The average journey time by train between Valencia and Barcelona is 2 hours and 56 minutes, with around 12 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.
Renfe’s Euromed and Talgo trains run on the Valencia-Barcelona route. Euromed trains are faster and depart from Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station, while Talgo are slower, cheaper, and leave from Valencia Estaciò Nord.
Arriving into Barcelona Sants, you’ll be right at the heart of the city. If you fancy a drink or a bite to eat, the Gothic Quarter is just a short ride away. There are plenty of trendy bars and restaurants lining the Quarter’s narrow, medieval streets. A trip to Barcelona would not be complete without a visit to the iconic Sagrada Familia cathedral – also a short distance from Sants station – and sports fans simply must pay a visit to the Camp Nou stadium.
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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).
Euromed is Renfe's high-speed service that travels along the Mediterranean coast. Able to travel at 155 mph (250 km/h), Euromed trains run on the Barcelona – Tarragona – Castellón – Valencia – Alicante route - also known as the "Mediterranean Corridor". With a frequency of up to 12 daily trips between these cities, Euromed trains offer two classes on board – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). Designed by Talgo, the trains that run between Barcelona and Alicante offer 63 seats in Preferente and 236 in Turista, with 11 carriages (including a food carriage) and two locomotives, which allows them to travel in both directions.
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 Valencia 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!
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The average journey time by train between Valencia and Barcelona is 3 hours and 51 minutes, with around 10 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 Valencia to Barcelona is 2 hours and 40 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Valencia to Barcelona can start from as little as €14.40 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 Valencia to Barcelona without having to change trains. There are 9 direct trains from Valencia to Barcelona each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Valencia to Barcelona leaves at 06:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Valencia to Barcelona leaves at 19:07. 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 Valencia to Barcelona cover a distance of around 188 miles (303 km) during the journey.