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Barcelona, the cultural capital of Catalonia in Spain

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Getting there You can get to Barcelona from Montpellier, Bilbao and Burgos. Best price and travel duration below.

From Paris 06:27 ₹ 6,332
From Madrid 02:30 ₹ 2,084
From Marseille 04:17 ₹ 8,255
From Montpellier 02:53 ₹ 3,126
From Bilbao 06:40 ₹ 1,523
From Burgos 05:55 ₹ 2,084
From Santiago De Compostela 12:23 ₹ 3,206
From Malaga 05:45 ₹ 3,687
From Irun 05:40 ₹ 2,004
From San Sebastian 05:28 ₹ 2,004
From Lugo 13:24 ₹ 5,210
From Ponferrada 09:28 ₹ 3,206
From Cartagena 07:44 ₹ 2,324
From Murcia Del Carmen 06:46 ₹ 1,282
From Albacete 05:19 ₹ 2,966
From La Coruna 12:53 ₹ 2,164
From Leon 07:53 ₹ 2,084
From Miranda De Ebro 04:55 ₹ 2,244
From Benicarlo 01:52 ₹ 1,122
From Portbou/cerbere 02:12 ₹ 1,443
From Vinaroz 01:47 ₹ 641
From Tarragona 01:15 ₹ 481
From Salou 01:00 ₹ 481
From Benicassim 02:21 ₹ 1,363
From Castellon De La Plana 02:21 ₹ 882
From Vitoria 04:47 ₹ 1,924
From Girona 00:38 ₹ 1,202
From Villena 04:43 ₹ 1,924
From Cordoba 04:10 ₹ 1,924
From Logrono 03:58 ₹ 2,084
From Zumarraga 05:04 ₹ 3,446

Getting around From Barcelona, you can travel to nearby cities and towns. Best price and travel duration below.

To Girona 00:38 ₹ 1,202
To Salou 01:17 ₹ 481
To Tarragona 01:21 ₹ 481
To Benicarlo 02:21 ₹ 882
To Cerbere 02:51 ₹ 1,042
To Benicassim 03:03 ₹ 1,042
To Castellon De La Plana 03:11 ₹ 882
To Pamplona 04:04 ₹ 1,202
To Carcassonne 04:07 ₹ 3,126
To Logrono 04:42 ₹ 1,363
To Zumarraga 04:48 ₹ 3,446
To Vitoria 04:57 ₹ 2,966
To Villena 05:01 ₹ 1,924
To Miranda De Ebro 05:12 ₹ 2,004
To Albacete 05:19 ₹ 2,244
To Montpellier 05:24 ₹ 3,767
To Nimes 05:33 ₹ 3,446
To Madrid 05:36 ₹ 2,084
To Malaga 05:47 ₹ 4,649
To San Sebastian 05:56 ₹ 2,004
To Irun 06:06 ₹ 1,363
To Bilbao 06:20 ₹ 1,523
To Burgos 06:26 ₹ 2,084
To Lyon 06:30 ₹ 4,408
To Murcia Del Carmen 06:57 ₹ 1,282
To Marseille 07:18 ₹ 3,927
To Paris 07:41 ₹ 6,332
To Cartagena 07:52 ₹ 4,649
To Geneva 07:56 ₹ 7,534
To Leon 08:25 ₹ 2,645
To Lausanne 08:52 ₹ 8,816
To Les Aubrais Orleans 09:25 ₹ 5,530
To Fribourg 09:43 ₹ 10,499
To Cordoba 09:49 ₹ 1,924
To Lugo 12:54 ₹ 2,966
To La Coruna 14:38 ₹ 3,286

While you're there

Barcelona, the cultural capital of Catalonia in Spain

Standing out as the cultural capital of Catalonia, Barcelona has an avant-garde and yet charismatic feel. Offering modern buildings, medieval edifices, creative cuisine and a buzzing nightlife, Barcelona is one of the top European travel destinations.

The city also hosts the Camp Nou stadium, home to world famous football team: The FC Barcelona.

In Barcelona, you will find the work of the famous Antoni Gaudí, an artist, architect and figurehead of Catalan Modernism. La Sagrada Família, the city’s iconic landmark, is prided as Antoni Gaudí’s best piece of work. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage, it attracts thousands of visitors every day. Park Güell is another of Gaudí’s creations. It has fantastic pavilions, stairways and a magnificent view over the city. The Casa Batlló is also worth a detour. With a spectacular façade, it has become an icon of the city. Discover buildings from Catalonia’s Golden Era and Roman ruins in Barri Gòtic, the oldest district of Barcelona before heading to La Rambla, Barcelona’s most famous street. Don’t forget to have a peek at the Agbar tower, which is beautifully illuminated with more than 4,500 LEDs at night.

The wide pedestrian boulevard of La Rambla is lined with trees, cafés, restaurants, florists and shops. Don’t miss to taste the famous and absolutely delicious tapas, the excellent Penedés wine, the Pa amb tomàquet (slice of bread with tomato) and the mouthwatering Gambes al’allet (garlic prawns).

Visit the Mercat de la Boquería, a popular market where you’ll find fresh food. You can also visit the El Portal de l’Àngel, a large pedestrian walkway with many new and stylish shops to browse in. Shopping fans can head to Gràcia, 1 km north of the centre of Barcelona at the north end of the Passeig de Gràcia.

Barcelona Turism
7-9 Passatge de la Concepció, 08008 Barcelona
Tel: +34 93 28 53 834

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Train station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Barcelona can be found.

Barcelona railway station(s)

Barcelona Sants Train Station

Barcelona Sants Train Station

Address: Plaça dels Països Catalans Barcelona

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 4:30am to 12am
Saturday and Sunday: 4:30am to 12am

Trains operating in and from this station:
AVE High speed trains, RENFE trains
Rail agents, Assistance for disabled persons and junior travellers, Lost and found, Police station, Tourist Information Point, Toilets, Luggage storage, Wi-Fi Internet, ATM and Phone cabins.

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Barcelona Estacio de França Train Station

Barcelona Estacio de França Train Station

Address: Avenue Marquès de l'Argentera La Ribera Barcelona

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 7:30am to 10:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 7:30am to 10:30pm

Trains operating in and from this station:
Elipsos Trenhotel, Talgo Day, Ave
Rail agents, Assistance for disabled persons and junior travellers, Lost and found, Tourist Information Point, Toilets, Luggage storage, Wi-Fi Internet, ATM and Phone cabins.

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Customer reviews

  • "Great"    
    Train was comfy , and reached distination in time, instructions in 3 languages, just hope they are said slower Thank you  
  • "Disappointing"    
    This train was 1 1/2 hours late arriving in Barcelona. It stopped (not at a station) frequently for long periods at a time during the journey, which we could not understand. The train would no sooner pick up speed after having been stopped for 5 - 15 minutes and then it would slow down and stop again. It was a tedious trip.  
  • "Bright lights"    
    Please turn the bright lights off on the train at night. I caught the train from Barcelona to Madrid overnight and was hoping to sleep but the bright lights were left on all night which made sleep very difficult. This made my journey uncomfortable. If this one thing were resolved I believe the comfort of my travel would have been much higher. Please consider this hospitable practice. Thank you.  
  • "Excellent Service"    
    Thank you Rail Europe for the excellent service. You made our train travel from Barcelona to Madrid pleasant and comfortable.  
  • "Barcelona to Madrid return "    
    Good return journey from Barcelona to Madrid and back, tourista class.. Comfortable seats. Speedy journey. Preferred to flying which overall would probably have taken longer. Would have been nice to have English subtitles on the film that was showing. The shared blinds (with the passengers in front and behind, meant that if one person wanted the window blinds closed it affected everyone. I wanted to see the view and that wasn't possible as some else wanted the blinds closed. Good facilities in the on board shop. Screaming children meant the headphones handed out free were worth their weight in gold !  
  • "Kiwis on Italian trains"    
    We had a great trip from Bari to Rome. This was a fast train and arrived in Rome on time so we were able to get to the airport in time for our transfer to Glasgow. Seats were comfortable, We loved the scenery - a good way to see a bit more of the Italian countryside. A good experience.  
  • "Safety?"    
    I would feel more safe with a seatbelt at the speed of this train . In case of a derailment seatbelts will save many lives. Thank You.  
  • "a good journey from Barcelona "    
    I just traveled a round trip from Barcelona to Bilbao. Actually it was a long journey but the experience was good. The train was clean and the service was good. The food at train was also at good quality.  
  • "Barcelona to San Sebastian "    
    Train ride was fantastic, I had a little issue with tickets, missing one train, but managed to get on another train the following day at no extra cost.  
  • "Barcelona to Madrid"    
    From booking on internet through to the end of the trip it all was easy and efficient. It was helped by accidentally booking accommodation near both stations. Definitely recommended as alternative to flying and missing the scenery and probably saving no time.  
  • "cafeteria"    
    The cafeteria services was very slow and not all menu items were available  
  • "it was good."    
    It was a comfortable trip. We all enjoyed. Thanks  
  • "First Class"    
    I found the seating, luggage space, toilet and cafeteria car service all consistent with my expectations of first class rail travel.  
  • "Bull Run in Pamplona"    
    I recently traveled to Pamplona for San Fermin. As it was a busy time of year we had pre-booked our tickets which was a good thing as the train was packed with many rowdy tourists on their way to Pamplona. My only complaint was that we left the train station in Barcelona an hour after the scheduled time and no reason was given as to why. Otherwise, it was a good trip.  
  • "Unforgettable trip"    
    It was a really good experience to travel by train. I do have only one notice. The food was pork which we as Muslim don't eat. If it possible to give varieties for passengers to choose their meal. In overall everything was great.  
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