Barcelona Train Station Station, Estacio-Sants
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The main train station in Barcelona is the "Estacio-Sants" (located west of the center of Barcelona) and is the primary train station for national and international arrivals/departures.

The "Estacio-Sants" train station's floor layout is not like the Madrid Train Station's.

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(Please note: The map of the Barcelona train station above was completed from a sketch I made while riding on a train leaving Barcelona. It may not be completely accurate.)

Basically, Barcelona's train station is one large rectangle. On the main floor are shops, with ticket windows running along the center of the building. Below the main floor are the train bays. Once you purchase your ticket and determine which train platform number (VIA) your train leaves from, you take the appropriate escalator down to your train.

I was told busses are located outside the train station.

Photo Left: Arriving at the Barcelona train station on a light traffic day.
If you are uncertain as to which window to buy your train ticket from, search out the information desk. In Oct. 2003 it could be found right next to the ticket windows.
Stop- Before getting in that ticket or information line, look around. Do you see a machine dispensing "take a number for service"? If so, you need to acquire a number before stepping in line.

Photo left -"SU TURNO" (your turn). This number dispenser at the Barcelona train station is used for the information line. You will need a different number for the ticket line.

Once you get a number, you can take a seat in one of the chairs located in front of the ticket windows and then watch and listen for your number. A couple of turns ahead of your number it is a good idea to get closer to the ticket window, but try to leave a lane for those charging up at the last minute.

You shouldn't have any problems finding an English- speaking ticket agent at the Barcelona train station.

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Talgos - are the fastest trains and only stop at the major cities.
Rapidos - are the, regular, daytime long-distance inter-regional trains.
Estrellas - are the night time version of Rapidos.
Cercanias - are the local commuter trains.
AVE - high speed train from Madrid to Sevilla (2 hours 30 min.)
EUROMED - high speed train from Barcelona to Valencia (2 hours 50 min.)
Arco - line between Barcelona and Valencia, stopping at main cities along the Mediterranean coast.
Alaris - high speed line between Madrid and Valencia, makes the journey in 3 and a half hours.

Maximum speed of a high speed train is 220 Km/hour.

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The train schedule I received for Cordoba and Malaga was in Spanish. Click here to view the Spanish train schedule.

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