There are 12 ways to get from Cardiff to Barcelona by train, plane, bus, bus and ferry, car, car ferry or car train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train to Bristol, fly to Barcelona  •  6 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Barcelona (BCN) BRS - BCN

$94 - $262

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Bus  •  29 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from London to Paris Centre - Bercy
  3. Take the bus from Paris Centre - Bercy to Barcelona City Centre

$67 - $99

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Fly Cardiff to Barcelona  •  7 h 12 min

  1. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Barcelona (BCN) CWL - BCN

$102 - $454

Train to Birmingham, fly to Barcelona  •  7 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Barcelona (BCN) BHX - BCN

$97 - $333

Train to Bristol, fly to Girona, train  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Girona (GRO) BRS - GRO
  3. Take the train from Girona to Barcelona Sants

$126 - $546

Train to London Heathrow, fly to Barcelona  •  7 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Barcelona (BCN) LHR - BCN

$170 - $458

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Barcelona  •  7 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Barcelona (BCN) LGW - BCN

$127 - $377

Train  •  12 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Paris Nord Eurostar
  3. Take the train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Barcelona Sants Tgv

$356 - $616

Train, bus  •  22 h 52 min

  1. Take the train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Lille Europe Eurostar Est
  3. Take the bus from Lille to Barcelona

$251 - $405

Bus, bus and ferry  •  26 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London Victoria to Lille
  3. Take the bus from Lille to Barcelona

$189 - $218

Drive, car ferry  •  17 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Portsmouth
  2. Take the car ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg
  3. Drive from Cherbourg to Barcelona

$232 - $392

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  16 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Cardiff to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to Barcelona

$389 - $500

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Cardiff to Barcelona. However, there are services departing from Cardiff, Castle Street and arriving at Barcelona via London Victoria and Lille. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26 h 57 min.

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The distance between Cardiff and Barcelona is 746 miles.

The best way to get from Cardiff to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 12 h 36 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 2 min to get from Cardiff to Barcelona, including transfers.

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Cardiff to Barcelona bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cardiff, Castle Street station.

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Barcelona is to fly which takes 7 h 12 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 12 h 36 min, you could also bus, which costs and takes 29 h 27 min.

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h.

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Cardiff to Barcelona bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Barcelona City Centre station.

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Barcelona is 1 h ahead of Cardiff. It is currently 3:35 PM in Cardiff and 4:35 PM in Barcelona.

BMI Regional, Air France, Ryanair and two other airlines offer flights from Bristol Airport to Barcelona Airport.

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Map of how to get from Cardiff to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 746.4 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 2 min

What companies run services between Cardiff, Wales and Barcelona, Spain?

Vueling Airlines, KLM and seven other airlines fly from Cardiff to Barcelona hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Cardiff to Barcelona via London Paddington, Paddington (H&C Line)-Underground, King's Cross St. Pancras Underground Station, London St. Pancras International, Paris Nord Eurostar, Paris Nord RER, Paris Lyon Banlieue, and Paris Gare de Lyon in around 12 h 36 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona via Alicante
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona via Malaga
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $470
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona via Alicante
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $490
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona via Malaga
Ave. Duration
6 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $340
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $320
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $270
Flights from Bristol to Barcelona via Lyon
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $270
Flights from Bristol to Barcelona via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $270
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $300
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bristol to Barcelona via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$340 - $950
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$70 - $210
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $340
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $340
Flights from Bristol to Girona
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$80 - $450
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bristol to Barcelona via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $700
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$220 - $850
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $900
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $800
Norwegian Air International
Website
norwegian.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $430
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona via Dublin
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Thomas Cook
Website
thomascookairlines.com
Flights from Bristol to Girona
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Train operators
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $20
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
Train from Cardiff Central to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $140
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$40 - $65
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Day Single
$75 - $140
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$20 - $35
Train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $90
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $75
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 Girona to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $22
Website
renfe.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Girona to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $29
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $29
1st Class
$42 - $43
Train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$200 - $230
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$200 - $230
1st Class
$260 - $390
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St. Pancras International to Paris Nord Eurostar
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $240
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$75 - $240
Premier
$180 - $280
Train from London St. Pancras International to Lille Europe Eurostar
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$50 - $140
Premier
$120 - $170
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$172
Website
eurotunnel.com
Bus operators
Starbus
Phone
+34 (0) 963 49 67 67
Email
comercial@starbus.es
Website
starbus.es
Bus from Lille to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$119
Schedules at
starbus.es
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cardiff, Castle Street to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $20
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from London to Paris Centre - Bercy
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Paris Centre - Bercy to Barcelona City Centre
Ave. Duration
14 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
Ouibus
Ferry operators
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
$30 - $40
Car
$60 - $85
Condor Ferries

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

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The best way to get from Cardiff to Cardiff Airport is to bus which takes 30 min and costs .

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