Ready to travel up the Spanish coast from Salou to Barcelona? Take a high-speed AVE train and arrive in Barcelona in just over an hour on the fastest services. While you might be tempted to order a sangria upon arrival, the local drink of choice is Cava – produced just 50 miles away in the Penedès region. Hop on a train and you'll be sipping Cava in a quiet Catalonian bar before you know it!
Arriving into Barcelona Sants, you’ll have the city at your fingertips. Gaudi’s iconic cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, is less than 20 minutes away on the metro. Football fans simply must pay a visit to the Camp Nou. Alternatively, head to the Gothic Quarter to explore its bars and restaurants. Ready to head to Barcelona? Take a look at the information we’ve provided below, including train times, ticket prices and FAQs.
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.
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 Salou to Barcelona 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 Salou and Barcelona is 1 hour and 23 minutes, with around 9 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 Salou to Barcelona is 1 hour and 12 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Salou to Barcelona can start from as little as €7.70 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Salou to Barcelona without having to change trains. There are 9 direct trains from Salou to Barcelona each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Salou to Barcelona leaves at 06:57. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Salou to Barcelona leaves at 21:59. 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 Salou to Barcelona cover a distance of around 58 miles (94 km) during the journey.