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Travelling by train from Barcelona to Valencia

Planning a day trip from Barcelona to Valencia by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Barcelona to Valencia usually takes 3h 55m, but can take just 2h 40m on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with either Euromed or Talgo, both operated by Renfe. Euromed trains are faster and arrive into Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station, while Talgo trains are slower, cheaper, and arrive into Valencia Estaciò Nord.

303km of coastline separate 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!

Why not start a search for cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Valencia with us today? If you want to find out more, keep reading for FAQs and money-saving tips.

Barcelona to Valencia by train

It takes an average of 5h 4m to travel from Barcelona to Valencia by train, over a distance of around 188 miles (303 km). There are normally 10 trains per day travelling from Barcelona to Valencia and tickets for this journey start from £11.56 when you book in advance.

First train

07:15

Last train

21:00

Departure station

Barcelona

Arrival station

Valencia

Journey time

From 2h 52m

Distance

188 miles (303 km)

Frequency

10 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £11.56

Train and bus operators

Renfe, ALSA, Hife

Barcelona to Valencia train times

Check out the next trains departing from Barcelona to Valencia for Thursday 18th April 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
07:15 Barcelona Sants10:10 Valencia Joaquín Sorollaeuromed 1071 Get tickets2h 55m, direct
08:15 Barcelona Sants11:19 Valencia Joaquín Sorollaeuromed 1081 Get tickets3h 4m, direct
10:15 Barcelona Sants13:13 Valencia Joaquín Sorollaeuromed 1101 Get tickets2h 58m, direct
12:00 Barcelona Sants15:36 Valencia Estaciò NordIC 463 Get tickets3h 36m, direct
15:00 Barcelona Sants18:39 Valencia Estaciò NordIC 165 Get tickets3h 39m, direct
16:10 Barcelona Sants19:02 Valencia Joaquín Sorollaeuromed 1161 Get tickets2h 52m, direct

Renfe and Euromed trains from Barcelona to Valencia

You can travel from Barcelona to Valencia on Renfe and Euromed 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.

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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.

Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Valencia

The price of train tickets from Barcelona to Valencia starts at £11.56 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 Valencia 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.

Free travel on Cercanías trains with a long-distance train ticket

If you buy a ticket for one of Renfe’s long-distance services, such as AVE, you can benefit from free travel on Cercanías and other regional trains before and after your journey. This is known as a Combinado Cercanías ticket.

This means that if you need to get to the station where your long-distance journey starts, or if you want to travel onward from your destination station, you may be able to use regional trains at no extra cost!

You’re also able to get a Combinado Cercanías ticket if you’re travelling with iryo.

Find out more on our dedicated Combinado Cercanías page, which contains information about eligible tickets and the cities included in the offer.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Barcelona and Valencia is 5 hours and 4 minutes, with around 10 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 Valencia by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Valencia is 2 hours and 52 minutes.

How much does the train from Barcelona to Valencia cost?

Train ticket prices from Barcelona to Valencia can start from as little as £11.56 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 Valencia?

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.

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

The first train from Barcelona to Valencia leaves at 07:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Barcelona to Valencia 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.

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

Trains travelling from Barcelona to Valencia cover a distance of around 188 miles (303 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Valencia to Barcelona. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Barcelona to Valencia.

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