Get around on public transport
Find out more about public transport in Barcelona before planning your trip.
Welcome to Barcelona, the city that is constantly on the move
Barcelona is a Mediterranean city packet with history. It is a cutting-edge cultual hub, a cosmopolitan, tourist and financial capital. It has an excellent climate and a wide rage of leisure and culinary options. These qualities contribute to 9,7 million people visiting the city each year, according to data from 2022. Visitors enjoy leisure tourism or attend coferences, meetings and exhibitions held throughout the year. Barcelona occupies sixth place in the ranking of the most visited cities in Europe and is amongst the 25 most visited in the world.
Over three million people live in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. Half live in the city of Barcelona itself, which covers over 100 km² and is one of the most desdenly populated metropolises in Europe.
Barcelona is on the go day and night, seven days a week, contributing ot up to five million journeys per day:
- 46.6% journeys are on foot or by bicycle.
- 25.4% of journeys are by private vehicle.
- 28.7% of journeys are by public transport.
Given the density of traffinc, using public transport is advisable for journeys that are too long to make on foot. We also recommend avoiding the use of private vehicles: in Barceloa there is a firm commitment to sustainable and safe Mobility.
TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) is the city's main public transport company and is onte og the leading operators in Europe.
The metro and bus, the most popular mtehods of transport in Barcelona
On the Top 10 tips for visitors page, you can find out how to use our transport: use of tickets, timetables, acessibility, regulations, best practices and more ideas that will facilitate you to stay in the city.
More than 40% of Barcelona's public transport journeys are made by metro, as it is the quickest, most confortable and safest means of getting around. The TMB metro network connects to all the neighbourhoods and districts and all the tourist attractions. Its schedule of operating times are also very accommodating.
Over 20% of passengers use the bus. The TMB bus network also connects to all neighborhood and tourist attractions. The bus is a convenient way to travel around the city, take in the sights and discover hidden corners.
Consult the schedules and service frequencies of each route in the section Barcelona Bus section. As a part of the New Bus Network project, we now offer a more versatile service, with different route options from the same starting point and destination.
The entire metro network is accessible with the exception of a few stations. The bus network is 100% accessible. Find out more from Universal accessibility section.
Hola Barcelona travel card
If you like to go where the mood takes you and prepare your own routes, we recommend the Hola Barcelona Travel Card, as it will allow you to visit the city at a flat rate depending on the lenght of your journey.
To plan the days of your stay in the city, we propose different routes on public transport. You can find this information and many other tips on Hola Barcelona App, where you can also buy your tickets.
Barcelona's tourist transport
We offer a high quality and prestigious tourist trnsport options for visiting Barcelona and its surrounding area in a unique way. Purchase tickets on the Hola Barcelona website.