Barcelona public transport network maps (metro and buses)

The options for your city travel include metro, bus, and tram. Each has its own benefits and are a very inexpensive way to see the city. TMB is the transportation company and their website provides route information that allows you to search by zipcodes, from where you are starting or where you want to go. The benefit of riding the tram or the bus is, of course, being able to see the city as you ride past it. It can be a great way to scan neighborhoods for shops and cafes very quickly.

Barcelona has an excellent subway system that covers just about all of the metro area. Almost all of stations are clean, well lit and easy to access. Now, all stations are well marked and also if one asks a passing local, they generally can direct you to the entrance. Metro stops generally have two entrances and it will help you to know which direction to head when exiting the train to avoid having to backtrack. 

There are various types of passes including multi trips that can be purchased from a vending maching in the stations or at ticket offices. Prices are reasonable and buying a multi trip pass offers about a 50% savings over single tickets. Stations are nearby most major tourist attractions except the city biggest park where the Olympics were held. This requires to take the escalators along the hill or taking a bus from the metro station. There is a funicular railway that climbs halfways that hill, and also a cable car with a lovely scenery!

The T10 (10 single trips) cards can be used by multiple persons - just leave your card for the next person. This counts as another trip of course. A 'single trip' means you can get on/off any public transport within the 1hr15mins timeframe within your selected zone. In metro/train stations, enter gate turnstiles from the right (card goes on the left) but enter the sliding glass doors from the left (card goes on the right).

Travel cards are a great way to get around since they will give you access to the Trams, Metro, and Buses at about 5 euro / day per adult. Children and senior discounts are also available. Knowing you have unlimited ridership in a day frees you to go back and forth to your hotel, or take a bus between locations, or maybe even go on a random sightseeing adventure without concerning yourself about the cost.