Barcelona Buses and Services
Barcelona buses cover all corners of the city with more than 100 routes in the city and many more that connect the city of Barcelona to nearby towns. It’s a cheap way to travel around the city at a slower pace. Barcelona has a transport fleet of more than 1000 buses which connect all the city’s districts and the metropolitan area. The buses have low floors and are adapted for people with reduced mobility.
Bus stops in the city are covered areas, usually with a bench or a pole that has a bus number listed on top. Around the pole, there are bus maps showing the routes of each of the buses that come to that particular stop. Some of the writing may be in Spanish, but the maps are clear with points of interest for tourists also noted. Some of the bus stops in the city also have digital panels to inform travellers of when the next ride will be arriving.
An important point to know when it comes to the Barcelona buses is that if you do not have a ticket, then you will need to carry with you the correct change. Bus operators don’t make change for large bills. If you’re using the bus for just one trip, make sure you have as close to the right change as you can.
Bus Operating Hours
TMB provides a daytime urban bus service in Barcelona and an interurban service in some towns in the metropolitan area. For information on each bus route, go to the Your Bus Section. Click on the bus stop for due times. On 24 December, Christmas Eve, the last TMB buses will leave the terminus at 10.00 pm.
Bear in mind that the Barcelona buses timetables vary according to the type of day: weekday, Saturday or public holiday. If any of these options is not shown, the bus does not run on that type of day (some buses do not run on Saturdays or public holidays, others only run on public holidays).
During the night, the NitBus provides a night-time bus service in Barcelona and the first metropolitan ring with 17 lines. All of them, except the N0, go through Plaça de Catalunya, where you can change to other lines.
The interurban bus service links Barcelona with the other towns in the metropolitan area. See the timetables of the various buses by searching the AMB (Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona) website.
You can buy joint tickets which will allow you to travel around the city with ease. Travellers can purchase tickets at any metro station and FGC station via the vending machines and at the pay booths. The vending machines have different language settings. On the buses, you can only buy one-way tickets from the driver.
The tickets are valid for the entire integrated transport system, not just the Barcelona buses – i.e. you can get on and off as often as you want to with a single ticket until you have reached your destination. If you want to change from bus to tram or to metro, you will need a new ticket. If you have a multi-trip ticket, you have to validate again. Included in the integrated transport system are the metro, the TMB transport buses (not the double-decked sightseeing buses), the tram and the funicular to the Montjuïc.
A ticket for zone 1 should be all you need. It covers the whole city region, some of the suburbs and the airport. Most of Barcelona’s sights can be reached with this ticket. The fare zones 2-6 cover the edges of the city and towns further away. The beach town of Sitges, for example, is in zone 3, the much-visited Monastery of Montserrat in zone 4, Malgrat de Mar in zone 6. Check out the fare zones on the website of the FGC.
In addition to the one-way tickets, there is a “T-10 pass” that is valid for ten rides. It is recommended to buy one as in Barcelona you will use the public transport system quite frequently. The T-10 is a lot cheaper than 10 single one-way tickets and does not expire. If you haven’t used it up, you can use it again next time you go to Barcelona. The T-10 can be used by several persons at the same time on the metro, tram or bus. For each person you have to validate the ticket once (there are validation machines at the entrance to the metro and in the buses).
Please note: Once you validate the ticket, it is valid until you reach your destination and on your way there you can change lines as often as you need to. You can even change from metro to any of the Barcelona buses, but not from bus and tram to metro – here you would have to validate the ticket again. With a single ticket, you cannot change from one means of transport to another.
Ticket prices for the integrated transport system can be found at the FGC website.