Getting around by metro
The metro is the fastest and easiest way to get around Barcelona. Currently there are nine metro lines, distinguished by their colours, and managed by two different organisations – the TMB (Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona) and the FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Catalana). Some metro stations connect with the Cercania trains (a local overland rail network), and with the Montjuic funicular. You can see a map of the entire metro system here.
Tickets are bought in machines situated in the entrance of metro stations. A ticket permits use of any means of public transport during the following 1 hour 15 minutes.
As well as single tickets there are various kinds of other tickets, the most interesting for short term visitors are:
- T-10 card: theses valid for 10 trips and can be used by more than one person.
- Cards that offer unlimited use, for anything from 1 to 5 days. These may only be used by one individual.
All tickets are valid for the metro, bus, tram, urban light railway (FGC) and cercania trains (local light rail).
Metro and FGC timetable:
Week days from Monday to Thursday, Sundays and public holidays: 5am – 12pm.
Fridays and evenings before public holidays: 5am – 2am.
Saturdays and the evenings of 1/1, 24/06, 15/08 y 24/09: continuous service.