Trains offer a fast and comfortable way to reach Barcelona from a host of European cities. Barcelona Sants Station has a convenient central location, within a few minutes of all of the major neighborhoods, and is also well connected to El Prat Airport for anyone connecting with flights. Rail travel is also ideal for seeing Spain. If travelers need to reach Barcelona from Madrid, Valencia, or Seville, trains will always be a great option.
All rail travelers will arrive at Barcelona Sants Station. Located just west of the city center, Sants is a modern facility with bars, cafes, passenger toilets, banking services, and stores. It's also very convenient for reaching destinations like the Gothic Quarter, Eixample, or Gracia. Just hop on the Metro and transfers to popular neighborhoods will take 10-15 minutes at most.
Domestic trains from Spanish cities to Barcelona will be operated by Renfe or Renfe Ave, the high-speed arm of Spain's national rail carrier. Those coming from Paris may need to take a high-speed connection with SNCF. Trains from Madrid, Valencia, and Bilbao run direct to Sants Station, and travelers coming from Paris won't need to change either.
Train travel in Europe offers plenty of advantages over flying, driving, or taking the bus. Renfe and SNCF trains are extremely comfortable, offering legroom and storage space for plenty of luggage. There's no need to wrestle with check-in procedures. Luggage can be carried on board and stored safely for the duration of the trip. Then there's the chance to watch Spain's scenery pass by. Finally, arriving at Sants is easy and convenient. Transfers to central Barcelona won't take long and will be much quicker than traveling by plane.
When travelers arrive in Barcelona, it makes sense to purchase a Hola BCN! Card. This entitles the holder to unlimited travel on the city's public transport network, including buses, trams, funicular railways, and the Metro, so it makes life much easier. During a visit, be sure to see the Sagrada Familia and the Picasso Museum, but don't miss Montjuic, the site of the 1992 Olympics, and scale the hill at Tibidabo for incredible views and a bustling amusement park.