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Traveling from Barcelona to Port-Bou by train

Looking to travel from Barcelona to Port-Bou by train? You've come to the right place!

On average, it takes around 2 hours 25 minutes to travel from Barcelona to Port-Bou by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 1 hour 44 minutes though. You'll usually find 19 trains per day running along the 141 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 Port-Bou. 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 Port-Bou start from $13.74 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 Port-Bou by train, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times.

Barcelona to Port-Bou by train

It takes an average of 2h 25m to travel from Barcelona to Port-Bou by train, over a distance of around 88 miles (141 km). There are normally 19 trains per day traveling from Barcelona to Port-Bou and tickets for this journey start from $13.74 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 44m
PriceFrom $13.74
Distance88 miles (141 km)
Frequency19 trains per day
First train06:16
Last train19:25
Departure stationBarcelona
Arrival stationPort-Bou
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe

Barcelona to Port-Bou train times

Check out the next trains departing from Barcelona to Port-Bou for Tuesday Sep 27th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:16 09:29 2h 13m, direct
08:10 10:45 2h 35m, 1 change
08:16 10:51 2h 35m, direct
08:30 10:51 2h 21m, 1 change
09:16 11:29 2h 13m, direct
10:16 12:51 2h 35m, direct
12:16 14:51 2h 35m, direct
13:00 14:51 1h 51m, 1 change
14:16 16:51 2h 35m, direct
14:50 16:51 2h 1m, 1 change

Renfe and Media Distancia trains from Barcelona to Port-Bou

You can travel from Barcelona to Port-Bou on Renfe and Media Distancia 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 Media Distancia are regional trains operated by CAF locomotives that run on medium-distance routes not covered by Avant high-speed trains. Most Media Distancia trains have one class. However, there are some that will have Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). These trains also have spaces for bicycles, and all seats are equipped with power sockets and reading lights.

Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Port-Bou

The price of train tickets from Barcelona to Port-Bou starts at $13.74 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 Port-Bou 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 Port-Bou

Want to know more about your journey from Barcelona to Port-Bou? 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 Port-Bou take?

The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Port-Bou is 2 hours and 25 minutes, with around 19 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 Port-Bou by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Port-Bou is 1 hour and 44 minutes.

How much does the train from Barcelona to Port-Bou cost?

Train tickets from Barcelona to Port-Bou can start from as little as $13.74 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 Port-Bou?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Barcelona to Port-Bou without having to change trains. There are 11 direct trains from Barcelona to Port-Bou 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 Port-Bou leave?

The first train from Barcelona to Port-Bou leaves at 06:16. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Barcelona to Port-Bou leave?

The last train from Barcelona to Port-Bou leaves at 19:25. 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 Port-Bou by train?

Trains travelling from Barcelona to Port-Bou cover a distance of around 88 miles (141 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Port-Bou to Barcelona.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Barcelona to Port-Bou for a typical week day using timetable data for 09/27/2022. 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 09/24/2022 for travel on 09/24/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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