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Getting To Barcelona


By rail Barcelona is 10-12 hours south of Paris, 12.5 hours south west of Milan, 12.5 hours southwest of Zürich and 6 hours east of Madrid.

From the Airport

Barcelona’s sleek international airport, El Prat de Llobregat, lies just outside the city center.  RENFE, the Spanish national rail system, operates train service from the airport to two stops: Plaça Catalunya and Estació Sants. It costs 2.80 and takes 20-25 minutes.  The Aerobus, (closer to the terminals), runs approximately every 12 minutes until 12am, costs 4.05 one way, 7 return, and takes 30 minutes.


Barcelona is a major rail center with trains arriving from throughout Spain and internationally (via France). The two main stations are Estació Sants and Estació de França. Estació Sants, located on Plaça dels Països Catalans (metro L3: Sants Estació) is the larger of the two, handling almost all service within Spain and some trains from France. Estació França handles the bulk of the international service. It is located on Avinguda del Marqués de 1’Argentera (metro L4: Barceloneta).  Both stations have baggage lockers for your convenience.

The main travel information and reservation center is in Estació Sants. However, tickets can be booked at both major stations and the Passeig de Gracia station.


The main bus station is Estació del Nord, located 1.5 blocks from the Arc de Triompf metro stop (L1). Some buses, including those internationally bound, leave from Estació d’Autobusos de Sants, located behind Estació Sants train station.