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Plan Ahead and Save with Renfe Online
Here is a link which discusses ways to save on Renfe train travel by planning ahead and using their online booking:
Renfe may be hard to do a general search; sometimes you need to go to the "Cercanias/Rodalies" to see local, commuter lines. For more user friendly site see -
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Night train to Madrid
We used the night train to go to Madrid from Barcelona. Although the timing was great to leave the city in the evening and reach Madrid early in the morning, the train itself wasn't very comfortable. The whole journey takes about 9 hours and costs 46 Euros per person. Depending on the time and date, the prices may change. For busget travellers who want to discover Madrid as well as Barcelona, this could be a good option to utilise your time. I guess you can find a similar train from Madrid to Barcelona if you check the renfe website given below.
As I understood, trains could be the best option to head to daytrips from Barcelona. They are convenient and quite cheap. The one, not so far from Catalonia Square, train station is in Gracia street. Here you could take trains (RENFE) to Girona, Tarragona and other destinations.
Train from Girona to Barcelona took about 1,5 hours and the sale of ticket was about 9 euros one way.
Train to Tarragona took a bit more than 1 hour; the ticket price was approximately 7 euros.
Aeroport del Prat -Barcelona
If you want to use the train from the airport to the city center of Barcelona:
Use the RENFE trains company
From airport to the city from 06:00AM to 22:30PM
From Plaza Catalunya : from 06:00AM to 22:00PM
The train from Plaza Catalunya leaves from terminal 2
Estació de França (The station for France)
The Estació de França is the more attractive of the city’s two main stations, built in the 19th century as the main terminus for trains arriving from France, the station was rebuilt and reopened in 1929 for the International Exhibition.
These days the station is used by express trains to Madrid, Valencia and various other Spanish cities and other parts of Catalonia.
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The Eurail pass is the biggest scam going, imo. Its so much cheaper and easier to just buy you're tickets for the next city the day you arrive. I mean you're in the train station anyways so might as well.
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Gothic Quarter Station
Convenietly located near the Gothic Quarter is the central train station that provides departures for the rest of Europe. Some local excursionary trains also depart from here, but most of those are easier to catch at one of the metro stations. Barcelona is well served by trains of all sorts.
Use Renfe for your trips near BCN
We used Renfe to go to Blanes(where we stayed) and Figueres(for Dali Museum) . Please be careful about the timetables and don't forget to take one from ticket offices.
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Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC)
to get to several towns or vilalges around Barcelona there is a system of trains of short distance traffic. From plaza Catalunya start two main lines, "Metro del Vall?s" and "Linia de Balmes" . Those trains are not part of the Metro, so you got to buy extra tickets, if you use e.g. the BCN-Card or some other kind of day or week ticket for busses and Metro. Am not sure about all prices, but to go to Terrassa, around 40 minutes away from plaza Catalunya, I paid 2,50 Euro. There are vending machines to buy your ticket, normally you get change as well.
RENFE trains or proximty trains
RENFE stands for "Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Espa?oles" or "National Network of Spanish Railroads". U can use them just to go from one city ot another and also, as in this case, to travel to the outskirts of the city.
For example, U must take the RENFE line number 5 to go to the Airport. From inside the city U can take a bus, taxi or metro to get to "Sant Estacions" and from here U must take the RENFE line number 5.
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Gerona, another catalunia gem
A half day or full day trip from Barcelona to Gerona and Figueras could be done by train. I took "Catalunia express" departing from station Passeo de Gracia to Gerona for apx 10 euros return ticket, and spent a nice journey trough catalonian countryside. Gerona itself is not so big, so a couple of hours for walking and sightseeing quite enough. Railway station is situated virtualy in the centre of town. Most attractive sites are The Call -jewish area, Sant Feliu church and especially nice view to houses built over river Onyar from one fo bridges.
- Historical Travel
Long journey to Barcelona
We traveled from Madrid to Barcelona by train. The journey was 8 hours long so we took a sleeper train which had a group of 6 bunk beds each room. It was reasonably comfortable however, make sure you get ear plugs with you just in case some of your room mates has a habit of snoring!
Getting your bicycle onto public transport
Despite Barcelona being a bicycle-friendly city, it's very difficult to find transport that will let you take a bike onboard.
When I decided to leave Barcelona I wanted to get to France, preferably up to Avignon, but none of the coach services would let my bike onboard, and the train station, França, was the same.
In the end, the only place that would allow bicycles was the train station, Sants, though that only went as far north as the French border, not into France itself.
Still, it seems to be your only safe bet for getting your bicycle onboard public transport, but if there is an alternative option I'd love to know!
The Metro, FGC and Renfe
Remember that both the Metro and FGC are local area transportation. Renfe is the Spanish National Rail Service. All three are very easy to navigate, timely and inexpensive....no need for a car in or around Barcelona. The 10-trip passes purchased via the ticket machines are good for the Metro, FGC and city buses. Each trip is time stamped on your pass as you enter the 'stations' and is valid for a given period of travel time for the number of zones you are travelling. If you get off the Metro and jump on a bus, just put your ticket into the machine on the bus and it checks the time of your trip and either re-stamps (a new trip), or just kicks back your card. Don't be scared of the machines. All three services run to/from both Placa de Catalunya and Barcelona Sants.
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Train to Barcelona
I got to and from there by train. It is about 6 hours from Madrid to Barcelona by train. The first trip there and back (from Madrid) went on just fine. On the way back the second time, we were delayed 6 hours by the wreck of a freight train ahead of us. Normally, RENFE runs the trains on time and they're nice and clean. During that one delay, conductors were passing out churros and later on hot towels.
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