When first arriving in Barcelona, everything is new. The apartment, the job, the sights, the beach, the bars and cafes but most of all, how to get to all these places.
While walking is a great way of discovering and enjoying the city, getting to work on time or a rainy day requires an alternative, and that is public transport.
After a few months in Barcelona, here is what I found out:
- The TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona): Using the TMB App you can find out the best and fastest route to get from point A to point B. We also recommend the App Moovit.
- Metro: The metro system in Barcelona is very well connected and waiting times are usually not longer than 5 to 10 minutes. During the week, it runs from 5 AM until midnight, Fridays from 5 AM until 2 AM and Saturdays from 5 AM until Sunday at midnight.
You should keep your ticket at hand, since you might have to use it when coming out of the metro.
- Bus: If you want to look at the city while getting from one place to another, the bus is the best solution. It comes every 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the line and time of the day, and is usually on time, depending on the traffic. Entering the bus is done through the front door in order to validate the ticket at one of the ticket validating machines. Be careful always to walk towards the end of the bus, otherwise, the other passengers who want to come in will not have room.
- Ticket fares: Tickets can be bought at any metro station and on the bus and not having one will get you €100 fine.
Single bus ticket: This ticket is valid for one bus journey only. Price: €2.15
T-10: A multi-person travel card allowing 10 journeys to be made by all operators in the Integrated Fare System. Price: 1 zone / From €9.95
T-50/30: An individual travel card allowing 50 journeys to be made over 30 days on all operators in the Integrated Fare System. Price: 1 zone / From €42.50
T-Mes (Monthly travel card): A holder-specific travel card allowing unlimited journeys to be made for one month on all operators in the Integrated Fare System. Price: 1 zone / From €52.75
T-Trimestre: A holder-specific travel card allowing unlimited journeys to be made over 90 days on all operators in the Integrated Fare System. Price: 1 zone / From €142
T-Jove (Young person’s travel card) (very popular): Under 25s can use this travel card to make unlimited journeys over 90 days on all operators in the integrated transport system. Price: 1 zone / From €105
T-70/30: A multi-person travel card allowing 70 journeys to be made over 30 days on all operators in the integrated transport system. Price: 1 zone / From €59.50
T-Mes FM/FN general (only with a NIE number): The advantages of the T-Mes at a special price for general-type large and single-parent families. Price: 1 zone / From €42.20
- Getting to the airport
Bus Line 46 from Plaça España – normal fare
Metro L9 – €4.50
Aerobús from Plaça España and Plaça Catalunya – single ticket: €5.90, return ticket: €10.90 http://www.aerobusbcn.com/en
If metros and buses are not for you, Barcelona offers a great alternative, the city bike. The Bicing App lets you find the nearest bike station.
It costs €47,16 per year and you can order it online. The website is in Spanish, so you might need some help from a Spanish buddy. https://www.bicing.cat/es/
What you should also know about public transport in Barcelona is that respect and the peaceful coexistence of passengers are very important. Good karma comes through:
… validating your ticket.
… giving up seats reserved for people with special needs.
… keeping your feet off seats.
… listening to music without bothering other passengers.
… staying off the metro tracks.
… respecting bus furniture.
Finding the best way to get to work and anywhere else in Barcelona takes some getting used to, but after some time everyone finds their way.