Barcelona tram – network and practical information for passengers
The tram of Barcelona was shut down in 1971. Only the “Tramvia Blau”, which still operates today with historic cars, was remaining for tourists. Until the turning point in 2004, when the tram was revived. Now modern trains are running on the still expanding network.
Two route networks without connection
This also explains the curiosity of the Barcelona tram. The rails are divided into two not yet connected networks.
The networks are named after their end stops.
The network “Trambaix” with the lines T1, T2, and T3 after the Comarca Baix Llobregat and the “Trambesòs” network with the lines T4, T5 and T6 after “Sant Adria de Besos”.
In total (state 2021), there are 6 tram lines running on almost 30km of rail network.
Some tram stops also offer direct connections to the Barcelona metro.
Network 1: Trambaix
The Trambaix tram network connects “Baix Llobregat” with the borough of Les Corts. ). It carries almost 2 million passengers per week per year.
Trambaix line plan / map
Network 2: Trambesòs
The Trambesòs tram network connects the city centre of Barcelona with the districts of “Sant Adrià de Besòs” and “Badalona”.
The lines T5 and T6 start at the central station Glòries, where there is also a connection to the metro.
Trambesòs line plan / map
Operating hours of the tram
Monday to Friday, Sunday and public holidays: 5.00 am – midnight
Friday, Saturday and the evening before public holidays: 5:00 – 2:00
Ticket for the tram in Barcelona – overview, current prices (2020)
The entire fare system of the Barcelona public transport is city-wide organized by the “Autoritat del Transport Metropolità”.
Whether single ticket, 10 journey ticket (T-Casual) or travel card “Hola BCN”, here you will find information and current prices. So you can find easily the right ticket for your stay in Barcelona.
Knowing, which ticket fits best to your needs, saves a lot of holiday time and money.
Our tip in brief:
– if you don’t like to read details about the fare systems and the Barcelona public transport network –
For most visitors of the city the “Hola BCN” day ticket is the best choice.
With this card, you can use unlimited the metro, bus, tram and suburban trains (Rodalies, Zone 1) during the entire validity period (2, 3, 4 or 5 days).
The metro ride to and from the airport is also included. You don’t have to buy the “metro airport ticket” (10.30 euros – round trip).
The “Hola BCN!” card is, compared to other big European cities, very cheap. The actual price (2020) is, depending on the chosen validity period, between 7.60 and 8.10 euro per day.
Save time and stress, by buying the „Hola BCN“ travel card online before departure – without any extra charge –
Your benefits of online purchasing:
– You will not waste your holiday time in queues in front of the ticket vending machines.
– After a long flight, you don’t have to deal with fare systems and ticket vending machines. You have already the right ticket to take the metro from the airport to downtown Barcelona and back.
Tramvia blue – historical tram
A ride in the “Tramvia Blau” (Catalan for “blue tramway”) is not just an pleasant experience for tram enthusiast. The trains are more than 100 years old and the last survivors of the historic tram of Barcelona, which was closed in 1971.
The approximately 1.3 km (1 mile) long route avoids the steep climb to the mountain Tibidabo (520m). The Tibidabo offers a great view of the city and the surrounding of Barcelona. He is also famous for the “Parque d’Atracccions” amusement park.