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.
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.
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
I would travel back and forth from Sitges, Spain to Barcelona via the RENFE train. The train was located about 15 minutes (on foot) from my hotel and way incredibly convenient! Pretty cheap and fast, and it sure as heck beats renting a car in a city I was unfamiliar with!
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.
Barcelona is a very walkable city, though for those less able, or those who enjoy trying out the local transport, then the TMB Metro is the go. There are 6 lines - L1, L2, L3, L4, L5 & L11, plus also part of the network is the funicular railway that runs from Paral·lel metro stop to Parc de Montjuic.
The metro runs from 5am to midnight Sun-Thu and from 5am to 2am on Fri & Sat. Some of the lines criss-cross in the centre of Barcelona, though you may find you seem to walk for ages underground to change from one line to another.
Tickets can be bought from the ticket office at each station or from the ticket machines which operate in a few different languages. You can buy single tickets or books of ten single tickets if you are planning a few single trips during your stay.
If you are planning a few trips within the same day you may be better off buying a one-day pass (T-Dia), which costs 5.25 euro for zone 1 (Feb 2007). Or depending on the length of your visit, and how often you think you will use the metro, you may want to consider a 2, 3, 4, or 5 day pass.
Full details of all the tickets and pricing can be found on the website below.
If you buy for example a 5-day ticket, be sure to take good care of it! It's very good value if you want to move around a lot, but it can also get damaged within five days, especially if you keep it in your pocket for easy reach. I came across this problem after 2 days of using the ticket. The ticket had gotten a bit damaged so that the machines didn't read it anymore. After one day of travelling with a faulty ticket (not easy if you don't speak many words of Catalan or Spanish), I finally went to change the ticket at a big station where I could find someone who speaks English. They changed the ticket to a new one free of charge but it took a lot of convincing first.
Bacerlona metro compared at least to the other metro I know, the Moscow metro, is small, dark and even suffocating sometimes. Yes, U can travel fast and cheap to every place on the city. The frecuency on all 6 lines is around 5min.
But my personal opinion is that the signs in the Metro can be confusing. I got lost twice searching for the right direction. The signs are mixed up and don't give a good orientation about where to go or wich metro to catch.
In Barcelona there is another way of transportation, the RENFE trains and if U don't pay enough attention, U can get on one of those trains thinking is the metro. BE carefull with that because U could loose some precious minutes if U miss the right train or metro.
We found the metro system in Barcelona very useful, and our three day travelcard good value for money when using it, especially as our hotel was at a little distance from the town centre and some of the places we wanted to visit were rather spread out too. The maps were simple to use to work to the best route and the clear signs at each station made it easy for us to find our way from platform to platform, when we had to change trains. It was a quick efficient way to get from place to place and we never seemed to have to wait long for a train. We also felt very safe using it, even late at night.
Of course the disadvantage of travelling along underground is missing the view of this beautiful city that you would have travelling above ground and we also found that, as with the London underground stations, we often had quite a long walk, sometimes with stairs, when changing trains. We didn't mind this for our sightseeing but found it more difficult with our entire luggage when travelling from the airport to the hotel, so on the way back, we decided to take a taxi instead, which was well worth the extra cost.
There is a clear printable map available on the website listed, which shows the metro and other connecting public transport services.