Land accesses and inland communications


A 13 km-long ring road connects the different wharves and warehousing areas right around the perimeter of the Port of Barcelona.

This road has two lanes in each direction along most of its length.

Apart from the outlying network, there are access and service roads to each wharf, which are secondary to the main road described above.

Maximum loaded gauges in the principal acceses to the Port.


As regards inland railway communications, from the Ponent wharf towards the South,
all the wharves have rail access, either with RENFE gauge (1.668 m), Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat gauge (1m) or mixed gauge.
The internal rail network of the Port of Barcelona is 29 km long. Of this total, 9.05 km are Iberian gauge, 4.543 km are metric gauge,
5 Km are mixed Iberian / metric, 8 km are mixed Iberian / International and 2.25 km are mixed Iberian-European / metric.
The rest are origin-destination lines.

RENFE provides service for a wide variety of traffic: containers, non-containerised general cargo, solid and liquid bulks.

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat provides a service from the Contradic wharf for the potash loaded in Barcelona.

The Sud wharf has a rail terminal for containers.

The car terminals have their own rail terminal.

The Princep d'Espanya wharf has a public multi-purpose rail terminal mainly dedicated to cars, steel products and containers.

Land accesses

The Port of Barcelona is located right next to a node of land transport infrastructures. This node comprises a network of railways
and motorways connecting the port to its hinterland.
The Barcelona ring road, or 'Ronda', passes right next to the port, providing immediate access to the road network.
The main roads involved are:

  • The AP-2 motorway linking the city to the centre of Catalonia, Aragon and the A-68 to the north of Spain and French border via Irún.
  • The AP-7 Mediterranean motorway linking us to the south, eastern coast and centre of Spain and north to the French border and the European motorway network.
  • The AP-9 motorway connecting to the AP-7 at La Jonquera on the French border.
  • The C-32 motorway linking to the south and eastern coast.
  • The C-58 motorway to Sabadell, Terrassa and Manresa, linking up to the Llobregat axis and through Cadí Tunnel with France via Puigcerdà and the Puymorens tunnel.
  • The C-31 motorway linking to National Highway II up to the French border.
  • National Highway II to the west, centre and north of the country.
  • National Highway C-17 to the French border via Puigcerdà.
  • National Highway 150, with Sabadell, Terrassa and Manresa.
  • National Highway 340, linking to the south and eastern coast.

Railway accesses

The railways joining the port and its environs with the rest of the country are:
Renfe (Iberian gauge)

  • to Port-Bou (France) via Mataró and Granollers
  • to Puigcerdà (France)
  • to the centre, west and north of the country via: Manresa-Lleida, Sant Vicenç-Lleida, Tarragona-Zaragoza
  • To the west, south and eastern coast of the country via: Tarragona-Valencia

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya

  • to Manresa, Súria and Berga (metric gauge)
  • to Igualada (metric gauge)
  • to Sabadell and Terrassa