See also: 100 Things to Do in Barcelona
There are two main train stations in Barcelona (Estació de Sants and Estació de França) and two main bus stations (Estació de Sants and Estació de Nord). These are well connected by metro and bus as well as the local train service that runs through Passeig de Gràcia Station and Placa de Catalunya Station.
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General Resources about Train and Bus Travel in Spain
Estació de Sants Bus & Train Station
- Where is it? The north-west of the city, a ten-minute walk from Plaça de Espanya. Metro is Sants Estació, though it is usually quicker to get to via train from Passeig de Gracia, Plaça de Catalunya, Arc de Triomf or Estació de Francia.
- For Travel to: International bus destinations and most domestic train destinations. For train services to the north of Barcelona, see Estació de França and for domestic buses see Estació del Nord.
- More information on Sants Station in Barcelona
Estació del Nord Bus Station
- Where is it? A short walk from França train station. On Carrer d'Alí Bei near the Arc de Triomf metro station. The Arc de Triomf station is also served by the Cercania train service which is a much quicker way to get to Sants station (only stops at Plaça de Catalunya on the way.
- For Travel to: Most national services depart from Estació del Nord. Many international services (which normally start at Sants) also pass through here.
- More information on Barcelona Nord Bus Station
Estació de França
- Where is it? A few minutes walk from the beach and Parc de Ciutadella. The nearest metro is Barceloneta, though it is also connected by train to Barcelona Sants via Passeig de Gracia train station. Address: Avda. Marqués de L´argentera, s/n. tel: +34 902 24 02 02.
- For Travel to: Some medium-distance routes in Catalonia and other parts of Spain. The main line to France and the rest of Europe was from here. However, the new high-speed trains from Barcelona to Figueres, which connect with France, leave from Sants. Check timetables and prices here: International Train Tickets in Spain. França station also serves destinations to the north of Barcelona like Girona and Figueres.
Travel Time Comparison Table
Flying is obviously the quickest method of transport but it is also the most expensive. Taking the train is usually quicker than taking the bus but not always and is often not worth the higher price. Use the comparison table below to help you decide on how to get to your destination.
For a comparison with travel from Madrid, see Starting Your Journey from Madrid