Barcelona Sants:  See location map...

It may win the award for Europe's most un-prepossessing station, but Barcelona Sants Estació is clean and modern inside.  It's Barcelona's main transport hub used by virtually all suburban, mainline, & high-speed trains - the TGVs from Paris arrive here too.  A few trains start at the classically beautiful Estación de Franca, but these often call at Sants afterwards.  You'll find plenty of shops, bars & restaurants at Sants station, including a MacDonald's, and there's also a Tourist Information Office.

  Station entrance & concourse

  Baggage check before boarding AVE, Alvia, TGV trains

  Which platform for your train?

  Left luggage

  Somewhere to eat or drink

  Sala Club 1st class lounge

  Walking, taxis & Barcelona metro


On other pages...

  Trains from Barcelona to other European cities

  Trains from other European cities to Barcelona

  General information for European train travel

  How to buy European train tickets online

  Hotels near the station for an overnight stop or in the old city for a longer stay

The station...

Barcelona Sants exterior

Barcelona Sants uninspiring facade.  There's a car park on the roof.  The building above and behind the station is the 4-star Hotel Barcelo Sants, a good place to stay overnight between trains.

Barcelona Sants main concourse

Baggage is X-rayed before access to long-distance & high-speed trains...

At Barcelona Sants and all other Spanish stations, there's a simple X-ray check of all baggage before you access the high-speed platforms.  This includes boarding a northbound TGV to France.  The photo below right shows the X-ray machines at Barcelona Sants at the entrance to platforms 1-6.  There are (or at the time of writing, were)  no metal detectors, so you can carry what you like on your person, it's only the baggage that's checked (make sure any penknives etc are in your pockets not your baggage so don't get scanned, to avoid a jobsworth refusing to allow them on, as happened to one passenger).  Beyond the baggage checkpoint is a small departures waiting area, with escalators down to each platform. There is no baggage check at any French station, just free & easy access to all trains.  The check only takes a minute, but don't arrive for your train with seconds to spare!

X-ray baggage check at access to platforms 1-6, Barcelona Sants

Luggage X-ray check on the main concourse before accessing the escalators down to platforms 1-6.

Platforms 1-6 standard gauge, 7-14 Iberian gauge...

The station concourse is at street level, the platforms are underneath, reached by lifts & escalators.  Platform numbers are clearly displayed on the various screens and departure boards around the station.  There are 14 platforms:

Platforms 1-6 are standard gauge (4'8½) for the TGV & AVE high-speed trains to Madrid, Seville, Malaga, Perpignan, Toulouse, Avignon, Marseille, Lyon & Paris, also the Alvia trains to San Sebastian & Bilbao.

Platforms 7-14 are Iberian broad gauge (5'6") and used by suburban trains and Talgo or EuroMed trains to Valencia & Alicante.

Left luggage lockers...

There are luggage lockers (Consigna in Spanish) on the left-hand side of the building as you walk in the main entrance doors.  See the left luggage page for opening hours & prices.  Bags are X-rayed just inside the entrance before being left.

Somewhere to eat or drink...

There are many retail and food outlets inside the station, including at least two cafes and Macdonald's.  For a cooked breakfast before catching your train, I recommend the €20 buffet breakfast in the top-floor restaurant of the Expo Hotel, it's the tower block across the road to the right when you walk out of the main station exit.  The top floor restaurant gives great views over Barcelona.

The Sala Club 1st class lounge...

Anyone with a Preferente class ticket (except the cheapest promo type, but including Promo+) can use the Sala Club 1st class lounge.  That includes anyone with a 1st class ticket on the TGV or AVE to Paris or France.  The Sala Club at Barcelona Sants is open 05:30-22:00 Mondays-Saturdays, 06:15-22:00 Sundays, with complimentary tea, coffee, snacks & beer.

Sala Club entrance   The Sala Club (1st class lounge) at Barcelona Sants station.
Sala Club tables & drinks bar.

Hotels near the station...

Hotels in the centre for a longer stay...

Walking, taxis, suburban trains, metro...

Inside a Barcelona metro train   Barcelona metro train

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