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There are 6 ways to get from Barcelona to Alicante by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  4h 34m

  1. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Alicante-Termino Eur / ...

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Fly to Alicante  •  3h 17m

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

4 alternative options

Bus  •  7h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona/Sants to Alicante N1133

Rideshare  •  6h 8m

  1. Take the rideshare from Barcelone to Alicante 514.6 km

Drive  •  5h 10m

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Alicante 520.1 km

Fly to Valencia, train  •  5h 37m

  1. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Valencia (VLC) BCN - VLC
  2. Take the train from Valencia-Estacio Del Nord to Alicante-Termino

Barcelona to Alicante by train

The train journey time between Barcelona and Alicante is around 4h 54m and covers a distance of around 537 km. The fastest train normally takes 4h 34m. Operated by Renfe Viajeros, the Barcelona to Alicante train service departs from Barcelona-Sants and arrives in Alicante-Termino. Typically 42 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Train route information

Average train time:
4h 54m
Fastest train time:
4h 34m
Train distance:
537 km
Trains per week:
42
Cheapest price:
€30
Carbon emissions:
28 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
08:15
Last train departs at:
18:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Barcelona to Alicante train schedules

Barcelona → Alicante
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Alicante is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Alicante is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Alicante is 1.5 metres.

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Last updated: 20 Oct 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Alicante is to rideshare which costs €29 and takes 6h 8m.

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The fastest way to get from Barcelona to Alicante is to fly. Taking this option will cost €22 - €75 and takes 3h 17m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona/Sants and arriving at Alicante. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Barcelona-Sants and arriving at Alicante-Termino. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 34m.

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The distance between Barcelona and Alicante is 407 km. The road distance is 520.1 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Alicante without a car is to train which takes 4h 34m and costs €30 - €45.

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The train from Barcelona-Sants to Alicante-Termino takes 4h 34m including transfers and departs every three hours.

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

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Barcelona to Alicante train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Barcelona-Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Alicante is to train which takes 4h 34m and costs €30 - €45. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €26 - €60 and takes 7h 20m, you could also fly, which costs €22 - €75 and takes 3h 17m.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Alicante.
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  • Distance: 406.9 km
  • Duration: 4h 34m

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

Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Barcelona-Sants to Alicante-Termino every 3 hours. Tickets cost €30 - €45 and the journey takes 4h 34m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Barcelona/Sants to Alicante once daily. Tickets cost €40 - €60 and the journey takes 7h 20m. FlixBus also services this route 4 times a week.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Barcelona to Alicante
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €120
Flights from Barcelona to Alicante via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€30 - €120
Flights from Barcelona to Valencia
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€25 - €170
Flights from Barcelona to Valencia via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€50 - €230
Flights from Barcelona to Valencia via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€25 - €170
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Alicante
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €120
Flights from Barcelona to Alicante via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€30 - €120
Flights from Barcelona to Alicante via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€30 - €120
Flights from Barcelona to Valencia
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€25 - €170
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Alicante via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €140
Flights from Barcelona to Valencia via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €170
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Barcelona to Valencia via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€20 - €130
Train operators
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Alicante-Termino
Ave. Duration
4h 34m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Valencia-Estacio Del Nord to Alicante-Termino
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€14 - €18
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Barcelona/Sants to Alicante
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €60
Website
alsa.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Barcelona to Alicante
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€26 - €35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Barcelone to Alicante
Ave. Duration
6h 8m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€29
Book at
blablacar.es

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

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

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Barcelona to Alicante train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Alicante-Termino station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Alicante is 520 km. It takes approximately 5h 10m to drive from Barcelona to Alicante.

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Air Europa and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Alicante Airport.

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