Useful tips for getting around Barcelona by train

A very comfortable way to get around Barcelona is by train, since it is perfectly connected to the Metro and its lines complement each other. Lines Surroundings (Stands in Catalan) they are operated by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) and Renfe, thus covering a wide network. Between them they add fifteen urban train lines and with connection to neighboring towns.


As the tickets are integrated, it is possible to link the FGC or Renfe commuter lines with the subway, the tram and the buses, which gives us added comfort when buying the combined tickets of transport, such as bonuses that allow us unlimited travel thus saving a lot of money.

However, you should always keep in mind that the single ticket is one way, that is, only for one operator: Suburban, Metro, etc., and is not integrated.

Barcelona rail transport map


It is also important to note that since January 2012 there is a new standard in rates, so, as of that date, the 10 travel ticket can be used flexibly and in a way multipersonal so that it can be used in group trips.

However, this subscription, valid for the commuter service and regional services, is valid for 60 days and has a discount that, depending on the chosen route, ranges from 25 to 40%.

ATM multi-person card

About the tariffs, it is important to know that the Barcelona Commuter Service offers different prices, promotions and discounts.

General fares on the suburban train are only valid for routes R1, R2, R2 North, R2 South, R3, R4, R7 and R8. You cannot transfer to the transports integrated in the ATM.

The elderly, children and large families can get a discount. In regional services, general fares are only for routes R11, R12, R13, R14, R15 and R16.

Top photo by JT Curses.

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