Historic change in the public transport price model with the aim of reducing pollution and tackling the climate emergency.

The entities making up the Metropolitan Transport Authority: Barcelona City Council, the Generalitat Government of Catalonia, and Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), have agreed to lower the prices of frequent-use tickets from this January onwards to promote intensive use of public transport and to make daily travel more economical on the metro, bus, train, and tram.

Therefore, the authority has decided to reward regular public transport users with a significant reduction (-25%) in the price of ‘flat-rate’ tickets. This will apply to the new T-usual, along with the current T-mes and T-jove tickets, which will be significantly reduced in 2020.

A reduction in the cost of public transport fares for people using it at least nine times per week will also help to increase the number of new public transport users, those people who will not be able to use their polluting car in the permanent Low Emission Zone that comes into effect on 1 January 2020 and who will have to get around on public transport.

The proposals for the new fares are as follows:

  • They will benefit those using public transport regularly, with a cost reduction of 25% for single-person tickets. There will be a new ticket aimed at regular train, metro, bus, and tram commuters, the T-usual, which will become the ticket for regular use, with unlimited travel for 30 days and a cost of €40, more economical than the most popular current tickets (T-mes and T-50/30). Meanwhile, the T-jove will maintain the same conditions, but will be significantly reduced in price: from the current €105 to €80 in 2020 for Zone 1.
  • Multi-journey tickets (T-10), often the ticket of choice for sporadic users and visitors, will see a price increase of 10%. The new T-casual, which is currently the T-10, will become a single-person ticket.
  • The T-familiar card has arrived, allowing 8 journeys within 30 consecutive days as from the date of its first validation. It will cost 10 euros for zone 1 and become operational on 1 March. A multi-person ticket requiring no accreditation.

As Barcelona and its metropolitan area has such a high density of vehicles and smog, in order to fight against air pollution and the problems associated with road congestion, encouraging the use of more sustainable ways of getting around, such as public transport, is a priority aspect of its public policies for mobility and health protection.

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Everything you need to know about the new travel cards and their pricing

The new fares and tickets for 2020 are:

The T-usual, which will replace the current T-mes and T-50/30; it can be used for unlimited travel for 30 days at a cost of €40. It is a single-person, non-transferable ticket. It will also replace the T-trimestre, with significant savings: three new T-usual tickets will be more economic than one current T-trimestre ticket.

The T-casual, which will replace the current T-10, can be used for 10 journeys at a cost of €11.35. It is a single-person ticket and does not expire until there is a new change in fares.

The T-familiar card, allowing 8 journeys within 30 consecutive days as from the date of its first validation. This is a multi-person ticket that requires no accreditation. It will cost 10 euros for zone 1 and become operational on 1 March.

If you travel nine times or more per week (and only six or more in the case of Zones 2-6), or up to 36 times per month, the best ticket is the T-usual, as you are a regular user of public transport.

If you travel eight times per week or less, the best ticket is the T-casual.

If you occasionally travel as a family or in a small group, your best option is the T-familiar card.

The current T-10 will become a single-person ticket as of 1 January and can be used until 29 February.

All other tickets purchased in 2019 can be used- until their expiry date.

The T-familiar card will not be available to purchase until 1 March 2020.

 

They will disappear, but the T-usual will be more economical when used for more than 36 journeys per month, as it is cheaper than the T-50/30 and T-70/30 (€43 and €60.90, respectively).

To promote intensive use of public transport.

  • People that get around on public transport and usually use the T-50/30 and T-mes can now travel with the T-usual and pay less. Furthermore, it is calculated that approximately 30% of users of the current T-10 could switch to the new T-usual.
  • It will increase the number of public transport users, getting those who normally move around by car to start using the train, bus, tram, or metro instead, as it will be cheaper for them with the more economical and suitable flat rates. Additionally, those who combine the use of a private vehicle with public transport can continue to do so with a T-casual, as the ticket does not expire and they can use the 10 journeys throughout the year.
  • Finally, tourists and visitors to the city, who represent a high percentage, usually use the T-10 and there is a significant public subsidy for this type of ticket. It should be noted that the majority of European cities have specific fares for visitors and occasional users, such as daily, weekly, and one-way tickets, which are different from the tickets for regular users. There is no multi-journey ticket at a significantly subsided price, such as the current T-10, which can be used by everybody. In the case of Madrid and Milan, for example, the ticket equivalent to Barcelona's multi-journey, integrated T-10 costs €18.

With this change, Barcelona and its metropolitan area will be coming into line with the majority of European capitals, which already have ticket fare systems with the same characteristics. But it even offers better fares.

The monthly tickets of Vienna at €51, Madrid at €54, and Paris at €75 are emblematic. Barcelona is reducing its monthly ticket to €40.

Yes, it will be replaced by the T-usual. This will mean savings for you. A T-trimestre, which costs €145.30 for Zone 1, means a monthly cost of €48.43. Now, with the T-usual, you will have unlimited journeys within Zone 1 for €40 a month.

Yes, and its price will be increased to €9.60 (before €8.60) in Zone 1.

The main tickets

The single-person, non-transferable transport ticket with unlimited journeys for 30 days.

What will this new transport ticket offer me?

The new T-usual ticket is aimed at people that use public transport regularly, i.e. nine or more times per week in Zone 1 (and six or more in Zones 2-6).

In this regard, it is suitable for current users of the T-mes (€54 in Zone 1) and the T-50/30 (€43), which from 1 January 2020 will be joined together as the T-usual (€40), with unlimited travel for 30 days in Zone 1. The 25% cost reduction for this new ticket compared with the current tickets applies to all zones.

The T-trimestre will also disappear, with significant savings when using the new T-usual, given that three T-usual tickets cost less than one T-trimestre ticket.

What does single-person and non-transferable mean?

Unlike the T-casual, which is only single-person (i.e. it cannot be used by two people at the same time, although it can be used by two different people at different times, as it is not linked to one person), the T-usual is linked to one person by their DNI (National ID number), so it can never be used by another person.

Is there an FM/FN (single-parent and large families) discount for the T-usual ticket?

Yes. The general FM/FN T-usual ticket will cost €32 in Zone 1 (it was €43.20 before with the T-mes) and the special FM/FN T-usual ticket will cost €20 in Zone 1 (it was €27 before with the T-mes).

This single-person transport ticket allows a maximum of 10 journeys.

If it is a single-person ticket, am I the only person that can use it?

It is a single-person ticket, but unlike the T-usual and the T-jove, it is transferable, i.e. it is not linked to a DNI (National ID number), so it can be passed from person to person, but not at the same time. As it is no longer a multi-journey ticket, more than one person cannot use it at the same time for the same journey.

Keep in mind that 94% of T-10 validations are already single-person.

Will it expire if I don’t use it?

The new T-Casual will be valid for one year until new fares are applied. If you buy a T-Casual on 1 January 2020, it will not expire until 28 February 2021. If you have not validated it at all by the end of 2020, you can return it.

There are several members in our family. Which tickets would suit us best?

The T-familiar card has arrived, for occasional family travel, allowing 8 journeys within 30 consecutive days as from the date of its first validation. It will cost 10 euros for zone 1 and become operational on 1 March. This is a multi-person ticket that requires no accreditation.

Even so, if family members are regular public-transport users, the new travel cards are designed to suit the needs of the various members:

  • Transport is free of charge for children and teens between the ages of 4 and 16, with just a single payment of €35 for the purchase of the T-16 ticket, which is single-person and non-transferable, and is valid for 12 years.
  • Family members under 25 years of age can continue to use the T-jove, which is single-person and non-transferable. It is now more economical with the new fares: the T-jove will be reduced from €105 in 2019 to €80 in 2020 for 1 Zone, and will include unlimited travel for three months.
  • There are two options for family members over 25 years of age, depending on their travel habits. We recommend the single-person and non-transferable T-usual ticket, reduced from the current €54 to €40 in Zone 1, for people making nine journeys or more per week. We recommend the T-casual ticket, increased from the current €10.20 to €11.35 in Zone 1 and which includes 10 journeys, for people making eight journeys or less per week. It will no longer be multi-journey and will become a single-person ticket and, if the journeys are only used occasionally, it does not expire, as this ticket is valid for one year until the fares are changed.
  • Furthermore, the special social fares for people over the age of 65, unemployed, etc. will be maintained.

We are a single-parent/large family. How does this affect us?

Both single-parent and large families will continue to enjoy the same 25% discount as they have up to now.

If we often travel in a group, what ticket should we use?

As part of the new integrated tickets, we have the T-grup, which is multi-person and allows up to 70 journeys in 30 days at a price of €79.49 for Zone 1; it is especially intended for large group outings.

In addition, if you are a person that regularly uses public transport, if you are on outings with large groups, you can individually use your T-usual, T-jove, or T-16, as they are unlimited travel tickets.

Remember that if you are a single-parent/large family, the T-FM/FN 70/90 is a multi-person ticket for members of single-parent/large families of a special category, with 70 integrated journeys in 90 consecutive days from the first validation.

Will the integrated social tickets be maintained?

They will be maintained and, in some cases, improved, such as the T-jove for people under the age of 25, which will be reduced from €105 to €80 for Zone 1 as of 1 January 2020.

It should be noted that the T-16 will be maintained for people between the ages of 4 and 16 years, as well as the integrated social tickets such as the T-aturats for the unemployed and the T-FM/FN for single-parent and large families.

Furthermore, if you are over 65 years of age or you have a disability, you are entitled to the discounted T-Rosa or T-4 tickets. It should also be taken into account that each transport operator offers monthly tickets and discounted tickets.

Single-parent and large families will continue to have a 25% discount on the price of tickets.