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How to Get from Barcelona to Rome by Train

March 17th, 2020 by Prontopia

With just France sitting between the two cities, Barcelona and Rome are a manageable distance apart. Thanks to Europe’s quality rail system, a train ride from Barcelona to Rome isn’t just possible; it can also be highly pleasurable. Here’s what you need to know about how to get from Barcelona to Rome by train.

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Planning Your Trip

Your trip from Barcelona to Rome will take the better part of a day, and you’ll need to get some sleep during it. On average, trips between the cities take 21 hours, 45 minutes. Trains depart from the Barcelona Sants railway station, and trips can 3-5 train changes. More/fewer changes doesn’t necessarily mean a longer/shorter trip. Trips with four changes can last 19 hours, while ones with three changes can last 24 hours.

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Departure Times

If you want to know how to get from Barcelona to Rome by train, you'll need to know the departure times. Trains leaving from Barcelona Sants to Rome often depart at 10:10 a.m. Other departure times include 8:20 a.m., 2 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Due to the trip lengths that are/close to a day-long, you’ll need to sleep for at least part of the trip. Find out the approximate point of each transfer, so that you’ll be awake and have enough time to prepare to change to the next train.


The cost of a train ride from Barcelona to Rome is affordable, depending on how much flexibility you have in your budget. Standard tickets can be around $160 to $300. First-class reservations can be made starting at around $245. The more time you give yourself between your booking and your trip, the more you can save. 

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“Train”-ing Yourself

Comfortable railway excursions between two of the loveliest cities in the world is a privilege you should never take for granted. You also need to make sure you’re showing the proper consideration to staff at any train station or train, as well as your fellow passengers. Follow standard etiquette for any kind of mass travel, make sure you’ve got your ticket in a safe place and that you’re following all instructions regarding allowed/prohibited items. Finally, prepare for a wonderful trip as you look forward to visiting Rome, Italy. 

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