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Take the train from Barcelona to Cerbère in 2 hours 1 minute

If you want to travel from Barcelona to Cerbère by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Barcelona to Cerbère by train to take around 3 hours 36 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 2 hours 1 minute on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 8 trains per day running on this route, which spans 143 km. There's no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Cerbère. TGV, AVE or Avlo are the main rail operators on this route, all of which offer modern trains with plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Barcelona to Cerbère start from $16.00 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Barcelona to Cerbère by train

It takes an average of 3h 36m to travel from Barcelona to Cerbère by train, over a distance of around 89 miles (143 km). There are normally 8 trains per day traveling from Barcelona to Cerbère and tickets for this journey start from $16 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 1m
PriceFrom $16
Distance89 miles (143 km)
Frequency8 trains per day
First train08:15
Last train21:40
Departure stationBarcelona
Arrival stationCerbère
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Renfe-SNCF, Renfe, ALSA, Sagalés

Barcelona to Cerbère train times

Check out the next trains departing from Barcelona to Cerbère for Tuesday Dec 6th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:15 09:16 2h 1m, 1 change
08:10 10:31 2h 21m, 1 change
08:30 11:03 2h 33m, 1 change
09:46 12:26 2h 40m, direct
11:45 15:03 3h 18m, 1 change
14:50 17:03 2h 13m, 1 change
15:36 18:05 2h 29m, 1 change
20:40 07:54 11h 14m, 1 change

AVE, Renfe, Avant and Renfe-SNCF trains from Barcelona to Cerbère

You can travel from Barcelona to Cerbère on AVE, Renfe, Avant and Renfe-SNCF 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.

AVE is Renfe's flagship high-speed service, with trains capable of reaching up to 193 mph (310 km/h). It’s one of the fastest trains in Europe and connects the main cities of Spain. Most AVE trains offer two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class equivalent, with 1-1 configuration, ultra-wide seats, gourmet food and drink and lounge access). All AVE trains have air conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a buffet carriage serving a selection of food and drinks. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.

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.

Able to reach speeds of at 155 mph (250 km/h), Avant trains operate short and medium distance high-speed services. These trains are intended to cover journeys within the same autonomous community or in two neighbouring communities. For this reason, trains generally don’t offer catering services and travel less than 125 miles (200 km). They have two types of comfort classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class).

Renfe-SNCF trains are the result of a collaboration between France and Spain to bring the two countries together via a network of high-speed trains. There are two comfort classes – Turista (or Second Class) and Preferente (or First Class). Both classes have power sockets and comfortable seating. Luggage security checks are in force at all Spanish stations before boarding. It's also advisable to travel with your identity card for border control.

Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Cerbère

The price of train tickets from Barcelona to Cerbère starts at $16 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 Cerbère 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 Cerbère

Want to know more about your journey from Barcelona to Cerbère? 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 Cerbère take?

The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Cerbère is 3 hours and 36 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.

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

The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Cerbère is 2 hours and 1 minute.

How much does the train from Barcelona to Cerbère cost?

Train tickets from Barcelona to Cerbère can start from as little as $16 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 Cerbère?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Barcelona to Cerbère without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Barcelona to Cerbère 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 Cerbère leave?

The first train from Barcelona to Cerbère leaves at 08:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Barcelona to Cerbère leaves at 21:40. 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 Cerbère by train?

Trains travelling from Barcelona to Cerbère cover a distance of around 89 miles (143 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cerbère to Barcelona.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Barcelona to Cerbère for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/06/2022. 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 11/05/2022 for travel on 11/05/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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