Barcelona to Murcia by train

How to take the rail journey from Barcelona to Murcia



From Barcelona Sants to Murcia

Journey Summary

Travel Time
6hr 50min - 7hr (approx)
Travel Information

Final Destination: Cartegana or Lorca or Murcia

These trains also call at: Alicante

Aim to be at Barcelona Sants a minimum of 20 mins before departure, in order to allow time to pass through the security checks.
At Barcelona Sants station these trains depart from vias (platforms/tracks) 11 - 12.

2 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: 2 months ahead

This is a journey on which you can save by booking at least a couple of weeks ahead, though the cheapest tickets inevitably sell out fastest on the most popular departures

Seat Reservations:

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey.

Rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding, but these reservations cannot be booked on the ticket agent's websites.

The mandatory reservations for for rail passes are not available on the Eurail/Interrail reservation service for journeys within Spain.
The only option, other than booking them at a station in Spain, is to pre-reserve seats by calling Renfe phone sales: +34 91 232 03 20.

Pre-reserving a seat is possible up to 24 hours before a train's departure. You will receive a PNR code which you must use to pick up and pay for your reservation at a local station ticket office, making sure to show your Interrail Pass. You must collect your reservation within 72 hours. After this time the pre-reservation will expire.
Please note that a pre-reservation is not the same as a reservation. It only holds a seat for you for 72 hours.

Where to book
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Renfe is the national rail operator in Spain and it has recently simplified the range of tickets it sells for express and regional train journeys in Spain.
Which is convenient as there are big savings to be made if you book ahead online.

On this journey

Journey Features

Scenic - YesNot High SpeedCoastal views

Good to Know

The first departure of the day isn't scheduled to leave Barcelona until 12:00 and is due to arrive in Murcia at around 19:00

It isn't possible to arrive in Murcia sooner by taking earlier trains from Barcelona and making connections.

You can see frequent views of the coast from the left You can see frequent views of the coast from the left
The railway line hugs the shore either side of Tarragona The railway line hugs the shore either side of Tarragona

As these trains begin to leave Barcelona behind they spend around 30 mins travelling along the coast, so there are sea views from the left hand side of the train.

Though we departed in the early morning, so hazy sunshine meant the images we captured aren't our finest pieces of work - but they give an idea of what to expect.

The train will reverse direction on departure from Valencia and Alicante.

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