New bus network
Three high performance bus routes are coming into service on the network this June.
A better connected city
The latest phase of the new bus network came into operation on 25 June with the introduction of three new high performance routes to add to the 20 routes that have been introduced since 2012. A new conventional route has also been added.
When the latest phase is completed in the autumn of 2018, the Barcelona bus network will consist of a total of 98 routes: 43 conventional urban and inter-urban routes, 27 Bus del Barri or neighborhood routes and 28 high performance routes.
We are moving forward with the implementation of the new bus network. More routes. Quicker and easier.
New routes coming into service
- D50 (Paral·lel - Ciutat Meridiana)
- V9 (Poble-sec - Sarrià)
- V33 (Fòrum / Campus Besòs - Santa Coloma)
Changes and amendments to routes and stops
The introduction of this new phase brings with it changes to current routes and stops.
These new routes are as direct and straight as possible, designed to be more efficient and logical and always taking into account user comfort and ease.
Existing routes that coincide with new ones will be substituted to avoid duplication and to follow straighter lines to guarantee a speedier and more regular service. In this phase the following routes will completely disappear: 41, 42, 50, 51 66 and 143.
With regard to changes in stops, new ones have been constructed and others have been moved to favor bus mobility, to shorten the distance between route interchanges and to even out the distance between stops. In this phase the following routes will be modified: V5, 24, 60 and 67.
Check the details of all the changes on the New Bus Network.
The new Barcelona bus route map
The bus network has been transformed by adding two new vertical routes (V9 and V33), a diagonal one (D50) and 12 interchange areas to facilitate connectivity and changing modes of transport: the connection between other bus routes and other forms of public transport (metro, FGC, Tram, etc.) has been improved.
Take a look at what the new bus network map looks like.
Environmental pollution episodes
Travel on public transport using a T-aire ticket during episodes of high air pollution.
What is an environmental pollution episode?
An environmental pollution episode occurs when pollution levels in the air exceed the limits recommended by the WHO and the EU and become even more harmful to health, affecting the more susceptible social groups such as those with breathing difficulties or cardiovascular conditions, children, the elderly and pregnant women. In Barcelona this can occur up to three times a year, especially in terms of concentrations of particles in suspension PM10 and nitrogen dioxide NO2.
How can we reduce the effects of the episode?
TMB supports the initiative of the Barcelona City Council which provides for a number of measures to be activated as soon as the Catalan Government declares an air pollution episode. These measures began to come into effect from 1 December 2017.
Two different phases have been identified with two levels of application according to the maximum threshold level of each pollutant: there is an initial one called a preventative warning and a more severe one termed as an episode. Once either of them are activated, public institutions and transport operators alike will advise users and the general public through their communication channels.
The principal action taken is to reduce the number of private car journeys (CA). One of the main measures for achieving this is to put the T-aire into operation, a ticket that is only valid during such situations in order to facilitate mobility using public transport.
Use the T-aire
- The T-aire will only be available during pollution episodes and is aimed at those people who habitually use private cars in the center of Barcelona or in other municipalities so that, when restrictions are in force for vehicles that cause most pollution, they leave their vehicle behind and take public transport as an alternative for getting to their destinations.
- It includes one return journey at a reduced price.
- It is a multi-person ticket that includes two journeys at a special price and has to be used on the same day that it is first validated.
- The ticket is available in the automatic vending machines of the railway operators that fall under the control of the Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM): Metro, FGC, Rodalies de Catalunya and Tram. Also at the automatic TMB sales distribution points found at some of the bus stops throughout the city of Barcelona.
You can find more information about environmental pollution episodes on Barcelona City Coundil's Air Quality Website.
“Contrasts” Exhibition: music you don't expect
Dates: From 11/10/2018 to 30/11/2018 Location: Diagonal station (L3 and L5)
The Voll-Dam International Jazz Festival of Barcelona is a unique event and a global point of reference for the genre thanks to constant and painstaking work applied to ensuring a consistently balanced and attractive bill that includes both established stars and emerging talents.
The festival, which has been held annually for the last half century, includes free concerts, master classes by leading figures, lectures, get-togethers with artists and a host of parallel activities that complete the scheduling, offering multiple options throughout the entire event for enjoying good music and indulging in the passion for jazz.
One of the new features of this 50th edition is the exhibition “Contrasts”: there is nothing better for stirring the emotions than to look at images from concerts that have enthralled us in the past. The exhibition includes photographs with musical accompaniment: the surprising, the unexpected, those elements beyond words that make our lives that much more intense.
With their images, six photographers have managed to capture the sound of emotion, the one we commonly refer to as jazz: Raül Esteve, Lorenzo Di Nozzi, Lorenzo Duaso, Isabel Ramoneda, Joan Tomás and Michael Weintrob.
Thursday, 11 October at 12:300
Diagonal Station (link between L3 and L5)
Concert by The Secret Investments, with Tonia Richardson and Tito Bonacera.
New TMB App journey assistant
The new app function for iOS guides you on your public transport journey thanks to geolocation.
The TMB App is launching the trial phase of a journey assistant for iOS devices which, using geolocation, gives you a step by step guide to all of the sections that make up your bus or metro journey. You can access it via the itinerary searches on Journey planner.
In additional to showing you the journey in stages, the assistant allows you to zoom in and move around the map to see the start point, destination, lines and routes used and your current location in real time.
Receive alerts when you get to your destination
If you activate the “Start journey” option for the route that Journey planner shows you, the app starts tracking your position and lets you know when you have reached your destination. On the sections you complete by bus and metro, the app sends a text message when you are approaching your stop, with an acoustic alert and vibration feature due to be included soon.
In the event you lose localisation through lack of GPS coverage, you can proceed manually on the different stages of the journey. Bear in mind that coverage on the metro is not uniform across all lines.
We are working to improve your mobility
The new TMB App assistant is designed to improve your travel experience and guide you on your public transport journeys.
This function is firstly available for devices equipped with the iOS operating system as this is the one most widely used by people with impaired vision.
The idea is to test it out to gauge user response before also developing it for use with Android during the course of this year.
Have a good journey with good Karma!
Our staff would like to make users aware of the importance of showing respect and consideration while using public transport.
Karma is our prescriber of good behavior on public transport. From now on, she will be with us as we travel by metro and bus to highlight wrongdoings and unsuitable attitudes and to reinforce considerate behavior, which is what the vast majority of our passengers display.
Karma employs a fun and friendly tone to make you reflect. It makes you conscious of what is expected of you. And also, obviously, it congratulates you for good behavior.
Good Karma wins out when you…
… validate your ticket correctly.
… give up the seats reserved for people who require special attention.
… sit down without occupying or dirtying other seats.
… listen to music without disturbing others.
… keep well clear of the metro tracks.
… respect fixtures and fittings on buses.
… respect the space of other passengers when seated.
Good coexistence on public transport
Karma is a product of our Management Plan for coexistence on public transport networks, through which we want to guarantee the rights and responsibilities of all users, prevent potential conflicts, encourage an understanding of the rules so that they will be respected and to develop a critical spirit among users.
The name of the character is a play on the philosophical concept of 'karma', understood as the collection of actions that affects every individual, marking their consciousness and conditioning their future.
The Karma campaign won a Silver Laus Award for graphic design in the exterior advertising category.
Have a good journey with good Karma! And remember: we will all experience better journeys when we show respect and consideration.
Check out the campaign videos on our YouTube channel:
- Have a good journey with good Karma by giving up your seat to other passengers who need it
- Have a good journey with good Karma without occupying or dirtying other seats
- Have a good journey with good Karma by validating your ticket correctly
- Have a good journey with good Karma by keeping your distance from the metro tracks
- Have a good journey with good Karma without causing a mess
- Have a good journey with good Karma by respecting people's personal space. Avoid ‘manspreading’
Sustainable and Safe Mobility Week
Dates: from 16/09/2018 to 22/09/2018
Come together and get going!
The Sustainable and Safe Mobility Week takes place between 16 and 22 September, promoting more sustainable, safe and healthy mobility habits such as getting around on foot, by bicycle, on public transport or using electric vehicles, as well as envisaging possible changes in the use made of public spaces, improving air quality and reducing pollution.
This is a European initiative that Barcelona joins in with every year, as do all the other Catalan municipalities. This year, some of the activities are included in the program celebrating the Festival of La Mercè.
Over this period, Barcelona and many other towns and cities within the metropolitan area carry out a variety of activities to encourage and work towards a more humane and user-friendly city. Using the slogan "Come together and get going!" the 2018 Week has focused on promoting the use of different methods of transport according to the type of journey.
Activities organized by TMB
On 22 September, from 10:30 onwards, TMB will be taking part in Mobility Week by offering a range of leisure activities aimed at children (drawing and badge-making workshops) taking place around a zero emissions 100% electric bus. In Barcelona the bus will be located on Via Laietana and in L’Hospitalet on Carrer Prat de la Riba. Both streets will be closed to traffic as part of the Day Without Cars, the event that finishes off Mobility Week.
The main objectives of the Week are the following:
- To stimulate civic behavior in respect of vehicle use compatible with sustainable urban development, especially through protecting air quality, preventing traffic accidents, reducing the emission of greenhouse gases and the rational consumption of energy resources.
- To raise citizens' awareness about the environmental impact of transport and to provide information about the different transport methods used.
- To boost the use of sustainable means of transport, especially public transport, bicycles, mobility on foot and electric vehicles.
- To encourage citizens to reconnect with the city, its people and its cultural heritage, in a healthy and relaxed setting.
- To reflect on how the excessive use of motorized transport affects our health. On the one hand, the air pollution and congestion that it produces has a negative effect on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. On the other, it encourages a sedentary lifestyle and physical inactivity.
The Subtravelling Festival is back!
Take part from 23 July
The Subtravelling Festival is back!
The ninth edition of the TMB InternationaL Short Film Festival is here with spectacular prizes for everyone.
Send us your short film from 23 July to 14 October!
The festival is groundbreaking, owing to its innovative features, as it brings short films to transport networks. It also enables new audiovisual creators to show their personality, by recording a short film on the stages of Metro, Bus and Cable Car networks.
Since 2016, the Subtravelling Festival is associated with the Seoul Metro International Subway Film Festival (SMIFF). They are the only two short film festivals in the world where the metro and public transport in general are the stars.
Subtravelling, 9th TMB International Short Film Festival
The festival is divided into two parts:
- Filming on TMB: from 23 July to 14 October. Create your short movie based on public transport and participate!
- The Exhibition: from 15 October to 18 November. Enjoy the movies participating and the 20 international short films selected for the occasion.
- Voting from 15 October to 18 November. Participate by voting for your favorite short movies, and you can win a fantastic trip!
The closing and prize-awarding ceremony will take place at the end of November.
Filming on TMB
- The subject matter is free, but TMB transport and coexistence among users should appear.
- Maximum duration is 3'30".
- The script should be in Spanish or Catalan.
- Each participant may send in more than one, never released short movie.
Conditions of recordings inside TMB facilities:
- A validated ticket is required to access transport or facilities.
- The use of the tripod, sound hangers or any other element that may interfere with passenger movement, is forbidden.
- The maximum number of people recording in the facilities at the same time, is four.
- Filming cannot be done in the rush hour (from 7 am to 10 am and from 4 pm to 6 pm).
- It is important to follow the instructions of TMB staff at all times.
Check the legal bases.
- First prize to the best short movie:trip for two people and five nights at a hotel of Seoul (Korea), to attend the SMIFF festival and exclusively present the winning short movie.
- Second prize to the best short movie: all-inclusive trip for two people.
From 15 October to 18 November, the participating short movies and an international selection of 20 short movies, can be seen on the festival's website and on MouTV screens on platforms, inside the metro and on buses.
Between 15 October and 18 November, vote for the short movies participating in Filming on TMB and the Exhibition, to win an all-inclusive trip for two people to a spectacular destination.
Day Without Cars 2018
Date: 22 September 2018
The goal of the Day Without Cars is to highlight the need to reduce the presence of private motor vehicles in the city in order to reduce both the air and noise pollution of the environment, thus improving the lives of Barcelona's inhabitants. It is also a day aimed at reclaiming the streets as leisure areas for the general public.
Barcelona has chosen this date to coincide with World Car Free Day. The celebration of this event marks the closing activity of Sustainable and Safe Mobility Week 2018 (CA).
On Friday 22 September, some of the streets of Barcelona will be closed to traffic: given that the date coincides fortuitously with the Festival of La Mercè, this year sees the introduction of “La Mercè breathes! (CA)”, with a whole series of activities and leisure suggestions based on sustainable and healthy mobility.
The main celebration will take place in Via Laietana, which will be completely closed off to traffic and filled with activities relating to recovering public spaces, improving air quality and sustainable mobility.
Furthermore, in Gran de Gracia, priority will be given to more sustainable vehicles, public transport and bicycles, with restrictions on private motor vehicles from 11:00 to 20:00 and, in Les Corts, a street will be inaugurated as part of the Superblock program.
TMB, as the leading operator, will take part in Mobility Week by putting out messages to promote public transport and organizing a range of activities.
The metro has now reached the Marina district
The line 10 Sud is going into service with two newly created stations: Foc and Foneria
Line 10 Sud between the stations of Collblanc and Foc will go into operation on 8 September from 3 p.m.
This new section of the metro, 4.5 km long, includes five stations, three of which it shares with line 9 Sud (Can Tries / Gornal, Torrassa and Collblanc) and two that are newly built: Foneria and Foc, situated along the axis of the Passeig de la Zona Franca and the Marina neighbourhood in the district of Sants-Montjuïc in Barcelona.
During August TMB worked on operational tests without passengers, achieving a service frequency of a train every 7'20'' at peak times, the same as line 9 Sud.
The opening of this new line connects Zona Franca with the rest of Barcelona, the airport, L'Hospitalet and El Prat de Llobregat. This represents a notable improvement in the connectivity of a neighbourhood of the city with a significant population and an area from which many workers commute. This is a very positive factor for the region's ongoing development.
The new section of the metro has all the attributes associated with automated lines: innovation, technology and safety, representing the growth of the automated metro network and an increase in the number of adapted stations.
The next step for the Line 10 Sud project is planned with the incorporation of stations at Ciutat de la Justícia and Provençana.
Get more information on Line 10 Sud