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Special opening hours

Metro

The metro will be open from 5 am until midnight on a daily basis, with the exception of Christmas Eve (24 December), when it will close at 11 pm.

On New Year’s Eve the opening time will be extended until 1.00 am.

Buses

On Thursday 24 December, Christmas Eve, TMB buses will begin their last journey from their points of departure at 10 pm. Other services will remain unchanged.
 

The Guàrdia Urbana will be taking action to prevent traffic jams, and deploying measures to keep the traffic flowing, and to facilitate both pedestrian and vehicle mobility.

During the Christmas period when so many people are out and about in the city, above all in shopping centres, we recommend walking, or using a bicycle or public transport in order to avoid crowding and to keep pollution levels down.

Furthermore, at this time when there are still safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Barcelona City Council is taking steps to avoid congestion and traffic jams.

Public transport measures

Once again, the metro is the best option for anyone wishing to avoid the traffic congestion associated with the Christmas period. The metro will be open from 5 am until midnight on a daily basis, with the exception of Christmas Eve (24 December), when it will close at 11 pm.

On the night of 31 December, the opening time will be extended until 1.00 am, in accordance with the safety measures established by the health authorities.

On Thursday 24 December, Christmas Eve, Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) buses will begin their last journey from their points of departure at 10 pm. Other services will remain unchanged.

Further information: TMB

Special regulations for pedestrianised areas

Barcelona City Council has put in place a system for the regulation of pedestrian flows around Avinguda Portal de l’Angel and the surrounding areas, if this should become necessary, with the aim of avoiding crowding as far as possible.

This involves establishing a one-way route for pedestrian traffic from mountain to sea. Pedestrians accessing the area from any of the streets cutting horizontally across the city will need to walk in the direction of the sea. There will be no access to Portal de l’Àngel from either the Plaça de Cucurulla or the Plaça Nova. A similar system will be in operation in Carrer de la Portaferrisa, where there will also be a one-way route between Besòs and Llobregat.

The routes stipulated will also affect customers leaving the shops when they go out into the street. For this reason, traders’ associations, shops, public car parks, and others affected by the system are supporting the measures. If it is necessary to implement these measures, the collaboration of the security staff in each establishment will be requested.

In the specific case of the Santa Llúcia Fair, the responsibility of the organisers for the control of access points, visitor numbers, one-way systems, ensuring that the safety distance is respected, the use of face masks, etc., has already been established.

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Traffic control and restrictions

The Guàrdia Urbana will pay special attention to the control of offences that may affect pedestrian safety, such as failure to respect rights of way at pedestrian crossings, traffic light offences and riding on the pavement. Action will also be taken against vehicles that are double parked or obstruct public transport.

In the event that traffic hold-ups, detours or other measures restricting traffic circulation should be imposed, especially in the city centre area, the public will be informed via information panels. Drivers will also be informed about traffic conditions and available parking space.

The Barcelona police force will also increase preventative breathalyser and drug-testing actions, with the aim of reducing the number of accidents during a period when there are a large number of celebrations. They will also intensify the control of road traffic violations. Particular attention will be paid to accident black spots to reduce the number of traffic-accident victims.

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Special opening hours

Metro

The metro will be open from 5 am until midnight on a daily basis, with the exception of Christmas Eve (24 December), when it will close at 11 pm.

On New Year’s Eve the opening time will be extended until 1.00 am.

Buses

On Thursday 24 December, Christmas Eve, TMB buses will begin their last journey from their points of departure at 10 pm. Other services will remain unchanged.
 

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