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Travelling from Tarragona to Barcelona by train

If you want to know more about the journey from Tarragona to Barcelona by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Tarragona to Barcelona by train is 1h 13m, with around 28 trains per day travelling 52 miles (83 km) between these two destinations. There’s no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available from to Barcelona. High-speed AVE trains can take you from Tarragona to Barcelona in just 1h 06m on the fastest services, reaching speeds of up to 193 mph (310 km/h).

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices – we’ll show you how much you can save on train tickets from Tarragona to Barcelona if you book in advance.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for timetables (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Tarragona to Barcelona by train

It takes an average of 1h 12m to travel from Tarragona to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 52 miles (83 km). There are normally 33 trains per day travelling from Tarragona to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from €5 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 0m
PriceFrom €5
Distance52 miles (83 km)
Frequency33 trains per day
Departure stationTarragona
Arrival stationBarcelona
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe, ALSA

Tarragona to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from Tarragona to Barcelona for Monday 10th May 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
22:10 Tarragona Estació23:20 Barcelona SantsRegional Exprés 18262 Renfe Get tickets1h 10m, direct
22:27 Tarragona Estació23:35 Barcelona SantsRegional Exprés 15240 Renfe Get tickets1h 8m, direct
05:55 Tarragona Estació07:18 Barcelona SantsRegional Exprés 15130 Renfe Get tickets1h 23m, direct
06:59 Tarragona Estació08:07 Barcelona SantsRegional Exprés 15034 Renfe Get tickets1h 8m, direct
07:10 Tarragona Estació08:10 Barcelona SantsRegional Exprés 18254 Renfe Get tickets1h 0m, direct
07:21 Tarragona Estació08:40 Barcelona SantsRegional Exprés 15022 Renfe Get tickets1h 19m, direct
07:49 Tarragona Estació09:07 Barcelona SantsRegional Exprés 15030 Renfe Get tickets1h 18m, direct
08:00 Tarragona Estació09:32 Barcelona SantsRegional Exprés 15400 Renfe Get tickets1h 32m, direct
08:54 Tarragona Estació10:07 Barcelona SantsRegional Exprés 18084 Renfe Get tickets1h 13m, direct
09:26 Tarragona Estació10:37 Barcelona SantsRegional Exprés 15032 Renfe Get tickets1h 11m, direct

Renfe, AVE, Avant and Alvia trains from Tarragona to Barcelona

You can travel from Tarragona to Barcelona on Renfe, AVE, Avant 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).

AVE is Renfe's flagship high-speed service, with trains capable of reaching up to 193 mph (310 km/h). It’s one of the fastest trains in Europe and connects the main cities of Spain. Most AVE trains offer four comfort classes – Turista (standard class), Turista Plus (wider, more comfortable seats), Preferente (lounge access, wide leather seats, food and drink service) and Club (First Class equivalent, with 1-1 configuration, ultra-wide seats, gourmet food and drink and lounge access). All AVE trains have air conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a buffet carriage serving a selection of food and drinks.

Able to reach speeds of at 155 mph (250 km/h), Avant trains operate short and medium distance high-speed services. These trains are intended to cover journeys within the same autonomous community or in two neighbouring communities. For this reason, trains generally don’t offer catering services and travel less than 125 miles (200 km). They have two types of comfort classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (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 Tarragona to Barcelona

The price of train tickets from Tarragona to Barcelona starts at €5 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 Tarragona 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 Tarragona 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 Tarragona to Barcelona take?

The average journey time by train between Tarragona and Barcelona is 1 hour and 12 minutes, with around 33 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 Tarragona and Barcelona by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Tarragona to Barcelona is 1 hour and 0 minutes.

How much does the train from Tarragona to Barcelona cost?

Train ticket prices from Tarragona to Barcelona can start from as little as €5 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 Tarragona to Barcelona?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Tarragona to Barcelona without having to change trains. There are 33 direct trains from Tarragona 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 Tarragona to Barcelona leave?

The first train from Tarragona to Barcelona leaves at 11:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Tarragona to Barcelona leaves at 10:58. 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 Tarragona and Barcelona by train?

Trains travelling from Tarragona to Barcelona cover a distance of around 52 miles (83 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Barcelona to Tarragona. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Tarragona to Barcelona.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Tarragona to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/10/2021. 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 06/23/2021 for travel on 06/23/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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