps, direction and Tourist information offices to help you find your way around.
The TMB or “Transports Metropolitans of Barcelona” is in charge of the metro and the local trains through FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat).
Stations can be distinguished by a red diamond-shaped signs with the letter “M” inside, they have color-coded and numbered lines: L1, L2, L3, L4, L5 and L11; the other three L6, L7 and L8, along a funicular railway going to Montjuïc are operated by the local trains regulator FGC. The tickets can be acquired from each station either in ticket offices or touch-screen vending machines. The most popular options are:
Metro schedules go from 5am to midnight everyday but Fridays and Saturdays, when it’s available until 2am. The site Tmb.net is easy to navigate and provides information in English, Spanish and Catalonian.
- A single ticket known as Senzill or Sencillo for 1.65 USD and allows you a ride of up to 75 minutes.
- A T-10 ticket for 8.95 USD that will give you ten rides and can be shared with other people.
- A T-día ticket for 6.85 USD to use as many times as you want during the day.
- Travel Cards for 12 USD to 18 USD can be bought to use for two, three or more days during your stay.
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