By car, by road
Travelling by road to an unknown city is not always easy. We would like to help you with some information about the main accesses to Barcelona:
AVINGUDA MERIDIANA: This is the access from the North of the city. Connects with the motoway (autopista) C-33, and the C-33 connects with the A-P7, main motorway (autopista) that leads to the North of Catalonia and France. La Avinguda Meridiana takes you to Plaça de les Glòries, which connects with the Avinguda Diagonal, Aragó street and Gran Vía.
GRAN VIA: Crosses the city from South to North. In the South connects with the motorway C-31 (the C31 connects with the C-32). In the Norht with the motoway C-32. Gran Vía leads to Plaça Espanya, Plaça Universitat, Plaça Catalunya and Plaça de les Glòries
AVINGUDA DIAGONAL: Connects with roads and motorways to the South and East of Spain AP7, A-P2, A-2/N-II and N-340.
LES RONDES: These are fast ring roads with access to different places of the city. There are three.
Ronda de Dalt: Runs roughly north-south and lies west of the city on the mountainside. This is the fastest route to and from the airport and the autopista north to France.
Ronda del Litoral: Completes the ring around the city, following the coast.
Ronda del Mig: Runs diagonally across the city from south-east to north-west.
By bus (coach)
From most of the European countries it is possible to travel to Barcelona by bus. One of the main companies in Europe is Eurolines. Eurolines connects from the following countries with Barcelona : Germany, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Morroco, Poland, Portugal, Romanía, Switzerland y Slovenia. The Eurolines coaches arrive at the Sants station (Estació de Sants) and at the Nord station (Estació del Nord). In Sants station there are 2 metro lines (L3 y L5) that run into or from the station and in Nord station there is one line, the L1 Arc de Triomf station.
The tracks of the conventional trains in Spain are different (wider gauge) to the rest of Europe, that's why it is necessary to change trains at the french border in Portbou-Cerbère. But there exists a fast train called TRENHOTEL that has a doble system to change the track gauge and with this possibility it can circular in Spain and in the rest of the European countries. With this TRENHOTEL it is possible to get to Barcelona without changing the train from the following cities: Bardonechia, Bern, Friburgo (Switzerland), Geneva, Lausanne, Limoges, Milan, Montpellier, Novara, Orleas-Read Aubrias, Paris, Perpignan, Turin and Zurich. This train offers for exmaple from Paris to Barcelona an 12 hour overnight train and from Milan 12 hours and 25minutes and from Zurich 14 hours and 16 minutes.
Actually, the high-speed train (AVE) from Barcelona to the french border and from Perpignan to the spanisch border (TGV) is under construction. That means that in the future the travel time will be much shorter.
The trains coming from Europe arrive at the Estación de Francia (França station).The station is considered Barcelona’s most beautiful station with its mixture of classical and more modern styles. The closest metro station is Barceloneta, line L4.
Timetables, prices and online ticket information, please visit the Renfe web. If your journey starts in Spain, you can also visit the site for information how to get to Barcelona by train from spanish other cities.