Barcelona Metro line 3

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Barcelona Metro line 3
L3 barcelona.svg
Service typeConventional metro
Current operator(s)TMB
StartZona Universitària
EndTrinitat Nova
Distance travelled18.4 km (11.4 mi)
Average journey time30 minutes
Rolling stock3000R, 2000R and 5000 series
Vall d'Hebron depot
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
ElectrificationRigid overhead wire
Track owner(s)TMB
Route map
L9 barcelona.svg
T1.svg T2.svg T3.svg
Zona Universitària
Palau Reial
Maria Cristina
T1.svg T2.svg T3.svg
to Francesc Macià
Les Corts
Plaça del Centre
Plaça d'Espanya L1 barcelona.svg
Poble Sec
Paral·lel L2 barcelona.svg Fmontjuic.svg
Plaça de Catalunya L1 barcelona.svg
R1 barcelona.svg R3 barcelona.svg R4 barcelona.svg
L4 barcelona.svg
Passeig de Gràcia L2 barcelona.svg L4 barcelona.svg
R2 barcelona.svg R2N barcelona.svg R2S barcelona.svg
L4 barcelona.svg
Provença–Diagonal L5 barcelona.svg
Lesseps depot (former)
to Sant Genís depot
Vall d'Hebron L5 barcelona.svg
Trinitat Nova L4 barcelona.svg L11 barcelona.svg
Barcelona Gran Metro (1934)
Diagonal-Passeig de Gràcia
current L3 barcelona.svg service
current L4 barcelona.svg service
Catalunya | Urquinaona
Liceu | Jaume I

Line 3, currently known as Zona UniversitàriaTrinitat Nova, coloured green and often simply referred to as Línia verda ("Green line"), is a metro line in Barcelona operated by TMB, and therefore part of the fare-integrated ATM transport network of the urban region. This V-shaped line is the result of the junction of two related lines: the original L3 and L3B, in 1982. The central section of L3 has the city's oldest metro stations, built in the mid-1920s, with additions almost every decade since then. All of L3 stations are underground.

Its termini as of 2008 are Zona Universitària, which serves the University of Barcelona campus located in the western end Avinguda Diagonal in the Les Corts district, and Trinitat Nova in Nou Barris. There are plans for it to be extended from Trinitat Nova to Trinitat Vella, for connection with Line 1, and possibly further south of Zona Universitària, where it would join new lines L9 and L10.


Line L3 is the oldest line in the metro network, having opened in 1924 under the name Gran Metro de Barcelona with the occasion of the 1927 World Fair, joining Plaça Lesseps with Plaça Catalunya, the latter becoming the central underground station in the city and a terminus of both metro lines. It was operated by now defunct Compañía del Gran Metro de Barcelona (GMB). Nowadays it covers a V-shaped area between the west end of Avinguda Diagonal (Zona Universitària) and Canyelles as a result of the integration of the original L3 and a subsidiary line called L3B or L3bis which appeared in 1975 joining Drassanes with Zona Universitària, and which became part of a larger L3 in 1982 when the infrastructures of both joined and they became fare-integrated. A section of the original L3 disappeared as plans to extend it in that direction would have required too much effort and the construction of L4 provided coverage for the line. These former stations of L3 remain unused.


Lesseps station
  • 1924 – Catalunya-Lesseps section opened.
  • 1925 – Fontana station opened. Catalunya-Liceu section opened.
  • 1926 – Passeig de Gràcia-Jaume I section opened.
  • 1934 – Jaume I-Correos section opened.
  • 1946 – Liceu-Fernando section opened.
  • 1968 – Fernando-Drassanes section opened.
  • 1970 – Drassanes-Paral·lel section opened.
  • 1972 – Passeig de Gràcia-Correos section closed.
  • 1975 – Paral·lel-Zona Universitària section opened (as L3B).
  • 1982 – L3B integrated into L3.
  • 1985 – Lesseps-Montbau section opened.
  • 2001 – Montbau-Canyelles section opened.
  • 2008 – Canyelles-Trinitat Nova section opened.

Current stations[edit]

Espanya station.
District Station Opened Connections
Les Corts Zona Universitària Disabled access 1975 Trambaix: T1, T2, T3
Palau Reial Disabled access 1975 Trambaix: T1, T2, T3
Maria Cristina Disabled access 1975 Trambaix: T1, T2, T3
Les Corts Disabled access 1975
Plaça del Centre Disabled access 1975
Sants-Montjuïc Sants Estació Disabled access 1975 Renfe Operadora: AVE, Alvia, Euromed, Alaris, Talgo, TGV, Trenhotel (at Barcelona Sants)
Renfe Media Distancia: R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, R16, 34 (at Barcelona Sants)
Rodalies de Catalunya: R1, R2, R2 Nord, R2 Sud, R3, R4, RG1 (at Barcelona Sants)
Barcelona Metro: L5
Tarragona Disabled access 1975
Plaça d'Espanya Disabled access 1975 Barcelona Metro: L1

FGC: L8, S3, S4, S8, S9, R5, R50, R6, R60

Poble Sec Disabled access 1975
Paral·lel Disabled access 1970 Barcelona Metro: L2, Funicular de Montjuïc
Ciutat Vella Drassanes Disabled access 1968
Liceu Disabled access 1925
Eixample Plaça de Catalunya Disabled access 1924 Renfe Media Distancia: R12
Rodalies de Catalunya: R1, R3, R4, RG1
FGC: L6, L7, S1, S2, S5, S6, S7
Barcelona Metro: L1
Passeig de Gràcia Disabled access 1924 Renfe Media Distancia: R11, R13, R14, R15, R16
Rodalies de Catalunya: R2, R2 Nord, R2 Sud
Barcelona Metro: L2, L4
Diagonal 1924 Barcelona Metro: L5
FGC: L6, L7, S1, S2, S5, S6, S7 (at Provença)
Gràcia Fontana Disabled access 1924
Lesseps Disabled access 1924
Vallcarca Disabled access 1985
Penitents Disabled access 1985
Horta-Guinardó Vall d'Hebron Disabled access 1985 Barcelona Metro: L5
Montbau Disabled access 1985
Mundet Disabled access 2001
Valldaura Disabled access 2001
Nou Barris Canyelles Disabled access 2001
Roquetes Disabled access 2008
Trinitat Nova Disabled access 2008 Barcelona Metro: L4, L11

Former stations[edit]

Original stations, 1924–1934.

Coordinates: 41°23′04.00″N 2°6′43.20″E / 41.3844444°N 2.1120000°E / 41.3844444; 2.1120000

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