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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was travelling with my two 13 year old daughters. We were on holiday in Barcelona.
When we tried to enter the Plaça d'Espanya station I used my T10 ticket but there was only enough to pay for two journeys, for my daughters. I paid for one single ticket for myself and the three of us entered the station.
I threw away the T10 ticket into a rubbish bin as it was finished.
In the station we were stopped by ticket inspectors. I showed my single ticket and explained that my daughters' journeys had been paid by the T10 ticket, and that because this was finished I had thrown it away.
The inspector said we had to pay a fine of 50 euros. I said this was not fair, as we had paid correctly for the journeys but he would not accept my explanation.
I asked if I could return to the area where I had thrown away the T10 ticket but he would not allow this. He said that I had to pay the 50 euros or he would call the police. He was aggressive and unkind.
This is very unfair and makes Barcelona look bad to tourists. I paid the fine. The number on the receipt for the 50 euro fine is 8653152140 and it is timed at 16:45:46. I appeal against the fine and hope you will accept that I did not cheat the Metro.
Get the T10 ticket. 10 rides for 9,95 euro. Can be used by more persons and valid for more than an hour IF you do not leave the metro. Can also be used from airport El Part into the city by RENFE train.
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 ........