Barcelona Trains – Lines and Stations

Transport on August 8, 2011 12:15 pm
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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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Advantages and disadvantages of Using Barcelona train
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Advantages Disadvantages
  • Most of the Renfe trains are new, comfortable and clean.
  • It’s quick, due to the fact that high-velocity trains are used.
  • It’s accessible from any part of Barcelona, as the stations used are spread across the most central areas of the city, and always connect with at least one metro line.
  • The trains are equipped with air-conditioning.
  • There aren’t maps of the routes or stops within the train stations.
  • Renfe trains sometimes stop right in the middle of tunnels or make unscheduled stops.
  • The railways are relatively slow

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 image 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 image and image ; Arc de Triomf with connection to image , and the majority also pass through Sants, which connects with image and image .

clip_image002[7]Ferrocarril (FGC)

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.


image Renfe Cercanias


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:

Zones 1 2 3 4 5 6
Prices 2.00 2.80 3.75 4.75 6.05 7.10

Single Ticket Trains

Zones 1 2 3 4 5 6
Prices 2.00 2.35 3.15 3.80 4.55 5.70

Cards and valid prices for trains and ferrocarriles according to zone

T-Dia (Unlimited journeys for one day)

Zones 1 2 3 4 5 6
Prices 7.25 11.50 14.50 16.35 18.40 20.65

T-10 (Valid for 10 journeys)

Zones 1 2 3 4 5 6
Prices 9.80 19.40 26.40 33.95 39.00 41.50

T-Mes (Unlimited journeys for one month)

Zones 1 2 3 4 5 6
Prices 52.75 77.45 105.00 124.50 143.00 153.00

T-50/30 (50 journeys in 30 days)

Zones 1 2 3 4 5 6
Prices 39.20 65.50 91.90 114.50 135.00 150.00




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.


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  1. Sarah says:

    Hi. Which is the easiest station to change at in Barcelona travelling from the airport to the renfe station at badalona? Hotel site says clot and another site says Sants. I will be travelling this Sunday and could do with any help. Thanks.

    • Oh-Barcelona says:

      Hi Sarah,
      To be honest, they are both correct. The R2 train from the airport stops atboth Barcelona Sants and Clot. From both of these stations you can change onto the light blue R1 line for any RENFE station in Badalona. There is very little difference between the two routes, however the route via Clot has one stop fewer.

      Have a safe trip!

  2. Sine says:

    Dear Oh-Barcelona,
    I cannot find any timetable anywhere on how to get from Barcelona Airport to Mataro and return by train!
    Is it really not possible??
    It is on September 25th after 17.00hrs and back on September 27th at 10.00hrs

    Look forward to hearing from you!

    • Oh-Barcelona says:

      Hi Sine,
      You’ve come to the right place for an answer!

      I’m afraid there isn’t a direct train from the airport so you will need to make one change.
      From Barcelona airport you will need to take the R2 train (light green line) to Estació de Sants. From there you can catch the R1 train (light blue line) which will take you straight to Mataró. Trains run until midnight so you shouldn’t have any problems with times. R1 trains from Sants to Mataró leave every 10 minutes whilst the R2 train to and from the airport to Barcelona Sants is every 30 minutes.

      Hope this has helped. If you have anymore questions, just ask!

  3. Susan says:

    Hi, we will be travelling tfrom Barcelona to figueras and then on to Roses on the afternoon of Sunday 28 July . I would like to do this as quickly as possible but without too many changes. Please can you advise on this and also whether I should buy tickets in advance online . We are a family of 4. Thank you

    • Oh-Barcelona says:

      Hi Susan,

      You can take a RENFE train from Barcelona Sants, Passeig de Gracia or El Clot-Aragó (whichever is easiest for you) that will take you directly to Figueres. It is usually cheaper to book online at although I would advise you to read this helpful guide as sometimes people do have problems with the site. There is also a High Speed AVE train that will take you from Barcelona Sants to Figueres Vilafant in only 53 minutes. However this arrives in a town about 2km from Figueres itself and it may be a bit difficult for a family of 4 to get to Figueres from there.

      From Figueres to Roses it is a half hour bus journey, and you can buy tickets here.

      Have a safe trip!

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