There are 7 ways to get from Alicante to Barcelona by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Alacant-Terminal to Barcelona Sants Tlg / ...

$60 - $80

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  6 h 6 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Alicante to Barcelone 320.9 miles

$34

5 alternative options

Bus via Valencia  •  8 h

  1. Take the bus from Alicante to Valencia
  2. Take the bus from Valencia to Barcelona

$51 - $78

Bus  •  8 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Alicante to Barcelona

$35 - $60

Drive  •  5 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Alicante to Barcelona 324.1 miles

$60 - $90

Fly from Alicante  •  3 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Alicante (ALC) to Barcelona (BCN) ALC - BCN

$43 - $192

Train to Valencia, fly  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Alacant-Terminal to Valencia Estacio del Nord
  2. Fly from Valencia (VLC) to Barcelona (BCN) VLC - BCN

$51 - $184

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Alicante and arriving at Barcelona. Services depart five times a day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 55 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Alacant-Terminal and arriving at Barcelona Sants. Services depart every four hours, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 5 h 25 min.

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The distance between Alicante and Barcelona is 407 km. The road distance is 518.5 km.

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The best way to get from Alicante to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 5 h 25 min and costs .

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The train from Alacant-Terminal to Barcelona Sants takes 5 h 25 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Alicante to Barcelona bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Alicante station.

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Alicante to Barcelona train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Alacant-Terminal station.

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The best way to get from Alicante to Barcelona is to train which takes 5 h 25 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h, you could also fly, which costs and takes 3 h 30 min.

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The quickest flight from Alicante Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Alicante to Barcelona bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Barcelona station.

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Map of how to get from Alicante to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 254.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 25 min

What companies run services between Alicante, Spain and Barcelona, Spain?

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Alicante to Barcelona every 4 hours. Tickets cost $60 - $80 and the journey takes 5 h 25 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Alicante to Barcelona via Valencia in around 8 h.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Alicante to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Alicante to Barcelona via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Alicante to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Valencia to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $230
Flights from Valencia to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $200
Flights from Valencia to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$40 - $270
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Alicante to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Alicante to Barcelona via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Flights from Valencia to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $200
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Valencia to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$60 - $310
Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Alacant-Terminal to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Website
renfe.com
Train from Alacant-Terminal to Valencia Estacio del Nord
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Alicante to Valencia
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Valencia to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $45
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Alicante to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Alicante to Barcelone
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$34
Book at
blablacar.es

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Alicante to Barcelona train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Barcelona Sants station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Alicante to Barcelona is 519 km. It takes approximately 5 h 12 min to drive from Alicante to Barcelona.

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Iberia and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Alicante Airport to Barcelona Airport.

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Book your Alicante to Barcelona train tickets online with Rome2rio.

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Book your Alicante to Barcelona bus tickets online with Busbud and Busbud.

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There are 3377+ hotels available in Barcelona. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Alicante and Barcelona. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Alicante to Alicante Airport is to bus which takes 25 min and costs .

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