Thanks to frequent direct train services from Perpignan, reaching sunny Barcelona is quick and easy. The journey from Perpignan station to Barcelona will take you just an hour and 20 minutes on the high-speed Renfe-SNCF trains. You’ll arrive at the modern Barcelona Sants station, which is kitted out like a small airport. From here, you can get the bus or the metro to the city centre. Spend your day gaping at Gaudi’s striking architecture or head to the beach for some seafront tapas.
If you want to treat yourself, opt for one of the spacious seats in Preferente (First Class) to arrive at your destination even more refreshed, although all classes offer comfortable seating and power sockets. Find out more by scrolling down for FAQs and train times.
Renfe-SNCF trains are the result of a collaboration between France and Spain to bring the two countries together via a network of high-speed trains. There are two comfort classes – Turista (or Second Class) and Preferente (or First Class). Both classes have power sockets and comfortable seating. Luggage security checks are in force at all Spanish stations before boarding. It's also advisable to travel with your identity card for border control.
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 Perpignan to Barcelona Sants by booking early.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Perpignan and Barcelona Sants is 2 hours and 59 minutes, with around 5 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Perpignan to Barcelona Sants is 1 hour and 22 minutes.
Train tickets from Perpignan to Barcelona Sants can start from as little as €19 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Perpignan to Barcelona Sants without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Perpignan to Barcelona Sants. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Perpignan to Barcelona Sants leaves at 08:55. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Perpignan to Barcelona Sants leaves at 18:55. 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.
Trains travelling from Perpignan to Barcelona Sants cover a distance of around 99 miles (159 km) during the journey.