La Tor de Querol to Ribes de Freser. R3 part 1.
The Rodalies de Catalunya R3 is a regular Barcelona commuter service. It just happens to climb all the way to La Tor de Querol in France too.
And although the Pyrenees are less steep on the Spanish side, they are just as spectacular.
It is possible to take the R3 all the way from La Tor de Querol (Latour de Carol in French) to central Barcelona. However, and if you have time, I would definitely suggest that you split the journey at Ribes de Freser – and make a return journey on the Vall de Núria rack railway high in the Pyrenees. And after returning to Ribes de Freser, continue down the mountains to Barcelona on the Mediterranean coast.
Web resources for the Rodalies de Catalunya R3 route:
Official Train Operator: http://rodalies.gencat.cat (English version)
Trains and other things (michatrain.blogspot.com)
Crossing the Pyrenees by train (medium.com)
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