Updated May 27 2023
Located a short distance from two well-known points in Barcelona such as the Arc de Triomf and Ciutadella Park, is Barcelona Nord or Estació del Nort bus station, which is the most important bus and coach station in the city. It is a true hub connecting Barcelona with a large number of cities in Catalonia, the rest of Spain and several international destinations.
All the information on the Estació del Nord Bus Station
Opened in 1861 as a train station (specifically one that linked Barcelona with the city of Zaragoza) and after more than 100 years of such use, finally the Estació del Nord was closed and ceased to operate as such in 1972.
After being closed for several years, the station was left abandoned. Finally, in 1983, the Barcelona City Council purchased the building and after a series of renovations and restructuring, refurbished it as a bus and coach station.
The current building of Estació del Nord is a mix between the original construction and several renovations and extensions of the original project from 1861.
Among the works carried out on the original structure are those completed between 1910 and 1915 by the architect Demetri Ribes i Marco with the aim of converting the old station into Barcelona’s bus terminal, as well as the works carried out between 1988 and 1991 by the architects Enric Tous and Josep Maria Fargas so that the building could host the table tennis events of the 1992 Olympic Games.
Two façades of the original building have been preserved; the one that faces the street of Alí Bei and the one facing the Estació del Nord Park. The first of these façades, made of stone, wrought iron and a large glass window, still has an inscription in stone with the writing “RENFE”, a reminder of its past as a train station.
Destinations, bus companies and routes
From Barcelona’s Estació del Nord bus station, and depending on the bus company, it is possible to travel to some Catalonian towns and cities (from towns located on the coast and very popular during the summer period, to many others inside the region), to travel to many cities across Spain and even a considerable number of international trips.
In addition, there are also bus routes to travel between the bus station and two major airports at medium and long distance, Girona Airport and Madrid Airport – Barajas Adolfo Suarez.
A few top destinations
Lloret de Mar
Malgrat de Mar
Playa de Aro
Pont de Suert
Torroella de Montgrí
Tossa de Mar
Alcalá de Henares
City of Brussels (BE)
Luxembourg City (LU)
The use of Barcelona’s Estació del Nord to hold events began when it was chosen as the venue for the table tennis competitions at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. This led to a series of renovations in the building and outside, as a park was designed (Estació del Nord Park), so the tracks of the old train station were buried.
After the renovations were carried out, the World Table Tennis Championships were held there in 1991. Since then, it has continued to be the setting for several events, such as the Barcelona International Record Fair.
Map and how to get to the Estació del Nord bus station
If you arrive in Barcelona in any of the buses that end in Barcelona’s Estació del Nord, and just like almost all bus and coach stations in any large city, you will find a taxi rank so you can get to your final destination in the city.
On the other hand, if you have to depart by bus from the station, you can book a taxi online to get there with your backpack or suitcases. Also, an underground car park offers the possibility of leaving your vehicle (car or motorbike) in a safe place, if you choose to get there by your own means of transport.
C/ (street) d´Ali Bei 80, Barcelona
From 5:15am to 00:30am (outside of these hours, only with a ticket and by the entrance on Calle Silicila).
How to get there?
Metro: Arc de Triomf (Line 2).
Train (rodalies): Arc de Triomf (Lines 1, 3 and 4).
Buses: Line 54.
Night-time buses: Lines N1, N2, N3, N4, N7, N9 and N11 (at least 10 minutes on foot).
Taxi: info and online booking above.