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Tarragona to Barcelona by train

It takes an average of 1h 10m to travel from Tarragona to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 52 miles (83 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Tarragona to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from $6.36 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 2m
PriceFrom $6.36
Distance52 miles (83 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train09:56
Last train16:58
Departure stationTarragona
Arrival stationBarcelona
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, Renfe, ALSA

Tarragona to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from Tarragona to Barcelona for Tuesday Jun 22nd 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
10:58 12:07 1h 9m, direct
11:58 13:09 1h 11m, direct
12:26 13:37 1h 11m, direct
13:28 14:37 1h 9m, direct
13:32 14:50 1h 18m, direct
13:55 15:07 1h 12m, direct
14:08 15:10 1h 2m, direct
14:12 15:37 1h 25m, direct
14:38 15:40 1h 2m, direct
15:30 16:37 1h 7m, direct

Renfe, AVE, OUIGO and Avant trains from Tarragona to Barcelona

You can travel from Tarragona to Barcelona on Renfe, AVE, OUIGO and Avant 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 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).

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 four comfort classes – Turista (standard class), Turista Plus (wider, more comfortable seats), Preferente (lounge access, wide leather seats, food and drink service) and Club (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.

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OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.

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).

Cheap train tickets from Tarragona to Barcelona

The price of train tickets from Tarragona to Barcelona starts at $6.36 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 Tarragona to Barcelona 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 Tarragona to Barcelona

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

The average journey time by train between Tarragona and Barcelona is 1 hour and 10 minutes, with around 15 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 Tarragona and Barcelona by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Tarragona to Barcelona is 1 hour and 2 minutes.

How much does the train from Tarragona to Barcelona cost?

Train tickets from Tarragona to Barcelona can start from as little as $6.36 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 Tarragona to Barcelona?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Tarragona to Barcelona without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Tarragona to Barcelona each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Tarragona to Barcelona leaves at 09:56. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Tarragona to Barcelona leaves at 16:58. 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 Tarragona and Barcelona by train?

Trains travelling from Tarragona to Barcelona cover a distance of around 52 miles (83 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Barcelona to Tarragona.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Tarragona to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/22/2021. 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 06/23/2021 for travel on 06/23/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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