Page last updated: July 2012
Here you have some websites for you to check if you plan to arrive to Barcelona by ground, or plan to doing some daytrips while there:
- Renfe trains
At this page you can find info about intercity (medium and long distance) trains, and even buy the tickets (even its system is not really user-friendly)
Be aware that the short-distance, local commuter trains are called Rodalies/Cercanias: These are still operated by Renfe/Adif, but they belong now a separate company, dependent from the Catalan government. You can find info about Rodalies trains in the Renfe website or in the much better designed and user-friendly Rodalies website:
You can't book seats or buy tickets in advance for Rodalies trains. In Barcelona, they can be used to move within the city limits using a T-10.
- FGC trains
There is another train operator in the Catalan region, FGC (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya). Their trains can be used as part of metro system in Barcelona's city limits (inlcuded in T-10 and other transport cards). If you use them to reach other towns in the region, you need a separate ticket. Like Rodalies trains, you can't book a seat or buy tickets online.
Check the "tourism" section. They have interesting offers, like the combined tickets to Monserrat.
There are quite a few companies, but thes are the main ones you may use to reach the most popular places:
To get an interactive online map of the city as well as very accurate directions through Barcelona, visit the bcn wepage. They have information in Catalan, Castellano, and English, and its all very helpful, but best of all is the 'guia.' You can get directions to a location and they will tell you the walking time and distance and metro time and distance it will take to get there. It is very helpful, especially when trying to navigate the tricky backstreets of the barri gotic or ciutat vella that sometimes aren't on the maps. All you need to do is type in the street and number and they provide you with an accurate, labeled map that can zoom in as far as the street itself or as far out as the entire city. It also includes a function that allows you to locate sights in a specific area. Very helpful.
This is a common question in the forum then I decide to add this tip:
In my Catalonia page there are some tips about transportation within Catalonia and from Catalonia to Spain. Including departures from Barcelona.
This is the link: