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Overview: Train from Manchester to Barcelona

distanceDistance857 miles (1383 km)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day

Trains from Manchester to Barcelona cover the 857 miles (1383 km) long route taking on average 15 h 13 min with our travel partners like. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Barcelona Sants.

Trains from Manchester to Barcelona

There is a frequent service from Manchester to Barcelona and passengers can find approximately 1 full route running between the two locations per day. A passenger will have to expect to change routes 4 or 5 times during their journey with an approximate duration of 13h 17min. Travelling from Manchester Piccadilly Station, your train will eventually reach Barcelona-Sants Station. There are also a selection of providers that you will find accompanying you throughout your journey, all of which offer great service and useful onboard amenities.

Manchester to Barcelona Train Time: Daily Departures

A journey to Barcelona from Manchester will commonly mean that you have approximately 4 changes of trains with a selection of different providers. The first train from your departing destination will reach London Euston and this train runs hourly. After a quick walk to London St Pancras, the train towards Paris Nord travels twice daily. A quick transfer of train to Paris Gare De Lyon runs every 15min and a final change towards the final destination, Barcelona-Sants Station, runs once daily.

How long is the journey by train from Manchester to Barcelona?

With a total of 4 or 5 changes, the overall duration for a train from Manchester to Barcelona will take 13h 17min. Depending on which transfer of train that you’re on, and which provider that you’re travelling with, expect the duration to change. Expect the shortest transfer to just take 1min (if you choose not to walk) and the longest duration to take approximately 6h 34min on the final leg of your journey to your final destination.

Manchester City. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Manchester to Barcelona?

Departure train station: The departure station which a passenger will find that all serving trains to Barcelona will depart from is Manchester Piccadilly Station. The station is less than 1 mile (1.6 km) from Manchester’s city centre and can be reached quickly by public transport. Expect a duration of just 7min if you walk to Manchester Oxford Road Station and take the Northern towards Manchester Airport and depart at Manchester Piccadilly Station. The station has good facilities like eateries, ticket machines, toilet facilities, and more.

Arrival train station: A passenger’s arrival train station from Manchester will reach the main station of Barcelona, also known as Barcelona-Sants Station. It has good facilities like currency exchange, toilet facilities, eateries, ATM machines, and more. This station serves all of Barcelona and sees the leading train providers depart and arrive. The station is also situated just 1.5 miles (2.5 km) from the city centre. Reach it easily by public transport like the R2S towards Estació De FranÇa and disembark at Passeid de Grácia Station. The journey is then just a 5min walk to Barcelona’s city centre.

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Barcelona

Passengers will find a large selection of train providers that travel to Barcelona from Manchester. All providers cover different parts of the trip until you reach your final destination. This includes 4 or 5 different transfers. These providers include Eurostar, Avanti West Coast, Renfe SNCF, Paris RER, among others. There are also parts of your journey where a passenger can take the alternative of walking rather than taking the transfer. All companies have good onboard service from staff and good and useful onboard amenities and facilities.

Avanti West Coast trains from Manchester to Barcelona

The leading train provider, Avanti West Coast, will take you on part of your trip to Barcelona. Taking you directly from your departing destination at Manchester Piccadilly, expect Avanti West Coast trains to take you to London Euston Station where you’ll then take a different train with another provider. This journey will take approximately 2h 6min and passengers will find that the train runs frequently with a service of hourly travel.

Eurostar trains from Manchester to Barcelona

From London St Pancras Station, passengers will find travel with the leading train provider, Eurostar. This provider will take you to Paris Nord Station where you’ll then continue your journey with a different provider and a few more changes before you reach Barcelona. Expect the journey with Eurostar to take approximately 2h 22min. This train runs twice daily.

Renfe SNCF trains from Manchester to Barcelona

Passengers should expect that the provider, Renfe SNCF, will take you on the journey from Paris Gare De Lyon Station to your final destination in Barcelona as it finally reaches Barcelona-Sants Station. Taking approximately 6h 34min, passengers can find that this journey runs once daily. Getting to Paris Garde De Lyon Station requires transport by other train providers.

Manchester in Red. Source: Shutterstock

To Barcelona by train – travel tips

Barcelona is a great destination to visit and is highly popular with visitors, tourists, and residents alike. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Barcelona, you’ll be quickly anticipating your return. With a selection of the leading bars, clubs, and restaurants, that are suitable for those travelling with family or friends, and with the options of child-friendly attractions that are suitable for the whole family, every person intending to visit and stay in Barcelona will find suitable and exciting things to enjoy during their stay.

Just some of the exciting things to do in Barcelona include visiting La Sagrada Familia, Cathedral of Barcelona, Camp Nou, La Rambla, Aquarium Barcelona, Tibidabo Amusement Park, Casa Milà, Park Güell, Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, and more. Alternatively, Barcelona is gifted with lots of exciting museums that contribute towards the history of the exciting city. Just some of these museums include Picasso Museum, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Maritime Museum, Gaudi House Museum, among others.

Train from Manchester to Barcelona

Services on Board

  • Services onboard trains from Manchester to Barcelona are great and useful. Services might differ depending on which provider that you choose to travel with. However, all suitable providers travelling to Barcelona will offer additional help for those with reduced mobility access. Help onboard the trains must be pre-booked to secure availability. The companies of Renfe SNCF, Eurostar, and Avanti West Coach offer either standard or first-class tickets with additional benefits. With Eurostar, there is no weight limit on your luggage but instead a maximum width of 85 cm long. Whereas companies like Rence SNCF expect a maximum weight of 25 kg (55lb) and luggage no bigger than 85 cm x 55 cm x 35 cm. Avanti West Coast allows luggage no larger than 30 cm x 70 cm x 90 cm.

How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to Barcelona?

  • Cheap train tickets are extremely easy to find for passengers. With just a few simple money-saving tips, passengers are a customer to budget-friendly tickets at a low cost with the simple click of a button. A big money saver option is by altering the date of your booking. If your ticket price seems a little high, then consider altering your booking dates by just a few days. This is because certain days of the week could increase the price of your ticket, most commonly on Saturdays and Sundays. Otherwise, a passenger should make sure that they’re not facing last-minute inflation of prices. This commonly happens if a passenger happens to search for tickets only a few days in advance. Searching for travel either weeks or months prior could save them a decent amount of money on their train tickets.

Travel Tips: Trains from Manchester to Barcelona

Travel by train to Barcelona easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Manchester to Barcelona.

What are the travel restrictions for Barcelona, Spain if I'm coming from Manchester, United Kingdom by train?

Travel between Manchester, United Kingdom and Barcelona, Spain by train is: Partially open.

Can I enter Spain from United Kingdom?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Spain from Manchester?

Conditions of entry:

  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands

What are the safety rules to follow in Barcelona, Spain?

All travellers in Spain must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

  • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 21/01/2022. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train from Manchester to Barcelona as this information can change.

What COVID restrictions are there for my return journey by train to Manchester, United Kingdom from Barcelona, Spain?

The restriction level for your return train to Manchester, United Kingdom from Barcelona is: Partially open.

Is my return train into Manchester from Barcelona restricted?

International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from Barcelona?

Conditions of reentry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
  • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from compulsory quarantine
  • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 1 for vaccinated travellers
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Manchester, United Kingdom?

The government of United Kingdom has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distancing required: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask required: Regional advice

Last checked on 21/01/2022. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Manchester from Barcelona closer to your date of departure here.

How far is it from Manchester to Barcelona by train?

The Manchester to Barcelona train distance is approximately 857 miles (1383 km).

How long does it take from Manchester to Barcelona by train?

On average the train from Manchester to Barcelona duration is 15 h 13 min  for the 857 miles (1383 km) long journey, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.

When travelling by train from Manchester to Barcelona, which train station in Manchester do I depart from and which train station in Barcelona do I arrive in?

When departing from Manchester, you have various train station options to start your journey from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. When arriving in Barcelona, you can end your route in train stations like Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Passeig De Gracia and Barcelona Estació De França.

Omio customers book a train from Manchester Piccadilly   to Barcelona Sants   most frequently for this route.

Where is the train station in Manchester? Where is the train station in Barcelona?

You can find the most popular departure train station for this route, Manchester Piccadilly, located approximately 0.4 miles (587 m) from the city centre of Manchester. The most popular arrival train station in Barcelona, called Barcelona Sants, is located around 1.2 miles (1.9 km) away from its city centre.

How many trains are there to Barcelona from Manchester a day?

On average, there is 1 train a day from Manchester to Barcelona. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Manchester for your journey to Barcelona.
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Public transport options for Manchester Piccadilly
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales