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Brighton to Barcelona by train
Fastest journey11hr 57m
Trains per day33
Avg. journey time23hr 7m
Travelling from Brighton to Barcelona by train
Fast trains from Brighton to Barcelona take around 11 hours and 57 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 1,066 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Brighton and Barcelona.
1. Are there direct trains from Brighton to Barcelona?
Journeys between Brighton and Barcelona usually involve 2 changes of train.
We usually find around 37 departures on the route from Brighton to Barcelona every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.
Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 39 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from Brighton to Barcelona?
The Brighton to Barcelona train travel time is normally about 11 hours and 57 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the Brighton to Barcelona train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest train to Barcelona is usually scheduled to depart Brighton around 04:12 and the last train is around 00:10. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Brighton around 04:12, and the last at 00:04.
When to book Brighton to Barcelona train tickets?
Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 5 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 Brighton to Barcelona by train.
Which train companies operate between Brighton and Barcelona?
More than one train company operates on the route from Brighton to Barcelona, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
- Gatwick Express
- London Underground
- UK Rail Connections
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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Eurostar & TGV
It is very easy to travel by train from Brighton to Barcelona. The fastest daytime route is via Ashford International and Paris, but you have a wider choice of trains via London and Paris so that’s the journey we describe here. It starts with a run up to London from the Sussex coast. You may opt for a slowish Thameslink train directly from Brighton to St Pancras, but many travellers prefer to take the fast train into Victoria from where it is just a short hop on the Victoria Line tube to St Pancras.
From St Pancras, you’ll take a Eurostar train to Paris, where you’ll need to change stations. At the Gare de Lyon you’ll board a TGV for Barcelona. It’s a ride that sweeps south through France, skirts the Mediterranean coast and then dives under the Pyrenees to reach Catalonia.
Brighton to London Victoria
The fastest trains from Brighton to London Victoria are branded Gatwick Express and most of these make just one stop along the way – no surprise that the stop is at Gatwick Airport. Other trains to London Victoria from Brighton are run by Southern. Even with four stops along the way, these Southern services still reach London within an hour. The route runs due north from Brighton, tunnelling under the South Downs and then cruising through lovely Sussex countryside. The last third of the journey weaves through London’s suburbs, culminating in wonderful views of the Thames just before arriving at Victoria station.
London interchange: London Victoria to London St. Pancras International
Alight the train at London Victoria and walk along the platform towards the station concourse. Make to leave the station via the main exit, at the front of the station, following signs for the London Underground. There are two entrances to the Underground, both of which enter the same ticket hall. Board a northbound Victoria (blue) line train. Kings Cross St. Pancras is the fifth stop.
London to Paris
The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.
Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.
Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon
When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.
If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.
Paris to Barcelona
Direct TGV trains to Barcelona leave Paris two to four times per day. The frequency is higher in summer than winter. The TGVs to Barcelona leave from the Gare de Lyon in Paris. In Barcelona they terminate at Sants station. This journey is focused on speed, so there are not a lot of stops along the way - from six to ten depending on which train you take. All trains stop at the historic cities of Montpellier, Perpignan and Girona. There is some very fine scenery along the way too. Early on in the journey, you sweep through Burgundy vineyards, and later on there are engaging views of the coastal landscapes of Languedoc. After the stop at Perpignan, the train speeds south towards the Pyrenees, before diving under the mountains in the Perthus Tunnel.
If you worry that six and half hours if a long time to spend on one train, fear not! This rates as one of favourite high-speed routes. You can relax and gaze out of the window and, from to time, wander along to the bistro for a coffee or a snack. The direct services from Paris to Barcelona are all operated by French TGV trains. But it's a joint venture with Spanish rail operator Renfe, so you find a dash of Spanish style combining with French flair on this international route.
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