The Barcelona public transit network is operated by two companies:
- Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) (link is external): in charge of metro L1-L5 and L11 and city buses in Barcelona city proper, covering most of the transportation you will probably need.
- Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) (link is external): in charge of L6-L8 and suburban rail services starting from Pl. Catalunya (Metro del Vallès) and from Pl. Espanya (Metro del Baix Llobregat).
Conveniently, the same ticket is used for both kinds of service. Tickets can be bought in metro stations, some "La Caixa" bank machines, and many tobacco shops ("estancs"). For more information on tickets click here (link is external). The best option for most people is a multiple ride "T-10 (link is external)" (for one zone), which can be shared by various people at the same time. The metro operates from 5:00 a.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays, from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Fridays, and non-stop on Saturdays. Click here (link is external) for an interactive metro map.
These metro lines are complemented by a network of suburban railways operated by RENFE Cercanías (link is external) ("RENFE Rodalies" in Catalan) on 4 cross-city routes, and the tram lines running in the north and the south of the metropolitan area.
Finally, taxis are moderately priced and easy to find on the street. Taxis in Barcelona are easily recognizable by their colours (yellow and black). A green light on top of the taxi means it is available.