The Ultimate Accessibility Guide to Getting Around Barcelona by Metro
Taking the metro on holiday can be a challenge. You do not know the city yet, and especially finding your way via public transport can be a hassle. You might have questions about the wheelchair accessibility, the metro ticket prices, and which metros you need to take to get to your destination. No worries, We are here to give you an overview in this blog: ‘The Ultimate Accessibility Guide to Getting Around Barcelona by Metro.’ Scroll down for an accessible metro map of Barcelona! The accessible entrances are marked with the blue wheelchair logo. The ones that are not accessible are marked with a black and white skull on the map.
The Metro Network
The Barcelona metro consists of 8 lines, 159 stations, and 150 trains. In total this network is 121.4 km long! Even though it is a large network of tunnels, taking the metro is easier than it sounds. Each metro line is marked with a number after the letter L and a color. For example, you have lines L1, L2, and L3. You can easily recognize a metro entrance through the banner sign with the TMB logo, and the capital red M. All the information you need you to find at the entrance of the metro station: the name, which lines you can access from there, a map of the metro, alternative access points, and the opening hours.
Before you travel, check out the direction you need to travel to by looking at the metro map before you go. The endpoint of the line is stated in capitals, and these stations are listed on the signs in each metro station. If you are in need of help, the TMB staff provides assistance and information about your journey. In the metro tunnels, you find monitors with information about waiting times. The metros ride very frequently, and waiting times are therefore limited.
Once you are on the metro, they announce the upcoming stations and connections to other lines over the PA system. You can also see them on banners in the metro itself. Press the button on the door to get off the subway, and then follow the exit signs.
Accessibility and Assistance
To enter and exit the metro, you can use the elevators. Most metro stations have elevators and are accessible for wheelchairs. Unfortunately, there are still a couple of metros that do not have elevator entrances. Barcelona is working hard to make its metro network 100% wheelchair accessible. At the moment, there are only 15 out of a total of 159 stations not (yet) accessible for wheelchair users. Not too bad, is it not? The bus network in Barcelona, however, is fully wheelchair accessible. To see which metro stations are wheelchair accessible and which are not, we have added a map at the bottom of this blog!
We recommend wheelchair users to board and disembark the metro via the second door of the first carriage. This is one of the areas with the best visibility. In each carriage, you find reserved seats for the elderly, pregnant, and people with reduced mobility.
To check if the metro station is accessible, you can consult the metro maps available at all stations. In the metro carriages, there are SOS buttons on the intercom in case you need them. These are only for emergencies, and when you press the button, the Metro Control Center assists you.
Tickets and Prices
At the entrance of each metro station, there are metro ticket machines. You need a ticket to pass through the turnstiles where the validating machine stamps your ticket. You need this ticket to get in the metro tunnel and hold on to it because, in some stations, you need the ticket as well to get out. In any case, put it somewhere safe because it is quite a fragile piece of paper. Something to keep in mind, Once your ticket is validated, it is valid for a maximum of 180 minutes.
There are various kinds of tickets, depending on how many ‘zones’ you want to travel and for how long you are staying in Barcelona. For everyone, there is a ticket that fits their needs. To give you an idea of the prices, a ticket for one zone, one ride (Bittlet senzil), costs 2.40 euros. A card for ten trips in one zone costs 11.35 euros. One person can only use this ten rides card (T-casual) at the same time.
Furthermore, there is a T-familiar ticket. This ticket allows you to take eight rides that can be used by multiple people at the same time. After one person has gone through the gates, he/she can pass the ticket to the next person. This T-familiar card is valid until 30 days after the first validation. For further information about the ticket fares, we refer you to the ticket machines in the metro stations.
If you want to buy a metro ticket with banknotes and coins, you need to pay in euros. If you use your bank card for payment, you choose between paying in euros or your currency. Scanning your credit card to pay for a ticket contactless is not an option, you have to insert your card into the machine. The ticket machine will give you a purchase receipt after the payment if you choose to receive one.
We hope you have a lovely stay in Barcelona!