Barcelona to Salamanca by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

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  1. Cheapest Price $27.25
  2. 30 day advance $59.40
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    6hr 26m
  • Distance
    654 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    10hr 11m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Barcelona to Salamanca by train

Fast trains from Barcelona to Salamanca take around 6 hours and 26 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 654 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Barcelona and Salamanca.

1. Are there direct trains from Barcelona to Salamanca?

Journeys between Barcelona and Salamanca usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 14 departures on the route from Barcelona to Salamanca every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 10 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Barcelona to Salamanca?

The Barcelona to Salamanca train travel time is normally about 6 hours and 26 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Barcelona to Salamanca train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Salamanca is usually scheduled to depart Barcelona around 05:50 and the last train is around 21:25. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Barcelona around 06:05, and the last at 21:15.

What's the Barcelona to Salamanca train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Barcelona to Salamanca are $27.25.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $59 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $49. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Barcelona to Salamanca train tickets?

Trains in Spain usually open for booking around 4 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Barcelona to Salamanca by train.

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Which train companies operate between Barcelona and Salamanca?

More than one train company operates on the route from Barcelona to Salamanca, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • AVE
  • Media Distancia
  • Trenhotel

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Salamanca to Barcelona by train

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AVE via Madrid

The first leg from Barcelona to Madrid follows a modern high-speed route on an AVE train. The second part of the journey, from Madrid to Salamanca, is a relaxed run through the hills on a comfortable regional train service. Along the way, you'll see the scenic Sierra de Guadarrama. Connecting between the two trains in Madrid requires an easy change of station (from Atocha to Chamartín).

Barcelona to Madrid

Take a high-speed AVE train directly from Barcelona Sants station to Madrid Atocha. Trains that stop up to four times along the way may take 30 to 40 minutes longer. This journey along Spain's premier high-speed rail route reveals a variety of passing landscapes as you speed from Catalonia through Aragon to the Spanish heartland.

Madrid interchange: Madrid Atocha to Madrid-Chamartin

Arriving at Madrid Puerta de Atocha, you'll need to transfer to Chamartín station. In order to get to Chamartín, follow the signs to Atocha Cercanías to take a local suburban service (called Cercanías). It is about a 10-min walk. The suburban station is on the same premises as Puerta de Atocha and is well signed. Cercanías trains depart about every 5 mins. It is only 3 stops to Chamartín and the journey will not take more than 15 mins. Don't forget to buy a ticket for the Cercanías train. It will only cost you a couple of euros.

As everywhere at main stations in Spain you need to check in and be ready to board the train a few minutes before the advertised departure time. Allow 1 hr for the total transfer between Atocha and Chamartín.

Madrid to Salamanca

The Media Distancia trains to Salamanca all depart from Chamartín station in Madrid. This is a one-class service. All trains make three stops along the way. In Salamanca, your train stops twice. The first station is called 'Salamanca'. While this is the best bet if you are connecting to other trains or local buses, travellers bound for the centre of town should stay on the train for an extra 3 mins and alight at 'Salamanca-La Alamedilla'. This second station is much closer to the Plaza Mayor and the Old Town.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.