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AVE trains from Zaragoza to Barcelona

Working out your travel plans from Zaragoza to Barcelona? Did you know that there are direct trains running between the two Spanish cities? Take the high-speed AVE train by Renfe and you could be in central Barcelona in just an hour and a half. It’s the ideal distance for an easy day trip to explore the vibrant beach city. Or stay a few days to explore all that Barcelona has to offer.

AVE trains are well equipped for a super comfortable journey, with spacious seats, air conditioning, power sockets and free WiFi. There’s even a buffet carriage if you want snacks on the go, although you’ll have plenty of delicious food waiting for you in Barcelona. Upgrade to Club (First Class) for even wider, reclining seats and lounge access.

Find out more about the Zaragoza to Barcelona train route by scrolling down for journey FAQs.

Zaragoza to Barcelona by train

It takes an average of 1h 48m to travel from Zaragoza to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 160 miles (257 km). There are normally 14 trains per day travelling from Zaragoza to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from €6.10 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 28m
PriceFrom €6.10
Distance160 miles (257 km)
Frequency14 trains per day
First train07:52
Last train22:06
Departure stationZaragoza
Arrival stationBarcelona
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, Renfe, ALSA

Zaragoza to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from Zaragoza to Barcelona for Sunday 5th December 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:52 Zaragoza Delicias10:42 Barcelona SantsAVE 3073 Renfe Get tickets1h 50m, direct
10:46 Zaragoza Delicias12:37 Barcelona SantsAVE 3093 Renfe Get tickets1h 51m, direct
11:06 Zaragoza Delicias13:06 Barcelona SantsAlvia/Avant 533 Renfe Get tickets2h 0m, direct
12:36 Zaragoza Delicias14:25 Barcelona SantsAVE 3931 Renfe Get tickets1h 49m, direct
12:52 Zaragoza Delicias14:42 Barcelona SantsAVE 3113 Renfe Get tickets1h 50m, direct
13:46 Zaragoza Delicias15:40 Barcelona SantsAVE 3123 Renfe Get tickets1h 54m, direct
15:47 Zaragoza Delicias17:21 Barcelona SantsAVE 3143 Renfe Get tickets1h 34m, direct
17:46 Zaragoza Delicias19:15 Barcelona SantsAVE 3163 Renfe Get tickets1h 29m, direct
17:58 Zaragoza Delicias20:13 Barcelona SantsIntercity 563 Renfe Get tickets2h 15m, direct
18:31 Zaragoza Delicias20:22 Barcelona SantsAVE 3941 Renfe Get tickets1h 51m, direct

Renfe, AVE, OUIGO and Alvia trains from Zaragoza to Barcelona

You can travel from Zaragoza to Barcelona on Renfe, AVE, OUIGO 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 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.

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 two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (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. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.

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OUIGO is the low-cost brand of French rail company SNCF, who operate trains in France and Spain. In France, all seats on OUIGO are Second Class and tickets can only be purchased online. You can also pay for additional extras, such as reserving a seat in the ‘quiet area’, at-seat power sockets and extra luggage. OUIGO has been operating in Spain since May 2021, and their trains include an onboard bar and a premium class of service called OUIGO Plus.

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 Zaragoza to Barcelona

The price of train tickets from Zaragoza to Barcelona starts at €6.10 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 Zaragoza 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 Zaragoza 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 Zaragoza to Barcelona take?

The average journey time by train between Zaragoza and Barcelona is 1 hour and 48 minutes, with around 14 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 Zaragoza and Barcelona by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Zaragoza to Barcelona is 1 hour and 28 minutes.

How much does the train from Zaragoza to Barcelona cost?

Train ticket prices from Zaragoza to Barcelona can start from as little as €6.10 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 Zaragoza to Barcelona?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Zaragoza to Barcelona without having to change trains. There are 14 direct trains from Zaragoza 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 Zaragoza to Barcelona leave?

The first train from Zaragoza to Barcelona leaves at 07:52. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Zaragoza to Barcelona leaves at 22:06. 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 Zaragoza and Barcelona by train?

Trains travelling from Zaragoza to Barcelona cover a distance of around 160 miles (257 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Barcelona to Zaragoza. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Zaragoza to Barcelona.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Zaragoza to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/05/2021. 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 09/09/2021 for travel on 09/09/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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