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Arriving at Barcelona

By air:

Refer to our Barcelona Airport section.

By train:

Most long distance trains arrive at Sants-Estació, which is also an underground (metro) station (lines L3 and L4), so you can easily begin to move around Barcelona. There are exchange services, information points for tourists, car rentals and hotel booking services (in fact, there are several hotels near the station - you can check them in our list of Hotels in Barcelona).

Some long distance trains arrive instead at Estació de França, closer to the city center. The nearest metro station is Barceloneta (L4).

  • More information at www.renfe.es, the Spanish national train company.

By bus:

You'll probably arrive at the Estació del Nord, near the Arc de Triomf metro (L1) and train station. Some bus lines arrive at Sants-Estació.

By car:

From the highway, enter the Cinturó del Litoral and look for the sign to the Port, where you'll find the main entrance to the city center. There are many indoor car parks, but they are quite expensive. Parking in the street is extremely difficult in the center of the city, where there are also paying zones (“zona blava”). You can drive your car to the Glòries Park Car, and buy a combined parking and public transportation ticket (currently 4'5 € for a day or 18'45 € for a week).

Moving around Barcelona

Barcelona has a very complete system of public transportation that makes it very easy to get around the city.

Check our selection of on and off line Barcelona maps to find your way around Barcelona If you aren't planning on driving to Barcelona but prefer the freedom of a car instead of public transportation, use our online form to rent a car in Barcelona:

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