Types of Public Transportation in Barcelona

Public transport is the best way to get around the city, whether you are making daily journeys or if you are just visiting and want to do some sightseeing: it’s comfortable, quick, well-connected and much more sustainable than private vehicles.

In Barcelona, there are eight metro lines, distinguished by different colours, two train networks, two tram lines and a large fleet of buses that can take you anywhere in the city.

Furthermore, the tickets are integrated, which means that you can combine different means of transport during a period of an hour and a half, all included in the price of one ticket.

The system of fares divides the metropolitan area into rings: the more rings you travel through, the more expensive the fare is. The ten districts of Barcelona all fall inside Zone 1.

Barcelona’s metro network has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years: its eight lines reach practically every corner of the city and they interconnect at dozens of stations, making it easy to change your means of transport, to trains or buses.

And in order to facilitate mobility, the metro is open all night on Saturdays and on the eves of some public holidays during the year.

Each metro line is distinguished by its colour: L1 (red), L2 (lilac), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (blue), L9 (orange), L10 (light blue) and L11 (light green).

Barcelona has a fleet of nearly a thousand perfectly adapted buses that cover the entire city and also reach the metropolitan area.

If you use a travelcard instead of a single ticket, you can make use of the integrated fares system, which allows you to use various means of transport, including the metro, trains and trams, all included in the same ticket during a period of one and a quarter hours.

The city also has a night bus service, called Nitbús.