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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
carriersTrain companiesRenfe SNCF

Trains from Manchester to Barcelona cover the 857 miles (1383 km) long journey taking on average 14 h 55 min with our travel partners like Renfe SNCF. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Barcelona Sants.

Train providers: Renfe-SNCF trains Manchester to Barcelona

Find the best journey between Manchester and Barcelona with Renfe-SNCF. Comparing timetables and prices and booking the most affordable journey has never been easier with over 1000 travel operators on Omio.


Are you making plans to travel to Barcelona from Manchester? Why not take a train with Renfe-SNCF? Omio can show you current Renfe-SNCF train times, tickets, travel information (such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard) and prices so you can find the best deals on Manchester to Barcelona trains all in one place. On the Renfe-SNCF train, you can expect to travel 857 miles (1383 km) between Manchester and Barcelona. If you use the Omio app to search for trains to Barcelona from Manchester, you can quickly see if the Renfe-SNCF ticket is a mobile ticket, making it easy for you to go paperless when taking a train. Once you have found your perfect one-way Renfe-SNCF train between Manchester and Barcelona, book your cheap train tickets online on Omio or in the Omio app quickly and easily so you can spend the rest of your time enjoying your upcoming trip!

Renfe-SNCF from Manchester to Barcelona train information:

  • Average Duration: 14 h 55 min
  • Renfe-SNCF frequency: 1 a day

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.

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

Is international entry into Barcelona from Manchester restricted?

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

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

Entry Requirements:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands

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

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

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

The above information was last checked on 27/06/2022. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train from Manchester to Barcelona closer to your date of departure here.

Return travel from Spain to United Kingdom is: Fully open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Manchester from Barcelona?

Entry into United Kingdom is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain

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

Requirements for reentering:

  • There are no current restrictions

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:

  • Physical distance requirement: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Regional advice

Last checked on 28/06/2022. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to Manchester from Barcelona.

When travelling this route you should expect the distance from Manchester to Barcelona via train to be approximately 857 miles (1383 km).
The train time to Barcelona from Manchester is on average 14 h 55 min  for the 857 miles (1383 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go from Manchester to Barcelona by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.

There are a few train stations in Manchester to start your route from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. In Barcelona you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Passeig De Gracia and Barcelona Estació De França.

Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly   and arrive in Barcelona Sants.

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this trip, called Manchester Piccadilly, is located 0.6 miles (954 m) from the city centre of Manchester.

The most popular arrival train station, Barcelona Sants, is located 1.6 miles (2.6 km) away from the city centre of Barcelona.

When taking a train from Manchester to Barcelona, you can count on Renfe SNCF for the best way to get you to Barcelona. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service between Manchester and Barcelona and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
The average number of trains departing Manchester for Barcelona is 1 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
The earliest train departing from Manchester to Barcelona leaves at 09: 10. The last train departing from Manchester to Barcelona leaves at 09: 10. You can find the latest Manchester to Barcelona train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.

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.
Amenities at station
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
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
Amenities at station
Public transport options for Manchester Airport
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail Replacement bus services depart from stands L & M of the adjacent Bus Station which is situated close to the ticket office.
Amenities at station
Public transport options for Manchester Victoria
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Pick up point is on Station Approach (M3 1WY) directly outside the station main entrance, outside the M & S shop.
Amenities at station
Public transport options for Manchester Oxford Road
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Pick Up / Drop Off at the bus stops on Whitworth St West (200 yards from station) (station side for Liverpool, opposite side for Piccadilly)

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