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There are 10 ways to get from Southampton to Barcelona by train, plane, bus and ferry, bus, car, car ferry or car train

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Train to London Gatwick, fly  •  6h 14m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Clapham Junction
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Barcelona (BCN) LGW - BCN

93€ - 281€

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Bus  •  27h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from London - Victoria Coach Station to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
  3. Take the bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Barcelona Nord - Bus Station

51€ - 89€

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Train, train to London Heathrow, fly  •  6h 18m

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

102€ - 383€

Train to Birmingham, fly  •  7h 5m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Birmingham International
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Barcelona (BCN) BHX - BCN

118€ - 451€

Train, train to London Luton, fly  •  6h 58m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from West Hampstead Thameslink to Luton
  3. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Barcelona (BCN) LTN - BCN

120€ - 259€

Train to London Stansted, fly  •  7h 15m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Barcelona (BCN) STN - BCN

92€ - 335€

Train  •  12h 43m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Paris Nord Eil
  3. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants Tgv

242€ - 558€

Train, bus and ferry  •  17h 24m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the bus and ferry from London to Lille
  3. Take the train from Lille Europe to Perpignan Tgv
  4. Take the train from Perpignan to Barcelona-Sants Tgv / ...

237€ - 364€

Drive, car ferry  •  17h 44m

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

173€ - 300€

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  15h 2m

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

318€ - 399€

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

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The cost-effective way to get from Southampton to Barcelona is to bus, which costs £40 - £80 and takes 27h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Southampton to Barcelona is to train and fly which costs £80 - £250 and takes 6h 14m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Southampton station to Barcelona station. However, there are services departing from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade and arriving at Barcelona Nord - Bus Station via London - Victoria Coach Station and Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 27h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from Southampton to Barcelona. However, there are services departing from Southampton Central and arriving at Barcelona-Sants via Waterloo station, Euston Square station, London St Pancras Eurostar, Paris Nord and Paris Gare De Lyon. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 43m.

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The distance between Southampton and Barcelona is 1093 km.

The best way to get from Southampton to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 12h 43m and costs £200 - £480.

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It takes approximately 6h 14m to get from Southampton to Barcelona, including transfers.

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Southampton to Barcelona bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade.

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Southampton to Barcelona train services, operated by South Western Railway, depart from Southampton Central station.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Barcelona is to train which takes 12h 43m and costs £200 - £480. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £40 - £80 and takes 27h 50m.

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Map of how to get from Southampton to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 1093.4 km
  • Duration: 6h 14m

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

You can take a train from Southampton to Barcelona via London Waterloo, Waterloo station, Warren Street station, Euston Square station, King's Cross St. Pancras station, London St Pancras Eurostar, Paris Nord, and Paris Gare De Lyon in around 12h 43m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Southampton to Barcelona via London Victoria Coach Station, London - Victoria Coach Station, and Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine in around 27h 50m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
29€ - 240€
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
55€ - 260€
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
95€ - 440€
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 290€
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 230€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
29€ - 240€
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 230€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
29€ - 240€
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
40€ - 290€
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 230€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
80€ - 320€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 260€
Flights from London Luton to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
20€ - 150€
Flights from London Stansted to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
23€ - 260€
Flights from London Stansted to Barcelona via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
23€ - 260€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 240€
Flights from London Luton to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 230€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
160€ - 490€
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 600€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
85€ - 370€
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 550€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Barcelona via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
160€ - 600€
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday
Estimated price
210€ - 330€
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Birmingham to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 95€
Train operators
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Southampton Central to Clapham Junction
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 75€
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
35€ - 50€
Anytime Day 1st Class
65€ - 75€
Train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 80€
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
40€ - 55€
Anytime Day 1st Class
65€ - 80€
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Southampton Central to Reading
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
35€ - 140€
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
35€ - 45€
Anytime Day 1st Class
95€ - 140€
Train from Southampton Central to Birmingham International
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
75€ - 220€
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
75€ - 95€
Anytime Day 1st Class
150€ - 220€
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
17€ - 21€
Website
gwr.com
Anytime Day
17€ - 21€
Anytime Day 1st Class
29€ - 40€
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
22€ - 35€
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
9€ - 25€
Off-Peak Single
17€ - 24€
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
22€ - 35€
TfL Rail
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Train from Reading to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
10€ - 15€
Website
TfL Rail
Offpeak (Contactless or Oyster)
10€ - 15€
Peak (Contactless or Oyster)
19€ - 35€
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from West Hampstead Thameslink to Luton
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
14€ - 18€
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
14€ - 18€
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
6h 34m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
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
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€
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
153€
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus and ferry from London to Lille
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
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 Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
7€ - 9€
Website
National Express
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
9h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
16€ - 20€
Website
Blablabus
Bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to Barcelona Nord - Bus Station
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
28€ - 35€
Website
Blablabus
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 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Paris to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
13h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 60€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
26€ - 70€
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
26€ - 35€
Car
50€ - 70€

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

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Southampton to Barcelona bus services, operated by Blablabus, arrive at Barcelona Nord - Bus Station.

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Barcelona is 1h ahead of Southampton. It is currently 10:11 PM in Southampton and 11:11 PM in Barcelona.

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

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