Barcelona metro system offers a great way to travel around the city on a budget. The metro in the city is clean, punctual and air-conditioned and will take you to most of the major sights and tourist attractions. The metro is especially useful in the summer when it can be quite hot to walk everywhere. It can often get busy with those commuting to and from work as well as travellers checking out the cities hottest spots, but the Barcelona metro routes are punctual and often there is not much chance you will feel overwhelmed or too crowded. The Barcelona Metro is easy to use and navigate, with 11 lines spanning over more than 120km with 169 stations to choose from.
If you would like to travel by metro you will recognise the entrance to the stations with the help of different elements of signage. The signpost displaying the symbol of the TMB metro will help you to find the entrance. At the entrance itself you will find information boards that will tell you: The name of the station, the line or lines that stop at that particular station, a map of the transport network, the station opening hours and the start and end of the metro service and local area maps showing other entrances to the station.
The metro is gradually being adapted to make it easier to use by people with disabilities. Measures such as the installation of lifts, escalators, raised marking strips for the visually impaired and public address systems are some examples. These elements are already in place in new stations and are being installed in existing stations. Plans of the whole network indicate those stations that are adapted for use by passengers with reduced mobility.
When in the station entrance lobby you will discover beneficial info for your journey and describing the type of ticket you need. If you do not have a ticket, you ought to buy one at the vending machines. A ticket is needed to cross into the metro boarding area and you must confirm your ticket by inserting it into the machines put there for this function. There are validating machines with the gate to the right and others with doors to the left. In both cases there are arrows showing which gate or door needs to be used.
Barcelona city ticket vending devices allow you to pick the language where the messages appear. Languages available are: Catalan, Spanish, English and French. The default language used is Catalan. Next, pick the type of travel card you desire to purchase. The first screen shows the most typical types; of you desire a different type of card, click “Other”. As soon as you have selected your travel card, suggest the number of (with the plus and minus signs on the left-hand side of the screen) and, if required, the number of zones (with the plus and minus signs on the right-hand side of the screen). The machine will tell you the quantity and the value of the bank notes accepted for that particular transaction.
Payment systems are likewise activated (coins, notes or card). Money payments will be made in euros. If you desire to pay by card and it is for a currency other than euros, you can pick to pay in euros or in the currency on the card. The maker will provide an invoice. For other transactions, with payment in euros, click “Receipt” if you want an invoice.
You can buy tickets for individual journeys on the Barcelona Metro for just €2.15 per ticket although, buying individual tickets for each journey is not economical or time effective unless you will be making only 3 journeys on public transport. A much better way is to buy a T10, or the travel and discount card called the Barcelona Transport Card. The Barcelona Card not only gives you free unlimited transport, but it also entitles you to special discounts on the entrance fees to a number of attractions, city shows, a choice of restaurants and souvenir shops. Not only does this save you time as you don’t have to bother buying tickets each journey but it also saves you money, perfect for those travelling on a budget or for those trying to fit in as much as possible.
Barcelona Metro Maps