TMB – Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona
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Using the public transportation system in another country or sometimes even just in another city can be quite confusing. Therefore I will give you today a little overview of the very modern and efficient Metro system in Barcelona and I give you a hand on the decision "Which is actually the best ticket to get". But first some general info about the TMB: - The very first Metro line opened on the 30th of December in 1924, called the "Gran Metropolitano de Barcelona" and it ran between Plaza Lesseps and Plaza Catalunya. Later on this line got extended and is nowadays known as L3. You can still see a plaque in the Metro station of "Catalunya" reminding of this event. - Right now we have 11 Metro lines, three of them (L6, L7 and L8) belong to the "Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya" (but you can use them with the normal Metro ticket) and in total there are 141 stations right now. - 106 different bus lines are operating in Barcelona - serving 2,615 bus stops. With the "nova xarca de bus" Barcelona just got 28 new bus lines, so now you can move around easier and faster. - Barcelona public transportation systems consists of the following: Metro, Bus, Barcelona Bus Turístic (the colored tourist busses), Tramvia Blau (going up to Tibidabo), Telefèric de Montjuic and the Funicular de Montjuic. Helpful information regarding Metro tickets: - A ticket for zone 1 is all you need - it covers the whole city region and all the main sights as well as the airport. - You can get tickets at any Metro or FGC station at the vending machines, which also have different language settings. In the busses, you can just get one way tickets from the driver, - Once you validate the ticket, it is valid until you reach your destination (or the longest for 1 hour and 15 minutes) and on your way there you can change lines as often as you need to. You can change from Metro to bus, but not from bus and Tram to Metro - here you would have to validate the ticket again. With a single ticket, you cannot change from one to another. Which ticket to get? -In case you have the Barcelona Card, with which you get many discounts in Barcelona, you can use the public transportation system completely for free. - In general most if the sights are in walking distance.. but sure, it always depends where you stay in the city. But normally its just Park Güell, the Camp Nou, Tibidabo and maybe Sagrada Familia you would go with the Metro to. - The single tickets are with 2€ quite expensive, so the best ticket to get is a T-10 ticket, which means 10 trips on one ticket, you can use it whenever you want and it is even for multipersonal use - you just have to validate it for each person when entering Metro or bus. The T-10 ticket costs 9,45 €, which means less than 1 € per trip. Working Hours of the service of Metro/Tram Sunday - Thursday: 5 am - 0 pm Friday: 5 am - 2 am Saturday: 24 h 24 hours also on January 1st, June 24th, August 15th and September 24th. On December 24th, trains stop running at 11 pm There are a lot of night busses (Nit Bus) which start running when the Metro/Tram stops until it starts again. Almost all of them stop at Plaza Catalunya and are coming every 20 mins. So I hope I could help you a little bit and the transportation system doesn't seem like a jungle to you anymore ;) In case you are looking for Apartments in Barcelona, check here. Credits Pics: Metro by Jamison Wieser, Metro map, Metro station
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