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Travelling from Valencia to Barcelona by train

Planning to take the train from Valencia to Barcelona? Start your journey with us.

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.

Valencia to Barcelona by train

It takes an average of 4h 19m to travel from Valencia to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 188 miles (303 km). There are normally 8 trains per day travelling from Valencia to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from €12.85 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 52m
PriceFrom €12.85
Distance188 miles (303 km)
Frequency8 trains per day
First train09:15
Last train20:07
Departure stationValencia
Arrival stationBarcelona
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe, ALSA, Hife

Valencia to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from Valencia to Barcelona for sabato 13º agosto 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:15 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla12:07 Barcelona Santseuromed 1092 Renfe Get tickets2h 52m, direct
11:15 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla14:07 Barcelona Santseuromed 1112 Renfe Get tickets2h 52m, direct
12:55 Valencia Estaciò Nord16:40 Barcelona SantsIC 460 Renfe Get tickets3h 45m, direct
16:24 Valencia Estaciò Nord20:03 Barcelona SantsIC 694 Renfe Get tickets3h 39m, direct
16:59 Valencia Estaciò Nord20:40 Barcelona SantsIC 264 Renfe Get tickets3h 41m, direct
19:15 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla22:07 Barcelona Santseuromed 1192 Renfe Get tickets2h 52m, direct

Renfe, Alvia and Euromed trains from Valencia to Barcelona

You can travel from Valencia to Barcelona on Renfe, Alvia and Euromed 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 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.

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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.

Cheap train tickets from Valencia to Barcelona

The price of train tickets from Valencia to Barcelona starts at €12.85 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 Valencia 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 Valencia 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 Valencia to Barcelona take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Valencia and Barcelona by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Valencia to Barcelona is 2 hours and 52 minutes.

How much does the train from Valencia to Barcelona cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Valencia to Barcelona?

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.

What time does the first train from Valencia to Barcelona leave?

The first train from Valencia to Barcelona leaves at 09:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

What's the distance between Valencia and Barcelona by train?

Trains travelling from Valencia to Barcelona cover a distance of around 188 miles (303 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Barcelona to Valencia. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Valencia to Barcelona.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Valencia to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/13/2022. 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 09/09/2022 for travel on 09/09/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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