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need advice re: train service from Barcelona and Tarragona

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need advice re: train service from Barcelona and Tarragona

Trying to figure out whether to drive from Barcelona and am a bit overwhelmed and would appreciate advise. We fly in and out of Barcelona. We are anxious about trying to figure out how to get the rental car/drive in Barcelona. We fly to/from Barcelona from Miami, USA. I see that Barcelona has 2 terminals- which one? Our current thought is to take a train from Barcelona airport to Tarragona and then rent a car for the week and then take the train back to Barcelona (we plan on spending a couple of nights there at the end of the trip. So, I would appreciate detailed information on how to get the train (which train) from the terminal, where do we get off, where we need to go to rent a car in Tarragona, and any other information you think might help. Thanks!!

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1. Re: need advice re: train service from Barcelona and Tarragona

You can take the bus Barcelona El Prat Airport to Tarragona www.autocarsplana.com

Train www.renfe.es

Car rental Tarragona www.auto-europe.com www.auto-europe.co.uk

Route planner www.viamichelin.com

You will require an International Driving Permit for Spain

Accommodation www.venere.com

www.spain.info

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2. Re: need advice re: train service from Barcelona and Tarragona

Regarding which terminal at BCN airport, which airline are you using? Most likely you will be arriving to Terminal 1 if you're taking a direct flight from the US.

There is only 1 train line arriving to BCN airport, but it does not go to Tarragona. The station is next to terminal 2, there is a free shuttle bus connecting it to Terminal 1. Going to Tarragona, you can take the Plana buses suggested above, or change trains at El Prat de Llobregat town (next station after BCN-El Prat airport)

I can't help much about car rental. Depending on your plans, what you want to do and where to visit you may not need a car at all. In any case, its usually cheaper to rent a car in advance online. The main rental companies should have offices in Tarragona city centre where you can pick and leave the car.

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3. Re: need advice re: train service from Barcelona and Tarragona

We are fying in on American airlines. If we do the bus, where would we find it? Would we need to schedule ahead of time? Or is there a schedule I can see. We probably arrive/get through customs late morning.

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4. Re: need advice re: train service from Barcelona and Tarragona

Bus or train to Tarragona is fine but I don't understand why you're not simply picking up your rental car at BCN. Assuming that you have some luggage that is surely the straightforward way.

The airport is the right side of Barcelona for Tarragona.

In Tarragona there is a Hertz right opposite the station (across the road and the other side of a small square/garden and I think there is still an Avis in the station building itself.

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5. Re: need advice re: train service from Barcelona and Tarragona

we actually have a car rented (on hold) at the airport. We did see that the airport was on the south end of Barcelona and that Tarragona was also south. We just didn't know how crazy the driving would be in that area...especially after just coming off of a overseas flight. lwould appreciate any guidance. I have seen many of your posts and you seem to know hte area very well.

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6. Re: need advice re: train service from Barcelona and Tarragona

Can't answer for how tired you'd be but the drive is not bad as you come out of the airport on the rural side and within 5 miles join the AP7 motorway.

This is a toll road (dual carriage way and 2 lanes) that takes you direct to Tarragona. Journey time a little over an hour. Most traffic will probably be encountered in Tarrogona itself

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7. Re: need advice re: train service from Barcelona and Tarragona

I agree with Ktw. The airport itself is easy to negociate and Tarragona is well sign-posted. It's not too bad a drive. Might be worth familiarising yourself with the layout of Tarragona and the location of your accommodation. We always get lost there and we know it quite well.

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8. Re: need advice re: train service from Barcelona and Tarragona

Hi, we have a similar question. We're travelling on 21 December and due to go back from Tarragona to Barcelona on 28 December . The RENFE and ALSA websites aren't clear about how often they run then and the autocarsplan website says they don't have a service on 28th. We know we can get to Tarragona by bus easily enough but are concerned about the services over the Christmas period. Any advice or information would be useful, thanks

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