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León to Barcelona by train

It takes an average of 7h 58m to travel from León to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 407 miles (655 km). There are normally 6 trains per day travelling from León to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from €19 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 6h 5m
PriceFrom €19
Distance407 miles (655 km)
Frequency6 trains per day
Departure stationLeón
Arrival stationBarcelona
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe, ALSA

León to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from León to Barcelona for mardi 18 mai 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
06:10 00:15 6h 5m, 1 change
00:07 06:15 6h 8m, 1 change
00:10 08:20 8h 10m, 1 change
00:10 08:35 8h 25m, direct
04:35 10:56 6h 21m, 1 change
07:37 08:20 12h 43m, 1 change

Renfe and Alvia trains from León to Barcelona

You can travel from León to Barcelona 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 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).

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 León to Barcelona

The price of train tickets from León to Barcelona starts at €19 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 León 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between León and Barcelona is 7 hours and 58 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 León and Barcelona by train?

The fastest journey time by train from León to Barcelona is 6 hours and 5 minutes.

How much does the train from León to Barcelona cost?

Train ticket prices from León to Barcelona can start from as little as €19 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 León to Barcelona?

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

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

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

The last train from León to Barcelona leaves at 07:37. 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 León and Barcelona by train?

Trains travelling from León to Barcelona 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 Barcelona to León. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from León to Barcelona.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for León to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/18/2021. 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 05/28/2021 for travel on 05/28/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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