The average train time from Barcelona to Gerona is 1h 5m, although it can take 38m on the fastest AVE services. There are around 21 trains connecting Barcelona to Gerona every day, most of which are direct, so you won’t have to worry about changing trains.
Reaching speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph) on this 53-mile (85 km) route, the high-speed AVE train operated by Renfe will take you from one city centre to another in no time. What’s more, you’ll travel in great comfort on this modern air-conditioned train with power sockets, free WiFi, and a food and drinks carriage on board. Upgrade to First Class and you’ll get ultra-wide seats and gourmet food options too.
Want to learn more about travelling from Barcelona to Gerona? Start your search for tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for train times, FAQs about the journey and tips on how to find cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Gerona.
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.
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 two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (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. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.
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).
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.
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 Gerona 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 Gerona is 1 hour and 4 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Gerona is 38 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Barcelona to Gerona can start from as little as €5 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Barcelona to Gerona without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Barcelona to Gerona each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Barcelona to Gerona leaves at 07:16. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Barcelona to Gerona leaves at 18:25. 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.
Trains travelling from Barcelona to Gerona cover a distance of around 53 miles (85 km) during the journey.
Separated by approximately 100 kilometres, the cities of Barcelona and Girona are surely the most beautiful and vibrant in Catalonia.
Thanks to the train, the trip from Barcelona to Girona lasts only 38 minutes. And, if you take any of the 25 daily AVE, Avant or Media Distancia services from Renfe, you will leave Barcelona Sants station and, before you know it, arrive in the centre of Girona.
Barcelona Sants station
Full of information posters written in 3 languages - Spanish, Catalan and English - Sants station is easy and intuitive to navigate for national and international travellers arriving in Barcelona by train.
It has 14 platforms: 6 for high-speed trains and 8 for conventional trains and the Rodalíes-Renfe regional service.
After passing a simple security check, I waited on the high-speed platform for my train.
I travelled in mid-July and the heat was suffocating in Barcelona. I was surprised that Barcelona Sants station was so hot; I expected air conditioning. Luckily there are numerous bars and cafes in the station where you can grab a cold drink before boarding the train.
The Avant service
I hopped on the train and looked for my seat, located in carriage 7. As always, I chose a seat next to the window and in the direction of travel. The carriages are modern and different from those I've seen so far in Spain. The seats, thinner than those of other Avant trains, offer plenty of legroom and have armrests and footrests, a folding table, plugs for charging electronic devices and window blinds. In addition, they have a small hanger next to the window to hang jackets and luggage storage on the top where you can leave hand luggage.
If you’re travelling with a large suitcase, you can leave them in the spaces reserved for big luggage at the end of the carriage, by the toilets.
The trip was very short and pleasant and although it was late, the car was practically full. We were sitting between two silent cars, where making excessive amounts of noise and making calls is prohibited.
After a short ride on the train, I bought a bottle of water from the cafeteria carriage to combat the Barcelona heat. Over the public address system, they announced the imminent arrival at the Girona station. I quickly returned to my seat and got off the train.
If you need more information about what to visit and do in Girona, head to our Trains to Girona page.
Origin: Barcelona Sants
Departure time: 9:40 p.m.
Arrival time: 10.40 p.m.
Service: Renfe Avant
Train: Avant 31191
Maximum speed: 300 km / h
About Jaime Campoamor
Jaime Campoamor is one of our trusted writers. The information for this review was obtained first hand and is based on his own travel experience.