Barcelona Sants railway station

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Barcelona Sants
Fachada estación de Sants.jpg
The station's main façade in 2008
Station statistics
Address Plaça dels Països Catalans
08014 Barcelona
Spain
Coordinates 41°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
Line(s)
Connections
Structure type Underground
Levels 2
Platforms 7 island platforms
Tracks 14 — 8 in Iberian gauge and 6 in standard gauge
Parking Adjacent parking garage.
Other information
Opened July 18, 1975 (1975-07-18)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code 71801 (Adif)
Owned by Adif
Operator Renfe Operadora and SNCF
Location
Barcelona Sants railway station is located in Barcelona
Barcelona Sants railway station
Location within Barcelona

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 metro station that serves the railway station.

History and architectural design[edit]

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 eclipsed 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[edit]

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.

Services[edit]

Long distance[edit]

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 was completed in 2012 and a direct TGV service started in December 2013. 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.

Preceding station   Renfe Operadora   Following station
AVE Terminus
AVE
AVE Terminus
AVE
Terminus AVE
AVE
AVE
Camp de Tarragona
toward Bilbao-Abando
  Alvia   Terminus
Camp de Tarragona
toward Hendaye
  Alvia  
Camp de Tarragona
toward A Coruña
  Alvia  
Camp de Tarragona
toward Vigo-Guixar
  Alvia  
Camp de Tarragona
toward Gijón
  Alvia  
Camp de Tarragona
toward A Coruña
  Trenhotel "Galicia"   Terminus
Camp de Tarragona
toward Vigo-Guixar
Tarragona
toward Alicante-Terminal
  Euromed   Terminus
Sant Vicenç de Calders
toward Madrid Chamartín
  Estrella   Terminus
Tarragona
toward Granada
  Trenhotel "Alhambra"   Terminus
Tarragona
toward Cartagena
  Talgo "Mare Nostrum"   Terminus
Tarragona
toward Lorca-Sutullena
Vilanova i la Geltrú
toward Seville Santa Justa
  Talgo "Torre del Oro"   Barcelona Estació de França
Terminus
Camp de Tarragona
toward Valladolid Campo Grande
  Intercity   Terminus
Camp de Tarragona
toward Pamplona
  Intercity  
Camp de Tarragona
toward Vitoria-Gasteiz
  Intercity  
Preceding station   SNCF   Following station
Terminus TGV
toward Paris-Lyon

Regional and commuter rail[edit]

Preceding station   Rodalies de Catalunya.svg Rodalies de Catalunya   Following station
R1
R2
R2 Nord
R2 Sud
Terminus
R3
R4
toward Manresa
Terminus
RG1
toward Portbou
Terminus R11
toward Cerbère
Terminus
R12
toward Lleida Pirineus (via Valls)
R13
R14
R15
R16
Preceding station   Renfe Operadora   Following station
Media Distancia
Media Distancia
Media Distancia
Avant Terminus
Terminus Avant

Barcelona Metro[edit]

External links[edit]