Rail transport in Catalonia

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Girona rail station
Trinitat Nova metro station

Rail transport in Catalonia operates on three rail gauges and services are operated by a variety of public operators:[1]

Transport authorities[edit]

Catalan transport authorities map.

Transport authorities are interadministrative voluntarily corporations responsible of coordinate a public transport system. Nowadays there are four transport authorities in Catalonia:

Rodalies Barcelona[edit]

Sant Vicenç de Calders R2S barcelona.svg R4 barcelona.svg
Zone 6
Zone 5
Segur de Calafell
Zone 5
Zone 4
Vilanova i la Geltrú
Zone 4
Zone 3
Zone 3
Zone 2
Platja de Castelldefels
Castelldefels R2 barcelona.svg
Airport T2 R2N barcelona.svg
(Zone 4)
Zone 2
Zone 1
El Prat de Llobregat
R1 barcelona.svg R3 barcelona.svg R4 barcelona.svg R7 barcelona.svg toward Hospitalet
Barcelona Sants
Passeig de Gràcia
L4 barcelona.svg
Barcelona França R2S barcelona.svg
El Clot-Aragó
Sagrera (planned) L4gris.svg L9gris.svg
R1 barcelona.svg via Mataró
L9 barcelona.svg L10 barcelona.svg
Sant Andreu Comtal
L1 barcelona.svg to Fondo
Montcada i Reixac
Zone 1
Zone 2
La Llagosta
Mollet-Sant Fost
Zone 2
Zone 3
Granollers Centre R2 barcelona.svg R8 barcelona.svg
Les Franqueses-Granollers Nord
Zone 3
Zone 4
Llinars del Vallès
Zone 4
Zone 5
Sant Celoni
Riells i Viabrea-Breda
Zone 5
Zone 6
R1 barcelona.svg via Mataró
Maçanet-Massanes R1 barcelona.svg R2N barcelona.svg
New Cornellà station entrance
112 FGC train stock

Rodalies Barcelona Rodalies de Catalunya símbol.svg FGC.svg is the principal element of Barcelona metropolitan area transport and in some municipalities of Girona and Tarragona.

There are 15 lines (R1-R2-R3-R4-R7-R10-S1-S2-S5-S55-S1-S8-S33-R5-R6) operated by:

Mitjana distància[edit]

Lleida–La Pobla Line
0 Lleida Pirineus Mainline rail interchange Rodalies de Catalunya símbol.svg
Madrid–Barcelona HSR (Lleida branch)
Madrid–Barcelona railway
To Vilanoveta Junction
Pla de Vilanoveta
6.7 Alcoletge
11.8 Vilanova de la Barca
16.4 Térmens
22.2 Vallfogona de Balaguer
DodgerBlue flag waving.svg
26.1 Balaguer
30.3 Gerb
DodgerBlue flag waving.svg
35.9 Sant Llorenç de Montgai
41.7 Vilanova de la Sal
DodgerBlue flag waving.svg
44.8 Santa Linya
DodgerBlue flag waving.svg
55 Àger
63.4 Cellers-Llimiana
68.2 Guàrdia de Tremp
DodgerBlue flag waving.svg
72.4 Palau de Noguera-Talarn
DodgerBlue flag waving.svg
77 Tremp
84.2 Salàs de Pallars
DodgerBlue flag waving.svg
89.8 La Pobla de Segur

Line 1 train between Calella and Sant Pol de Mar

Mitjana distància or Media distancia Renfe (in catalan or castilian) Logo, Renfe Media distancia.PNG (also called Catalunya Exprés: Ca lines) there are 9 lines (Ca1-Ca2-Ca3-Ca4-Ca5-Ca6-Ca7-R43-L7). Those lines go all around of the four catalan provinces and some of them go to Zaragoza (Aragón) and Castelló de la Plana and València in País Valencià. Lines are operated by:

  1. ^ All Barcelona trains start in Estació de França, Sant Andreu Comtal or Barcelona Sants.
  2. ^ That line was traspassed to U.N. Rodalies and now is considered a Rodalies Barcelona line 3 enlargement.
  3. ^ That line was traspassed to FGC but is operated by Renfe Operadora.[5]

Llarga distància[edit]

Estrella train
Talgo 350 - AVE
Trenhotel Salvador Dalí
Euromed to València Nord station
Alaris to Silla (València).
Arco García Lorca to Alzira (València).

Llarga distància or Larga distancia (in catalan or castilian) LD in white letters on a gray background.png are Renfe lines that used other Renfe lines, mitjana distància or Rodalies, and connect Catalonia with other Spanish towns or European cities. Some of them are high speed lines.[6]

Alta Velocidad Española[edit]

High speed lines are operated by Renfe in a commercial branch called Alta Velocidad Española (AVE). Those lines run in new standard gauge railways.

102-014 stock to Montblanc station

Railway gauge[edit]

Canviador d'ample.jpg

Most of catalan railway gauge is broad gauge, as in the other parts of Spain, and the new railways are build in standard gauge for being able to connect with European railways. That's why there are some stations where trains can change the gauge. For the moment there are only two stations in Catalonia that have that machinery:

Metropolitan railways[edit]

Barcelona metro map

There are 11 metropolitan lines in Barcelona (L1-L2-L3-L4-L5-L6-L7-L8-L9-L10-L11) operated by:

  • Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona: 7 underground lines, one of them in old spanish broad gauge (line 1), the others have standard gauge.
    • L1 (Opened on 1926 called Ferrocarril Metropolità Transversal de Barcelona) Hospital de Bellvitge - Fondo
    • L2 (Opened on 1995) Paral·lel - Badalona Pompeu Fabra
    • L3 (Opened on 1924 called Gran Metropolità de Barcelona) Zona Universitària - Trinitat Nova
    • L4 (Opened on 1973) Trinitat Nova - La Pau
    • L5 (Opened in 1969) Cornellà Centre - Vall d'Hebron
    • L9 (Line 9 will open partially on September 2009 and totally in 2014) Aeroport-Terminal sud - Can Zam
    • L10 (Line 9 branch) Zona Franca ZAL - Gorg
    • L11 (Opened in 2003) Trinitat Nova - Can Cuiàs
  • Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya:
    • Metro del Vallès:
      • L6 (Opened in 1863) Plaça Catalunya - Reina Elisenda.
      • L7 (Opened in 1954) Plaça Catalunya - Avinguda Tibidabo.
    • Metro del Baix Llobregat:
      • L8 (Opened in 1912) Plaça Espanya - Molí Nou-Ciutat Cooperativa.
Metro de Barcelona
Name Color Terminal Terminal Opened First
Operator Km Stations Time
L1 Red Hospital de Bellvitge Fondo 1926 1926 Barcelona Metro Logo.svg TMB 20'7 30 35 1674
L2 Purple Paral·lel Badalona Pompeu Fabra 1995 1959 Barcelona Metro Logo.svg TMB 13'5 17 24 1435
L3 Green Zona Universitària Trinitat Nova 1924 1924 Barcelona Metro Logo.svg TMB 18'5 26 36 1435
L4 Yellow Trinitat Nova La Pau 1973 1926 Barcelona Metro Logo.svg TMB 16'7 22 36 1435
L5 Blue Cornellà Centre Vall d'Hebron 1959 1959 Barcelona Metro Logo.svg TMB 16'6 23 37 1435
L6 Navy blue Plaça Catalunya Reina Elisenda 1929 18634 FGC (1979-2007).svg FGC 5'2 9 14 1435
L7 Brown Plaça Catalunya Avinguda Tibidabo 1954 18634 FGC (1979-2007).svg FGC 4'63 7 10 1435
L8 Pink Plaça Espanya Molí Nou-C.C. 2000 1912 FGC (1979-2007).svg FGC 12 11 21 1000
L9 Orange Terminal Sud Can Zam 2009-14 - Barcelona Metro Logo.svg TMB 47'8 39 (51) - 1435
L10 Light blue Gorg Polígon Pratenc 2009-14 - Barcelona Metro Logo.svg TMB - 32 - 1435
L11 Light green Trinitat Nova Can Cuiàs 2003 2003 Barcelona Metro Logo.svg TMB 2'1 5 6 1435


Nowadays there are 32 comarcas with some kind of service, 14 of those have Rodalies Barcelona and/or FGC services. There are comarcas that have medium-distance stations or long-distance and 9 comarcas without ferrocarril service.


  1. ^ Trenscat, Catalan trains web (in Catalan)
  2. ^ Rodalies map
  3. ^ Xarxa FGC Archived 2008-08-22 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Mitjana Distància Renfe map
  5. ^ Ministeri de Foment. «Traspàs de la línia de la Pobla de Segur»."Nota del traspàs" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. (55.2 KB) (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Llarga distància Renfe (in Spanish)