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Metro, buses and trams in Barcelona: prices and top tips to save money during a tourist stay

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Article updated 23 March, 2020. 9 comments

Planning on using the metro or other public transport to get around Barcelona? Have no fear, our handy guide is here!

Tickets Metro Barcelona for a tourist journey

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.

T-Casual, T-Usual, T dia, T-grup, T-Familiar, Hola BCN – new Star Wars droids? No… these are some of the public transport tickets most suitable for a touristic 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.

Metro buses zones of Barcelona

Metro ticket

Price Journeys Edad
One ticket 2€40 1 journey from 4 years old

Hint: if you’re planning on making more than 4 or 5 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. 

Hola Barcelona tickets

These four cards are individual and allow unlimited travel over 48, 72, 96 or 120 hours (from the first validation) by metro, bus, tram or ferrocarril, in zone 1, in Barcelona and its suburbs.

These tickets are valid for the journey airport-city centre by metro, train and bus (not nitbus and aerobus*).

  • TOP TIP! Buy your Hola Barcelona cards in advance here to save 10% on the normal retail price.
Price online Price at the box office JourneysValidity Transfer from/to airport
Hola Barcelona 2 days 14€67 16€30 unlimited 48h Valid by train metro bus (except nitbus and Aerobus)
Hola Barcelona 3 days21€33 23€70 unlimited72h Valid by train metro bus (except nitbus and Aerobus)
Hola Barcelona 4 days 27€72 30€80 unlimited96h Valid by train metro bus (except nitbus and Aerobus)
Hola Barcelona 5 days 34€20 38€ unlimited 120hValid by train metro bus (except nitbus and Aerobus)

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.

Price Description Journeys Validity Transfer from/to airport
T dia 10€50 Individual UnlimitedOne day Valid by train metro bus (except Aerobus)

The T-Casual ticket

The T-Casual is a card which allows you to take 10 one-way trips by metro, bus, tram and train around the city centre. It cannot be shared.

Price Description Journeys Validity Transfer from/to airport
T-casual 11€35 Individual 10 journeys February 2021 valid by train and bus (except Aerobus and metro L9)

Your T-Casual 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.

Metro and bus ticket: The T-grup

The advantage of the T-Grup 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.

Price Description Journeys Validity Transfer from/to Airport
T-grup 79€45 It can be shared 70 journeys 30 consecutive days valid by train and bus (except Aerobus and metro L9)

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.

Metro and bus ticket: T-familiar on sale from March 1, 2020

The T-Familiar allows you to make 8 trips within 30 days and has the advantage that it can be shared. It is not valid for journeys from the airport metro station. It is scheduled to go on sale on March 1st, 2020.

Price Description Journeys Validity Transfer from/to Airport
T-familiar €10 It can be shared 8 journeys 30 consecutive days valid by train and bus (except Aerobus and metro L9)

Where to buy transport tickets

  • 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, 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.

An example?

  • 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 ferrocarril station.

Handy, no?

Choosing your card

If you’re planning on using public transport a lot, it may be worth buying a Hola Barcelona card. If you book them online here, they cost around €7 per day for unlimited travel, which is a good deal. In addition, they are valid for travel by train, city bus and metro from the airport.

Even if it can’t be shared, the T-casual is also a practical option, and it’s easy to get your money’s worth, no matter how long your stay.

The Barcelona Card is a very good option too and a great way to combine travel, visits and activities.

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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9 commentaires sur Metro, buses and trams in Barcelona: prices and top tips to save money during a tourist stay

  1. Avatar Milorad says:

    Dear,
    what t -familiar card means:
    – 4 people can have 8 or 4 journeys in zone 1?
    – we have to stamp it 1 or 4 times?
    Thank you
    Best regards

    • Valérie Valérie says:

      Good morning Milorad,
      As T-familiar is a card which allows to make 8 journeys; 4 persons have 2 journeys in zone 1 and you’ll have to stamp it 4 times (but only from march 1st). Have a nice trip !

  2. Avatar stephen says:

    Hi,
    Thank you for your excellent explanation. May I know if two shared the T10 card to take public transport, we must validate the card one or two times when we board a bus or a train?

    • Maite Maite says:

      Good morning Stephen,

      Thank you for your comment. If you share a T10 card, you need to validate it twice each time if you are two people.

      Have a nice trip!

  3. Avatar Asen says:

    Thanks for the helpful info.

    Question: If I buy T10, can I travel with my girlfriend on the same bus only with this single tickets. So, it will be 5 one-ways for 2 of us. Also, can I use it on AeroBUS?

    Thanks in advance!

  4. Avatar Sarita says:

    Dear Valerie,
    Thank you so much for your easy to follow instructions.
    This website is very helpful for us tourists as it is in English.
    Kindly tell me is there a difference between Barcelona Card and Hola Barcelona Card, if yes what is the difference?
    If I purchase these cards for a group of people,( we are a group of parents, students and teachers who are coming for World Scholars from Kenya), where will I have to collect them from?
    Thanks
    Sarita

    • Maite Maite says:

      Dear Sarita,

      Thank you for your comment, we are very please that you find useful our website.

      The Hola BCN card, includes unlimited transport, whereas the Barcelona Card includes unlimited transport and great discounts for many tourist attractions.

      So, which is the best option? If your stay in Barcelona will last between 3 and 5 days and you’re an “active” tourist, aged between 25 and 65 and planning to use public transport, then the Barcelona Card may well be your best be.

      However, in the case of students, children and over 65’s, there are many museums that offer discounts to people in these age groups, meaning this card may not be worth it.

      Regarding the Hola BCN card, it can be a good option if you are planning to use public transport quite much to move around the city.

      The cards can be collected from any of the city’s many Tourist Information offices. You will find a list of sites and where to find them in this article.

      Finally, I also recommend you to compare the advantages of this card with the Barcelona City Pass, you will find more information about this card in this article.

      Have a great trip! 🙂

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Valérie

Valérie, the creator of Barcelona Top Travel Tips, loves discovering new places, finding the words to describe them, and coming up with little illustrations for the website. Her favourite thing in Barcelona is the unusual, curvy architectural features of some of the city’s buildings. Some say she’s a dreamer… in any case, a city full of works by Gaudí is a great place for her!