What public transport services are available during these days in Barcelona?

Given the low demand due to the confinement of the citizens and the new restrictions on mobility, limiting it to necessary trips to carry out essential services and activities, the public transport system continues to adjust its offer to the low demand. In the days to come, variable adjustments will continue to be made based on the demand seen during peak hours.

02/04/2020 12:01 h

Ecologia Urbana

The sharp decrease in demand and the limited mobility of people working in essential services necessitate that the public transport service in the Barcelona metropolitan area adjust its supply in the days to come. At the same time, it must also respect the rules regarding limiting passengers to one third of the maximum capacity, to allow users to adequately practice social distancing at all times.

In addition, all the public transport operators will be making variable adjustments based on the demand seen during peak hours.

Starting today, Thursday, 2 April, the metro will operate at 60% of its overall normal service, and the bus will operate at 40%.

For the metro, the general public are asked to spread out all along the platform (the middle carriages tend to be the emptiest) and maintain social distancing. The metro doors will open automatically on the types of train where this is possible. The Monday to Friday service of 5 am to 12 midnight is maintained. For the bus, we remind passengers that it is still obligatory to enter by the rear door and buying tickets on board is not permitted.

The train lines of the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) railway will have a weekend service (at 33% of the usual circulation) for the Llobregat-Anoia line, while the Barcelona-Vallès line will offer a special service during peak hours (from 6 am to 9 am and 2 pm to 4 pm), with two trains per hour and direction for the S1 Barcelona-Terrassa and the S2 Barcelona-Sabadell, and one train per hour and direction for the S5 Barcelona-Sant Cugat.

During peak hours, there will be a rail shuttle service between the Gràcia station and Avinguda Tibidabo, with four trains per hour and direction.

The rest of the day, the S1 Barcelona-Terrassa, S2 Barcelona-Sabadell, and L6 Pl. Catalunya-Sarrià will offer one train per hour and direction, and the Gràcia-Av.Tibidabo rail shuttle service will maintain its four trains per hour and direction.

The L12 line will not be operating during these days.

As for the Rodalies local commuter trains, the frequency will be increased for peak hours and the R2 service will be reinforced for working days starting on Monday. Find the information here.

The tram service (Trambaix and Trambesòs) will operate at 50% starting today, Thursday, 2 April. The Trambaix T1 will not be in service and the T2 and T3 will have a service frequency of every 20 minutes from 7 am to 5 pm, and every 30 minutes from 5 am to 7 am and from 5 pm to 12 midnight.

As for Trambesòs, the T6 will not be in service, either (the La Mina stop will no longer be in service and we recommend using the Campus Diagonal – Besòs or Parc del Besòs stops), and the T4 will have a service frequency of every 16 minutes from 7 am to 5 pm, and every 20 minutes from 5 am to 7 am. From 5 pm to 12 midnight, the service frequency will be every 30 minutes. The T5 will have a service frequency of every 16 minutes from 7 am to 5 pm, and every 30 minutes from 5 am to 7 am and from 5 pm to 12 midnight.

The daytime metropolitan bus service (AMB) will be offering 52% of its normal working day supply, overall, while the Nitbus (nocturnal metropolitan bus), as of last Wednesday, is offering 38% of its normal supply, so its service frequency is between every 40 and 60 minutes, depending on the line. You can find the detailed timetables for each line here.

Three lines (N10, N18, and N26), with almost no demand or that have transport alternatives, will be temporarily suspended.

The rest of the intercity buses will offer around 45% of their usual service supply. This is an average based on each route and operator, the weekend supply, and the fact that some lines will not be operating because they have no demand.

SOURCE: Generalitat of Catalonia.

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