Barcelona Metro line 3

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.

Barcelona Metro line 3
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Service typeConventional metro
Current operator(s)TMB
TerminiZona Universitària
Trinitat Nova
Distance travelled18.4 km (11.4 mi)
Average journey time30 minutes
Rolling stock5000 and 7000 series (coming soon)
Vall d'Hebron depot
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification1,200 V DC rigid overhead wire
Track owner(s)TMB
Route map
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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
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Poble Sec
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Plaça de Catalunya L1 barcelona.svg
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L4 barcelona.svg
Passeig de Gràcia L2 barcelona.svg L4 barcelona.svg
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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
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current L4 barcelona.svg service
Catalunya | Urquinaona
Liceu | Jaume I

Its termini as of 2021 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 also from Zona Universitària to nearby suburbs in the comarca of Baix Llobregat.[1]


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 stationsEdit

Espanya station.
District Station Opened Connections
Les Corts Zona Universitària   1975 Trambaix: T1, T2, T3
Palau Reial   1975 Trambaix: T1, T2, T3
Maria Cristina   1975 Trambaix: T1, T2, T3
Les Corts   1975
Plaça del Centre   1975
Sants-Montjuïc Sants Estació   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   1975
Plaça d'Espanya   1975 Barcelona Metro: L1

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

Poble Sec   1975
Paral·lel   1970 Barcelona Metro: L2, Funicular de Montjuïc
Ciutat Vella Drassanes   1968
Liceu   1925
Eixample Plaça de Catalunya   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   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   1924
Lesseps   1924
Vallcarca   1985
Penitents   1985
Horta-Guinardó Vall d'Hebron   1985 Barcelona Metro: L5
Montbau   1985
Mundet   2001
Valldaura   2001
Nou Barris Canyelles   2001
Roquetes   2008
Trinitat Nova   2008 Barcelona Metro: L4, L11

Former stationsEdit

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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