Travelling from Alicante to Barcelona? Choose train travel and jump on one of the daily direct services taking you from Alicante Terminal to Barcelona in under five hours. The train journey is longer than a flight, but it’s a better choice for the environment! You’ll also be transported right to the centre of Barcelona rather than the airport on the outskirts.
Spain’s national train operator is Renfe and you’ll travel on their Euromed trains on this route. Settle into the comfortable train kitted out with wide seats while you enjoy the picturesque views. Tuck into tasty snacks from the food carriage or consider booking Preferente (First Class) seats for food and drink served to your seat.
Need to learn more before booking? Scroll down and read through the FAQs for this popular route.
Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.
Euromed is Renfe's high-speed service that travels along the Mediterranean coast. Able to travel at 155 mph (250 km/h), Euromed trains run on the Barcelona – Tarragona – Castellón – Valencia – Alicante route - also known as the "Mediterranean Corridor". With a frequency of up to 12 daily trips between these cities, Euromed trains offer two classes on board – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). Designed by Talgo, the trains that run between Barcelona and Alicante offer 63 seats in Preferente and 236 in Turista, with 11 carriages (including a food carriage) and two locomotives, which allows them to travel in both directions.
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Alicante Terminal to Barcelona by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Alicante Terminal and Barcelona is 7 hours and 9 minutes, with around 8 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Alicante Terminal to Barcelona is 4 hours and 25 minutes.
Train tickets from Alicante Terminal to Barcelona can start from as little as $23.41 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Alicante Terminal to Barcelona without having to change trains. There are 6 direct trains from Alicante Terminal to Barcelona each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Alicante Terminal to Barcelona leaves at 07:25. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Alicante Terminal to Barcelona leaves at 20:15. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Alicante Terminal to Barcelona cover a distance of around 253 miles (408 km) during the journey.