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Taking the train from Barcelona to Leipzig in 18 hours 15 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Barcelona to Leipzig? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 24 hours 3 minutes to travel the 1354 km from Barcelona to Leipzig by train, although you can get there in as little as 18 hours 15 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 10 trains per day running on this route. You'll need to make 2 changes along the way as there aren't any direct services on this line. You can travel on this route with either TGV, Thalys or ICE. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

Train tickets from Barcelona to Leipzig start from $109.83 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Leipzig? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train schedule below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Barcelona to Leipzig by train

It takes an average of 24h 3m to travel from Barcelona to Leipzig by train, over a distance of around 841 miles (1354 km). There are normally 10 trains per day traveling from Barcelona to Leipzig and tickets for this journey start from $109.83 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

18h 15m


1354 miles (841 km)


10 trains per day


2 changes


From $109.83

Train and bus operators

Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus, Renfe-SNCF, BlaBlaCar Bus, SNCF, Union Ivkoni (Bus), Thalys, ALSA, TGV Lyria, ÖBB

Barcelona to Leipzig train times

Check out the next trains departing from Barcelona to Leipzig for Tuesday Feb 14th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:33 03:48 18h 15m, 2 changes
13:32 13:10 23h 38m, 9 changes
13:32 13:15 23h 43m, 8 changes
13:32 14:10 24h 38m, 2 changes
14:16 15:10 24h 54m, 8 changes
14:16 15:24 25h 8m, 6 changes
14:16 16:10 25h 54m, 5 changes
14:50 15:10 24h 20m, 9 changes
14:50 15:24 24h 34m, 7 changes
14:50 16:10 25h 20m, 6 changes

Renfe-SNCF, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF and Thalys trains from Barcelona to Leipzig

You can travel from Barcelona to Leipzig on Renfe-SNCF, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF and Thalys 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-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.

PhotoJoachimKohlerBremen, under licence CC BY-SA 4.0

The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

PhotoCtruongngoc, under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

Thalys is the railway company connecting four European countries – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Thalys trains run at a speed of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and have three comfort classes on all services called – Standard, Comfort and Premium (equivalent to the First Class, with access to the Thalys Lounge). All Thalys trains have a car restaurant (called Thalys Welcome Bar) and a free WiFi connection.

Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Leipzig

The price of train tickets from Barcelona to Leipzig starts at $109.83 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 Leipzig 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 Leipzig

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

The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Leipzig is 24 hours and 3 minutes, with around 10 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 Leipzig by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Leipzig is 18 hours and 15 minutes.

How much does the train from Barcelona to Leipzig cost?

Train tickets from Barcelona to Leipzig can start from as little as $109.83 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 Leipzig?

No, there are no direct train services from Barcelona to Leipzig. Travelling from Barcelona to Leipzig by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

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

The first train from Barcelona to Leipzig leaves at 10:33. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Barcelona to Leipzig leaves at 15:50. 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 Leipzig by train?

Trains travelling from Barcelona to Leipzig cover a distance of around 841 miles (1354 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Leipzig to Barcelona.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Barcelona to Leipzig for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/14/2023. 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 01/20/2023 for travel on 01/20/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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