Barcelona Sants Railway Station
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Barcelona Sants Railway Station
Barcelona Sants
Estacio Barcelona Sants - 3 - 2010-10-18 - JTCurses.jpg
The station's main façade in 2008
LocationPlaça dels Països Catalans
08014 Barcelona
Coordinates41°22?44?N 2°08?24?E / 41.37889°N 2.14000°E / 41.37889; 2.14000Coordinates: 41°22?44?N 2°08?24?E / 41.37889°N 2.14000°E / 41.37889; 2.14000
Owned byAdif
Operated byRenfe Operadora and SNCF
Platforms7 island platforms
Tracks14 -- 8 in Iberian gauge and 6 in standard gauge
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels2
ParkingAdjacent parking garage.
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code71801 (Adif)
OpenedJuly 18, 1975 (1975-07-18)
Barcelona Sants is located in Barcelona
Barcelona Sants
Barcelona Sants
Location in Barcelona
Barcelona Sants is located in Spain
Barcelona Sants
Barcelona Sants
Location in Spain

Barcelona Sants is the main railway station in Barcelona, owned by Adif, the railway infrastructure agency of Spain. It has become the Catalan capital's most important transport hub - being the centre of Rodalies de Catalunya including Barcelona suburban railway services and regional services, as well as the main inter-city station for national and international destinations. The station is named after Sants, the neighbourhood of Barcelona in which it is located. New parts of the station have recently been remodeled to accommodate the Spanish high-speed train AVE in the city, which started serving the city on 20 February 2008. There is also an adjacent international bus station bearing the same name, and a link to the Sants Estació metro station that serves the railway station.

History and architectural design

The modern Sants station was built in the 1970s as part of construction of the second east-west regional line running under the centre of Barcelona. The first east-west railway to Estació de França terminus, more to the north,[1] was covered up and is now also in use as a railtunnel for the regional and long distance trains. Over the last 30 years, Estació de Sants has since eclipsed the earlier França terminus (Barcelona Estació de França), from the 1920s, as Barcelona's main railway station.

The station was built in a modern airport style, with all of its many platforms sited underground. A hotel (Hotel Barceló Sants) occupies most of the upper floors of the station's main building.


Access to the metro station from the railway station

The station is in the Sants-Montjuïc district of Barcelona, a little way to the west of the city centre, and is easily accessible via metro (see section below) or bus from anywhere in the city. Sited at the end of Avinguda Roma between two squares, Plaça dels Països Catalans and Plaça Joan Peiró, it has two entrances, one in each.


Long distance

Madrid is two and a half hours away on the AVE Madrid-Barcelona high-speed rail line, after the link between Camp de Tarragona and Barcelona opened in 2008. Extension of the high-speed network east into France connecting with the TGV network was completed in January 2013 upon completion of the Perpignan-Barcelona high-speed rail line and a direct TGV service started in December 2013.[2][3] The high speed service uses platforms 1 to 6, which have now been converted to the European standard gauge for use by the AVE services, unlike the remaining 8 for other RENFE services using the wider Spanish gauge tracks. A second major railway station in Barcelona, Estació de la Sagrera, currently under construction, is expected to join it in order to provide a wider access to high-speed and long distance train to the north of the city.

Regional and commuter rail

Preceding station   Renfe Operadora   Following station
Media Distancia
Media Distancia
Media Distancia
Preceding station   Rodalies de Catalunya símbol.svg Rodalies de Catalunya   Following station
R2 Nord
R2 Sud
toward Manresa
toward Portbou
toward Cerbère

Barcelona Metro


  1. ^ railwaymap 1908 The square in front of the station is situated at 'Carres de Tarragona' also visible on the map.
  2. ^ "High speed line opens between Barcelona and Figueres". Railway Gazette International. 8 January 2013.
  3. ^ Communiqué de presse Paris - Barcelone

External links

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