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rekha Jun 15, 2008 10:41 AM

Hello, the four of us have a lunch res for Can Fabes this Sunday. We ware staying in a hotel off the Ramblas. What is the easiest way to get there? If you could be specific with train station locations and names and times if you have them that would be great. Or should we get a taxi and how much would that be?! Any help greatly appreciated.

  1. SillyDisciple Jun 15, 2008 02:50 PM

    Take the train from Paseo de Gracia Station to Sant Celoni, the ride is about 50 minutes. The line you're taking is Rodalies C2.

    On Sundays you have trains at 11:29, 11:33, 12:33, 13:30 and 13:33, so plan accordingly.

    Then it's a 10 minute walk from the station to the restaurant, see the map here:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&h...

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    1. re: SillyDisciple
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      rekha Jun 17, 2008 01:04 PM

      hello SD do you know if there are any trains earlier than 11.29am ? Our reservation is at 12.30am so we might need a little more time to get there. Many thanks for your help.

      1. re: rekha
        SillyDisciple Jun 17, 2008 02:12 PM

        9:37 and 10:33. Are you sure about 12:30 though? It sounds way early. As a matter of fact I just checked on their website and they list 13:30 as the opening time.I would double check if I were you, just in case.

    2. PBSF Jun 15, 2008 03:40 PM

      Same advice as above and take the train. It will save you many Euros. It is easy since each stop is clearly marked with a large sign of the town. Also inside the train compartment is a sign marking the next stop with an announcement. At the Passig de Gracia station, look for "Renfe" and not the regular Barcelona subway. The Spanish train system has a website in English that has the schedule, fare, etc. The link is:
      http://horarios.renfe.es/hir/ingles.html
      I've taken this train many times. The first time, I had trouble fnding the restaurant but just asked as just about everyone in town knows where it is. Enjoy the meal, a great restaurant.

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      1. re: PBSF
        r
        rekha Jun 16, 2008 12:43 PM

        Wow, thank you both. That is exactly what we need.

        1. re: rekha
          PBSF Jun 17, 2008 02:15 PM

          The earliest train for Sunday is 11:29am. An hour is enough time to get to Can Fabes. There is not much else to do in Sant Celoni.

          1. re: PBSF
            SillyDisciple Jun 17, 2008 02:24 PM

            PBSF, I think you're mistaken w.r.t. the first train on Sundays. The Renfe Rodalies website shows 6 trains on Sundays before the 11:29 (about once an hour, starting at 6:33).

            http://www.renfe.es/cercanias/barcelo...

            1. re: SillyDisciple
              PBSF Jun 17, 2008 03:40 PM

              Thank you for the clarification. You are correct that there are earlier trains. Is this the same train that goes on to Girona and Figueres? Or is LineC 2 a commuter line?

              1. re: PBSF
                SillyDisciple Jun 17, 2008 05:00 PM

                Rodalies (Catalan)/Cercanias (Spanish) is the name Renfe gave to their commuter networks in all the major cities. Line C2 is part of the Rodalies network for the Barcelona hub. in this context, the word "cercanias" literally means outskirts.

                So indeed this is a commuter line, and no, it doesn't go as far as Girona or Figueres. You can, I believe, take the train to Girona/Figueres/Port Bou/Perpignan in the Passeig De Gracia station as well.

                1. re: PBSF
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                  butterfly Jun 17, 2008 09:16 PM

                  Cercanías trains don't show up when you do a search on the regular Renfe site. You have to go to the cercanías page for the city/hub in question to see these trains (renfe.es-->cercanías-->seleccione un núcleo dropdown). Sometimes the cercanías trains duplicate parts of Renfe routes, but are local trains that make more stops. Sometimes they run on completely different tracks. Renfe's site is a crazy mess. Just when everyone gets it all figured out, they do a redesign and mess it up in some new way.

                  1. re: butterfly
                    PBSF Jun 17, 2008 11:54 PM

                    Thanks for the info. Next time, I'll try the commuter train for Sant Celoni.

                    1. re: PBSF
                      r
                      rekha Jun 18, 2008 05:50 AM

                      Hello, I feel a bit sheepish. SD you were right, I checked our res and indeed it is for 1.30pm, but it looks like a lot of useful info was exchanged anyway...

                      1. re: rekha
                        SillyDisciple Jun 18, 2008 07:45 AM

                        By all means. And while Sant Celoni is no 7-wonders-of-the-world town, it's nice enough to walk around a bit and work an apetite!

                        Can Fabes is a great restaurant, enjoy!

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          torta basilica Jun 19, 2008 05:25 PM

          I just want to add a note not to depend upon the train if you are having dinner here!! We got stuck & had to wait for their 'procurer' to drive us back to BCN at 1am. All part of the adventure and well worth it, but just a warning for those considering dinner at Can Fabes.

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