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.
When I was in barcelona, the metro line L5 was undergoing some expansion work and i had a bad day looking for a L5 metro for going to Temple de Sagrada Familia. I went to a metro station of L5 and from there I was directed by a yellow line painted throughout with L5 written on it for about 1.5 kilometers until I finally arrived at the new station. On the way I had to cross streets, shops, parks and then come to the right place whereas the station i had first visited had L5 marked on it. It seemed that the new L5 station was being moved to a different location altogether.
The Barcelona Metro is clean and efficient. Most places of interest can easily be reached by the Metro.
Metro operates from 5am to midnight (Monday to Thursday and Sundays), and 5am to 2am Saturdays and Sundays.
Metro And Bus Tickets
You can buy tickets for individual journeys for the metro at 1.30 Euros per ticket. But if you are here for more than one day or intend taking more than 5 journeys on the metro or buses it's best to buy the T10 ticket .
The transport ticket you choose to buy depends on how many journeys you intend to make. If you don't want to be concerned with buying travel tickets and you want a ticket that gives you unlimited number of journeys during your stay then it is worth considering the Barcelona Card
Many of the sights in Barcelona are within walking distance from each other but some are further away and most of them can be reached by metro. In Barcelona there are six different lines, each with a different colour and number. The metro is running between 5am - midnight on Sunday - Thursday. On Friday and Saturday they are running between 5am - 2am.
I bought a T10-card which is valid for 10 rides (one zone) on the metro, buses, FGCtrains and rodalies. You can change between the different transports and each ride is valid for 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can buy the cards in machines at the metro entrances, using cash or bankcards. A T10-card was 7.20 Euro (February 2008). I lost my card and had to buy a single ticket later. It was 1.30 Euro.
The metro network is quite wide and it links almost the most important sights of Barcelona. Just Tibidabo, Montjuïc and the airport don't have metro stations although they have another means of transportation such as train, funicular or bus.
Furthermore, it's really useful that the system works round-the-clock during the weekends.
There are a few useful websites (in different languages) that offer very good information:
I personally suggest to use the public metro and bus network as it is an easy, safe, cheap and quick way of getting around in the city. I usually buy the T-10 ticket which allows you to use it for 10 journeys in any transportation in the zone nr. 1: The underground (metro), the bus, the railways and the new tram.
From the moment you use the ticket it is valid for a 1:15 hrs - that means if you first use the metro and then get on to a bus, you still have to validate it, but there will be no deduction from your ticket. But it is important to validate it!
For prices, schedules and so on check out the website.
Note that buses are indicated in the front with the number of the busline and the both destinations they are connecting, for example: 56 - Collblanc/Besós Verneda means that this bus starts in Collblanc and takes you to Besós Verneda and back.
Tickets for the buses have to be validated in the bus and for the metro entering the underground station.
You can buy tickets at the machines or counters at any train or metrostation. Also at the airport, outside at the bus stations you can find the ticketing machines.
The Metro is very good in Barcelona. I used it daily. You can find an interactive map here.
I used the T10 ticket (pictured to the right) for ten travels. This travel card offers you also the possibility of changing the metro with bus or tram for the journey as long as it is within a 1 hour and a half time period. Another possibillity is to buy single tickets (1.25EUR) or the 2-5day passes (9.60-20.80EUR).
When I was in Barcelona I used to travel a lot by underground. The metro system runs all over the city.
I should recommend to buy a T10 ticket. This is valid for 10 travels and can be used by different persons. You can buy it at every tube station.
The metro is a great way to get around. Just look at the map and follow the billions of signs posted all over the place to where you want to go or where to switch. Just a word of warning though, some connections are FAR even though they appear to connect directly w/ other lines. Sometimes it's faster to walk above ground from your connecting station to where you want to go instead of connecting to another station--I'd say it's much less stressful then wondering when the heck you're going to appear at the next station even though you see signs everywhere for it since it's 104 degrees in there! OK~ It's not 104 degrees, but it's warm, muggy and smells a little like urine.
Barcelona has a great Metro system so getting around the city is really easy. Multi-day passes are the best way to go (just try not to loose it). The maps were easy to decifer and it saved our feet a lot of walking.
You can use this ticket from the airport and can be used by more than one person. We bought 2 of these tickets during our stay and used them for 2 trips to and from the airport, return to the Nou Camp and return to Parc Guell. This cost us €6.90 each and it costs that to go just to the airport so we got 8 free trips.
The Barcelona metro is a cheap, quick and efficient way of seeing the city and getting to the tourist sites away from the centre of town (such as Camp Nou and the Guell Park)
These destinations are all in the same 'zone' as the centre of the city and the beach areas which mean you only need to buy the cheapest ticket.
Multi-day passes can be purchased from stations or online but travel was so cheap I found it easy enough to just buy a ticket for a single journey.
Multi day passes can be used on the metro and buses.
Tickets can be purchased in any station from machines with take notes, coins and credit/debit cards. These machines give instructions in various languages.
The stations and trains are clean, bright and seem safe enough, just be sensible as you would on an underground in any major city.
If possible, take a metro map with you to make your life easier. They are available on the TMB website for you to print out or to put on to your PDA
The underground system here is fast, efficient and pervasive: there are various lines which cover the majority of the tourist sites as well as serving greater Barcelona as a whole. A good tip if you plan to use it a lot is to buy a T10 ticket. These tickets cover 10 journeys; changes in mode of transport (e.g. from metro to bus) which take place within an hour and fifteen minutes of validation class as one journey. These tickets can also be shared between two or more people, making it especially cost effective for groups.