Take off on a 1 week escape to explore 3 of Europe’s most popular cities with our London to Barcelona interrailing route! This route is 8 days long, involving all 7 nights in your accommodation, and no night travel. Journeys vary in length from a few hours to a full day’s travel.
This route is wheelchair accessible ♿️
This trip only creates 26.6 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 259 ♻️
Fancy an injection of quintessentially European culture but don’t have much time? No worries, our London to Barcelona route is perfect for getting your fill of 3 of the continent’s biggest cosmopolitan cities in the space of a week! In just 8 days, we’ll take you by rail from London to Barcelona via the City of Lights, Paris. With at least 2 nights in each destination, you’ll get a great idea of what each city is about, whilst having time to spare for a few day trips away. Feel free to choose this trip as it is, or get in touch with us to tweak your route!
Take a quick getaway to Western Europe’s big ones!
If you’re travelling from the UK, make things easier on yourself and start your trip from your local coach or train station before heading to London to start your whistlestop train adventure. London may be huge, but Central London can be walked all over, from the quirky pop-up stalls of the south bank to the glitz of the West End and out to Hyde Park. If you’ve already visited the city or live there and know it inside-out, just let us know and we can move the two nights here elsewhere!
Your next stop is Paris; you’ll get to wake up to phenomenal views of The City of Lights! Stroll around Parisian Montmartre with its Bohemian artist community and pretty red-canopied cafes. Go classic with the iconic sights of the Louvre, Notre Dame and, of course, the Eiffel Tower! If you’ve seen it all before, head to the Pompidou Centre for your modern art fix, or sip on cocktails around Quai de Jemmapes. We promise that your bank account won’t suffer too much!
You’ll get to end your interrail adventure with 3 nights in Barcelona, the Catalan city that has it all! you’ll experience Spain’s cultural and artistic powerhouse. Famous for its dreamlike architecture inspired by the artist Gaudi, the centre of Barcelona’s architectural wonders is the breathtaking Sagrada Familia, whose towering spires can be seen all over the city. Nearby Figueres also offers plenty of artistic inspiration, with the world famous Salvador Dali museum at its centre only a short journey from Barcelona. After a hard day’s sightseeing in the dazzling sunshine, you’ll be needing to unwind and what better way than sampling some local paella and beer in one of Barcelona’s many bars and restaurants. Las Ramblas is Barcelona’s famous nightlife quarter, with pavement cafes transforming into buzzing bars after dark. It’s easy to forget, but Barcelona is on the Mediterranean coast as well, so if you fancy taking a break from the city, why not take a day trip to one of the many glorious beaches? Not a bad way to finish your trip off, if you ask us!
- All overland transport tickets from the first to the last city, as shown in the key.
- Any Interrail or Eurail passes if required, based on the best value for you.
- Compulsory seat reservations on high-speed rail, night trains or ferries.
- Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels or hotels, tested by us.
- Walking directions between the stations and your booked accommodation.
- Optional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities at our partner hostels.
- A personalised travel booklet with maps, language guides, top tips, and more.
- Exclusive discounts on attractions across Europe.
- Peace of mind with alternative travel included if there is a strike or similar disruption.
- Access to our 24hr emergency phone number while you’re away.
This 1 week London to Barcelona route takes you around some of the biggest cities of Western Europe in a whirl, taking in 3 European cities in 8 days. Most of your journeys will have some flexibility, and you’ll travel during the day throughout the whole trip. You’ll have a mix of shorter and longer trains, but don’t worry – we’ll always book times that allow you to make the most of each city.
London (2 Nights)
London may be huge, but Central London can be walked all over, from the quirky pop-up stalls of the south bank to the glitz of the West End and out to Hyde Park. The buzzing cosmopolitan nature of the city probably makes it the most culturally diverse in the world.London Guides
- See some world-famous landmarks
- Watch a show at one of many West End Theatres
- Experience the quirky nightlife of Soho
Paris (2 Nights)
Paris is a byword for romance, a synonym for style and the epitome of elegance. The pride of France and one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris needs little introduction, from the Eiffel Tower to the Pont Neuf, bedazzling visitors and oozing charisma at every turn.Paris Guides
- See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum
- Watch a cabaret act the famous Moulin Rouge
- Experience the colourful nightlife of the Marais
Barcelona (3 Nights)
It may not be the capital city, but Barcelona sure is one of Spain’s main cultural hubs and is definitely not one to miss! Home to amazing art, surreal architecture and vibrant Catalan culture, you won’t be disappointed to know that the nightlife scene and food are just as incredible.Barcelona Guides
- See the Picasso Museum in the Gothic Quarter
- Spot Gaudi’s distinctive architecture in Parc Guell
- Crawl the bars around Las Ramblas
How to get there
No worries, all you need to do is make your way to London and arrange your flight home from Barcelona El Prat Airport, and we’ll take care of the rest! If you reside in the UK, we can also arrange transport between your nearest big city and London, so just let us know if you’d like us to. Alternatively, if you’d like to start or end your trip elsewhere, just let us know and we’ll work a doable route out for you.
2 weeks ago
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2 weeks ago
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2 weeks ago
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