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Estació de França - Grand Train Station

Rebuilt for 1929 International Exhibition by architect Pedro Muguruza with grand concourse. Last remaining Mainline surface railway station in Barcelona

Updated: Jun 26, 2023 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1k

About Estació de França - Grand Train Station

Barcelona França railway station, Estació de França was built in the 19th Century as the terminus for trains from France and services to North East Catalonia and the Costa Brava. Rebuilt and reopened for the 1929 International Exhibition, the two monumental buildings that make up the station were designed by the architect Pedro Muguruza and bult by the engineer Andreu Muntaner. The Station was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII.

Estació de França is the second largest train station in Barcelona after Estació de Sants but the most important in terms of historic and monumnetal value.

the double metal canopy with stained glass windows stands out and iluminates the 12 platforms with natural light. The building is one of the most important examples of modernist iron architecture in Barcelona.

Another element of great beauty is the noucentista lobby with three large domes, designed by the architect Duran i Reynals, to promote the spaciousness of the building. The finish is of materials such as marble and bronze, both in the stately hall and in the rest of the construction. Estació de França was designed to be a grand station and is often compared to the Orsay station in Paris.

The station was closed for renovation between from 1988 and 1992, reopening for the Olympic Games of 1992. It is generally seen as the city's most beautiful station being the last of the surface mainline stations. Nowadays the Station is suffering from passenger decline due to international and long-distance trains now passing through Sants and Renfe want to cease rail services to this station.

Visiting Estació de França - Grand Train Station

It is possible to visit the concourse and platforms without a train ticket. However a valid train ticket is needed for any train journeys from here and if you are using this station as a departure or arrival point then you should validate your ticket in the machines in the arches between concourse and platforms.

Until March 2023, A model railway collector's fair, Mercat Masadas took place in the platform area every first Saturday of the Month, with stalls selling vintage and second-hand model trains and wagons. The Mercat Masadas is now held the first Sunday of every month (except August) in espai a l'edifici del Canòdrom Meridiana, Parc de la Recerca Creativa (carrer Riera d'Horta, 31 cantonada Concepció Arenal. E - 08027 Barcelona).

Accessibility, mobility & Clothing for Estació de França - Grand Train Station

This is a main line railway station terminus with two steps from street level to the concourse with a ramp for these two steps.

Bicycle anchorage points are in front of the station.

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Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult Zone 1 T-casual FREE Child T-familiar FREE Notes free ticket hall access.

Getting to Estació de França - Grand Train Station

Address: Av. del Marquus de l'Argentera S/N, Barcelona. 08003

Nearest TMB Metro is Barceloneta on the yellow (L3) line. Estació de França is also the terminus for some Renfe Roadlies and Regional Rail services. High speed trains services and French bound trains do not call here because they pass via Estació de Sants.

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