One of the many wonderful and undersung aspects of Barcelona is the public transport network.
If visiting from the United States or the UK you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how clean, comfortable, convenient and reliable the local transport network is.
The best way to get around the city is to use public transport.
One of the first things to do after arriving in the city is to buy a T-10 integrated transport ticket.
Think of it as your magic key to unlocking the city.
Because you’ll save a ton of money, save yourself a lot of time and hassle, and get to visit many more places and enjoy many more experiences.
- 10,20€ (for Zone 1)
Where to buy:
You can buy a T-10 [tay-dee-eth] from tobacconists, newspaper kiosks and newsagents, as well as all metro (subway) stations and all the main rail stations.
The touch screen ticket machines at metro and rail stations are easily navigated and accept cash (but, in many cases, NOT notes/bills larger than 20€) and most debit and credit cards.
They’re pretty reliable — I’ve only three times (in 16 years) had a problem with them — and I use a T-10 at least twice, sometimes five or six times every day during the working week.
Should you have a problem you can press a panic button and speak with someone who will help you. In larger metro and rail stations there will be staff around to help you.
Here’s what you need to know:
You need to know that the T-10 is a multiperson, multi-use ticket, which means one person can use the ticket 10 times or 10 people can use it once, and every variation in between.
You need to know that a T-10 ticket is valid for travel on:
- Busses, including night busses
- The Metro
- Local trains run by FGC, the Catalan public railway system
- Local trains, known as Rodalies (or Cercanias in Spanish) run by RENFE, the Spanish national rail system
- And two funiculars.
You need to know that the T-10 is NOT valid for:
- The Aerobús (the bus service to the Airport)
- The funicular that runs up to Tibidabo
- The cable car (teleférico) that runs from Barceloneta to Montjuïc
- The cable cars that run up to the top of Montjuïc.
- The Blue Tram (Tramvia Blau) which runs up to Tibidabo from Plaça John F.Kennedy.
- Metro journeys to the Airport using L9 Sud. (You’ll need to buy a separate ticket).
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