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

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Train  •  8h 9m

  1. Take the train from Cartagena to Barcelona-Sants 264

40€ - 50€

Cheapest option

Bus  •  9h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Cartagena to Murcia 72B
  2. Take the bus from Murcia to Valencia
  3. Take the bus from Valencia to Barcelona

36€ - 76€

4 alternative options

Drive  •  6h 4m

  1. Drive from Cartagena to Barcelona 616.3 km

55€ - 90€

Train to Alicante, fly  •  5h 30m

  1. Take the train from Cartagena to San Gabriel
  2. Fly from Alicante (ALC) to Barcelona (BCN) ALC - BCN

53€ - 131€

Bus to Almeria, fly  •  6h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Cartagena to Almeria
  2. Fly from Almeria (LEI) to Barcelona (BCN) LEI - BCN

86€ - 204€

Train to Valencia, fly  •  7h 20m

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

54€ - 137€

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The cheapest way to get from Cartagena to Barcelona is to train which costs 40€ - 50€ and takes 8h 9m.

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The quickest way to get from Cartagena to Barcelona is to train and fly which costs 50€ - 140€ and takes 5h 30m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cartagena to Barcelona. However, there are services departing from Cartagena and arriving at Barcelona via Murcia and Valencia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 54m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Cartagena and arriving at Barcelona-Sants. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 9m.

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The distance between Cartagena and Barcelona is 500 km. The road distance is 616.3 km.

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The best way to get from Cartagena to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 8h 9m and costs 40€ - 50€.

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The train from Cartagena to Barcelona-Sants takes 8h 9m including transfers and departs once daily.

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

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Cartagena to Barcelona train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Cartagena station.

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The best way to get from Cartagena to Barcelona is to train which takes 8h 9m and costs 40€ - 50€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 80€ and takes 9h 54m.

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Map of how to get from Cartagena to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 500.1 km
  • Duration: 8h 9m

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

Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Cartagena to Barcelona-Sants once daily. Tickets cost 40€ - 50€ and the journey takes 8h 9m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cartagena to Barcelona via Murcia and Valencia in around 9h 54m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Alicante to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 190€
Flights from Alicante to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 190€
Flights from Almeria to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 240€
Flights from Almeria to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
70€ - 250€
Flights from Almeria to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
70€ - 250€
Flights from Valencia to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 210€
Flights from Valencia to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 210€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Alicante to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 190€
Flights from Alicante to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
40€ - 190€
Flights from Alicante to Barcelona via Mahon
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 190€
Flights from Alicante to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
40€ - 190€
Flights from Almeria to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 240€
Flights from Valencia to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 210€
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
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Cartagena to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
8h 9m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Cartagena to San Gabriel
Ave. Duration
2h 18m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
12€ - 16€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Cartagena to Valencia-Estacio Del Nord
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
22€ - 27€
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
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Cartagena to Murcia
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Murcia to Valencia
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
20€ - 28€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Valencia to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
28€ - 40€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Cartagena to Almeria
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
23€ - 35€
Website
alsa.com
Interbus Murcia
Phone
968 291 911
Email
murcia@interbus.es
Website
interbusmurcia.es
Bus from Cartagena to Murcia
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
4€ - 6€
Schedules at
interbus.es
LAT bus
Phone
968 25 00 88
Email
info@latbus.com
Website
latbus.com
Bus from Cartagena to Murcia
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
latbus.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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Murcia to Valencia
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
14€ - 17€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Valencia to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
18€ - 23€
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Alicante Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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

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Cartagena to Barcelona train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Barcelona-Sants station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Cartagena to Barcelona is 616 km. It takes approximately 6h 4m to drive from Cartagena to Barcelona.

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

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