Barcelona isn’t lacking in terms of its public transport system, and the trains out of the city are efficient, clean and above all convenient to use. They also cater for all your travel needs, with options to travel locally around the outskirts of Barcelona, around the rest of Catalunya, and also nationally to cities such as Madrid and Valencia.
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The particularity with regard to Barcelona’s trains is the fact that they go right into the urban network, crossing the main points in the city and coinciding with the same stops as the metro. This makes them convenient and easy to catch.
There are 9 stations: Catalunya, Sants, Paseo de Grácia, Arc de Triomf, Espanya, Clot-Aragon, Sant Andreu Arenal, Sant Andreu Comptal and França. The last of these does not connect with a metro station, the nearest being Barceloneta .
By short-distance travel we mean regional trains, or in other words the areas nearest to Barcelona within Catalonia: Barcelonès (Barcelona), Maresme (Mataro), Gironès (Girona), Garraf (Sitges, Castelldefels).
In order to reach these destinations you can use two types of trains: the Ferrocarril and the Renfe, using their service known as Cercanias (nearby destinations). All short-distance services go through Plaza Catalunya, with connection to metro lines and ; Arc de Triomf with connection to , and the majority also pass through Sants, which connects with and .
You can find all the information you need about the FGC network, tickets and timetable on their official website. FGC tickets can be purchased directly at the stations using either automatic machines or over the counter.
Line1: Airport – Catalunya- Arc de Triomf – Clot – Badalona – Mataro- Maçanet
Line2: Sant Vicents de Calders – Catalunya- Arc de Trionf – Clot – Badalona – Maçanet
Line3: Vic – Catalunya- Arc de Trionf – Clot – Badalona Martorell
Line4: Manresa- Sabadell – Terrasa – Arc de Trionf – Clot – Sant Feliu de Llobregat- – Sant Joan Despì – Sant Vicents de Calders
Short-distance Renfe services operate on average every 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the day or time of day, and arrival times are shown on the boards in the station. Each station has its own information desk if you have any questions or need a timetable.
Further details about timetables and prices
Tickets: these can be purchased directly at the stations using either automatic machines or over the counter.
Prices for Ferrocarriles and Trains
Single Ticket FGC:
Single Ticket Trains
Cards and valid prices for trains and ferrocarriles according to zone
T-Dia (Unlimited journeys for one day)
T-10 (Valid for 10 journeys)
T-Mes (Unlimited journeys for one month)
T-50/30 (50 journeys in 30 days)
By long-distance travel, we mean areas within Catalonia that are further away (Lleida, Puigcerda, Cerdanya, Figueres) and the rest of Spain. The Renfe service is the only one that will take you to these destinations, with its Alaris, Altaria, Alvia, Arco , Ave, Diurno, Estrella Euromed, Talgo and Trenhotel trains. All services stop or terminate at Sants station and França station, the main stations where all trains pass through .
We would advise you always to check the website if you are travelling using Renfe trains. The stops may be subject to changes due to maintenance or for other reasons.
- Tickets for the Ferrocarril: the ‘ferrocarril’ works exactly like the metro: tickets are available solely in the stations, either from the automatic machines or over the counter.
- Be sure to check carefully the Zone where you are travelling to, as prices vary according to this. Travelling within zone 2 with a zone 1 ticket may make you liable for a 20 euro fine.
- Renfe tickets: for ‘Renfe cercanias’ services, tickets are available from each station, either from the automatic machines or over the counter.
- For long distance travel (Madrid, Valencia), tickets can be purchased from Sants station or over the internet via the official website.
- The website is available in English, but there is less information, and also less trains are sometimes shown on the timetables, so here are a few useful tips to using the Spanish website!
- In order to book, fill in the fields on the top left with your destination, date etc. Choose Ida y vuelta (return ticket), and press buscar (search). Other terms include: transbordo- change at this station and take another train; reserva – booking; tarjeta de credito – credit card.