What is and the completed bus network
The completed bus network
Upon completion of the final phase, in autumn 2018, the Barcelona bus network will comprise 97 lines: 43 urban and inter-city lines, 26 Bus de Barri or neighbourhood buses and 28 high performance lines.
In the final phase changes will be made to eight existing bus routes: H6, H8, H10, H14, H16, V13, V15 and V17. Of the 43 conventional lines, 30 will maintain their current route and the other 13 will run on altered routes. The route of one neighbourhood bus will be altered and three new ones will be created.
This means that 95% of the population will have a more versatile, high performance bus service available with various options to between the same points.
What is the new bus network?
The new bus network is a project to redesign the Barcelona bus network according to criteria of ease of use, efficiency and resource management. Once it has been fully introduced, passengers will have a more intelligible bus network with shorter waiting and journey times and improved links between modes of transport, all of which makes for a more attractive and sustainable public transport system.
When it is fully operational, the new bus network will comprise 28 high performance lines; 17 vertical (sea-mountain), 8 horizontal (Llobregat-Besòs) and 3 diagonal.
Where we've been
Introduction of the new bus network
Four more bus lines are scheduled to enter service in autumn 2017: three vertical and one diagonal line.
- V5: Mare de Déu del Port - Pedralbes
- V29: Fòrum - Roquetes
- V31: Mar Bella - Trinitat Vella
- D40: Pl. Espanya - Roquetes
Eight lines will enter service in autumn 2018: one horizontal, six vertical and one diagonal.
- H2: Av. d'Esplugues - Trinitat Nova
- V1: Gran Via l'Hospitalet - Av. d'Esplugues
- V9: Av. Paral·lel - Sarrià
- V19: Barceloneta - Pl. Alfonso Comín
- V23: Poblenou - Can Marcet
- V25: Poblenou - Horta
- V33: Fòrum - Santa Coloma
- D50: Pl. Catalunya - Ciutat Meridiana
The main features of the new bus network are:
- Faster, thanks to a series of measures that have been introduced, such as designated bus lanes, priority at traffic lights and double stops.
- Easier to use, as new bus lines follow straighter, more direct routes, designed to increase the efficiency and logic of the layout, to make travel smoother for users.
- Great links and better intermodality, as the network covers the city completely, from the Llobregat to the Besòs and from the sea to Collserola. And it provides better links with other bus routes and other modes of public transport (metro, FGC, Tram, etc.).
- More frequent, buses run more often (every 5 to 8 minutes) and services have been extended, which means shorter waiting times at stops.
- Gradual introduction of new lines in stages until all 28 lines planned for the new network are operational.
- Interchange hubs: the points where vertical, horizontal and diagonal bus routes intersect, in both directions, are called interchange hubs. Here changing buses is quick and easy.