Barcelona Metro line 2

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Barcelona Metro line 2
L2 barcelona.svg
Passeig de Gràcia Line2.jpg
Passeig de Gràcia station
Service typeConventional metro
First service1959 (as line II, now part of line 5)
1985 (La Pau – Pep Ventura segment, as part of Line 4)
1995 (current route)
Current operator(s)TMB
EndBadalona Pompeu Fabra
Distance travelled13.1 km (8.1 mi)
Average journey time24 minutes
Rolling stock2100, 5000 and 9000 series
based at Triangle ferroviari depot
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
ElectrificationRigid overhead wire 1200/1500 V DC
Track owner(s)TMB
Route map
Badalona Pompeu Fabra
Pep Ventura
Gorg L10 barcelona.svg T5.svg T6.svg
Sant Roc T5.svg T6.svg
T5.svg T6.svg
Artigues | Sant Adrià
R2 barcelona.svg R2N barcelona.svg
R1 barcelona.svg
Triangle ferroviari depot
La Pau L4 barcelona.svg
Sant Martí
Bac de Roda
Clot L1 barcelona.svg R1 barcelona.svg R2 barcelona.svg R2N barcelona.svg
R1 barcelona.svg R3 barcelona.svg R4 barcelona.svg
L5 barcelona.svg
Sagrada Família L5 barcelona.svg
R2S barcelona.svg
Passeig de Gràcia L3 barcelona.svg L4 barcelona.svg R2 barcelona.svg
R1 barcelona.svg R3 barcelona.svg R4 barcelona.svg
toward Plaça
de Catalunya
Universitat L1 barcelona.svg
Sant Antoni
Paral·lel L3 barcelona.svg Fmontjuic.svg
L3 barcelona.svg

Line 2 is a metro line in Barcelona operated by TMB, coloured purple and sometimes called línia lila. It is part of the city's ATM fare-integrated transport network.

As of 2013, its termini are Paral·lel, in the Sants-Montjuïc district, and Badalona Pompeu Fabra, in Badalona. Plans are underway for a southern extension to Poble-Sec and Montjuïc, and eventually to El Prat airport.

Line 2's architecture bears resemblance to older lines, with its characteristic simplicity and lack of ornament. However, the stations enjoy noticeably better lighting and do incorporate some more modern architectural principles, a symbol of its construction in the 1990s.


The original plan for Line 2 and Line 5

Portions of Line 2 commenced in the 1950s as line II, now part of Line 5, initially running from La Sagrera-Meridiana station to Vilapicina station. The current L2 was planned in preparation for the 1992 Summer Olympics, to be held on the then-underserved Montjuïc. Delays, however, resulted in an opening dates in 1995, three years after the Games. L2 is the third-newest Metro line in the network, after L11 and the combined L9/L10. All of its stations are underground.

The formation of the modern L2 first began in 1968, when construction commenced to extend the original line II from Sagrada Família station to Poble Sec station, with expected completion in 1971. However, poor planning resulted in significant difficulties in the tunnel's construction. In 1970, it was decided to redirect the original Line II westward and rename it L5, concurrently abandoning the construction of Line II's Gaudí station near the present-day Sagrada Família station. Construction of the tunnel from Sagrada Família station to Sant Antoni halted in 1973. The project was restarted in 1991, which included reconstructing and remodeling stations and tunnels. The reconstruction was completed in 1995, and the following year L2 was extended to Paral·lel station.

Plans for L2 to reach Montjuïc and Zona Franca in the southwest of Barcelona were first discussed as early as 1971, and another proposal for L2 to terminate near the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys was made in 1987. In May 1999, a new master plan was adopted which raised the possibility of L2 potentially being extended to El Prat Airport,[1] and in 2006 the plan was later modified for L2 to share L9 Sud's tracks after Parc Logístic station. L9 Sud is El Prat's first connection to the Metro system, supplementing its current connection to the Rodalies commuter rail system. Under the 2006 plan, L2 and L9 will share the same route from Terminal entre pistes (Aeroport T1) to Parc Logístic, at which point they will diverge. L9 will then continue to the north toward Zona Universitària station, and L2 will travel to the east, entering the city centre. However, the construction of the western extension of L2 has still yet to take place as of 2019.


Evolution of Line 2, 1959–1967 (as line II, now part of line 5), 1995–2010 (current line 2), including future extensions
  • 1995 – Sant Antoni-Sagrada Família section opens.
  • 1996 – Sant Antoni-Paral·lel section opens.
  • 1997 – Sagrada Família-La Pau section opens.
  • 2002 – La Pau-Pep Ventura section moved from L4 to L2.
  • 2010 – Pep Ventura-Badalona Pompeu Fabra section opens.


The line serves the following stations:

Location Station Opened Connections
Sants-Montjuïc, Barcelona Paral·lel Handicapped/disabled access 1995 Barcelona Metro: L3, Funicular de Montjuïc
Sant Antoni Handicapped/disabled access 1995
Eixample, Barcelona Universitat Handicapped/disabled access 1995 Barcelona Metro: L1
Passeig de Gràcia Handicapped/disabled access 1995 Renfe Media Distancia: R11, R13, R14, R15, R16
Rodalies de Catalunya: R2, R2 Nord, R2 Sud
Barcelona Metro: L3, L4
Tetuan Handicapped/disabled access 1995
Monumental Handicapped/disabled access 1995
Sagrada Família Handicapped/disabled access 1995 Barcelona Metro: L5
Encants Handicapped/disabled access 1997
Sant Martí, Barcelona Clot Handicapped/disabled access 1997 Renfe Media Distancia: R11 (at El Clot-Aragó)
Rodalies de Catalunya: R1, R2, R2 Nord, RG1 (at El Clot-Aragó)
Barcelona Metro: L1
Bac de Roda Handicapped/disabled access 1997
Sant Martí Handicapped/disabled access 1997
La Pau Handicapped/disabled access 1997 Barcelona Metro: L4
Sant Adrià de Besòs Verneda Handicapped/disabled access 1985
Badalona Artigues | Sant Adrià Handicapped/disabled access 1985
Sant Roc Handicapped/disabled access 1985 Trambesòs: T5
Gorg Handicapped/disabled access 1985 Barcelona Metro: L10
Trambesòs: T5, T6
Pep Ventura Handicapped/disabled access 1985
Badalona Pompeu Fabra 2010


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Coordinates: 41°26′38″N 2°14′17″E / 41.444°N 2.238°E / 41.444; 2.238