Barcelona Trains – Lines and Stations

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.

Click on the guide below to quickly navigate you through our article,

Advantages and disadvantages of Using Barcelona train
Stations
Short-distance
Timetables
Long-Distance
Tips
Well Connected Accommodation

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
Stations

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 .

Short-distance

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 .

 

For those who prefer to take another means of transportation


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

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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

Timetables

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

 

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Long-Distance

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 .

Advice:
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.
Tips
  • 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.

 

Well Connected Accommodation

Ready to find your Accommodation? For easy travel to the airport as well as other parts of Spain, grab yourself an apartment next to Barcelona Sants station and save yourself from walking too far with your luggage!

 

 

28 COMMENTS

  1. We are an Irish Dancing group of 18 persons from Northern Ireland intending to participate in a folk festival in Vic, Catalunya in 2013. We need to find out if there is public transport available from Barcelona to Vic. Can anyone please help with prices and times available? We are arriving in Barcelona on 17th July and leaving on 24th July 2013.

    • Hi Denise,
      Thanks for the comment!
      You’re in luck as there is a Renfe train that runs from Barcelona to Vic. You’ll see in the article, under the “Short-Distance” paragraphs, that you can take Line 3 to Vic. This line passes through Catalunya in the heart of Barcelona city centre and also through El Clot, also in the city centre. You can find schedules and more info on the Renfe website .
      Have fun at the festival!

  2. A friend and myself are coming on holiday to Santa Margarita near Roses and we were wondering what train we get from Barcelona Airport we are coming in May

    • Hi Marlene,
      To get to Roses you will need to get the train into the city centre and from Barcelona Sants station you can get the train to Vilajuiga, before taking a taxi the rest of the distance.
      There is a very useful website on that particular transfer here – the third box down concerns the trip from Barcelona Airport to Roses.
      Hope that helps and enjoy the holiday in the sun!

  3. is there a train that would go from Barcelona to Alicante? what train station would the train leave from? and is it far from Barcelona airport? and roughly how much would it cost? thanks

    • Hi,
      There is indeed a train that goes to Alicante from Barcelona. It leaves from Sants train staion which you can arrive at via train from the airport or from the city centre using the Metro. The journey lasts around five hours and costs around €60.
      We hope you enjoy your time in both cities!

  4. Hi there
    We are 3 adults wanting to get from Barcelona airport to Mataro to the Atenea Hotel. What is the easiest and cheapest way please 🙂

    • Hi Jenny,
      You should take the train from the Airport to Barcelona Sants station. From there you would need to change to the line R1 to Mataró.
      This will be the quickest and cheapest way to get there.
      Enjoy your trip!

  5. Hello, I will be traveling from Barcelona (la sagrada familia area) to pamplona. Could you help with the best way to go about this? Thank you!

    • Hi Alice,
      The easiest way would be to take the L5 metro from Sagrada Familia to Barcelona-Sants (The dark blue line) and then catch a train from the Barcelona-Sants station to Pamplona.
      I hope this helps!

  6. We will be coming from Santa Susanna to Barcelona via train and need to know how to get from train station to hop on hop off bus station.Thanks

    • Hi Arlene,
      The easiest route for you will be to catch the R1 train which takes you from Santa Susanna straight to Plaça Catalunya station in Barcelona. You can see the timetable here.

      Both of the main bus tour companies (Barcelona City Tours and Barcelona Bus Turístic) operate their routes from Plaça Catalunya, so you can chose which route you wish to take. The bus stop is in front of El Corte Inglés which is in the same square as the Plaça Catalunya train station. For more information about the different bus routes, you can take a look at our guide here.

      I hope this helps!

  7. Hello,

    We will be coming to Barcelona soon and wanted to know how to get from Barcelona Airport to Mataro- (Atenea Port Hotel) via train and what the quickest route is.

    Thank you

    • Hi,
      We can certainly help you there!

      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.

      Hope this helps and have a safe trip!

      • Thank you so much for your help!

        I would also like to know how long this journey is and how much a ticket would be for an adult one way…

        Thanks once again!!

        • Hi again,

          One way it is 3.60€ to Sants Estació from the airport on the R2 line and then the R1 line to Mataró should be between 3-5€ each.

          The length of the journey can vary, as trains are frequent from Sants Estació to Mataró but from the airport they depart every half an hour from Terminal 2.

          One other important point is that the train station at Barcelona airport operates from Terminal 2. If you are arriving at Terminal 1 then follow the signs for RENFE (or the train icon) and they will direct you to a very frequent shuttle bus that goes from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 (about 10 mins). From there, just follow the RENFE signs again and they will take you to the platform where you can buy your tickets.

          If you have any other questions, I’ll be happy to help!

  8. Hi.
    I want to travel from Malgrat to Sagrada Família. What station should I get off at in Barcelona. I’d like to stay clear of Sants if possible.
    Thanks.

    • Hi Alistair,
      We can certainly help you out there!
      Firstly, you need to take the R1 train (the light blue RENFE line) from Malgrat de Mar to El Clot-Aragó. From there you need to change to Clot station on the Metro and take the L2 (purple Metro Line) which is two stops to Sagrada Familia. The only confusing part is that El Clot-Aragó and Clot are actually the same station, the former is for the RENFE trains and the latter is for the Metro.

      Hope this helps, if you have any other questions please get in touch again.

  9. Hi there,

    Please could you provide the easiest route to follow via train or bus from Barcelona clot to velencia (airport )

    • Hi janet,
      I’d be glad to help you out!

      The easiest route would be take the metro from Clot to Sagrada Familia on the purple L2 then transfer onto the blue L5 and head to Sants Estació. It will be from here that you can catch a RENFE or AVE high speed train to Joaquin Sorrolla in Valencia. for this you can buy your tickets either at the station or online (prices vary according to which train company you use). From there, catch the yellow Linea 1 metro to Angel Guimera and then you can get a direct metro either the L3 or L5 line to Valencia airport.

      Alternatively, a slightly cheaper (but probably longer) option would be to take a bus to Valencia from Barcelona Nord bus station. You can get there by taking the L1 red Metro line from Clot to Arc de Triomf and then follow the signs for the bus station. When in Valencia, again I would recommend taking the metro from the bus station to the airport. For a map of the Valencia metro lines, click here.

      Hope you have a safe journey!

  10. Hi,
    We arrive to Barcelona airport on Saturday and our final destination is Tossa de Mar. What is the easiest way from the airport to Nord busstation? I already checked that we can take the train but do we need to chance to metro or can we use the train to reach Arc de Triomf?
    We are group of 2 adults and 3 teenagers. Can we buy one T10 card and stamp it for all five?

    Thank you for your help.
    Sari

    • Hi Sari,

      The easiest way to go by train would be to take an R2 RENFE train from terminal 2 at Barcelona airport (El Prat) to Clot-Aragó. Then change to the Metro station of El Clot (in the same building) and take the L1 three stops to Arc de Triomf. This way does involve going back on yourself a little bit but it’s the easiest way and only involves one change.

      I can confirm from the official website that the T-10 is a multi-person ticket, so you are allowed to put it through the turnstile more than once for several people.

      Hope this has helped, have a safe trip!

  11. 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

    • 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 RENFE.com 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!

  12. 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!
    Brgds
    Sine

    • 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!

  13. 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.

    • 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!

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