Tickets and fares


The ticketing system in Barcelona is transitioning to contactless system called T-mobilitat. From the 1st of December 2023, paper tickets will only be used for single tickets, which you should avoid (they’re the most expensive way of travelling).

There are two types of T-Mobilitat cards.

  • The personal T-mobilitat is green and includes your name. It is needed to benefit from special discounts targeted to students, the elderly or under 18s.
  • The anonymous T-mobilitat is white, and that’s the one you’ll be most likely using as a tourist. You first have to buy a physical card (for 0.50 €) and then you can recharge it with any title you want in the vending machines or online.
  • You can also download the T-mobilitat app on your phone (Android only), purchase tickets there and access by tapping your phone. The app has a one-time payment of 1 €.
The green T-mobilitat is personal (it has your name on the back), whereas the white T-mobilitat is anonymous.

It is essential that you always validate your ticket before using public transport. You do so by approaching your T-mobilitat to the illuminated squares on top of the validation gates. Having a T-mobilitat with you, even with a valid ticket on it, is not enough to travel legally if you don’t validate it before accessing public transport.

If staff asks you to show a valid ticket at any point of your trip and you’re unable to do so, you’ll have to pay a €100 fine. If you’re unable to pay on the spot, your details may be shared with the local authorities so that they can send you the fine.

Types of tickets

Single tickets

A single ticket is valid for one operator only and costs 2.40€ (for 1 zone). I do not recommend that you buy one of these. To start with, it is not integrated, meaning that they are only valid for one operator (check examples 1 and 2). Secondly, it’s expensive. See examples below:

Example 1

Example 2

You see? Single tickets are a bad idea: they’re expensive, not integrated, and valid for one operator only. Instead, if you buy an integrated ticket, you will pay less, use any service you like, and even transfer through them without any extra cost.

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Integrated tickets

So, let’s get straight to the point. You want an T-mobilitat ticket from the ATM. ATM is the God-blessed organization that integrated different operators into the same system.

T-casual (10 trips in 1 ticket for 1 traveller)

T-familiar (8 trips in 1 ticket, for more than 1 traveller)

There are other tickets, but they are less attractive for tourists.

Other tickets

If you are staying for more than 2 weeks, you might be interested in purchasing the T-usual, which gives you a full month of unlimited travel for 40€ (50% off with the temporary reduction, so 20€ until the end of 2022), plus trips to and from the airport (remember, T-casual and T-familiar do not include trips from/to the airport, you can read my page about airport travel). In case you are interested in unlimited travel but you only stay in Barcelona for 2-5 days, you might be interested in the Hola Barcelona travel card. It gives you unlimited travel for the amount of days you choose. However, it’s pricey. A 5-day Hola Barcelona card costs 38€, whilst you can buy a T-usual (valid for 30 days) for 40€. Read my post about whether it’s a good deal or not.

If you’re a student staying here for at least three months and you use public transport daily, I strongly suggest that you buy the T-jove ticket, as it grants you 90 days of unlimited travel for 80€ (50% off with the temporary reduction, so 40€). However, even if you are living in Barcelona, T-casual is an adequate ticket if you only use public transport occasionally (say 4 or 5 times per week).

If you make 30 trips per month, purchasing 3 T-casuals is cheaper than a T-usual. If you make 40 or more trips per month, a T-usual is cheaper than 4 T-casuals.

Finally, if you’re a large group (say, 25 people) and you plan to use public transport a few times, you can consider T-grup. It gives you 70 trips within a 30-day period, for 1.135€ per trip. Obviously, it’s a multi-member ticket, so all the group would be sharing the same paper ticket.

Validating your ticket

Once you validate a ticket, you have a period of 1h 15 minutes to finish your trip. During this time, you can transfer between different operators. You need to validate your ticket again, but don’t worry: you won’t be using a new trip. More info on integration.

Access control gates

Owning a valid ticket is not enough to be a legal traveller. You need to validate it before starting your trip. Always keep your ticket with you during the whole duration of your trip, even if it’s a single ticket.

  • Most train stations have access control gates. When you go through any access gate, and you are granted access to the station, your ticket is already validated: you’re good to go. If a train station does not have access control, you will see a validation machine inside the station, and you’re required to validate your ticket before jumping on a train.
  • When you jump into a bus or a tramway, you won’t see any control access gates. On the bus, you enter through the front door, and there is a validation machine right on the entrance. You have to validate your ticket when you enter the bus, and the driver will usually monitor this. On the tram, you’ll find validation machines scattered all around the interior. You don’t have to validate again when you leave.

What happens when I validate?

  1. In case you have a ticket with a limited amount of trips (like a single ticket or a T-casual), a small display on the access gates will display the amount of trips left that you still have.
  2. In case you have a ticket with unlimited trips for a given period of time (like a T-usual), the machine will simply acknowledge the validity of your ticket and let you go through. The same will happen if you use a ticket with a limited amount of trips but you are transferring; it will simply acknowledge the previous validation (provided that it took place less than 1h 15 minutes ago) and the doors will open.
  3. If your ticket is not valid (because it contains no trips or because it’s damaged), the validation machine will produce a long beep. Doors will remain closed. If you’re on a bus and the driver has already started the journey, wait until the next stop and step out of the bus or buy a ticket from the driver.

Remember to always validate your ticket. If you enter a train, a bus or a tramway and you didn’t have to pull the card out of your wallet, you probably missed something. If they catch you with a non-validated ticket, you will have to pay a €100 fine, even if you have a valid ticket with you.


How much you pay depends on travel distance. Stations are grouped in zones. You pay depending on how many zones you go across. The entire city of Barcelona is within Zone 1, so most users can rely on 1-zone tickets for most of their trips. You can find an official list of cities and towns here.

All prices shown in this webpage are based on 1-zone tickets. Planning on travelling to other towns? Then take a look at Travelling outside of Barcelona


Kids aged 0-3 don’t pay any fee to use public transport.

You can apply for a free T-16 ticket as long as:

  • You are 4-16.
  • You are resident in Barcelona or any of the municipalities in the ATM.

Children aged 4-16 who cannot use a T-16 will need the same ticket as an adult.

Travelling outside of Barcelona

Prices shown in this page are for 1-zone tickets. Zone 1 includes the entire city of Barcelona and some nearby towns, like L’Hospitalet, Badalona and Sant Adrià.

If you plan to visit other cities during your stay in Barcelona, you will need multi-zone tickets. As a general rule, all tickets shown on this page have multi-zone versions. Prices increase for each zone added to the list. You can find all prices in this document.