Barcelona Buses & Services
Barcelona buses cover all corners of the city. There are more than 100 routes around Barcelona and many more that connect the city to nearby towns. Bus travel is a a cheap alternative which allows you to take in the scenery en route. Barcelona has a transport fleet of more than 1000 buses which connect all the city’s districts and the metropolitan area. Every bus that operates in and around the city have low floors and are also 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 stop at that particular stop. Some of the writing may be in Spanish, but the maps are clear with points of interest for tourists also noted clearly. Some of the bus stops in the city also have digital panels to inform travellers how long they’ll have to wait until the next ride comes along.
When using the bus service, always ensure you have the correct change for the ride, if you don’t have a pre-paid ticket. Bus operators don’t make change for large bills. If you’re using the bus for just one trip, be sure to have as close to the right change as you can.
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (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, visit Your Bus Section. Bear in mind that bus timetables vary according to the day of the week. Check the timetable carefully before planning your journey. During the night, the NitBus provides a night time bus service in Barcelona.
The interurban bus service links Barcelona with the other towns in the metropolitan area. For further details on routes to other areas, check out AMB (Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona).
To explore the entire city by bus, consider buying a joint ticket. This will allow for hassle free and easy travelling around the city. Tickets can be purchased at any metro station and FGC station via the vending machines and at the pay booths. If Spanish is not your first language, don’t worry. The vending machines have different language settings. Bare in mind that once on the bus, you can only buy one-way tickets from the driver.
If you’re looking to explore the most popular attractions, the majority of these are situated in Zone 1. This will cover you for the entire city region, some of the suburbs as well as the airport. Zones 2-6 cover the edges of the city and towns further away. The beach town of Sitges, for example, is in Zone 3. T much-visited Monastery of Montserrat is in Zone 4, and Malgrat de Mar is in Zone 6.
In addition to the one-way tickets, there is a “T-10 pass” that is valid for ten rides. 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 visit 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 on the bus.
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. In this situation 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.