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Trains to Barcelona

Barcelona is Spain’s second city and capital of the autonomous region of Catalonia. It is the easiest major Spanish city to reach by train from London (or, indeed, from Paris and many other cities in western Europe). A high-speed line launched in 2013 dives under the Pyrenees, linking the Roussillon region of France with Catalonia. So Barcelona now has direct fast trains from more than a dozen cities across France.

You can speed from Paris to Barcelona in just 6 hrs 30 mins and the journey from London to Barcelona is easily managed in a day. The best option is to take a morning Eurostar to Paris, connecting in the French capital with a high-speed TGV train direct to Barcelona. On those days when the direct London to Lyon Eurostar runs there is also a useful alternative route from London to Barcelona, changing just once at Lyon Part Dieu.

Onward connections from Barcelona to the rest of Spain are excellent. The fastest high-speed trains dash to Madrid in just 2 hrs 30 mins. There are direct services to Málaga, Seville and Córdoba with the fastest trains taking between five and six hours to reach these cities in Andalucía. But don’t leave Barcelona too quickly. This vibrant city is full of culture, arts, architecture and sport. It is a perfect choice for a weekend break or longer stay. Check out the Barcelona Design Museum (Museu del Disseny de Barcelona), explore Montjuic and take time to savour the city's distinctive Catalan flair. Football fans can take a pilgrimage to Camp Nou for the FC Barcelona Museum. Those more inclined to architecture should make time for Casa Vicens, one-time home of Antoni Gaudí and a modernist masterpiece. It just opened to the public in late 2017.

The main railway station is called Barcelona Sants, and it is from here that all high-speed trains depart. Many trains to Valencia and beyond also serve Estació de França. There is an excellent network of suburban and regional trains serving the wider Barcelona region; these trains are branded Rodalies de Catalunya. That network even extends over the French border, but only a small number of Rodalies de Catalunya trains can be booked here on our website.

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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.