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I will regularly take a train from Barcelona to Mataró and back (twice a day, every weekday, starting from October). The R1 line seems to be exactly what I want: it crosses Barcelona with stops in 5 stations in Barcelona itself and it seems to be a very frequent train as well with a frequency of 6 minutes during rush hour.

  • Where can I find a more detailed timetable?
  • What are my options in terms of perhaps a subscription? I will be staying in Barcelona for about 3 months and I'll need transport to Mataró every workday.

Some perhaps useful notes:

  • I am a EU citizen.
  • I will be in Barcelona supported by the Erasmus program but not with a school (plain old internship).
  • I am a student in Belgium.
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Using the resource as provided by @pnuts, I have found the following answers to my questions.

Train schedule

A detailed schedule of the train can be found here. For example for the morning commute, these are my likely leave- and arrival-times:

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Ticket choice

There is a lot of valuable and clear information available here. What it boiled down for me is the T-Jove card. As explained by the official website:

A personalised travel card valid for an unlimited number of journeys in 90 consecutive days from the first validation for under 25s providing proof of age by means of a valid national ID document, foreigner ID document (NIE) or passport. The number of the ID document must be printed on the travel card.

With points of sale at

  • TMB bus and metro automatic vending machines
  • TMB customer service and information centres (Punt TMB)
  • Other Integrated Fare System operators (stations)
  • Servicaixa
  • Other operators' information centres

After reading through the options what each means, consider using the Ticket Calculator though when I used it it seemed rather broken (according to the calculator, most of the trips I'd take would be around €50/trip).

Very important/useful is the pricetable which gives you an idea of how often, for how long and how far you can go with each ticket.

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In order to accurately find out how many zones you're using, you can use below image:

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Mataró is in zone 3E so I have to account for 3 zones: 1, 2 and 3. Using the above table then tells me the T-Jove card is best (3 months, unlimited trips and 3 zones for €210).

This will differ based on your age, your length of stay, your nationality, your disabilities, etc.

Also an important note:

Which means of public transportation can I use with the tickets?

During a given time, a ticket can be used for the following forms of public transportation, if changing is necessary. The same ticket may be used again, without the machine "chopper" marking a new journey:

  • Metro.
  • Bus
  • Train (Renfe).
  • Catalan railway train (FGC).
  • Cable car (Funicular of Montjuïc) in Parallel stop, line 2, the color purple line.
  • Tram.

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