Public Transportation in Barcelona

Metro Transportation in Barcelona

Transportation in Barcelona is a breeze, with its extensive underground rail network that is clean, easy to use and generally very efficient. The only problem is that you must keep an eye on you belongings at all times as there are many undesirable elements that work in groups pick-pocketing. The situation has improved lately due to the efforts that are being made to police the metro system more efficiently.

There are 11 lines and they are each marked with an L and then a number and each one is color coded. 9 of the lines are operated by TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) and 3 by FGB (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat).

The new line 9 will 42,6 km long, when it is completed it will be the second longest in Europe after London's Central line.

Get more information about the Metro in Barcelona

Aerobus for your Barcelona airport transfers

Bus Transportation in Barcelona

Bus travel in Barcelona is easy and there is a bus route in every direction. The fleet consists of over 1000 vehicles and there are over 100 lines and there are over 900 km of routs between Barcelona and the important metropolitan areas that surround it. The buses are modern clean and comfortable and there are bus lanes in Barcelona so the are not held up by the traffic. This is one of the best ways to get around the city. At the bus stops you are also able to see how long your wait will be before the arrival of the next bus. You can pay the driver when you get on to the bus and don't forget that the metro tickets are also valid on the buses.

Use the Aerobus for your Barcelona airport transfers but remember the normal metro/bus tickets are not valid on this service.

The Tourist Bus or "Bus Turistic" is a great way to see the sights of Barcelona.

Tram Transportation in Barcelona

Barcelona city has two modern tram networks that are operated by Tramnet.

The Trambaix connects the Baix Llobregat area with Barcelona city and the Trambesos connects Sant Adrià de Besòs and Badalona with the city of Barcelona.

There is also the Tramvia Blau that goes up Tibidabo. It is a link from the FGB to the Finicular del Tibidabo. This is a great old tram and the ride up is a lot of fun.


Barcelona city used to have an extensive tram network, as I have mentioned before Guadi was run over and killed by one, and was very dependent on it but the network was dismantled in 1971 and the only tram that remained in Barcelona was the Tramvia Blau on the Tibidabo.

Then in 2004 two new and modern trams were introduced, the Trambaix and the Trambesos.

Each of these has 3 routes but they are going to be expanded and the long term plan is to link the whole of Barcelona by taking the trams all the way down Avinguda Diagonal to link both systems, but I think that is still quite a few years away.

The Trambaix connects the Baix Llobregat area with the of Barcelona city. It was opened to the public in April 2004 . It has 3 different routes (T1, T2 and T3) and starts in the west of the city at the Plaça Francesc Macià and moves out in a westerly direction going past L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat, Cornellà de Llobregat, Sant Joan Despí and Sant Just Desvern.

In 2006 the extension ofthe T3 was opened and it now goes as far as Consell Comarcal in Sant Feliu de Llobregat.

The Trambesos connects Sant Adrià de Besòs and Badalona with the Barcelona city, the the original line (T4) opened in 2008 and runs from Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica in Barcelona to the east of the city and heads north-eastwards until it reaches Sant Adrià de Besòs.

The second line, T5, goes from Glòries to Gorg in Badalona and the third line, T6,connects Sant Adrià RENFE station and Gorg.

Cablecar Transportation in Barcelona

Barcelona has two cable cars, the Montjuic Aerial tramway that starts where the funicular ends and the Port Vell Aerial tramway, take this one for some amazing views of the city.

When going on the Montjuic cable car you will get to enjoy some great views as you sail above one of Barcelona's prettiest green areas.

It takes you all the way up to the Castle at the top where more views can be enjoyed of the city and its harbour. To get there Take the metro to Paral.lel staion which is on lines 2 and and 3 and from there take the Funicular de Montjuic. Another option is to catch a bus, buses 50, 55 and 93 stop there (Parc Montjuïc)

Funicular Transportation in Barcelona

There are 3 funicular lines in total, the finicular Vallvidrera and the Funicular del Tibidabo that goes up Tibidabo and the Funicular de Montjuic.

Montjuic Aerial Tramway

It is open all through the year at the following times:From January to February 10h00 to 18h00From March to May 10h00 to 19h00From June to September 10h00 to 21h00October10h00 to 19h00


Adult single: 6,50€ Return: 9,30€

Child single: 5,00€ Return: 6,70€

Railway Transportation in Barcelona

Barcelona is an important hub for Renfe and the most important intercity station is Barcelona-Sants station. You can get the Ave to Madrid from here, this is a high speed train that travels at about 300km/h. The journey to Madrid is a pleasure and a lot easier than taking the puente aeria, there is a flight every 30 min between the cities, the train takes you from the city center of Barcelona and leaves you in the City center of Madrid, so no taxi fares to pay either..... but it does cost quite a bit more than flying.Barcelona is connected to all the major Spanish cities by high speed trains and these trains will also soon be running to France.

Estación de Francia Train

Bicycle Transportation in Barcelona

Bicing is a renting service that has become very popular in Barcelona. There are now many km of bicycle lanes in Barcelona and the residents are using them more and more every year. When using Bicing all you have to do is buy a user card and this will allow you to take a bike from any of the bicycle stations in the city and leave it at another.


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