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Barcelona Sants
Estacio Barcelona Sants - 3 - 2010-10-18 - JTCurses.jpg
The station's main façade in 2008
LocationPlaça dels Països Catalans
08014 Barcelona
Spain
Coordinates 41°22′44″N2°08′24″E / 41.37889°N 2.14000°E / 41.37889; 2.14000 Coordinates: 41°22′44″N2°08′24″E / 41.37889°N 2.14000°E / 41.37889; 2.14000
Owned by Adif
Operated by Renfe Operadora and SNCF
Line(s)
Platforms7 island platforms
Tracks14 — 8 in Iberian gauge and 6 in standard gauge
Connections
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Platform levels2
ParkingAdjacent parking garage.
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station code71801 (Adif)
IATA code YJB
History
OpenedJuly 18, 1975 (1975-07-18)
Traffic
Passengers (2018)46,511,388 ( Adif wordmark.svg ) [1]
Rank2 [2]
Location
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Barcelona Sants
Location in Barcelona
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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 most important transport hub of the city - 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.

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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, [3] 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.

Location

Access to the metro station from the railway station Barcelona Metro - Sants Estacio.jpg
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

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. [4] [5] 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
toward  Lyon-Part-Dieu
AVE
Terminus
AVE
toward  Bilbao Abando
Alvia Terminus
toward  Hendaye
Alvia
toward  A Coruña
Alvia
toward  Vigo-Guixar
Alvia
toward  Gijón
Alvia
Tarragona
toward Valencia Nord
  Alaris  Terminus
Tarragona
toward Alicante
  Alaris  
Euromed
Terminus
toward  Alicante
Euromed Terminus
Tarragona
toward Alicante
  Talgo  Terminus
Tarragona
toward Murcia del Carmen
  Talgo  Terminus
Tarragona
toward Cartagena or Lorca-Sutullena
  Talgo "Mare Nostrum" Terminus
Tarragona
toward Seville-Santa Justa
  Talgo "Torre del Oro"  Barcelona Estació de França
Terminus
Camp de Tarragona
toward A Coruña or Vigo-Guixar
  Trenhotel "Galicia" Terminus
Preceding station  SNCF  Following station
Terminus TGV
toward  Paris-Lyon

Regional and commuter rail

Preceding station  Renfe Operadora  Following station
toward  Lleida Pirineus
Avant Terminus
toward  Tortosa
Avant Terminus
Terminus Avant
Camp de Tarragona
toward Valladolid-Campo Grande
  Intercity  Terminus
Camp de Tarragona
toward Pamplona
  Intercity  
Tarragona
toward Valencia Nord
  Intercity  
Media Distancia
34
Preceding station  Rodalies de Catalunya.svg Rodalies de Catalunya  Following station
toward  Molins de Rei
R1
toward  Castelldefels
R2
R2 Nord
R2 Sud
Terminus
R3
R4
toward  Manresa
Terminus
RG1
toward  Portbou
Terminus R11
toward  Cerbère
Terminus
R12
toward  Lleida Pirineus
toward  Lleida Pirineus
R13
toward  Lleida Pirineus
R14
R15
R16
R17
 Suspended 
R10

Barcelona Metro

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References

  1. "Adif - Información de estaciones - Barcelona Sants". ADIF. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  2. "Atocha Cercanías lidera las estaciones de tren en España con más de 270.000 viajeros al día". Tribuna de Salamanca (in Spanish). 3 April 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  3. railwaymap 1908 The square in front of the station is situated at 'Carres de Tarragona' also visible on the map.
  4. "High speed line opens between Barcelona and Figueres". Railway Gazette International . 8 January 2013.
  5. Communiqué de presse Paris - Barcelone