I purchased a t10 ticket which cost 9.95Euros. This entitled me to 10 individual trips, including from the airport to central Barcelona.
Just a word of warning though when I tried to use the ticket after about 2 days of storing it in my pocket we had trouble getting the machine to recognise the ticket.
Fortunately a ticket guard was nearby and he suggested that the ticket could have become damaged. He replaced it with a newer version with the same amount of credit. The advice therefore is to keep your tickets clean and flat; don't let them get damaged otherwise the ticket barrier will not let you through.
Barcelona has a very efficient metro system and you can reach anywhere in the city with the help of metro. It is also very easy to change to different lines within the metro system. The signs and labels don't give you any chance to lose your direction. If you will prefer walking and using metro combined as we did, you can get a T-10 ticket which gives you 10 rides in metro or bus within Barcelona. It costs 9.25 Euro and there are automatic ticketing machines where you can even get it with your credit card.
Santa Coloma is along the the red metro (subway) line (L1) and you can easily get there from any place in the city center. Since it is at the northern end of the line it will take you 20 - 30 min with the metro from the center. Lots of hotels to choose from in the city. You maybe want to check Google maps of the hotels location compared to the L1 metro stops. At http://www.tmb.cat/en/home you have a lot of information about the Barcelona public transportation.
In order to get from one general area to another, the subway is the best bet in time and money. The system has a very efficient run operation, and the cars are clean inside, with many running every few minutes to avoid long waits. the grid connects with the rail lines at Plaza Espanya, and all bus routes are next to the exit points. The subway lines are easily followed and the connection between routes is good.
A fare for one ride is 1,40 Euro, but a ten ride discount ticket then averages 80 Euro cents. There is a free time of 75 minutes that you cane take a bus to connect to subway line, or visa versa that is free if you get on within that time frame.
If I want to travel from Poblenou to Passeig de Gràcia , does that mean I only need to buy Single metro ticket?
If I coming back from Passeig de Gràcia to Poblenou, does that mean I buy another Single metro ticket?
How does the ticket work? tap or insert at the gate?
Barcelona has a very efficient,clean, and cheap metro system .... machines have English translation, only warning .... be careful of your possessions since this is where the pick-pockets come to work !!!!! And also be ready to climb stairs like you wouldn't believe ..... in all my travels, this has been the most challenging metro system to navigate because of the amount of stairs in all stations .... but the metro themselves are clean and never do you wait more than a couple of minutes for one. We paid 20 Euro's for a 4 day pass ........
It's quite easy to take the metro to go around Barcelona. Just purchase a ticket that's good for 10 rides for less than 10 Euros and you're good to go. If you don't read or speak Spanish, you might find the ticketing stations confusing. Lucky for me, I can understand a few Catalan/Spanish words so it was a breeze to get tickets from those automated machines.
Alternatively, you can always ask. :)
If you have a map, you are able to see that the tourist spots are located near a certain metro station, which is good. Just be careful of your belongings when you take the crowded metro, okay? :)
My husband and I Can’t walk very far therefore we found that by using the metro we could get all over Barcelona without hardly any walking.
There are metro stops everywhere it’s great, we bought a weekly ticket which meant we could cover most of Barcelona.
The other transport was good too.
The metro system in Barcelona is great and easy to use. On every stop there are maps of the whole system and it's very easy to navigate and find your way around. We used the T-10 ticket which allowed us to switch trains in one ride- every ride is good for 1h and 15 min.
The trains are fast and we didn't wait more than 4-5 minutes for a train. At the entrance of every stop there are machines to by a ticket in several languages- fast and easy, and maps of the stops of each train.
The T-10 is a transport ticket with 10 rides and is good for the metro and bus and several people can use it. Every ride is good for 1h 15 min (for zone 1- almost all the main atractions are within that zone) which means that for example you can use the metro and the bus in one ride. For 7 days in Barcelona we bought 2 T-10 tickets, every ticket costs 7.95 euro.
The underground electrified railways - Metro - of Barcelona is the most cost-effective transport mode there is for tourists.
Though I almost hated it because of that staff (engrossed in story-telling with her colleague inside the booth) who won't sell me a ticket at the counter at the Metro Station Espagna and who insisted that I buy the ticket from the vending machine which in fact denied my credit card and I don't have a loose coin.
Aside from that I generally use the metro transport all the time - except when I'd prefer to walk - which is a lot of times.
If you're staying in the La Rambla area or near, then you would most likely walk around the area all the time, but for other sights, you will have to take the metro - like sagrada familia, parc guel, plaza espagna, montjuic, eixample, etc...
I would suggest buying the T10 ticket which is Euro 7+ that you could use for 10 times around Zone 1 where most of the tourist sights are located, whereas a single ticket cost about Euro 1.40, you can also share it with your friends. Saves a lot of euros.
Be sure to have coins or that your credit card is accepted at the ticket vending machine.
In general the Barcelona metro system is easy to use. The trains and the stations are clean and safe.
There are good signs. Trains run frequently. There is a digital sign on every track that announces the time till the next train (and its number and destination). I never waited more than 5 minutes for any train.
The different lines are all colour coded, which makes it quite easy, usually, to find the track you want.
The abono 10 [or T10] card provides 10 rides for only Euro 7.70 rather than paying Euro 1.35 for each ride (September 2009). The same card is good for the trams and the buses too. Tickets can be bought in machines at every station. Careful! The machine for credit cards does not take cash and visa-versa! Most of the machines have full explanation in English.
With all that - when you have to change lines it can be a trek from one place to the other. At times I walked for more than 10 minutes, going up stairs and down, around corners and taking escalators.
Trying to find Line R5 for Montserrat was difficult. Only time that I actually had to ask directions.
Some of the stations have only steps, no lift, nor escalators - and they can be difficult with many, many steps to climb.
There is a good metro map here:
The Barcelona Metro is one of the most under-used resources available to tourists. It is safe to use at any time of day and it comprehensively covers most of the city and is pretty cheap.
The metro in Barcelona is open until midnight from Sunday to Thursday, until 2am on Friday and through the night on Saturday.
You can purchase metro tickets in all metro stations. There is available a 1 day ticket for all routes. The price depends of the "crowns" that you expect to cross. Currently, the price for the down town is 5,80 €. More information at http://www.tmb.cat/en_US/home.jsp
In general we would suggest to tourists when touring Barcelona, use the metro if your destination is too far to walk. Although many and most of the tour sights are within walking distances from each other but some are a bit further away and most of them can be easily and effeciently reached by metro. So far, there are six different lines, each with a different colour and number for easier to remember and recognize. The metro here in Barcelona is in full swing from 5 in the morning till midnight on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays which is considered a weekend it is in full function from 5 in the morning till 2 in the morning. Even with us locals we purchase the T-10 card which is good or valid for ten rides (those that labels zone one and so forth, I find it only confusing as we use these for all rides and is legal and acceptable by the metro machine., the metro, busses, FGC trains and rodalies are also accepting the metro tickets for transfers. You are allowed to change between the different transports and each ride is valid for one hour and 15 minutes. You can buy the cards in machines at the metro entrances, using cash or even bankcards. A T-10 CARD is 7.20 Euros (effective 02/08) For single ticket riders is quite expensive they cost 1.30 euros single ride. Now if your going to use the city airport bus, it cost 2.10 by bus, which you can pick up right in front of El Corte Ingles. If your going to Girona from Barcelona (by regional train) 5.90 Euros from Mondays through Fridays.