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Travelling from Barcelona to León by train

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

On average, it takes around 7 hours 37 minutes to travel from Barcelona to León by train, the fastest services can get you there in as little as 5 hours 41 minutes though. You'll usually find 6 trains per day running along the 407 miles (655 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 León. 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 travel 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 León start from €21.55 when you book in advance, so use 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 León by train, including our timetable where you can view first and last train times.

Barcelona to León by train

It takes an average of 7h 37m to travel from Barcelona to León by train, over a distance of around 407 miles (655 km). There are normally 6 trains per day travelling from Barcelona to León and tickets for this journey start from €21.55 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 5h 41m
PriceFrom €21.55
Distance407 miles (655 km)
Frequency6 trains per day
First train07:00
Last train20:00
Departure stationBarcelona
Arrival stationLeón
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe, ALSA

Barcelona to León train times

Check out the next trains departing from Barcelona to León for Tuesday 16th August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:00 12:29 6h 29m, 1 change
08:30 16:35 8h 5m, direct
10:00 15:41 5h 41m, 1 change
14:00 19:46 5h 46m, 1 change
15:00 21:21 6h 21m, 1 change
19:00 08:20 13h 20m, 1 change

Renfe and Alvia trains from Barcelona to León

You can travel from Barcelona to León on Renfe and Alvia 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 Alvia services combine high-speed tracks with lower speed sections, reaching speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h) on international lines and 125 mph (200 km/h) on conventional lines. These trains connect the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante with the other main Spanish cities. Alvia offers two types of classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). The latter has wider seats, carriages with fewer seats, offers complimentary food and drinks, free newspapers, and access to parking and Club meeting rooms.

Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to León

The price of train tickets from Barcelona to León starts at €21.55 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 León 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Barcelona and León is 7 hours and 37 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Barcelona and León by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to León is 5 hours and 41 minutes.

How much does the train from Barcelona to León cost?

Train ticket prices from Barcelona to León can start from as little as €21.55 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.

Is there a direct train from Barcelona to León?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Barcelona to León without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Barcelona to León 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 León leave?

The first train from Barcelona to León leaves at 07:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Barcelona to León leaves at 20:00. 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.

What's the distance between Barcelona and León by train?

Trains travelling from Barcelona to León cover a distance of around 407 miles (655 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from León to Barcelona. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Barcelona to León.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Barcelona to León for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/16/2022. 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 09/11/2022 for travel on 09/11/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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