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Travelling by train from London to Barcelona

Planning to travel from London to Barcelona by train? You've come to the right place!

The train from London to Barcelona usually takes 16h 36m, but can take 11h 31m on the fastest services. You'll need to make one change along the way during your journey, travelling with Eurostar and Renfe-SNCF. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi as standard.

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 the 707 miles (1139 km) between these two cities.

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.

So what are you waiting for? Search for cheap train tickets from London to Barcelona in our Journey Planner today, or keep reading for FAQs and money-saving tips.

London to Barcelona by train

It takes an average of 16h 29m to travel from London to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 707 miles (1139 km). There are normally 3 trains per day travelling from London to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from €84 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 11h 31m
PriceFrom €84
Distance707 miles (1139 km)
Frequency3 trains per day
First train07:01
Last train20:01
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationBarcelona
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsBlaBlaCar Bus

London to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Barcelona for Tuesday 31st May 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
07:01 18:32 11h 31m, 2 changes
17:31 11:34 18h 3m, 3 changes
20:01 15:54 19h 53m, 1 change

Cheap train tickets from London to Barcelona

The price of train tickets from London to Barcelona starts at €84 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 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 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 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 16 hours and 29 minutes, with around 3 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 London and Barcelona by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Barcelona is 11 hours and 31 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Barcelona cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Barcelona can start from as little as €84 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 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.

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

The first train from London to Barcelona leaves at 07:01. 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 20:01. 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 707 miles (1139 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Barcelona to London.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for London to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/31/2022. 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 02/01/2022 for travel on 02/01/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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