Metro, buses and trams in Barcelona: prices and top tips to save money
Article updated 28 August, 2019.
Planning on using the metro or other public transport to get around Barcelona? Have no fear, our handy guide is here!
Hola Bcn 48h: 15.20 euros
Hola Bcn 72h: 22.20 euros
Hola Bcn 96h: 28.80 euros
Hola Bcn 120h: 25.40 euros
T Dia: 8.60 euros
T10: 10.20 euros
T50/30: 43.50 euros
T70/30: 60.90 euros
Public transport offers a simple and practical way of getting around Barcelona. The vehicles and facilities are clean and modern, and all tourist sites in the city are easily accessible using the network.
T10, T 70/30, T50/30, T dia, Hola BCN – new Star Wars droids? No… these are some of the public tranport tickets most suitable for a stay in Barcelona. Other options are available, but only to residents of the city.
In this article, we will inform you of the rates of zone 1 (green on the map), the main tourist attractions are located there. It’s the cheapest and it includes Barcelona and its suburbs.
|One ticket||2€20||1 journey||from 4 years old|
Hint: if you’re planning on making more than 3 journeys using public transport, or if you’re travelling in a group, don’t buy single tickets – there are far more economical ways of doing things. Since January 2018, a single ticket will set you back €2.20.
Hola BCN tickets
Like the Tdia, these four cards are individual and allow unlimited travel over 2, 3, 4 or 5 days.
These tickets are valid for the journey airport-city centre by metro, train and bus (not aerobus*).
- TOP TIP! Buy your Hola BCN cards in advance here to save 5% on the normal retail price.
|Price online||Price at the box office||Journeys||Validity|
|Hola BCN 2 days||14€44||15€20||unlimited||48h||Hola BCN 3 days||21€09||22€20||unlimited||72h||Hola BCN 4 days||27€36||28€80||unlimited||96h||Hola BCN 5 days||33€63||35€40||unlimited||120h|
The T dia ticket
The T dia (“day”) card gives unlimited travel for the day, from the moment you first use it until the end of service.
|T dia||8€60||Individual||Unlimited||One day|
The T10 ticket
The T10 is a card which allows you to take 10 one-way trips by metro, bus, tram and train around the city centre.
|T10||10€20||It can be shared||10 journeys||February 2020|
Your T10 card will be valid until the last day of February of the following year.
After this point, expired cards can be exchanged, on condition that they haven’t been used, up until the end of June. You may have a small fee to pay if the price has gone up in the meantime.
The T50/30 ticket
If you are planning a trip to Barcelona longer than a week and you intend to use public transport , the T50/30 card may interest you.
|T50/30||43€50||Individual||50 journeys||30 consecutive days|
Metro and bus ticket: the T 70/30 ticket
The advantage of the T70/30 ticket is that it can be shared. If you come as a group or family for a stay of between a week and a month, it may be a good option.
|T70/30||60€90||It can be shared||70 journeys||30 consecutive days|
Take good care of your card, as it could well last you for your entire trip. In case of loss or theft, you’ll have to buy another ticket.
Where to buy transport tickets
- Online with a 5% discount for Hola BCN. Afterwards you will only have to pick it up at one of the many tourist information centres of the airport or the city.
- On entering the RENFE train at the airport. The cards also cover the journey from the airport to the centre of Barcelona.
- At tram stations
- At the entrance to all métro and ferrocarril stations, either at the window or using the automatic TMB machines. Instructions are available in English by clicking on the flag icon at the bottom of the screen. Next, select your card: T10, T 70/30, T 50/30 or T dia, Hola BCN 2 dies, 3 dies, 4 dies, 5 dies, all in zone 1 (important!) and choose the number of cards you want to buy. Be careful not to get the number of cards and the number of zones mixed up. You can then pay with cash or by card. Simple!
Using your card
You need to validate (stamp) your card every time you use it. On buses and trams, you’ll find a stamping machine near the doors.
At metro or ferrocarril stations, you’ll need to use your card to get through a turnstile or automatic door. Sometimes, the machine will show how many trips you have left. Don’t forget to retrieve your card each time. Note that the side where you insert the card to get through is not the same at every station.
In any case, take good care of your card – if it’s damaged, you won’t necessarily be able to get it replaced.
A little-known top tip
With any of these cards, you only need to validate once for each trip, even if you use several different modes of transport.
If you change from a bus to another bus or the metro, tram or ferrocarril, it still counts as the same trip, even if you’re on the return leg, on condition that your journey time is less than an hour and a quarter.
- You get the bus from avenue Diagonal to plaça Catalunya, get off and spend a short while in plaça Catalunya.
- If you take a different bus service or the metro back to Diagonal or, for example, toward Sagrada Familia, and if your journey time is less than 1 1/4 hours from first validation, then it counts as a single trip. However, this is not the case if you get the same bus service again.
- Note that if you leave a metro station to walk to another or, for that matter, return to the same station later, you’ll have to validate again on your second entry and it will count as two trips. However, this is not the case if you go from a metro station to a ferrocaril station.
Choosing your card
In our opinion, the T10 is the most practical option, and it’s easy to get your money’s worth, no matter how long your stay. We recommend buying one to see how you get on.
If you’re planning on using public transport a lot, it may be worth buying a Hola BCN card.
Otherwise, take your time and walk! Barcelona is a highly “walkable” city, and you’ll discover all sorts of things on your travels.
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