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How to get from Estació França to Barcelona City Centre.

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Once you have arrived at Estació França you may want to find out about your options for transfers to Barcelona city centre, In reality, you could say that Estació França is actually in Barcelona city centre - it is located in between the station and the old town in a lovely area called El Born. However, for some visitors to Barcelona you are not truly in the city centre until you are in Las Ramblas or Plaça de Catalunya.

Barcelona Franca station (Estació França)
Barcelona Franca station (Estació França)

Therefore, this page will provide you with information on how to get from Estació França to Plaça de Catalunya (the square at the top of the Ramblas) by taxi, walking or metro.

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Taxis from França train station

Directly outside Estació França station building, on the same side of the road, you will find a taxi rank. Taxis tend to be available at the rank for the same times as the opening hours of the station (see our Guide to facilities at França Station for details of opening times).

The taxi journey will take about 10 minutes and cost approximately €8.00 - €10.00.

Walking from França train station to Barcelona city centre

Walking from França station is quite a trek and it's not really advisable if you have arrived with luggage. However, if you fancy getting to know Barcelona then a stroll from Estació França to Plaça de Catalunya will take you about an hour.

You will need to leave Estació França and turn left along Avenida Marques de l'Argentera. Keep walking along the avenue, across Via Laietana (at which point the road becomes Passeig de Colon). Walk along the harbour front towards the tall statue of Columbus at the end of the street. Once you reach the statue you will be at the bottom of Las Ramblas. Turn right and head up Las Ramblas. Once you reach the top of Las Ramblas you will be in Plaça de Catalunya.


For details on how to get from França trains station to the nearest metro, see our Walking map from Estació França to Barceloneta Metro.

Barceloneta (Yellow Line, L4) is the closest metro to the train station. Unfortunately it is not on the same tube line as Plaça de Catalunya (Red Line, L1) and (Green Line, L3). So you have two options:

  • Take the yellow line to Urquinaona.
  • At Urquinaona change to the red line.
  • Take the red line from Urquinaona to Catalunya station.

Or, alternatively, you can:

  • Take the yellow line from Barceloneta to Passeig de Gràcia .
  • Get off the train at Passeig de Gràcia and leave the station.
  • You will now be on Passeig de Gràcia - if you head back down the street towards the large El Corte Inglés shopping centre, you will be at Plaça de Catalunya in less than five minutes.

You have a number of transport options from Estació França to the city centre of Barcelona. Read this page carefully and choose the option that is best for you.

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Barcelona metro
Barcelona Airport metro (Orange Line,L9)
Barcelona TMB buses
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Regional railway (Rodalies de Catalunya train in Zone 1)
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