The buses

Restored and iconic buses

Who gets us moving

Vocations

Weaving the city

An urban and social journey

Innovation

An evolving network

Everyone on board

An inclusive network

What gets us moving

A network with values

100 years of culture

There are many buses we have travelled on, spent our childhood on when our parents took us to school and which we now travel to work on. If we close our eyes and imagine a bus, no doubt the one that comes to mind is the typical MAN or Mercedes-Benz that we see passing our house every day. But what about the ones that formed part of our daily lives decades ago? The pictures below show models such as the iconic Tilling-Stevens and the CGA's imperial models; unfortunately, there are no pictures available of other models, such as the AEC. Join us on this exciting journey through time.

Barcelona’s bus network would never have existed without the workers behind it. Buses have changed over time and so has the way people work. The work carried out by all these people defines us and takes us where we are today: We are who we are because of who we were, and because of who we are, we will become what we will become.

The bus network’s fabric is the result of a long historical process. Often conditioned by the imperatives of the times, such as the International Exposition, the Civil War, the post-war period and the growth of suburbs, the CGA, TB and TMB have tried to meet the needs of the public and offer the best possible service at all times. Implemented in 2012, the New Bus Network would rationalise and organise this network.

Technological innovation is essential, both for improving the service and for the very survival of the entity. The inclusion of state-of-the-art technology has always been one of the CGA’s priority commitments, since the creation of the first line in 1922, a trend that has continued with TB and TMB.

A general awareness began to take root, from the end of the 1970s on, that mobility is a universal right. Buses, as a form of public transport, have evolved to become a fully inclusive means of transport, adapting the network to the special needs of citizens.

TMB is much more than public transport. The bus network is only a small part of what it represents. TMB means citizens, solidarity, heritage, culture and a commitment to people and the environment. TMB is committed to mobility with values, which contributes to sustainable and equitable development with society, which is why it has been promoting several projects that are ensuring this commitment to the people and in line with the sustainable development goals set out in the 2030 Agenda. This is what get us moving.

The Barcelona bus network is more than a utilitarian network providing transport services. Buses play a part in the way we understand and live our lives in the city and are integrated into the collective imagination as a symbolic heritage. That is why they have been and remain an open space for culture, whether for promoting activities or taking part in the city’s events.

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El Grec, on board

In June 2012, Pegaso nº. 3036, with the headline “Enlloc” [Nowhere] became the setting for…
Scene from Las crueles. Vicente Aranda can be seen putting his hand on his head, in the Rambla del Estudis, in Barcelona. The Academy of Sciences and Arts and a bus can be seen in the background, 1969.
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Reflection in culture

Barcelona buses are reflected everyday in cultural productions. Books and films leave an indirect record…
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Zoobus

The legendary ACLO 410 bus, which came into service in 1949, was part of the…
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Social responsibility

In line with the corporation’s social responsibility policy, many drivers perform voluntary services outside their…
Servei escolar
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Bus donation

Since the beginning of the 1970s, TB has incorporated a solidarity and reuse policy for…
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On-demand buses

Technological progress is one of the main tools for improving accessibility. The elMeuBus service came…
Mercedes Benz 508D
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Lift platform

A Mercedes Benz 508D model, from 1984, one of the first vehicles adapted for people…
Pegaso-Sava Microbus
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The pioneer

The Pegaso-Sava 5720 Microbus, which came into service on an experimental basis in 1977, was…
Diesel engine
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The engine revolution

The International Exposition presented an excellent opportunity to project an image of modernity to the…
Line 100 bus
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Bus Turístic returns

Line 100 “Discover Barcelona”, the first Bus Turístic line, officially opened in 1987. The tourist…
Line 13 map
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Getting around everywhere

Outlying-neighbourhood connections had been strongly demanded by local residents. One example was the Polvorí district,…
Bus stop, 1980s.
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Stops

Stops are another element that has been gradually evolving over time. Today there are more…
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Gender

Women, whose jobs were usually confined to the office, have been progressively gaining access to…
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Bus conductors

The unique figure of the bus conductor, which some people will still remember, came to…
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The mechanics

Workshop staff were able to meet the level of technological innovation required by the CGA…
A humanised journey
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A humanised journey

Drivers encounter many unusual situations every day. The relationship with regular or occasional users is…
Drivers Uniform, 1929
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Uniforms

Driver uniforms represented the service’s seal of quality, of completely suitable and qualified people. The…
Diversified professions
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Diversified professions

Constant technological advances are transforming and diversifying professions in TMB. Many workers have a family…
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Pegaso 6035-A

Pegaso 6035-A buses were the surface public-transport vehicles par excellence in the 1970s and 1980s,…
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ACLO 410

The ACLO 410, registered in 1948, is a typical London bus; the 400 series was…
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Laffly

Laffly buses, imported from France, were a unique CGA series, specially acquired for use during…
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The “burres”

Single-decker Tilling-Stevens buses arrived here by sea shortly after the official opening of the first…
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Tilling-Stevens

Tilling-Stevens models, imported from England by the CGA, were the network’s first buses. They operated…
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Historical vehicles

Heritage conservation is a commitment of TMB promoted by its Foundation. With participation in city…
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Innovation projects

Technological innovation is one of TMB’s priorities, both for the environment and for safety; incorporating…
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Hybrid models

After decades without trolleybuses, electric energy has returned to buses: this time without the need…
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The Olympics

TMB became an Official Sponsor of the Games, re-enforcing and creating new lines to meet…
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The ACLO model

At the end of the 1940s, Imperial ACLO Mark III double-decker models were imported from…
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Stability tests

Stability tests at the Lutxana depot in 1933. These tests began with the refurbishment of…
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CGA tickets

The CGA began operating in Barcelona in 1922, with a concession for four urban lines,…