By Nancy Todd
With dozens of stops, and no more than a five-minute wait, the Barcelona metro‘s trains speed you about the city. At station stores, I love to buy delicious sugar coated almonds, cheap scarves, and great coffee. Newton’s Law of Physics states that when twenty-three commuters struggle to squeeze through a 36” wide door to get off the train, seventy-four passengers cannot simultaneously barge through the same door to board the train. Newton’s Law was not taught in the Barcelona school system.
On one cattle stampede off the train, I had one arm and one leg out the door, the others inside. Not wanting to be a pushy American, I smiled sweetly and said, “Perdona.” Finally knowing that I was about to be bisected, I screamed, “Perfriggindona!” It worked. I still have two arms and two legs.
Metro maps: In the stations, tourist info centers, your hotel.
Where: Look for the red sign, white diamond with the red “M”
Best buy: The T-10 ticket. Ten rides for around 10 euros. Note that you cannot buy metro tickets on the bus, but you can use your metro ticket to ride the bus. Buy your metro ticket in the station.
Web: Read up on riding the metro and prices here – http://www.tmb.cat/en/home