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The train from Valencia to Barcelona usually takes 2h 56m, but can take just 2h 40m on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with Renfe's Euromed or Talgo services. Euromed trains are faster and depart from Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station, while Talgo are slower, cheaper, and leave from Valencia Estaciò Nord. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi as standard.
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 Barcelona Sants station – and sports fans simply must pay a visit to the Camp Nou stadium.
Ready to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Valencia to Barcelona in our Journey Planner at the top of the page, or keep reading for money-saving tips 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.
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.
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!
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 Valencia and Barcelona is 4 hours and 19 minutes, with around 8 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 52 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Valencia to Barcelona can start from as little as €12.85 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 7 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 09:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Valencia to Barcelona leaves at 20:07. 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.