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Barcelona to Cartagena by train

It takes an average of 12h 47m to travel from Barcelona to Cartagena by train, over a distance of around 310 miles (499 km). There are normally 4 trains per day travelling from Barcelona to Cartagena and tickets for this journey start from $32.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 8h 7m
PriceFrom $32.50
Distance310 miles (499 km)
Frequency4 trains per day
Departure stationBarcelona
Arrival stationCartagena
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe

Barcelona to Cartagena train times

Check out the next trains departing from Barcelona to Cartagena for Tuesday May 18th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:00 07:52 8h 52m, 1 change
02:00 10:07 8h 7m, direct
05:15 10:14 16h 59m, 3 changes
07:15 00:27 17h 12m, 2 changes

Renfe trains from Barcelona to Cartagena

You can travel from Barcelona to Cartagena on Renfe trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, linking major cities with AVE, AV-City, Avant, Alvia, and Euromed trains. Long-distance routes are served by Altaria and Talgo trains, while regional routes are operated by Media Distancia, Regional and Express Regional trains. Renfe also operates on international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe trains offer four different travel classes, depending on the train you’re travelling on – Turista (Standard), Turista Plus (Premium Economy), Preferente (Business Class) and Club (First Class).

Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Cartagena

The price of train tickets from Barcelona to Cartagena starts at $32.50 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 Barcelona to Cartagena by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Barcelona to Cartagena

Want to know more about your journey from Barcelona to Cartagena? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Barcelona to Cartagena take?

The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Cartagena is 12 hours and 47 minutes, with around 4 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Barcelona and Cartagena by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Cartagena is 8 hours and 7 minutes.

How much does the train from Barcelona to Cartagena cost?

Train tickets from Barcelona to Cartagena can start from as little as $32.50 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.

Is there a direct train from Barcelona to Cartagena?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Barcelona to Cartagena without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Barcelona to Cartagena each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Barcelona to Cartagena leave?

The first train from Barcelona to Cartagena leaves at 11:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Barcelona to Cartagena leave?

The last train from Barcelona to Cartagena leaves at 07:15. 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.

What's the distance between Barcelona and Cartagena by train?

Trains travelling from Barcelona to Cartagena cover a distance of around 310 miles (499 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cartagena to Barcelona.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Barcelona to Cartagena for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/18/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 05/19/2021 for travel on 05/19/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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