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Using the Barcelona Metro

Get the most out of Barcelona's cheapest and most efficient transport system


Metro station, Barcelona, Spain
Bartomeu Amengual/Stockbyte/Getty Images Barcelona Bus

Where to validate your ticket on the bus

Image: Damian Corrigan

The Barcelona Metro is one of the most under-used resources available to tourists. It is safe to use at any time of day, it comprehensively covers most of the city and is cheap. Metro plans appear on most Barcelona maps and guide books usually say which stop is the nearest to a particular sight (it is an 'M' in a diamond shape in most guide books) so you will always know where you are going.

Read more about 100 Things to Do in Barcelona.

Taking the Train from the Airport to the City TOP TIP

The ten-journey metro card (see below) can be shared between several people and can be used from the airport. One ten-journey card is cheaper than two single tickets from the airport. And you'll still have eight journeys left to explore Barcelona.

See more Barcelona Travel Tips.

First Day in Barcelona - Take A Bus Tour First!

Though the Barcelona Metro should be your primary transport choice in the city, for your first day I recommend a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour bus to help you get your bearings: Barcelona Sightseeing Tour Bus (book direct)

See also: Barcelona Bus Tour with On-Board Gourmet Meal (book direct)

When is the Barcelona Metro Open?

The metro in Barcelona is open until midnight from Sunday to Thursday, until 2am on Friday and through the night on Saturday.

Barcelona Metro Tickets

One of the most important things to get your head around is the various tickets available. Choosing the right ticket is essential to taking full advantage of the low prices of the Barcelona Metro.

Note that the Barcelona Metro (and the train from the airport) are both free with the Barcelona Card (book direct).

The options available to you are:

  • Single ticket (Price: 2€) The most expensive ticket and not worth buying unless you really only plan on making one journey. Not valid to the airport.
  • T-10 Ten Journeys (Price around 10€) Much cheaper than buying individual tickets, each journey works out at 66.5c, which is a fraction over half price! More than one person can use the ticket at the same time too - you can pass the ticket back and your companion can pass it through the machine too. A 'journey' lasts 1h15m, so you can change metros as many times as you want in that time and can even go onto a bus. Remember to validate your ticket each time in the machine provided. Click on the picture on this page and then click 'next' to see what a validating machine on the bus looks like.
  • One-, Two- and Three-Day Tickets (Price 7€ - 15€) Unless you plan on using the card a lot in one day, the ten-ticket card is usually a lot better value.

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