IMPORTANT:
READ CAREFULLY THESE INSTRUCTIONS TO PLAN YOUR TRIP
AND ASK ANY OF US IF YOU NEED TO CLARIFY SOMETHING.

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The easiest way -and only way, other than by foot- to reach Nuria is by railtrack from Ribes de Fresser, a small village in the Pyrenees.   This village is reachable by train from Barcelona.

You can buy the train ticket to Ribes de Fresser at Barcelona Sants railway station (no reservation is needed).
Your registration to IWIN and/or SIROCCO includes the railtrack from Ribes to Nuria,
so when arriving  at Ribes station go to the ticket window and tell your name. They will have a list of participants and will allow you to the train.

From Barcelona Airport there are trains that go to Barcelona Sants (takes les than 30 min, and there is at least a train every half an hour).
You may look for exact times at
    http://www.renfe.es/empresa/cercanias/cercanias_barcelona.html
by searching a trip between AEROPORT and BARCELONA SANTS for the day you wish.
For June 24 th and June 26th some trains are:
  Aeroport  --> Barcelona Sants
    11:13               11:26
    11:43               11:56
    12:12               12:25
    12:43               12:56
    13:13               13:26
    13:43               13:56
    14:13               14:26

So a typical trip to Nuria will be:

1. Fly to Barcelona International Airport
2. Take a train from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona Sants (see timetable)
3. Take a train from Barcelona Sants to Ribes  (last connecting train at 15:15 !!! )
4. Take the rack railway train from Ribes to Nuria (last train at 17:30 !!!)

From the Airport to Ribes it would take around 3h.
The rack train take some 45' from Ribes to Nuria.

Travelers by car go directly to Ribes (1h30 from Barcelona) or Queralbs, and take the railtrack (remember! cars do not go up to Nuria).

ATENTION !
Plan to arrive at Ribes de Fresser no later than 17:30 pm.
(That means leaving Barcelona-Sants station at 15:15 )

THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO REACH NURIA THAN THE RACK  RAILWAY TRAIN,
unless you are ready for a 3-hour walk in the mountain!
 
 
 

OTHER INFORMATION:

Nearby Towns: Ripoll 20 kms, Barcelona 100 kms
Places of Interest: Queralbs 6 kms, Ripoll 20 kms, The Santuary of Nuria

How to Get There
Airports: El Prat (Barcelona), 125 Km, Girona 100 kms
Railway Station: Ribes de Freser 12  kms
Bus-Coach Station: Ripoll 10+12 kms
Main Road: N-152 6  kms
 

If travelling by car take the N-152 (Barcelona - Puigcerda) up to Ribes de Freser village.
From this village catch the narrow gauge railway (railtrack)  which goes up the Vall
de Nuria. If travelling by train take the train at Ribes de Fresser station up to the Vall de Nuria.

Oher links
    Barcelona (if you plan to expend some days/nights the web site of the City Council has plenty of information and links to make reservations for hotels / concerts /etc...). They have Spanish and English versions (othe than Catalan -the language of this area-)
   http://www.bcn.es/

   RENFE   (Spanish rail system, they have links for schedules)
       Barcelona --> Ribes de Fresser

   Barcelona Airport