Special operation for safety, mobility and cleaning over Christmas

A special operation is under way to ensure safety, coexistence and mobility over the festive season, during the first Christmas free of Covid-19 restrictions. The City Police will be stepping up its presence in public spaces and shopping hubs, while extra metro and bus services will be laid on and street cleaning and waste collection increased in the busiest parts of the city.

07/12/2022 16:17 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

City Police operation

Policing levels are to be bolstered to put 365 officers on duty every day in streets and shopping hubs. At shopping areas and tourist areas in each district the corps will be intensifying mixed patrols with the Mossos d’Esquadra police corps. Premises drawing people in numbers will also be subject to checks to ensure they comply with regulations and closing times and respect local people’s hours of rest. The City Police will also be reacting to messages encouraging unauthorised parties and gatherings.

Road safety and accident prevention is another goal for the police operation. The corps will be conducting breathalyser and drug-driving tests, paying particular attention to personal mobility vehicles and bicycles. Action will also be taken against vehicles parked badly on pavements or double parked.

More public transport

The metro service and some bus routes will be operating more frequent services on Sundays and public holidays when shops and businesses are allowed to open.

Metro services on public holidays before Christmas and Three Kings:

  • 12% increase in service on all lines in afternoons and evenings.
  • Increase in frequency of trains by 25% on line 1 (red) and line 3 (green).

Special hours

  • 24 December: services end at 11 pm.
  • 25 December: services from 5 am, non-stop until 2 am on 26 December.
  • 26 December: services end at midnight.
  • New Year’s Eve: services to run all through the night.


Some bus routes passing through the centre and the city’s shopping hubs will have an increased capacity, with articulated vehicles.

Special hours: last buses leave at 10 pm on 24 December

Extra cleaning

A special operation is in place to ramp up street cleaning in the busiest areas and shopping hubs between 3 December and 8 January. The operation involves an additional 48 teams for ordinary cleaning, with another 120 workers on New Year’s Eve and 150 more for the Three Kings Parade.

Selective waste collection for paper, glass, plastics and metals will also be increased on Christmas Day and Three Kings Day.

Check the website with practical information for the festive season at: https://www.barcelona.cat/nadal/ca/informacio-practica


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