Here is a reminder of the correct use of tickets and travel cards
Children under four are exempt from having a transport ticket. Remaining travelers need to have a valid, correct and validated ticket.
Make sure that the ticket is correct for your personal details and that it is valid for the zones where you wish to travel.
You should also validate the ticket before starting the journey and in all transfers you make, unless they are direct changes between metro lines. To help you identify whether the ticket has been correctly validated, the bus validating machines display a green light and emit a soft sound. On the other hand, when the ticket has not been validated, they display a red light and emit a loud sound. On the metro, the validating machines will not let you through if there is an error in validation. If your pass does not work as a result of a fault of the validating machines, contact a member of bus or metro staff, who will change it. Damaged cards for other causes will not give you the right to compensation nor to change it.
Finally, make sure that you keep the correctly validated ticket in good condition until the end of your journey. You should not throw it away until leaving the station, as you may be asked to show it by a member of staff.
If you need more detailed information on transport tickets or passes, go to the section "Metro and bus fares".
With an integrated pass (not a single ticket), you can transfer up to 3 times to other integrated transports, over a certain period of time, set by the number of zones of the card. For passes of one zone, the time limit is 75 minutes from the first validation. This time limit increases by 15 minutes for every additional zone.
Please bear in mind that a return ticket or interrupting or resuming your route are considered two journeys. Therefore, fare integration does not allow you to make two validations, within the same journey in the Barcelona metro (nor the FGC line), nor two consecutive bus validations on the same route.
To calculate the number of zones of the pass you need, you can use the zone counter of the ATM website.
6-zone passes allow you to travel between all municipalities of the metropolitan transport area of Barcelona. You can see which they are in the map of zones.
There is more information of fare integration in the section "Characteristics of the integrated fare system" in the ATM website".
In the metro, your validated ticket or pass is valid for the next two hours.
On the bus, the validation gives the right to travel to the end of the route in the chosen direction (except on the Bus del Barri neighborhood routes and other circular lines, in which case you can complete the entire circuit).
Multi-person passes can be used with your companions, as long as you travel together. To correctly share a multi-person pass (such as the T-10 or the T-70/30), you should validate as many times as the persons traveling. In the metro, you should make the whole journey together, from the station of entry to the exit of installations. On buses, you can separate, but the person carrying the pass must be the last one to get off the bus.
Single-person passes (like the T-50/30) cannot be used simultaneously, by more than one person, but it can be used at different times. For example, in the morning you can use it, and in the afternoon, another person to who you give the pass.
Personalized passes can only be used by the holder of the card. On the front of these passes, your ID number or an equivalent document number should be indicated. You should identify yourself with the documents required whenever you are asked to see the pass. Otherwise, it is considered that you do not have a valid transport ticket and it may be withdrawn. The most common personalized passes are the T-16. the T-jove, the T-mes and the T-trimestre.
Personalized passes of single-parent or large families (FM/FN), are special cases, because apart from the ID or equivalent of the holder, these passes should also be accompanied by the original, valid single-parent or large family card. (It should be shown when asked by a member of staff).
The metro single ticket, the airport ticket i and integrated transport tickets can be used up to 31 December of the year of purchase. Tickets and passes are generally valid until the last day of February of the year following the date of purchase and issue. Quarterly tickets are valid until 31 March of the year following the date of purchase and issue.
Hola BCN! is a 2, 3, 4 or 5 day pass that works by hours. You can validate your transport ticket at any time of day and travel for 48 hours (2 days), 72 hours (3 days), 96 hours (4 days) or 120 hours (5 days) from the first validation.
Daily, monthly and quarterly passes (the T-dia, the T-50/30. the T-mes, T-trimestre, etc.), have their own validity, calculated from the day of service of the first validation, meaning the first time they are used to travel.
In this sense, in order to calculate the validity of these tickets, you should remember that for the TMB bus and metro network, the FCG urban lines, the date of service does not coincide with the calendar day, but starts at 4.00 h and ends at 3.59 h the following day.Therefore, the days in which the service is extended after midnight, validations made between 0.00 h and 3.59 h are calculated as made the previous day. However, in Rodalies de Catalunya routes, the day of service coincides with the calendar day.
Passes with daily validity allow you to travel for one day from the first validation until the service closes. If the metro service closes after midnight, it will be valid until 3.59 h of the following day.
Passes with monthly validity allow you to travel for 30 days from the first validation.
The 30 days are calculated taking into consideration the entire day of the first validation, plus the following 29 days.The pass is therefore valid until the service closes on the last day. If the metro service closes after midnight on the last day, it will be valid until 3.59 h of the following day.
Passes with quarterly validity allow you to travel for 90 days from the first validation.
The 90 days are calculated taking into consideration the entire day of the first validation, plus the following 89 days.The pass is therefore valid until the service closes on the last day. If the metro service closes after midnight on the last day, it will be valid until 3.59 h of the following day.