Looking to travel from Barcelona to Cartagena by train? You've come to the right place!
On average, it takes around 12 hours 8 minutes to travel from Barcelona to Cartagena by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 8 hours 14 minutes though. You'll usually find 7 trains per day running along the 499 km route between these two destinations. Once you're onboard, you can sit back and relax, as you won't need to make any changes on your way to Cartagena. This route is operated by Renfe, the Spanish national rail operator, who run long and medium distance trains across the country. During you journey you're likely to be traveling on one of their high-speed services – AVE, AV-City, Avant, Alvia or Avlo – or a regional Media Distancia, Regional or Express Regional train.
Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Barcelona to Cartagena start from $21.08 when you book in advance, so start a search in our Journey Planner to view the latest prices.
If you're feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Cartagena by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.
It takes an average of 12h 8m to travel from Barcelona to Cartagena by train, over a distance of around 310 miles (499 km). There are normally 7 trains per day traveling from Barcelona to Cartagena and tickets for this journey start from $21.08 when you book in advance.
499 miles (310 km)
7 trains per day
Direct trains available
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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.
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.§
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 Barcelona and Cartagena is 12 hours and 8 minutes, with around 7 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 Barcelona to Cartagena is 8 hours and 14 minutes.
Train tickets from Barcelona to Cartagena can start from as little as $21.08 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 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.
The first train from Barcelona to Cartagena leaves at 07:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Barcelona to Cartagena leaves at 19:30. 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 Barcelona to Cartagena cover a distance of around 310 miles (499 km) during the journey.