When people arrive to Barcelona, regardless if it is a business trip or a holiday, they are in need of reliable transportation. Some hotels offer shuttle service, which is very convenient solution, but in most cases, you will be on your own when it comes to transportation. Instead of staying in hotels, a lot of people choose apartments for rent in Barcelona, as this way they would feel more comfortable. In any case, Barcelona Metro would be a good way to reach your destination and to find your way around the city during your visit.
Founded in 1924, the Barcelona Metro first line connected Lesseps and the Plaça de Catalunya. Over the years the network expanded, and so was the number of lines and stations. Today, Metro de Barcelona has 11 lines with 163 stations, covering the length of approximately 120 kilometers. The metro runs underground in the central city area of Barcelona, while the railways are above ground in the suburbs.
The ticket system is integrated into Autoritat del Transport Metropolità, which allows you to purchase a ticket that is valid in metro, buses, trams and trains around the city. There are several types of cards.
- Cards with limited number of journeys – Several cards allow a certain number of journeys, including 10, 50 and 70 journeys, which can be used as a single or multi-person ticket.
- Cards with limited time interval – These cards allow unlimited number of journeys, but they are limited by the time interval. You can buy one day ticket, one month, three months, etc.
Here is the list of lines, including some of the stops near the Barcelona landmarks.
Line 1 – Hospital de Bellvitge – Fondo (This is the second oldest metro line and the longest one in the Barcelona Metro. It is colored red on the map of the city.)
Line 2 – Paral·lel – Badalona Pompeu Fabra (Marked with purple color, this line runs through the city center, near landmarks which include Sagrada Familia. The expansion of this line is announced, in order to reach El Prat Airport.
Line 3 – Zona Universitària – Canyelles (Green line of the Barcelona metro runs through the oldest metro stations built in 1920s.)
Line 4 – Trinitat Nova – La Pau (Yellow line goes near the beaches, including Barceloneta and Bogatell.)
Line 5 – Cornellà Centre – Vall d’Hebron (Blue line connects northern parts of Barcelona.)
Line 6 – Pl. Catalunya – Reina Elisenda (Marked with light blue color, this line connects the city centre with Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district.)
Line 7 – Pl. Catalunya – Av. Tibidabo (The shortest line is marked with brown color and it connect the center of the city with Avinguda Tibidabo.)
Line 8 – Barcelona – Moli Nou (Pink line runs from Plaça Espanya to the Sants-Montjuïc district.)
Parts of the following lines are currently under construction. Once completed, it is expected that the line 9 will be the longest automatic metro line in Europe.
Line 9 – Can Zam – La Sagrera
Line 10 – La Sagrera – Gorg
Line 11 – Trinitat Nova – Can Cuiàs