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Metro, FGC and Tram

Metro, FGC and Tram

Six colour-coded metro lines, a city rail network, and a modern tram system: the most convenient way of getting around Barcelona.


Metro and FGC

Metro and FGCBarcelona currently has eight metro lines that can be identified by the number and colour of the line: L1 (red), L2 (lilac), L3 (green), L4 (yellow), L5 (blue), L9 (orange), L10 (light blue), L11 (light green) and serve most of the city.

It also has an urban and metropolitan rail network the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC), run by the Catalan government, which supplements Barcelona’s metro network. There are three urban lines: L6, L7 and L8.

Barcelona's Metro Map

Tickets: methods and prices
The metro operates an integrated fare system enabling passengers to obtain a free transfer from one means of public transport to another within a period of 1 hour and 15 minutes. There are different types of travel cards and transport passes in Barcelona that are valid throughout the public transport network (metro, buses, tram and suburban rail), including the T-10 card which is valid for 10 journeys, or day passes (2, 3, 4 and 5 days).

Single Ticket: 2,15€
T-10 Card: 10,30€
Day passes:

Times

  • Metro (TMB): Weekdays from Monday to Thursday, Sunday and public holidays: 5am-midnight. | Friday and evenings before public holidays: 5am-2am. | Saturday and evenings before public holidays on 1/1, 24/6 and 24/9: continuous service. | 24/12: until 11pm.
  • Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC): Weekdays from Monday to Thursday, Sunday and public holidays: 5am-midnight. | Friday: 5am-2am. | Saturday and evenings before public holidays on 1/1, 24/6 and 24/9: continuous service.

For further information about Barcelona's metro and rail services:

Accessibility details


The Barcelona Metro was launched almost a century ago but the age and complexity of the network doesn’t stop it from being an accessible means of transport. The new stations that have been built and renovated since 1992 have included accessibility features.

The ticket barriers throughout the Metro network and on the FGC (Catalan Rail) network emit acoustic signals and visual messages to ensure visually and hearing-impaired passengers know if they have validated their tickets correctly.

Many new stations have platform screen doors to improve safety and reduce risks when boarding the trains.
Visual impairment
When you enter the lobby of a Metro or FGC station you can locate the ticket machines with the same remote control used at traffic lights. If you press a button on the remote, at least one of the ticket machines will emit a continuous signal to help you locate it.

The ticket machines have Braille and voice-activated browsing systems which guide visually impaired passengers through the purchasing process. This system is activated by pressing a button (with the Braille letters ACC) on the lower left-hand part of the screen, for about two seconds, or, if this option doesn’t work, by dragging your finger from right to left across the screen after pressing the button in the top right-hand corner bearing the Braille letters RET. The activation of the system varies depending on the model of the machine.

Regular users of the Metro and FGC network who use the same type of ticket (travel pass, season ticket) can obtain a duplicate immediately by placing their current ticket in the slot with Braille letters. This means that they don’t have to browse the screen to find the type of ticket they require.

All travel cards and tickets have an indentation or tactile notch on one side to make them easier to validate. This notch must remain on the left-hand side closest to you when passing the ticket through the machine.

These tickets and machines are found throughout both transport networks.

Tactile warning strips are being gradually introduced to all stations to allow all visually impaired people to move through the stations without assistance and recognise the main elements: lifts, exits, vending machines, ticket queues, escalators and steps, platforms and the front carriage of each train.

The lifts have button panels in Braille and raised lettering and there are station announcements indicating the platform, direction of the train, the lobby, street, etc.

The metro and most lines of the FGC (with some exceptions on the Avinguda Tibidabo line) have an announcement system to let passengers know which station is coming up next and the lines it connects with.

Ciutat Meridiana station on line 11 has two tactile maps in Braille and raised lettering on the platform and in the lobby. The map in the lobby incorporates audio information.
Guide dog Tactile elements Braille
Hearing impairment
Hearing-impaired passengers can contact the FGC for information by:
SMS 675 757 002
Fax 933 663 236
E mail cicsarria@fgc.cat

The Metro and FGC let travellers know which station is next on information panels inside the carriages.
Motor impairment
Adapted stations have lifts from the street to the station and to the platforms.

In some Metro stations (the ones TMB calls “partially adapted”), the platform is not at the same level as the carriage so wheelchair users may need assistance to board the train. However, metal ramps are being fitted to solve the problem.

Lines 2, 9, 10 and 11 are fully adapted. The remaining stations are gradually being refurbished. This means that the station where you start your journey may be adapted and the station where you end your journey may not. This makes it necessary to check on the accessibility features and transfer facilities of each station.

New Metro trains and most FGC trains have spaces reserved for wheelchair users with safety belts and correctly signed low-level buttons so that passengers can let other travellers know that they are about to alight from the train.

If you want to find out which Metro stations are accessible, visit the “Accessible Transport” section on the TMB website www.tmb.cat.
For information about FGC stations, visit the “Accessible FGC” section of the FGC website www.fgc.cat and click on the map of each line.

Last update: 10/07/2012

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Tram

TramThe Tram works again in Barcelona from 2004. This means of public transport, an alternative to the metro, that had disappeared in 1971, is today an accessible, ecological, fast and comfortable system.

The Tram route provides easy access to Barcelona’s major industrial areas, shopping centres and residential zones.

There are 2 Tram lines in Barcelona: the Trambaix (T1, T2,T3) which runs from Francesc Macià to the towns of Sant Just Desvern, Sant Joan Despí, Sant Feliu de Llobregat and Cornellà. The Trambesòs (T4, T5, T6) covers a route from the Olympic Village to Sant Adrià de Besòs via the Forum site and arriving to Badalona.

Barcelona Tram Maps

Tickets: methods and prices

Single ticket: 2,15 €
T-10: 10,30 €
Day passes:

Times

  • Weekdays from Monday to Thursday, Sunday and public holidays: 5am-midnight.
  • Friday, Saturday and evenings before public holidays: 5am-2pm.

For further information about Tram services:

Accessibility details


The four recently built tram lines (TRAM) are suitably adapted to meet the needs of disabled passengers. The tram network connects the east and west sides of the city from the Besòs River to the Llobregat River. The trams have low-floor access from the platform and telescopic ramps to the doors as well as areas reserved for wheelchair users. They also have priority seating for the elderly and systems to help passengers overcome communication barriers. Croydon's Trams are fully accessible with low floor access and
Visual impairment
There is a PA system on board announcing the stops and connections with the other routes.

The platform PA system lets passengers waiting on the platform know which tram has stopped and its destination.

During the journey, an acoustic signal is emitted to let passengers know that a stop is coming up. No signal is emitted when the tram stops at a traffic light.

Tactile warning strips and raised tactile paving are being gradually introduced to all stations to allow visually impaired passengers to move along the platforms safely and without assistance and to find the right door. The door for visually impaired passengers is the same one used by wheelchair users.

All Barcelona travel cards and tickets have an indentation or tactile notch on one side to make them easier to validate. This notch must remain on the left-hand side closest to you when passing the ticket through the machine.

Please note: the ticket machines at the tram stops are not adapted to visually impaired passengers and tickets cannot be purchased on board. Tickets can be purchased at metro stations where you will find ticket machines with Braille and voice-activated browsing systems.
Guide dog Tactile elements
Hearing impairment
There are screens on the platforms and on the trams giving the same information as the PA announcements. An illuminated arrow also indicates which door is going to open.
Motor impairment
Wheelchair users must board the tram by the door which is indicated by the signage at the platform edge.

There are safety belts inside the cars to secure wheelchairs during travel. This measure is provided in addition to other devices that fully comply with PRM guidelines, such as low-floor platforms or bridging plates to eliminate the gap between the door and platform.

Last update: 19/07/2012

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