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Taking the train from London to Barcelona

The quickest journey from London to Barcelona is made up of two high-speed trains – Eurostar trains, which travel at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h), and TGV trains, which travel at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). The fastest journey time from London to Barcelona by train is 10 hours and 22 minutes.

It may be quicker to fly, but if you want to reduce your carbon footprint, admire the European countryside or even turn the journey into a bigger trip with a stop along the way, taking the train is a relaxing and interesting way to travel between these two cities. Not only are Eurostar and TGV trains a far more comfortable option than flying, you can also take much more baggage with you and enjoy free WiFi along the way.

After you’re whisked across France and over the border into Spain, you’ll arrive into Barcelona’s main station – Barcelona Sants. Centrally located, it won’t be long before you’re wandering Las Ramblas or taking in the iconic Sagrada Familia once you’ve alighted your train.

Ready to book? Search for times and tickets in our Journey Planner at the top of the page or keep reading for FAQs about the train journey from London to Barcelona.

London to Barcelona by train

It takes an average of 22h 18m to travel from London to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 708 miles (1139 km). There are normally 6 trains per day travelling from London to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from €85.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 10h 22m
Price€85.50 - €678.30
Distance708 miles (1139 km)
Frequency6 trains per day
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationBarcelona
Changes1 change
Train and bus operators

London to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Barcelona for Friday 29th May 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
12:24 London St-Pancras12:34 Barcelona SantsEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets23h 10m, 5 changes
12:24 London St-Pancras12:54 Barcelona Sant Andreu CondalEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets23h 30m, 4 changes
12:24 London St-Pancras15:29 Barcelona-Clot-AragoEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets26h 05m, 3 changes
12:24 London St-Pancras13:29 Barcelona-Clot-AragoEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets24h 05m, 3 changes
12:24 London St-Pancras12:54 Barcelona Sant Andreu CondalEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets23h 30m, 4 changes
12:24 London St-Pancras16:53 Barcelona SantsEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets27h 29m, 1 change
10:24 London St-Pancras21:46 Barcelona SantsEurostar 9018 Eurostar Get tickets10h 22m, 1 change
12:24 London St-Pancras12:54 Barcelona Sant Andreu CondalEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets23h 30m, 4 changes
12:24 London St-Pancras16:53 Barcelona SantsEurostar 9024 Eurostar Get tickets27h 29m, 1 change
10:24 London St-Pancras21:46 Barcelona SantsEurostar 9018 Eurostar Get tickets10h 22m, 1 change

Cheap train tickets from London to Barcelona

Train tickets from London to Barcelona start at €85.50 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €432.10.
lowest price found
from85.50
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price308.43
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price327.85
on the day
avg. single price432.10

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 London 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 London 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 London to Barcelona take?

The average journey time by train between London and Barcelona is 22 hours and 18 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.

How fast does the train from London to Barcelona travel?

The quickest journey from London to Barcelona is made up of two high-speed trains – Eurostar trains which travel at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) and TGV trains which travel at speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). The fastest journey time from London to Barcelona by train is 10 hours and 22 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Barcelona cost?

The average train ticket price from London to Barcelona usually costs around €327.85 two weeks before travel, but can start from as little as €85.50 when you book in advance. Prices also vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from London to Barcelona?

No, there are no direct train services from London to Barcelona. Travelling from London to Barcelona by train will require a minimum of 1 change(s).

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

The first train from London to Barcelona leaves at 10:24 from London St. Pancras International. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Barcelona leaves at 12:24 from London St. Pancras International. 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 London and Barcelona by train?

Trains travelling from London to Barcelona cover a distance of around 708 miles (1139 km) during the journey.

Which train companies operate between London and Barcelona?

Trains travelling from London to Barcelona are operated by Eurostar – high-speed services linking London to France via the Channel Tunnel or Renfe-SNCF – a joint cross-border high-speed venture between the national train companies in France and Spain.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Barcelona to London.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for London to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 29/05/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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