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How to travel from Barcelona to Ponferrada by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Barcelona to Ponferrada? Look no further.

You'll usually find 8 trains per day running between Barcelona and Ponferrada, which usually take 11 hours 55 minutes to complete the 737 km journey. It can take as little as 7 hours 32 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. You can travel on this route with Renfe, which is the main train operator in Spain and has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe. During your trip you may travel on one of their high-speed or regional services, all of which offer comfort and air-conditioning as standard.

You can save money on train tickets from Barcelona to Ponferrada if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from $20.71. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train schedules (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Barcelona to Ponferrada by train

It takes an average of 11h 55m to travel from Barcelona to Ponferrada by train, over a distance of around 458 miles (737 km). There are normally 8 trains per day traveling from Barcelona to Ponferrada and tickets for this journey start from $20.71 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

7h 32m


737 miles (458 km)


8 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $20.71

Train and bus operators

Renfe, ALSA

Barcelona to Ponferrada train times

Check out the next trains departing from Barcelona to Ponferrada for Tuesday Jan 31st 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:40 14:35 7h 55m, 2 changes
08:30 17:41 9h 11m, direct
10:00 17:41 7h 41m, 2 changes
13:00 21:32 8h 32m, 1 change
14:00 21:32 7h 32m, 2 changes
15:25 08:01 16h 36m, 2 changes
16:00 11:10 19h 10m, 2 changes
16:25 11:10 18h 45m, 3 changes

Renfe and Alvia trains from Barcelona to Ponferrada

You can travel from Barcelona to Ponferrada on Renfe and Alvia 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 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.

Renfe's Alvia services combine high-speed tracks with lower speed sections, reaching speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h) on international lines and 125 mph (200 km/h) on conventional lines. These trains connect the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante with the other main Spanish cities. Alvia offers two types of classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). The latter has wider seats, carriages with fewer seats, offers complimentary food and drinks, free newspapers, and access to parking and Club meeting rooms.

Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Ponferrada

The price of train tickets from Barcelona to Ponferrada starts at $20.71 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 Ponferrada 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 Ponferrada

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

The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Ponferrada is 11 hours and 55 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 Ponferrada by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Ponferrada is 7 hours and 32 minutes.

How much does the train from Barcelona to Ponferrada cost?

Train tickets from Barcelona to Ponferrada can start from as little as $20.71 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 Ponferrada?

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

The first train from Barcelona to Ponferrada leaves at 07:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Barcelona to Ponferrada leaves at 17:25. 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 Ponferrada by train?

Trains travelling from Barcelona to Ponferrada cover a distance of around 458 miles (737 km) during the journey.

The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Barcelona to Ponferrada for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/31/2023. 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 02/11/2023 for travel on 02/11/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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