T-16

What do you need to know?

It is a transport card for children from 4 to 16 years of age. It allows unlimited travel on the public transport network. The first card issued is free; duplicates due to loss, theft or change of area have an issue fee of €35. It is only valid within the fare zone for the municipal district where the child holding it lives.

VERY IMPORTANT:

The T-16 card is associated with a specific individual. The card is issued in the name of the child and with their identity number (child’s DNI, identity number for foreign nationals (NIE), passport or family book).

The card must be validated on each trip and may only be used by its holder.

Children with a T-16 card must always put it into the ticket checking machine when accessing public transport, and it is also compulsory for them to carry their personal identity document (DNI, NIE or family book) when they travel on public transport using the card.

The transport that can be used is as follows:

  • TMB bus routes
  • Metro
  • Ferrocarriles de la Generalitat regional railways (within zone 1)
  • Renfe Cercanías suburban trains (within zone 1)
  • Trams (Trambesòs and Trambaix)
  • Regular bus routes within the Barcelona inner metropolitan ring

 

The integrated fare system is the way in which public transport in the majority of municipalities in Barcelona province is organised, where there are integrated fares divided into six rings. That is to say, a single ticket enables use of the means of transport needed to go from one place to another and must be purchased depending on the number of zones the passenger goes through, with a maximum of six zones being paid for.

It is important to take the following into account:

  • The application may be processed from 30 days before the minor has their 4th birthday.
  • For applications processed during July and August, the turnaround time for the card is longer than usual.
  • In the event of card loss, theft or change of the holder’s zone, you must pay for the cost of issuing a duplicate.
  • If the card is faulty, the duplicate is free and you can request a temporary card while you wait for the new card.
  • Processing the card online is usually quicker.

Who does it apply to?

It is aimed at all children between 4 and 16 years of age who are registered as resident in any of the municipalities included within the integrated fare system.

What requirements must I meet for this formality?

  • Being registered as a resident in a municipality within the ATM integrated fare system.
  • Being between 4 and 16 years of age (up to 31 December in the year when they have their 16th birthday).
  • Having the minor’s DNI, identity number for foreign nationals (NIE) or passport or family book.

How long is it valid for?

It can be applied for at any time.

The card’s period of validity will coincide with the child’s birthday. A new card will be sent automatically, free of charge, when the old one expires, until the child has their 16th birthday.

What do you need to do?

You can get the T-16 online, via the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) website, or by post.

What steps must you follow?

ONLINE

STEP 1: Fill in the form and gather the documentation
  • You need to fill in the application form online and confirm the details. Once you have filled it in, you need to attach a scan of one of the following documents for the child who will be the card holder:
  • Spanish national identity document (DNI)
  • Identity number for foreign nationals (NIE)
  • Current passport
  • A photocopy of the family book (both the general page, where the registration number is shown, and the page for the child who will be the card holder)
  • The form is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

 

STEP 2: Send the application (over the Internet or by post)
  • Once you have filled in the form, you need to send the application to obtain the card.
    • If you have a digital signature, you can send the application directly online, once you have signed the form.
    • If you do not have a digital signature:
      • You can send the application by post, free of charge. To do this, you can use the response envelope available on the website. Finally, you must print the application and sign it by hand.
      • You can also present the application together with the identification document (photocopy of the child’s national ID (DNI), foreign national ID number (NIE) or passport) at a customer help and information centre on Barcelona’s public transport network.  
STEP 3: You will receive the card by post
  • Within 30 days of the application date, you will receive the personal T-16 card at the address at which you are registered as resident.

 

BY POST

STEP 1: Fill in the form
  • You must download the application form, print it, fill it in by hand and sign it.
  • The form is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

 

STEP 2: Send the application by post
  • Once you have filled in and signed the form, you need to send the application to receive the card by ordinary post.
  • Along with the application, you must attach a photocopy of the current DNI, identity number for foreign nationals (NIE) or passport for the child who will be the card holder, or a photocopy of the family book (both the general page, where the registration number is shown, and the page for the child who will be the card holder).
  • To do this, you can use the response envelope available on the website.

 

STEP 3: You will receive the card by post
  • Within 30 days of the application date, you will receive the personal T-16 card at the address at which you are registered as resident.

Who can submit the application?

The T-16 must be applied for by the father, mother or legal guardian of the child between 4 and 16 years of age.

The application may be processed from 30 days before the minor has their 4th birthday.

How long does it take to process the application?

Within 30 days of the application date, you will receive the personal T-16 card at the address at which you are registered as resident.

For applications processed during July and August, the turnaround time for the card is longer than usual.

What does the application cost?

The first card issued is free. Duplicates have an issue FEE of €35.

Want to know more?

Which body is responsible for the formality?

Autoritat del Transport Metropolità.

Where can I find more information?

For children living in the municipalities in rings 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, contact the Municipal Association for Mobility and Urban Transport .

You can use the link to the ATM website dedicated exclusively to the T-16 (available in Catalan and Spanish).

Important linked formalities

If you wish to apply for the T-16, you need the following beforehand:

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The procedures tend to change frequently. Therefore, only what is provided by the regulations in force at the time of carrying out the procedure in question is applicable.