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Barcelona & Catalonia Public Transport Guide 2024

Public transport guide for Barcelona and Catalunya such as TMB Metro, busses & trams | Renfe Rodalies, Regional & Ave Trains | FGC Trains | Nord Bus terminal

Updated: Jan 14, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 3.6k

Summary of Public Transport Networks in Barcelona & Catalunya

Barcelona and Catalunya are exceptionally served by Metro, tram, rail and Bus networks.

TMB for Barcelona Metro, Tram & Buses

Transport Metropolitans de Barcelona runs the metro service, Trams and Barcelona city busses.

TMB ticket types

Barcelona city busses, Tram and metro are fare zone 1 within the Barcelona integrated fare zone system.

Tickets that include Hola BCN travel cards

TMB Planned works, Outages & Service Alterations

The TMB website has a comprehensive real time service update section. For Metro and for Busses.

There is also the option to signup for real time service disruption updates via email or the TMB app.

Renfe Rodalies Commuter Rail for Barcelona Suburbs

The Renfe Rodalies Network covers the Barcelones area of Catalonia and comprises of 8 lines numbered R1, R2, R2 Sud, R2Nord, R3, R4, R7 and R8. The network reaches along the south coast, North coast, to the interior towns and to the Pyrenes Mountains.

Renfe Rodalies Rail Network Train Times

To check train times use the timetable link on the Renfe website.

From the results page you can select return train times for the same day.

Renfe Rodalies Rail Network Traveling with

It is possible to also travel on Rodallies trains with pets, luggage and sports equipment such as skis, bicycles etc. The bicycle area is in the middle of the newer trains and at the front for the older trains. Generally the older trains operate on the R3 line and the newer trains on the rest of the Rodalies lines. You may be refused entry to the train during rush hour in the morning if the train is really crowded. Dogs must also be wearing a muzzle. For more information consult the traveling with section of the Rodalies website.

Renfe Rodalies Rail Network Tickets

The Rodalies rail network is part of the TMB integrated fare zone system of Barcelona. There are six zones and single or return tickets can be used as well as monthly or season tickets for the relevant zone. Note that the R3 line goes outside of Zone 6 to get to the Pyrenes towns so a monthly or season ticket cannot be used to reach these stations and a return or single fare ticket must be used. Information about the integrated zoned fare system can be found on the Gencat website.

Renfe Rodalies offers combined Entry and rail tickets to some popular tourist attractions in Barcelona. See the bottom of the Rodalies page for details.

Renfe Rodalies Planned works, Enginnering works & Service Outages

For the Renfe Rodalies and Regional train services the Gencat website can be consulted to check if there are any planned engineering works or major disruptions to service.

The information in English is only a brief overview. For more details about start date/time and end date/time of engineering works, thisGencat website link can be used. For the major works greater detail is provided but the information is only available in Spanish.

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) Commuter Rail

This is a Catalan owned railway service consisting of two major branches:



The FGC website has recently been upgraded but it is still a bit confusing to navigate and, in my opinion, worse than the previous version! Here are some tips on how to find information.

FGC Train times

When checking train times on the FGC website you must first select the llobregat Anoia or Valles lines.

From here you enter the origin station. Which loads another page with an auto completing form.

FGC Traveling with

It is possible to also travel on FGC trains with pets, luggage and sports equipment such as skis, bicycles etc. The bicycle area is at the front of the trains. You may be refused entry to the train during rush hour in the morning if the train is really crowded. Dogs must also be wearing a muzzle. For more information consult the Norms and terms of service page of the FGC website.

FGC Rail Network Tickets

The FGC rail network is part of the TMB integrated fare zone system of Barcelona. There are six zones and single or return tickets can be used as well as monthly or season tickets for the relevant zone. Information about the integrated zoned fare system can be found on the Gencat website.

On the integrated TMB commuter rail map you can check what zone a station is in.

The FGC website has PDF files for each ticket type per zone. For example you might want a monthly two zone season ticket or a return ticket to a station in zone 4.

FGC Cremallera & Funicular lines

I have detailed the FGC Cremallera and Funicular trains on their own pages detailing what to see and do.

Renfe Regional Rail to Lleida, Girona & Tarragona

The regional rail network has three main branches:

The Renfe website is a mess and it can be tricky sometimes to find the relevant information. There is no specific section on the website for Regional services so I will attempt to run through the main points here.

Renfe Regional train tickets & train times

Regional train times can be checked on the main Renfe webpage.

The results table of the search shows train times and fares for outbound and return trains. Not all tickets can be purchased online. Tickets that have to be purchased at the station in ticket machines are 3.5% more expensive.

For frequent travellers, there are a number of passes if you make the same journey multiple times for work or leisure. For more details see this section of the Renfe website.

Renfe Regional train Travelling with

It is possible to also travel on Regional trains with pets, luggage and sports equipment such as skis, bicycles etc. The bicycle area is Normally at the front of the train. You may be refused entry to the train during rush hour in the morning if the train is really crowded. Dogs must also be wearing a muzzle.

Renfe Luggage policy. You can carry up to 3 pieces of hand luggage onto the train, provided that the sum of the three does not exceed 25 kg and The maximum dimensions allowed are 85cm x 55cm x 35cm, although I have never seen this being enforced.

Renfe bycicle policy For Regional trains the rules are the same as Media Distancia (Mid-distance), Cercanias or Feve trains.

Renfe pets policy States that pets can be transported in a carrier with one pet per passenger. I have travelled on Regional trains with small dogs outside of a carrier but with a muzzle. However it is best ask at the station before travelling as rules might depend on the line.

Renfe Regional Planned works, Engineering works & Service outages

For the Renfe Rodalies and Regional train services the Gencat website can be consulted to check if there are any planned engineering works or major disruptions to service.

The information in English is only a brief overview. For more details about start date/time and end date/time of engineering works, thisGencat website link can be used. For the major works greater detail is provided but the information is only available in Spanish.

High Speed Rail Network (AVE, AVLO, SNCF, OUIGO ESPAÑA)

The Adif high-speed rail network is separate to the regional and commuter network and was built recently within the last 20 years. The high-speed rail network is rated at 250 to 300 Km/h train services and link major cities within Catalunya to the rest of Spain, primarily via Madrid. Note that ADIF maintain the infrastructure (tracks, stations, tunnels, bridges, etc. Renfe operate the trains. The high speed Rail network also links into France's High speed rail network after Figueres.

Renfe High-Speed Rail

The AVANT are high speed trains that perform commuter services within a region using older Iberian Gauge railway lines but some trains can switch gauge to travel on the high-speed rail network.

The high-speed trains depart from Barcelona-Sants station. Passengers for these services pass through airport style security with x-ray machines. Allow time for this security check, minimum half an hour before train departure.

Renfe High-speed train times and tickets

Renfe High-speed train times can be consulted on the main Renfe webpage.

The results table of the search shows two tabs: train times and fares for outbound and return trains. For Ave, AVlo and AVANT trains I recommend purchasing tickets online.

Clicking on a train will produce a popup at the bottom of the window to select the train and add it to your cart. Repeat process for return train and follow onscreen instructions to process payment.

For frequent travellers of the AVE and AVANT services, Renfe offer multiuse tickets and passes on the website.

Renfe High-speed train Travelling with

The rules about travelling with luggage, animals, bycicles are strictly enforced on AVE and AVANT trains.

Hand luggage is limited to two bags per customer with a total weight of 20kg and the size of the larger luggage item not exceeding 70cm x 50cm x 25cm.

Travelling with bicycles on AVE or AVENT is tricky and Renfe has strict rules. I have never seen Bicycles on AVE trains and I suspect you will get turned away by security by default. The rules can be read from the above link but I would recommend going to the AVE and AVANT ticket office at Sants Station and asking specifically.

Travelling with pets is also theoretically possible but I have never seen it done. The rules specify max weight of the animal 10 Kg and in a carry container with minimum dimensions of 60cm x 35cm x35cm. The rules section also specifies that the container has a means to remove any residue from the animal! I would recommend going to the AVE and AVANT ticket office at Sants Station and asking specifically. Guide dogs are allowed.

Barcelona-Sants Station Renfe Railway Hub

ADIF maintain the infrastructure (tracks, stations, tunnels, bridges, etc.) Renfe operate the trains.

Adif maintain plans of all the stations on their website which can be downloaded. Below is the plan for Barcelona-Sants station. I have added additional notes to indicate which ticket machines to use for each type of train service.

Estacio del Nord - Principal Bus terminal for Barcelona

Estacion del Nord is the main bus terminal for Barcelona and is located next to Arc de Triomf Metro and Rodalies train station.

I will detail bus services per attractions as there are too many bus operators and routes to make a concise guide here.

T-mobilitat - Discontinuation of Paper Tickets

Barcelona is currently phasing out paper tickets and replacing it with a new ticketing and validation system for public transport that allows you to travel using contactless technology - T-mobilitat.

T-mobilitat has four methods of use Called Supports:

  1. Mobile device: Register for T-mobilitat with the TMB App and select the Mobile option in the T-mobilitat section. When you activate your mobile device support the e-wallet will be downloaded, which will be automatically linked to your user account and mobile, where you can store your tickets. All you need to do is pay 1 Euro before uploading your first ticket. Upload your chosen ticket and you will be ready to validate via your mobile.
  2. Personalised card: Reusable plastic personalised card containing a contactless validation chip, which enables you to upload your transport tickets. It costs 4.50 euros and has a five year guarantee period. Register for T-mobilitat at TMB Tickets or on the TMB App. Enter the T-mobilitat section of your personal area, and select the option Choose your support. At the same time, you can upload the ticket to the card. The card is sent by post and needs to be activated.
  3. Targeta Anònima: Cardboard card with a contactless validation chip, which enables you to upload transport tickets without having to sign up to the T-mobilitat system with personal details. It costs 0.50 euros and has a six months guarantee period. The anoonymous cards can be purchased from any ticket machine on the metro network. When you buy the card you then select which ticket to upload to it. Once the ticket has been used, you can upload a new ticket to the card.
  4. T-usual cardboard card: Cardboard card with a contactless validation chip, which enables you to upload your T-usual travel pass without having to sign up to the T-mobilitat system with personal details. It costs 0.50 euros and has a six months guarantee period. Can be purchased from any ticket machine in the metro network. You'll get the T-usual travel pass to the card there and then. It only enables you to upload the T-usual travel pass. Once you have used up all the journeys, it will not be possible to upload a different ticket, but you can change the number of zones covered by the travel pass.

T-mobilitat works on the Renfe Rodalies network and the FGC network. For more information and to register, visit the T-mobilitat section of the TMB website or from the T-mobilitat website.

8 Downloadable PDF Documents

Click on any one of the 8 PDf documents to view in full screen and download.

2023 Barcelona Metro Map

2023 Barcelona Metro Map

Author: www.tmb.cat

2023 Barcelona Bus Map

2023 Barcelona Bus Map

Author: www.tmb.cat

2024 Renfe Rodalies Map

2024 Renfe Rodalies Map

Author: www.renfe.com

2022 Barcelona Commuter Rail Map

2022 Barcelona Commuter Rail Map

Author: www.fgc.cat

2023 Renfe Regional Map

2023 Renfe Regional Map

Author: www.renfe.com

2023 Renfe Avant MD Network Map

2023 Renfe Avant MD Network Map

Author: www.renfe.com

2023 ADIF Barcelona-Sants Station Plan

2023 ADIF Barcelona-Sants Station Plan

Author: www.adif.es

2023 Estacio del Nord Barcelona Bus Terminal

2023 Estacio del Nord Barcelona Bus Terminal

Author: www.barcelonatravelhacks.com

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