Getting around Barcelona by metro

The Barcelona metro system is a popular choice for getting around the city, as it's fast, convenient, and well-connected to major points of interest. Here's all you need to know to get around in the best way possible!

Getting around Barcelona by metro

Operated by Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), the Barcelona metro features multiple lines traversing the city and its metropolitan area. Each line is identified by a specific color, making it easy to distinguish. Get to know the different metro lines and discover the main destinations served by each, from the central districts to the city's outlying neighborhoods.

Explore Barcelona's urban landscape

As one of Europe's most dynamic cities, Barcelona boasts an efficient metro system that enables residents and visitors to easily navigate throughout the city and its surroundings. With 8 lines, 165 stations, and 167 trains operating during peak hours, the Barcelona metro is an ideal choice for quick and comfortable urban travel.

Additionally, there's an urban and metropolitan railway network managed by the Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), which complements Barcelona's metro network. There are 3 urban lines: L6, L7, and L8.

List of metro stations:

  • L1 (red): Hospital de Bellvitge / Fondo
  • L2 (purple): Paral·lel / Badalona Pompeu Fabra
  • L3 (green): Zona Universitària / Trinitat Nova
  • L4 (yellow): La Pau / Trinitat Nova
  • L5 (azul): Cornellà Centre / Vall d'Hebron
  • L9N (orange): La Sagrera / Can Zam
  • L9S (orange): Aeroport T1 / Zona Universitària
  • L10N (light blue): La Sagrera / Gorg
  • L10S (light blue): ZAL | Riu Vell / Collblanc
  • L11 (light green): Trinitat Nova / Can Cuiàs
  • Funicular de Montjuïc: Paral·lel / Parc de Montjuïc

Peak hours typically occur in the morning (Monday to Friday), generally between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM, and in the afternoon, roughly between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM. During these time slots, metro stations and trains may be more crowded with passengers.

Check the metro map and opening hours. From Monday to Thursday and on weekdays, the metro operates from 5:00 AM to 12:00 AM, on Fridays and the eves of weekdays, from 5:00 AM to 2:00 AM, and on Saturdays, it runs continuously all night, from Saturday to Sunday. Also, be sure to read our guide on how to travel by metro!

Travel card

Learn about the available ticket options, sales points, and how to validate them correctly before entering the platforms. Remember, you can also purchase your travel card from Barcelona metro's ticket vending machines. From single tickets to multi-trip passes, there's an option for every need.

If you're visiting Barcelona and planning to use public transportation, we recommend purchasing the Hola Barcelona Travel Card for worry-free travel throughout the city.

Explore at your own pace with public transportation (metro and bus (TMB), railway (FGC, zone 1), Montjuïc funicular, tram (TRAM), and suburban trains (Rodalies de Catalunya, zone 1)) and enjoy unlimited travel for 48, 72, 96, or 120 hours with the pass.

"Enter the Barcelona metro to move around quickly / Photo: Myznik Egor via Unsplash"

With an extensive network, frequent service, and ease of use, the metro is the perfect way to get around Barcelona. So, get your ticket ready, plan your journey, and enjoy!