Travel from the heart of one sunny Spanish city to another, with daily direct services taking you from Barcelona to Alicante Terminal in under five hours. Take the train and you’ll avoid the expense and the hassle of lengthy airport transfers. Train travel is also the more eco-friendly option than taking to the skies.
Renfe, Spain’s national train operator, runs their high-speed Euromed trains on this route. Settle into comfy seats and enjoy coastal views. There’s a food carriage on board to keep you fuelled up on the go, and you can book Preferente (First Class) seats for a little luxurious boost.
Want to find out more before you book? Scroll down and read through our FAQs for all the information you need for this route.
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 Alicante Terminal 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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Alicante Terminal is 6 hours and 39 minutes, with around 6 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 Alicante Terminal is 4 hours and 27 minutes.
Train tickets from Barcelona to Alicante Terminal can start from as little as €23.90 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 Alicante Terminal without having to change trains. There are 5 direct trains from Barcelona to Alicante Terminal. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Barcelona to Alicante Terminal leaves at 10:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Barcelona to Alicante Terminal leaves at 21:00. 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 Alicante Terminal cover a distance of around 254 miles (408 km) during the journey.