The final five new lines of the New Bus Network, the city's high-performance grid offering straighter and easier-to-use routes with more frequent buses, will be going into service on 26 November.

This is one of the public transport system’s biggest-scale redevelopments ever carried out in Barcelona and, thanks to this latest addition, it will be covering 95% of the city’s population through a comprehensive bus network made up of 98 lines divided up into three levels:

  • 28 New Bus Network or high-performance bus lines: 8 horizontal, 17 vertical and 3 diagonal.
  • 43 conventional or complementary lines.
  • 27 local and neighbourhood bus lines.

A new way for getting around the city

Aiming to put order into Barcelona’s bus network and make it more orderly, efficient and comprehensive, Barcelona City Council and the Barcelona Metropolitan Transport operator (TBM) redefined the regular bus network in 2012 under rational, easy-to-us, connectivity and efficiency criteria, to offer city residents the best service. A bus network was needed which was easier to use and more reliable and which instilled confidence in its users.

Having assessed several proposals, the Council and operator finally went ahead with the project they called the Barcelona New Bus Network (NXB). This is based on putting into service a total of 28 high-performance lines with routes as straight as possible.This high-performance grid is complemented with part of the conventional lines there are operating in the city (with or without modifications), with inter-city lines and with local lines (neighbourhood buses).

The new fairer and easier-to-understand network represents a significant change in the habits of the city’s residents when it comes to travelling by bus. The lines’ regular availability and logical naming make it easier for citizens to understand and remember how the network operates.

Here Barcelona City Council has opted for a mobility model that offers alternatives that enable the city to be reclaimed as a quality urban public space, by increasing the number of sustainable, safe, fair and efficient journeys, such as travelling on foot, bicycle and public transport, in other words, a better-quality public transport.

The new bus network entered its first operational stage in 2012, since when it has steadily grown, having gone through several stages over the last six years. Existing lines that coincided with the new ones were either replaced or continued with changes to their routes so as to prevent duplications.

  • 1 October 2012 saw the launch of two horizontal lines, two vertical lines and one diagonal, with combined lengths totalling 88.8 km (H12, H6, V7, V21 and D20)
  • A further three horizontal and two vertical lines went into service on 18 November 2013, with combined lengths totalling 98 km (H8, H10, H16, V3 and V17)
  • A horizontal line from the previous stage (H16) was restructured on 15 September 2014 and three new lines launched: one horizontal and two vertical (H14, V15 and V27).
  • A three new lines went into service on 29 February 2016: one horizontal and two vertical (H4, V11 and V13).
  • Four bus lines were incorporated on 13 November 2017: three vertical and one diagonal (V5, V29, V31 and D40).
  • Finally, three further lines were launched on 25 June 2018 (V9, V33 and D50).

The New Bus Network carries 425,000 passengers on work days, close to 53% of the TMB bus network's total number of passengers, and is the highest-rated network.

More vehicles

The revamping of the entire bus service means that, in the final phase (2017-2018), 66 brand new vehicles will be brought in to meet the increased passenger demand of the last few years (+4.5% in 2016, +3.2% in 2017) and the needs of local residents from the neighbourhoods identified in the consultation and information process.

Lines 136 and 191 were created in November 2017, thanks to these buses, to provide a direct service to hospitals, and lines 112 and 185 have now been put into operation. On 5 November this year extra services will be introduced on local lines 13, 91 and 97. The new neighbourhood bus lines133 and 135 will soon be entering into service.

A more connected city.

The new network, now fairer and easier to understand, represents an important change in citizen habits when it comes to travelling by bus. The regular layout and logical naming system of the lines make it easier for users to understand and remember how the network operates.

The bus-network model adopted crosses Barcelona’s municipal boundaries and pushes beyond the urban continuum, set on strengthening the metropolitan area and boosting access to the integrated public transport network. So, of the existing lines, the H12 (Gornal - Besòs Verneda) now goes to Hospitalet de Llobregat, the H10 runs along the route through Sant Adrià de Besòs and Badalona, and both the H14 and the H16 go as far as Sant Adrià. The metropolitan focus of the bus network was strengthened in 2018 with new public transport axes benefiting Hospitalet (V1), Santa Coloma de Gramenet and Sant Adrià (V33).

Barcelona City Council has committed itself to a mobility model which offers alternatives for reclaiming the city as a quality urban space, by increasing the number of sustainable, safe and efficient journeys on foot, and by bicycle and public transport. A better quality public transport.

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Pase 5.2.2 (actual)

The autumn of 2018 saw the last five lines of the new Barcelona bus network come into service: one horizontal and four vertical.

H2 Av Esplugues - Trinitat Nova

The new H2 line will follow the line 60 route from Av Esplugues to Plaça de la Vall d’Hebron, continuing along the Ronda de Dalt. From Plaça de la Vall d’Hebron, the H2 line will continue along C/ Santa Rosalia and C/ Dante Alighieri to C/ Petrarca, reaching Passeig de Fabra i Puig, Passeig de Valldaura, Via Júlia and C/ Aiguablava and C/ Palamós.

On its return, the line will set off from C/ Palamós and continue along C/ S’Agaró and C/ Aiguablava, Via Júlia, Passeig de Valldaura, Passeig de Fabra i Puig, C/Tajo, Passeig de Maragall and C/ Llobregós, C/ Josep Sangenís and C/ Arenys. From Plaça de la Vall d’Hebron, the line will take the same itinerary as line 60, along Ronda de Dalt to Av Esplugues.

V1 Gran Via L’Hospitalet District - Av. Esplugues

The route of the new V1 line will start from Av Esplugues and continue along C/ González Tablas, Av. Doctor Marañón, C/ Arístides Maillol and C/ Riera Blanca, and then Hospitalet de Llobregat, C/ Aprestadora and C/ Amadeu Torner, to the Fira area and C/ Pablo Iglesias.

On its return, it will set off from C/ Botànica, along the Fira and C/ Amadeu Torner and C/ Aprestadora, C/ Riera Blanca, C/ Arístides Maillol, Av. Doctor Marañón, C/ González Tablas up to Av. Esplugues.

V19 Barceloneta - Pl. Alfonso Comín

The new V19 line route will start from Plaça d’Alfonso Comín and follow the line 92 route inside the El Carmel area, from Plaça d’Alfonso Comín to Plaça de Sanllehy along Av República Argentina, C/ Mare de Déu del Coll and Carretera del Carmel. It will go down C/ Sardenya, Ronda del Guinardó and C/ Pi i Margall. From there it will follow the line 55 route, down Passeig de Sant Joan and up to Arc de Triomf. It will continue along Passeig de Lluís Companys, Passeig de Picasso, Av. Marquès de l’Argentera, Pla de Palau and Passeig de Joan de Borbó, following the line 39 route.

On its return, the line will set off from La Barceloneta following the line 39 route, to Passeig de Joan de Borbó, will continue along Pla de Palau, Av. Marquès de l’Argentera, Passeig de Picasso and Passeig de Lluís Companys. From Arc de Triomf, it will follow the line 55 route, along Passeig de Sant Joan and C/ Pi i Margall and C/ Praga. It will follow the line 92 route from Plaça de Sanllehy to C/ Craywinckel, along Carretera del Carmel, C/ Mare de Déu del Coll and Av República Argentina. From C/ Craywinckel it will continue along Passeig de Sant Gervasi up to Plaça d’Alfonso Comín and finish at C/ Josep Garí.

V23 Nova Icària - Can Marcet

The new V23 line will start from Passeig de la Vall d’Hebron, at the level of the Mundet metro station, continue along Av Estatut and follow the line 39 route from C/ Lisboa, along C/ Tajo, Passeig de Maragall, C/ Llobregós, Rambla del Carmel, C/ Pedrell and C/ Alt del Pedrell, Plaça Catalana and Av Mare de Déu de Montserrat. It will then go down C/ Cartagena, running along opposite Hospital de Sant Pau, C/ Sant Quintí, C/ Dos de Maig, C/ Mallorca, C/ Castillejos and C/ Pamplona up to Av Nova Icària.

On its return it will set off from Av Nova Icària and runs up C/ Badajoz and C/ Independència, up to Av Gaudí, following the line 92 route. It will continue along C/ Cartagena, by Hospital de Sant Pau, up to Av Mare de Déu  de Montserrat From here it will follow the line 39 route, along C/ Garriga i Roca and C/ Montserrat Casanovas and Av Estatut. Afterwards, the new line will continue along Av Can Marcet.

V25 Nova Icària - Horta

The new V25 line will follow the line 45 route from Horta to Plaça de Maragall. The V25 line will start at Carretera d’Horta, continuing along Av Estatut and C/ Jerez and C/ Lisboa up to Passeig de Maragall. From Plaça de Maragall it will go down C/ Las Navas de Tolosa, Av Meridiana, Plaça de les Glòries and C/ Roc Boronat and C/ Taulat up to the entrance to the Poblenou cemetery.

On its return, it will set off from C/ Carmen Amaya, continuing along C/ Llacuna, Av Diagonal, Plaça de les Glòries, Av Meridiana and C/Trinxant up to Plaça de Maragall. From her it will follow the line 45 route, along Passeig de Maragall, C/ Tajo and Av Estatut up to Carretera Horta.

The final process has seen route changes introduced to eight lines already in service in the new bus network: H6, H8, H10, H14, H16, V13, V15 and V17.

H6 line Zona Universitària - Onze de Setembre

The H6 line has extended its route in the Sant Andreu area with a section covering Passeig de Fabra i Puig and the Rambla de l’Onze de Setembre.

H8 line Camp Nou - Bon Pastor

Both directions of the line between C/ Riera Blanca and C/ Nicaragua will run along Travessera de les Corts. The line will be extended in the Sant Andreu area to the Bon Pastor neighbourhood. When it reaches La Maquinista, it will continue along C/ Lima up to Plaça de Fra Juníper Serra. On its return, it will go along C/ Sas, C/ Sant Adrià and C/ Ciutat d’Asunción, continuing along Passeig de l’Havana up to Parc de La Maquinista, where it will continue along C/ Sant Adrià.

H10 line Plaça de Sants - Olímpic de Badalona

The H10 line is changing its route within the Sants area and will stop running between Sants station and Badal station, a route that can be taken on line 54. After it reaches Sants station it will continue along Passeig de Sant Antoni up to Plaça de Sants.

V13 line Ronda de Dalt - Pla de Palau

The V13 line has extended its route from Plaça de John F. Kennedy up to Ronda de Dalt along Av Tibidabo. This will ensure a better connection between the area's schools and the rest of the line, which covers C/ Muntaner and C/ Aribau, Plaça de la Universitat, the Rambla and Pla de Palau.

V15 line Plaça d’Alfonso Comín - Barceloneta

The V15 line will stop running between Plaça d’Alfonso Comín and its current final stop on Passeig de la Vall d’Hebron. The line's new final stop will be on C/ Josep Garí and reached Plaça de John F. Kennedy along a new bus lane down Av Tibidabo. Alternative for this route are the V17, H2 and H4 lines.

V17 line Vall d’Hebron - Port Vell

The V17 line will stop running from Viaducte de Vallcarca and C/ Gran Vista. It will continue towards Plaça d’Alfonso Comín and Passeig de la Vall d’Hebron, up to Av Jordà, along the route previously followed by the V15 line.

Line 22 Carmel - Plaça de Catalunya

The 22 line will stop running between Av República Argentina, at the Pont de Vallcarca level, and Av Tibidabo, a route now covered by the V17 and V19 lines. The 22 line will change its route and continue along Viaducte de Vallcarca and C/ Mare de Déu del Coll and C/ Gran Vista, a route previously followed by the V17 line.

Line 39 Plaça Catalana - Plaça d’Urquinaona

The section between Horta and Plaça Catalana has been cut, as it will now be covered by the V23 line, and the section between Plaça d’Urquinaona and Barceloneta has also been cut, as it will be covered by the V19 line between Arc de Triomf and Passeig de Joan de Borbó.

Line 47 Canyelles - Passeig Marítim

Line 47 will stop travelling along C/ Bruc and run along C/ Pau Claris instead. The line is extending its route and no longer finishes at Plaça de Catalunya but now follows the line 45 route along Via Laietana, Passeig de Joan de Borbó and C/ Pepe Rubianes, finishing at Passeig Marítim at the Hospital del Mar level.

Line 54 Cardenal Reig - Estació del Nord

The section between C/ Cardenal Reig and Campus Nord has been cut, as it will now be covered by the V1 line. That way line 54 will have more frequent buses, in line with New Bus Network timetable.

Line 55 Plaça d’Urquinaona - Parc de Montjuïc

The section between Plaça Catalana and Plaça d’Urquinaona has been cut, as it will now be covered by the V19 and 39 lines.

Line 60 Vall d’Hebron - Besòs Verneda

The section between Av Esplugues and Plaça de la Vall d’Hebron has been cut, as it will now be covered by the H2 line. The rest of the line 60 route, between Plaça de la Vall d’Hebron and Besòs Verneda, will remain unchanged.

Line 45 Horta - Passeig Marítim

Line 45 will close for good. The section between Horta and Plaça de Maragall will be covered by the V25 line, whereas line 47 will follow the same route between Passeig de Maragall / C/ Arnau d’Oms and Hospital del Mar.

Line 92 Avinguda Tibidabo - Passeig Marítim

Line 92 has been closed for good; the section of its route between Av Tibidabo and Plaça d’Alfons el Savi will be replaced by the V19 line, whereas the V23 line will follow a similar route between C/ Dos de Maig / Sant Pau and Nova Icària.