Take the train from Barcelona to Valencia and travel from one stunning coastal city to another. Trains on the Barcelona-Valencia route are operated by Renfe, Spain’s national railway company, and come in two types: Euromed and Talgo. Euromed trains are faster and arrive into Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station, while Talgo trains are slower, cheaper, and arrive into Valencia Estaciò Nord. The average travel time between Barcelona and Valencia is 3h 53m, with the fastest services taking just 3h 06m. The first train departs Barcelona at 07:00 and the last at 21:03, with around 14 direct services per day. All trains leave from Barcelona Sants, the city’s principal railway station.
303km of coastline separates Valencia from Barcelona, but Renfe’s direct trains will take you direct to the city centre. Once you arrive, head straight for the City of Arts and Sciences – one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. There, you’ll find stunning pieces of architecture like L'Hemisfèric, a giant planetarium, and L'Oceanogràfic, an open-air oceanographic park. Of course, no trip to Valencia would be complete without a visit to the beach and a sample of the local seafood!
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Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, linking major cities with AVE, AV-City, Avant, Alvia, and Euromed trains. Long-distance routes are served by Altaria and Talgo trains, while regional routes are operated by Media Distancia, Regional and Express Regional trains. Renfe also operates on international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe trains offer four different travel classes, depending on the train you’re travelling on – Turista (Standard), Turista Plus (Premium Economy), Preferente (Business Class) and Club (First Class).
Euromed is Renfe's high-speed service that travels along the Mediterranean coast. Able to travel at 155 mph (250 km/h), Euromed trains run on the Barcelona – Tarragona – Castellón – Valencia – Alicante route - also known as the "Mediterranean Corridor". With a frequency of up to 12 daily trips between these cities, Euromed trains offer two classes on board – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). Designed by Talgo, the trains that run between Barcelona and Alicante offer 63 seats in Preferente and 236 in Turista, with 11 carriages (including a food carriage) and two locomotives, which allows them to travel in both directions.
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 Valencia 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!
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The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Valencia is 3 hours and 59 minutes, with around 9 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 Valencia is 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Train tickets from Barcelona to Valencia can start from as little as $18.16 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Barcelona to Valencia without having to change trains. There are 8 direct trains from Barcelona to Valencia each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Barcelona to Valencia leaves at 06:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Barcelona to Valencia leaves at 07:07. 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 Valencia cover a distance of around 188 miles (303 km) during the journey.