Barcelona has a wide range of transport options, linking all the points of interest in the city. The main means of transport are underground trains, buses, commuter trains, trams and taxis. The main bus station for arrivals and departures is Barcelona Nord. The main railway stations are: Barcelona Sants (Estació Sants), Espanya, Passeig de Gracia, Catalunya and França. There is also El Prat Airport, run by AENA and located 15 kilometres from the city centre. It has two terminals (T1 and T2) and the IATA code it uses is BCN.
The underground system in Barcelona is open from 5:00 am to midnight from Monday to Thursday (working days and public holidays). On Fridays it opens until 2:00 am, on Saturdays it stays open all night and on Sundays it closes at midnight. On public holidays when special activities are held it stays open all night.
The prices of tickets are the same for all the lines, as the whole underground system is in a single zone. You can view comprehensive information on the fares and prices of the underground via the following link. The exception is the airport, reached via line nine, for which you need a special ticket. The maps of the underground will be useful for knowing which lines to use and the changes to be made to reach your destination. The underground has a pass (bonobús) entitling you to 10 journeys but you can also use integrated travel cards like the Tmes, Ttrimestral and Tjove.
The stations providing commuter trains usually open at 6:00 am, although there are services which begin at 5:00 am and last until around midnight.
You can check the timetables for each station on the Renfe website. The city of Barcelona has seventeen railway lines. Commuter train tickets do not have a single fare. They depend on the zone and the station you wish to travel to. You can buy a ticket for ten journeys; check the prices and fares, as well as the maps of the lines and zones with which the trains operate in the city and the surrounding area on the website.
The Catalan capital has an urban bus network consisting of more than 100 lines, run by the TMB (Barcelona Metropolitan Transport Company).
It provides a daytime service (from 5:00 am until midnight), as well as night buses. The latter service is also known as the
NitBus. You can check the map, lines, timetables and fareson the TMB website. This transport network has passes entitling you to ten journeys, but you can also buy a ticket for a single journey on the bus itself. To view more comprehensive information go to the TMS website or use the following mobile application: TMB-App.
According to the official website of the Barcelona Metropolitan Transport company, these cards can be bought at any (duly indicated) point of sale, without any prior requirements. With the exception of people who wish to obtain discounts on the grounds of disability, age or a large family, who will have to attach the corresponding supporting document.
According to the official website of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona, these cards are available in any retail outlet specified, by the TMB, without any prerequisite with the exceptions of those who want to enjoy discounts on because of disabilitie(s), age, or a large family. These individuals must always carry the respective document accrediting said special circumstance.
Barcelona has six tram lines which run through the following municipalities in the city: L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat, Cornellà de Llobregat, Sant Joan Despí, Sant Just Desvern and Sant Feliu de Llobregat. You can use the public transport travel card to go by tram or buying a single metrobús ticket, which also includes the tram. You can check the maps, fares, lines and timetableson the TMB website.