Fares on Barcelona’s public transport network are based on zones, much as they are in London and Paris. Unlike London, the entire city of Barcelona is within TMB Zone 1. Zones 2 to 6 cover surrounding towns and cities which are also included in the integrated fare system.
Another important fact that I hadn’t noticed until this morning is that the zones on the TMB map (Barcelona’s metropolitan transport system) aren’t exactly the same as those on the RENFE map (Spanish train network).
The differences are minor and only affect a few stations so it’s hard to spot if you check the individual maps online. However, if you compare the maps side-by-side you will see that there are some discrepancies, one of which is especially interesting for budget minded tourists visiting Barcelona.
This means that if you purchase a single RENFE ticket from the airport to Sants train station it will cost you €4.10 whereas if you purchase a T10 card (10 journeys by bus, metro and train) the same journey on the same train will cost just under €1.00.
Another advantage of the T10 is that allows you to transfer to the metro or bus as part of the same journey whereas the single train ticket or bonotren only covers the train.
So far I’ve only spotted 3 differences between the public transport zones on theTMB and RENFE maps. Have you found any that I’ve missed?