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There are 9 ways to get from Exeter to Barcelona by train, plane, bus, night bus, car, car ferry or car train

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Train to Bristol, fly  •  6h 15m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Barcelona (BCN) BRS - BCN

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Train to London Heathrow, fly  •  7h 26m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Barcelona (BCN) LHR - BCN

Train, train to London Gatwick, fly  •  8h 25m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
  3. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Barcelona (BCN) LGW - BCN

Train, train to Cardiff, fly  •  8h 39m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Parkway
  2. Take the train from Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central
  3. Fly from Cardiff (CWL) to Barcelona (BCN) CWL - BCN

Train  •  15h 17m

  1. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Lille Europe Eil
  3. Take the train from Lille Europe to Perpignan Tgv
  4. Take the train from Perpignan to Barcelona-Sants Tgv / ...

Bus  •  35h 56m

  1. Take the bus from Exeter Sidwell St to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Zaragoza
  3. Take the bus from Zaragoza to Barcelona

Train, bus, night bus  •  28h 55m

  1. Take the train from Exeter Central to Clapham Junction
  2. Take the bus from London - Victoria Coach Station to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
  3. Take the night bus from Paris to Barcelona

Drive, car ferry  •  18h 35m

  1. Drive from Exeter to Poole
  2. Take the car ferry from Poole to Cherbourg
  3. Drive from Cherbourg to Barcelona

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  16h 54m

  1. Drive from Exeter to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Barcelona

Exeter to Barcelona by train and subway

The journey time between Exeter and Barcelona is around 31h 54m and covers a distance of around 1850 km. This includes an average layover time of around 19h 34m. The fastest journey normally takes 31h 53m. Operated by First Great Western Service, London Underground (Tube), Eurostar and others, the Exeter to Barcelona service departs from Exeter St Davids and arrives in Barcelona-Sants. Typically two services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
12h 20m
Layover time:
19h 34m
Total time:
31h 54m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
31h 53m
Journey distance:
1850 km
Services per week:
2
Cheapest price:
€345
Carbon emissions:
97 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
07:58
Last service departs at:
08:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Exeter to Barcelona train and subway schedules

United Kingdom → Spain
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International entry into Spain from United Kingdom

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Spain from United Kingdom

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from United Kingdom
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
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  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Jordan, Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Vatican
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
This doesn't apply to arrivals from the EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland) with the exception of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland. This also doesn't apply to arrivals from Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Jordan, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uruguay
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Jordan, Kuwait, Macau, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uruguay
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Spain

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Considerations leaving from United Kingdom

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Spain from United Kingdom.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place

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

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

The social distance requirement in Barcelona is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 112.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from Spain.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 26 Sep 2021
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The cost-effective way to get from Exeter to Barcelona is to train and fly, which costs £55 - £310 and takes 6h 15m.

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The quickest way to get from Exeter to Barcelona is to train and fly which costs £55 - £310 and takes 6h 15m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Exeter to Barcelona. However, there are services departing from Exeter Sidwell St and arriving at Barcelona via Londres Victoria Coach Station and Zaragoza. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 35h 56m.

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No, there is no direct train from Exeter to Barcelona. However, there are services departing from Exeter St Davids and arriving at Barcelona-Sants via Paddington, London St Pancras Eurostar, Lille Europe and Perpignan. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 17m.

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The distance between Exeter and Barcelona is 1127 km.

The best way to get from Exeter to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 15h 17m and costs £290 - £600.

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It takes approximately 6h 15m to get from Exeter to Barcelona, including transfers.

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Exeter to Barcelona bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Exeter Sidwell St station.

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Exeter to Barcelona train services, operated by First Great Western Service, depart from Exeter St Davids station.

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The best way to get from Exeter to Barcelona is to train which takes 15h 17m and costs £290 - £600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £130 - £200 and takes 35h 56m.

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Map of how to get from Exeter to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 1126.9 km
  • Duration: 6h 15m

What companies run services between Exeter, England and Barcelona, Spain?

You can take a train from Exeter to Barcelona via London Paddington, Paddington, King's Cross St. Pancras station, London St Pancras Eurostar, Lille Europe, and Perpignan in around 15h 17m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Exeter to Barcelona via London Victoria Coach Station, Londres Victoria Coach Station, and Zaragoza in around 35h 56m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€23 - €280
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €170
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€23 - €280
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €170
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€75 - €220
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €170
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€35 - €170
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€70 - €290
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona via Alicante
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€80 - €320
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €220
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €150
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Monday
Estimated price
€22 - €300
Flights from Bristol to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€22 - €300
Flights from Bristol to Barcelona via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€22 - €300
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€20 - €140
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €320
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Bristol to Barcelona via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€110 - €550
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €300
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bristol to Barcelona via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €600
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €370
Flights from Cardiff to Barcelona via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€200 - €850
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €310
Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €170
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
€50 - €65
Anytime Day 1st Class
€110 - €170
Train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Parkway
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €170
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
€50 - €65
Anytime Day 1st Class
€120 - €170
Train from Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
€30 - €130
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
€30 - €40
Anytime Day 1st Class
€85 - €130
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€30 - €40
Anytime Day 1st Class
€55 - €75
Train from Exeter St Davids to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
2h 14m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€70 - €90
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€70 - €90
Anytime Day 1st Class
€120 - €170
Train from Exeter St Davids to Reading
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€55 - €75
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€55 - €75
Anytime Day 1st Class
€100 - €140
Train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€23 - €29
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€23 - €29
Anytime Day 1st Class
€40 - €55
Train from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Parkway
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€35 - €45
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€35 - €45
Anytime Day 1st Class
€60 - €80
Train from Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€16 - €20
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€16 - €20
Anytime Day 1st Class
€27 - €40
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lille Europe to Perpignan
Ave. Duration
6h 56m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€150 - €220
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€150 - €180
1st Class
€180 - €220
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Perpignan to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€154
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
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 Exeter Sidwell St to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Website
National Express
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 Londres Victoria Coach Station to Zaragoza
Ave. Duration
25h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€130 - €180
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Zaragoza to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€25 - €35
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.xom
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Zaragoza to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€17 - €21
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Paris to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
14h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€45 - €60
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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MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Email
info@monbus.es
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Zaragoza to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€16 - €21
Schedules at
monbus.es
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 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 - Victoria Coach Station to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
Ave. Duration
8h 35m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€15 - €19
Website
Blablabus
Ferry operators
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Poole to Cherbourg
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€27 - €70
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
€27 - €35
Car
€50 - €70

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 5m.

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

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Barcelona is 1h ahead of Exeter. It is currently 5:30 AM in Exeter and 6:30 AM in Barcelona.

Exeter to Barcelona train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, arrive at Barcelona-Sants station.

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