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Barcelona Sants (also known as Estació de Sants) is the name of the main railway station in Barcelona, operated by RENFE. It has become the Catalan capital's most important transportation hub - being the centre of commuter (Rodalies Barcelona) and medium-distance train services, as well as the main inter-city train 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 by the same name.

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History and architectural design

The modern Sants station was built in the 1970s as part of construction of the first east-west regional line running under the centre of Barcelona. Over the last 30 years, Estació de Sants has since come clearly to eclipse the earlier França terminus (Barcelona Estació de França), from the 1920s, as Barcelona’s main railway station.

The station has been built in a modern airport style, with all its many platforms sited underground in something of a subterranean sprawl. Nevertheless the ongoing redevelopment, set to take until 2012, has aimed to make the surface-level concourse and ticket-hall area considerably more spacious and bright. Above this, a four-star hotel (Hotel Barceló Sants) occupies most of the upper floors of its main building.

Location

The station is in the Sants-Montjuïc district of Barcelona, a little way to the northwest 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.

Lines

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Cercanías/Rodalies

RENFE Cercanías/Rodalies run Barcelona's widespread commuter train service from Barcelona-Sants. These include a half-hourly Barcelona International Airport train (line R10), and services to the popular resort of Sitges (4 per hour) on line 2.

Rodalies Barcelona Network Platform
R1 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat- Barcelona-Sants - Mataró - Blanes - Maçanet-Massanes 7 & 8
R2 Sant Vicenç de Calders - Vilanova i la Geltrú - Sitges - Barcelona-Sants - Granollers-Centre - Maçanet-Massanes 9,10,13 & 14
R3 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat - Barcelona-Sants - Granollers-Canovelles - Vic 7 & 8
R4 Sant Vicenç de Calders - Vilafranca del Penedès - Barcelona-Sants - Cerdanyola del Vallés - Terrassa 7 & 8
R7 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat - Barcelona-Sants - Cerdanyola-Universitat - Martorell 7 & 8
R10 Estació de França - Passeig de Gràcia - Barcelona-Sants - Aeroport 9,10,13 & 14

Regional and Catalunya Express

Regional Train
Ca1 Barcelona-Estació de França/Barcelona Sant Andreu Comtal - Tarragona - Tortosa / Valencia
Ca2 Barcelona Sants - Granollers-Centre - Girona - Figueres - Portbou - Cervera de la Marenda
Ca3 Barcelona-Estació de França/Barcelona Sant Andreu Comtal - Tarragona - Reus - Móra la Nova - Flix - Riba-Roja d'Ebre - Caspe
Ca4-a Barcelona-Estació de França/Barcelona Sant Andreu Comtal - Tarragona / Valls - La Plana-Picamoixons - Lleida-Pirineus
Ca4-b L'Hospitalet de Llobregat - Manresa - Cervera de Segarra - Lleida-Pirineus
Ca5 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat - Vic - Ribes de Fresser - La Molina - Puigcerdà - La Tour de Carol

Long distance and Grandes Líneas

AVE

Logo of the AVE.

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 line east into France connecting with the TGV network is expected to be complete in 2012.

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 train to the north of the city.

Services

Train Stations
AVE Barcelona-Sants · Camp de Tarragona · Lleida-Pirineus · Zaragoza-Delicias · Calatayud · Guadalajara-Yebes · Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
Barcelona-Sants · Camp de Tarragona · Lleida-Pirineus · Zaragoza-Delicias · Calatayud · Madrid-Puerta de Atocha · Córdoba-Central · Sevilla-Santa Justa
Barcelona-Sants · Camp de Tarragona · Lleida-Pirineus · Zaragoza-Delicias · Madrid-Puerta de Atocha · Ciudad Real-Central · Puertollano · Córdoba-Central · Puente Genil-Herrera · Antequera-Santa Ana · Málaga-María Zambrano
Alvia Barcelona-Sants · Camp de Tarragona · Lleida-Pirineus · Zaragoza-Delicias · Logroño · Miranda de Ebro · Bilbao-Abando
Barcelona-Sants · Camp de Tarragona · Lleida-Pirineus · Zaragoza-Delicias · Pamplona · San Sebastián · Irún
Barcelona-Sants · Camp de Tarragona · Lleida-Pirineus · Zaragoza-Delicias · Tudela de Navarra · Castejón de Ebro · Tafalla · Pamplona · Vitoria/Gasteiz · Miranda de Ebro · Burgos · Palencia · Sahagún · León · Astorga · Bembibre · Ponferrada · O Barco de Valdeorras · A Rúa-Petín · San Clodio-Quiroga · Monforte de Lemos · Ourense Empalme · Redondela de Galicia · Vigo
Avant Barcelona-Sants · Camp de Tarragona · Lleida-Pirineus

Barcelona Metro

Barcelona Metro Line 3
Direction
Zona Universitària
Direction
Trinitat Nova
Plaça del Centre Tarragona
Barcelona Metro Line 5
Direction
Cornellà Centre
Direction
Horta
Plaça de Sants Entença

See also

External links

Coordinates: 41°22′44″N 2°08′24″E / 41.37889°N 2.14°E / 41.37889; 2.14


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