Barcelona trains

Arriving in Barcelona by train and the local rail stations

Barcelona-Sants train station

Most trains bound for Barcelona arrive at the Estació Sants (tel. +34-902-432-343; on the western edge of the Eixample, about six blocks northwest of Plaça d'Espanya.

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You can get to Bracelona-Sants train station on Metro (subway) lines L3 and L5, or take a city bus (27, 30, 32, 43, 44, 78, 109, 115) to Plaça dels Països Catalans square out in front of the station.

There is a branch of the city tourist office and other handy services inside the station.

A taxi from the train station to the center (Plaça de Catalunya) will cost about €10–12, plus any luggage/after-hours supplements (taxi to the port: €17-€18).

França train station

Some trains to Barcelona—mostly regional, but also the Elipsos Trenhotel from Paris—arrive at the Estació de França (tel. +34-902-432-343; on Av. Marquès de l’Argentera, near the harbor at the base of the Ciutadella park (Metro: L4; bus: 39, 51).

Passeig de Gràcia train station

Some regional trains—including those to and from Tarragona—use the Estació Passeig de Gràcia (tel. +34-902-432-343; at C/ Arragó (Metro: L2, L3, L4; bus: 17, 22, 24, 28).

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How long should I spend in Barcelona?

If you're just passing through, I'd give Barcelona at least two full days.

It is a lovely place to relax, however, so you might be happier spending 3-4 days.

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Barcelona has two types of sightseeing/transport passes:

There's a full description of both passes here, but in brief: The only museum covered fully by the Museum Pass that is not also covered by the Barcelona Card is the Museu Picasso (where you get only a 20% discount with the Barcelona Card).

You can also get discounts (usually 10% to 20%) on a wide range of sights, activites, and shows if you have a hop-on/hop-off bus ticket.

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in October 2013.
All information was accurate at the time.

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