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Arriving by train

Arriving by train

Barcelona has direct railway links with a number of important cities, including Paris and the high-speed train runs to Madrid, southern and eastern Spain. The city's major railway stations and metropolitan rail network ensure you can travel to Barcelona and anywhere by train without any difficulties.


ATENDO is the Spanish Railway’s personalised service to help disabled and reduced-mobility passengers and the elderly to access and move through the stations and board and alight from the trains. However, travellers requiring special assistance to communicate, eat, drink or use the toilet must travel with a companion. .

Atendo booking line: 902 240 505. Bookings must be made at least 12 hours before the train departs. In order to process your booking, please state clearly what your disability is and your journey requirements.

Sants Station and the Estació de França have a permanent Atendo service. The service can be requested without prior notice. Passengers should arrive 30 minutes before the train departs at the travel centre (centre d’atenció al client).

The central Atendo office is located at Madrid Atocha Station and opens from 6am to midnight. Tel. 917 744 040 DTS: 917 744 041. Fax: 917 744 042. E-mail:

Important information for reduced-mobility passengers

Specially designated spaces for wheelchair passengers on trains are called plazas H. To use these spaces, wheelchairs must not exceed the following dimensions: width 700 mm, depth 1,300 mm, and height 1,400 mm.

If you need a transit wheelchair to move through the station and/or access your train, please specify when you purchase your ticket or request the Atendo service.

For medium distance (Media Distancia) trains, if you have a ticket without an allocated seat and you need to travel in a designated reduced-mobility space (plaza H), you must book it in advance by phoning 902 240 505 and arrive at the meeting point at the station at least 30 minutes before the train departs.

Estació de Barcelona Sants

Barcelona Sants Station
Pl. Països Catalans s/n 08014 Barcelona
Time: 4.30am to 12.30am.
Metro: L5 and L3. Bus: 27, 32, 78, 109, 115, H10 and V17.

Barcelona Sants Station is the city's main railway station and most trains departing and arriving in Barcelona stop here. The station is the terminus for the High-Speed Train and many Spanish and foreign destinations, suburban rail and trains to Barcelona Airport.


National trains
AVE: Figueres – Barcelona – Madrid.
AVE: Barcelona – Sevilla
AVE: Barcelona – Màlaga.
Euromed: Barcelona – Tarragona – València – Alacant.
Talgo: Connecting Barcelona with other spanish cities.
Tren Estrella: Connecting Barcelona and Madrid.
Trenhotel: Connecting Barcelona with other spanish cities.
Alvía: Connecting Barcelona with other spanish cities.

International high speed trains Renfe-SNCF en Coopération
Paris – Barcelona.
Lyon – Barcelona.
Toulouse – Barcelona*.
Marseille – Barcelona.

*Running from 23/03/2018 to 25/09/2018.

A network of 21 cities linked all together. From Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Perpignan, Narbonne, Béziers, Agde, Sète, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Nîmes, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Valence in France to Barcelona.

Regional | Surrounding areas trains
Regional trains to Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Tortosa, Lleida, Girona, Figueres, Portbou.
Surrounding areas:  Mataró – Maçanet, Vic, Vilanova, Vilafranca – Manresa.
Trains to the airport.

Information and ticket sales
Monday to Saturday, 5.40am to 10.30pm. Sunday and public holidays, 6.10am to 10.30pm.
Tickets in advance: Monday to friday from 10am to 8pm.

Accessibility details

Sants Station provides assistance to disabled passengers. There’s no need to pre-book, just go to the travel centre (oficina d’atenció al viatger) 30 minutes before your train departs.

There is also a Turisme de Barcelona tourist information office at the station.

There is a defibrillator inside the Pharmacy at the station.
Visual impairment
The station has two entrances. The quickest way to find the travel centre is to use the entrance on Plaça Joan Peiró (where the taxi ranks are located) and walk straight ahead for about 50 metres, where you’ll also find the tourist information office.

Inside the station, there are tactile pathways on the floor.
The platforms also have tactile flooring to prevent passengers from standing too close to the platform edge.

Although the RENFE ticket vending machines have signs in Braille, they are still not accessible to blind people.

Station announcements are made in Spanish and Catalan, and, in some cases, in English and French.
Guide dog Braille
Hearing impairment
Information about train arrivals and departures, as well as the platforms where they stop, is clearly indicated on screens. The information is constantly updated.

Some ticket offices are fitted with an induction loop and are clearly signed.
Induction loop
Motor impairment
The entrances to Sants Station are at street level. Inside the building there are steps, escalators and lifts connecting with the lower floor where the platforms are located.

If you come to the station by Metro (lines L3 and L5) there is a lift that will leave you outside the station building. The station is easily accessible from here.

The ticket offices at Sants Station are accessible. The station has adapted toilets.

All the shops, cafeterias and kiosks inside the station have flat-floor access or ramps.

Accessible trains that stop at Sants Station: AVE, Avant, Alvia, Euromed, Arco, Alaris, Talgo, Trenhotel and middle-distance services. Some accessible trains now operate on the suburban rail lines, particularly the line to the airport and coastal services to Mataró, Blanes and Maçanet. Check with the station for accessible trains and times.

Last update: 10/02/2014

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Estació de França

França Station
Av. Marquès de l'Argentera, s/n 08003 Barcelona
Time: 4.45am to 12am.
Metro: L4. Bus: 14, 17, 39, 45, 51, 59, 64, D20 and H16.

The building dates back to 1929 and is one of the most important examples of Spain's iron architecture. Two parts of Barcelona's França Station are of relevance: the large lobby covered by three vaults and the huge metal naves that cover the platforms. National and regional trains depart from this station.

National passenger trains
Alvía: connecting Barcelona with other spanish cities.

Regional | Surrounding areas trains
Regional trains to Tarragona, Costa Daurada, Tortosa, Lleida.

Information and ticket sales
Daily, 8am to 9pm.

Accessibility details

França Station provides assistance to all disabled passengers (Atendo Service). In this railway station, there’s no need to pre-book, just go to the travel centre (Oficina d’Atenció al viatger) 30 minutes before your train departs.
Motor impairment
Its main entrance has ramps to the side of the façade with a gentle slope. The open interior spaces are accessible, and there is a mobile lift with wheels to provide access from the platform to the accessible trains. There are adapted toilet booths.

Last update: 04/10/2011

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Passeig de Gràcia Station
Passeig de Gràcia - Aragó, s/n 08007 Barcelona.
Time: 5am to 12am.
Metro: L2, L3 and L4. Bus: 7, 16, 17, 22 and 24.

Regional | Surrounding areas trains
Regional trains to Girona – Figueres – Portbou, Costa Daurada – Tarragona – Tortosa, Garraf, Reus, Lleida – Saragossa.
Trains to the airport.

Information and ticket sales
Daily, 6am to 10pm.

Accessibility details

This underground station is now accessible for wheelchair passengers following improvements completed in January 2014.

The station doesn’t offer the "Atendo" disabled assistance service, but the staff at the travel centre are available to help if required. The travel centre is next to the ticket desks on the main concourse.

The station doesn’t have public toilets but there is a bar on the concourse that has an adapted toilet for wheelchair users.

Visual impairment
Inside the station, there are tactile pathways on the floor.
The platforms also have tactile flooring to prevent passengers from standing too close to the platform edge.
Guide dog
Hearing impairment
The ticket offices are not currently fitted with induction loops.
Motor impairment
There are two lifts from the street into the station. They are located on the north and south side of the junction of Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer Aragó.

The lift on the north side connects with the main concourse where the ticket offices and travel centre are located. It is also provides the most direct access to platform 1.
The lift on the south side connects with a small lobby where you’ll find the ticket machines. It also provides direct access to platform 2 and the green line of the Metro (L3).

Southbound trains depart from platform 1: Airport, Castelldefels, Sant Vicenç de Calders, Tarragona, Tortosa and Lleida.
Northbound trains depart from platform 2: Granollers, Maçanet-Massanes, Girona and Port-Bou.

In addition to the two lifts to and from the street, there are two lifts inside the station to the platforms as well as a platform lift so passengers can negotiate a flight of steps.

The ticket offices on the main concourse are at a height of 115 cm.

Last update: 21/03/2014

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Plaça de Catalunya Station
Plaça de Catalunya.
Metro: L1 and L3. Bus: 9, 22, 24, 41, 42, 58, 62, 66, 67 and 68.

Regional | Surrounding areas trains
Surrounding areas trains to Manresa – Lleida; Costa del Maresme – Blanes; Vilafranca del Penedès.

Accessibility details

This station does not provide specialised assistance for disabled passengers but security staff are available to help if required. If you have any queries, please go to the station travel centre (oficina d'atenció al client).
Visual impairment
Station announcements are made in Spanish and Catalan.

You can order information Braille travel cards via the website and by phoning the RENFE travel centre at the station.

There are tactile pathways leading to the exit on Passeig de Gràcia. The station has a centre platform with tracks running on either side. There is tactile flooring running parallel to the tracks to prevent passengers from standing too close to the platform edge. There are also tactile strips running perpendicular to the platforms indicating the way to the escalators and lifts.

Although the ticket vending machines have signs in Braille, they are not accessible. Blind and partially sighted passengers will have to purchase their tickets from the ticket offices, but opening hours are limited and may be closed in the evening and at night.
Guide dog Tactile elements Braille
Motor impairment: accessible with assistance
he station has two lifts: one on the Ronda Universitat exit, which passengers wanting to catch a RENFE (Spanish rail) train should use; and one on Carrer Pelai, which leads to the FGC (Catalan rail) and Metro stations. There are two lifts to the platforms inside the station.

It is important to point out that not all suburban rail (rodalies) services are accessible and we recommend you check in advance if the train you want to take and your destination station are accessible.

Last update: 18/02/2014

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