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Line  R11

Presentation of Line R11

1. Description of the line and the service

Origin and destination

The R11 of the Rodalies de Catalunya regional services connects Barcelona with the French city of Cervera de la Marenda, via Girona, Figueres and Portbou. Halfway along the route, at the station of Maçanet – Massanes, it connects with the Rodalia de Barcelona R1 and R2 Nord lines.


Main stations

  • Barcelona - Sants
  • Barcelona - Passeig de Gràcia
  • Granollers
  • Sant Celoni
  • Maçanet - Massanes
  • Caldes de Malavella
  • Girona
  • Figueres
  • Portbou


Number of trains in each direction and day

The R11 has two types of service; medium distance and regional, with the following commercial routes.



Number of trips


Average on weekdays (Mon-Fri)

Total per week

Barcelona - Sants / Portbou (via Girona)


Barcelona- Sants / Portbou

11 77

Barcelona – Sants / Figueres

21 134

Barcelona – Sants / Girona

23 148

Portbou / Barcelona - Sants

11 80

Figueres / Barcelona - Sants

21 137

Girona / Barcelona - Sants

23 151


For further information, consult timetables and itineraries.


2. Important information


Trains of the series 470 and 449 currently run on the R11.

The R11 in figures

Line length: 170 km to Portbou and 172 km to Cervera de la Marenda.
Number of stations: 28
Average trips on a weekday: 110


3. History


There are three distinct stages in the history of the line from Barcelona to Portbou. The first stretch opened to the public between Barcelona and Granollers, the extension to Gerona and, finally the connection with France, at the border of Portbou.

In 1854 the railway from Barcelona to Granollers was inaugurated, the third railway line in Catalonia, and shortly after an extension was planned to the north and the border. In 1860, the extension to Maçanet de la Selva was inaugurated. Not long after, the line in the interior connected with the Coastal line (to Maçanet in 1861). Both companies merged under the name of Camins de Ferro de Barcelona in Gerona and the line reached Gerona in 1862.

In 1875 the company Companyia dels Ferrocarrils de Tarragona was founded in Barcelona and France, and construction work on the extension to France began again. At the end of 1877, it had reached Figueres and at the beginning of 1878 it had reached Portbou and Cervera de la Marenda. The trains coming from Barcelona could now connect with the French railway company Midi. Thus, the isolation of Catalonia with the rest of Europe was finally broken.

At the end of the nineteenth century, the era of the large mergers of railway companies arrived and the Portbou line was integrated into the Company Madrid to Zaragoza and Alicante (MZA), which would exploit it under the name of Xarxa Catalana. During the Civil War, this line was a vital axis in the connection with France and in 1941 it passed on to the new state railway company Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Españoles (RENFE).

After the nineteen fifties, the line was gradually modernized, firstly with the electrification until Gerona (1958), which was later extended to Portbou (1964), and also with new signalling and safety systems. In 1977, the installation of a double track throughout the line was completed.

Updated date: 12.04.2012