Trains from Salou to Barcelona
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Apr 28, 2008 1:13 AM Last Post By: stevegerms
Apr 22, 2008 10:26 AM
Trains from Salou to BarcelonaI am travelling with my family in June, we'll be staying in Salou but want to spend most days in Barcelona. I see that there's a Renfe train between the two, but it costs 5.70 euro each way (that's about US$11.50 round trip) which is a little expensive. Is there another train that anyone knows of? Or a bus? Does Renfe sell passes like the Eurail pass? Thanks.
Apr 22, 2008 2:49 PM
15.70 euro is a good price as the distance between the two is around 70 miles, taking about 2 hours. Return fare of 11.40 euro equals just over US$18. I don't think any railpass will be cost-effective, though you may be able to buy a weekly ticket.
There are also regular buses, leaving from various points in Salou. I don't know the cost but it takes around 2.5 hours and departs roughly hourly.
I'd say that Salou is hardly a suitable base for visiting Barcelona regularly - you should be based much closer, such as Sitges, connected by a fast commuter train.
Apr 23, 2008 12:34 AM
2I agree with Euro_traveller's comment about Salou. Not only is it a long way from Barcelona the OP will be sitting in trains for 4 hours every day he goes to the place. Thats not including time taken getting to the stations and the waiting time once there.
Furthermore Salou is a typical high-rise resort catering for (mainly) British and other northern European tourists - not exactly 'the real Spain'.
Apr 23, 2008 10:27 AM
3I agree that Salou is a bad choice to use as a base from which to visit Barcelona. For all the above reasons plus: the last train back to Salou will probably be a lot earlier than you want to go. Even Sitges, while closer, is not a good idea for a Barcelona stay. I recommend getting a place in Barcelona, somewhere near Plaza Catalunya.
I have been to Salou once; on a visit from Barcelona to see some British friends who were staying there. It is package tour hell. If all you want to do is lie on a beach and visit bars, restaurants and hotels that cater to English-speaking visitors, then it might be what you'll enjoy. Not my cup of tea.
Apr 23, 2008 12:20 PM
4The only redeeming feature of Salou is Port Aventura theme park nearby, which is very good. Also nearby Cambrils has a pleasant, more Spanish atmosphere with tapas bars and fish restaurants, and it's a good base for exploring Western Catalunya with Tarragona, the Cistercian monasteries of Poblet (UNESCO world heritage site) and Santa Creus and the Ebro Delta.
Apr 23, 2008 4:05 PM
Apr 27, 2008 4:15 PM
6Tarragona is much nearer to Salou and is an interesting city, with an old mediaeval part, and Roman ruins. I prefer it to Barcelona, it's much smaller, more dignified and unhurried but has most big city amenities.
The centre of Cambrils, as mentioned, is a great place to eat, with a working fishing port, although it also has tourist developments at the edges. There is an old bit of Cambrils, near the station, which is nice, but the gourmet restaurants are in the part around the port.
Then of course there is Port Aventura, which is pretty good as far as theme parks go (if your group of nine includes kids) and a great water park at La Pineda.
For some of these nearer places, you might find buses more convenient than the trains.
Unfortunately, the way the euro is going up, and the US$ is going down, everything's going to look a bit pricey.
Apr 28, 2008 1:13 AM
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