Utilizing the public transport of places one visits lends a more authentic experience of the area and most of the time, it is the time-saving and budget-friendly approach. I especially love taking the rapid transit system – subway, underground, or metro.
Barcelona and Madrid both have a rapid transit system, Barcelona Metro and Madrid Metro. I’m sure each have qualities that make them unique, but for today’s rating, I will rate the two as one. The family did not use each Metro long enough to distinguish the uniqueness of each.
So, how did we like the Metro in Barcelona and Spain?
Commuter Friendliness ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
We found both the Barcelona and Madrid Metros commuter friendly. The stations were easy to navigate and the maps located in the stations were easy to read. The lighting is excellent. No dark corners!
Obtaining tickets was a breeze as well. There were multiple machines dispensing tickets accepting credit cards and debit cards. The machines require PIN numbers. Make sure you get one before heading to Spain or anywhere else in Europe. It would be a plus if the machine includes a choice of languages for instructions.
I can’t believe how clean the stations and rail cars are in both Metros. There were no litters and no offending smells. The day we used the Barcelona and Madrid Metros, everyone agreed both are impressively clean.
No delays noted. The rail cars arrived and departed on time.
Individual tickets for the Barcelona Metro is €2.15. Getting a single ticket each time one hops on the Metro while visiting various places in the city center could get expensive. The budget-friendly option which could save one as much as €11.55 for 10 journeys is the T10 which costs €9.95. The T10 may only be used in 1 Zone. The city center is Zone 1. It is possible to buy T10’s for other Zones.
For the Madrid Metro, individual tickets may cost up to €2.00 for 1 Zone. It offers something similar to Barcelona’s T10. The main difference is, Madrid’s version of the T10 may be used at any subway stop, anywhere. Except that it can’t be used to go to the airport and back. The cost of the combined tickets for 10 journeys is €18.30. Therefore, each trip costs €1.83.