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How does the metro work in Barcelona?

Using public transport in Barcelona is an easy and comfortable way to move around. Discover in this post how the city's metro network works.

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Using public transport in Barcelona is a comfortable and fast way to get to all parts of the city, and the metro is one of the best options to explore every corner. In this post we tell you everything you need to know before using it.

Subway lines

The Barcelona metro, managed by the company TMB, consists of a total of 8 lines (L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L9, L10 and L11) and has 165 stations. The most central ones are Plaça Catalunya (L1 and L3), Paseo de Gracia (L4 and L2) or Plaça Espanya (L1, L3 and L5). In addition, the line that connects the Prat Airport with the city is the L9 Sud. Here you can see the different maps of all the lines.


A single one-way ticket costs 2.40 €, and can be purchased at the machines or ticket offices at each station. In addition, there are useful passes for several days or months that will allow you to combine travel by metro with other means of transport, such as Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat, Rodalies trains or buses in Barcelona and surroundings. Some of them are the T-usual, the T-casual, the T-jove, the T-familiar or the Hola Barcelona tourist cards. Find more information on this website, by the way! Children from 0 to 3 years old travel for free.


Depending on the days of the week, the subway has different schedules: From Monday to Thursday, the service operates from 5 a.m. to midnight, while on Fridays and holiday eves it is extended until 2 a.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, however, the subway offers a 24-hour non-stop service. On Saturdays and Sundays, on the other hand, the metro offers uninterrupted service 24 hours a day. Normally, the frequency is 2 to 4 minutes during the day and up to 10 minutes at night.Timetables

Additional information

The Barcelona metro is suitable for people with disabilities and reduced mobility, and in recent years various measures have been implemented to improve accessibility, such as elevators, tactile and visual signage and reserved seating, however, due to structural limitations or age, not all stations always have such measures. On the other hand, access for dogs is permitted, as long as it is not during working days from 7 am to 9:30 am and from 5 pm to 7 pm. Likewise, they must always be on a non-extensible leash and wear a muzzle.

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