Barcelona Rail Service
The Barcelona rail service is a very cost effective way to travel to the city from other areas of Spain, as well as from the UK. Many people assume that to get to Barcelona, you must fly. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Depending on where your journey begins, it will take you about 11-14 hours from South Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Booking a couchette in a night train is always a favourable option.
The Cercanias are trains which are connecting the surrounding suburbs with the city centre of Barcelona. They leave every 20 minutes from the station Sants to the airport El Prat. The Regionales connect different provinces and regions of Spain. In Catalonia, the rail connection itself is very well developed and prices are not too expensive. Grandes Lineas combine the largest and most important cities in Spain. These trains are slightly more expensive than the Regionales, but are a lot faster because they don’t stop often.
London to Barcelona
Travelling by train from London to Barcelona became much easier once they launched a high-speed rail service from Paris to Barcelona. At present the Barcelona rail service really only offers one viable connection each day on this route. The train leaves London just after 9 o’clock in the morning and reaches Barcelona in the evening. The complete journey takes around 10 hours 25 minutes, without delays. Backpackers can take the opportunity to sleep if they wish and business people can use the time to catch up on some work.
The journey is stress free, comfortable and gives you time to relax. Put your feet up and get lost watching the beautiful French villages of the Rhone Valley pass by. Get your head stuck into a book or watch a movie on your i-pad. The choice is yours. Parents travelling with kids and lots of luggage will appreciate not having to tackle the chaos of the airport for a change.
The Eurostar and TGV from London to Spain, via Paris, is the fastest and most frequent option. There are now two Paris-Barcelona TGV trains every day in each direction. During March through to June there is a third train and a fourth in July and August.
The Duplex trains taking you into the city of Barcelona in as little as 6 ½ hours. The journey begins by taking a Eurostar from London to Paris, where you’ll need to change stations from the Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. At Gare de Lyon Station, you then board the TGV for Barcelona. It’s a wonderful ride that swiftly routes through southern France, sweeps the Mediterranean coast and then dives under the Pyrenees to reach Catalonia.