The distance between Barcelona and Valencia is 220 miles (354 km). The easiest way to make the trip is by plane, a direct flight that takes less than one hour.
If you'd like to go sightseeing from Barcelona to Valencia, Tarragona is a great place to stop—going by rental car or with a private driver is a great option. The drive takes about three and a half hours, more with stops. You can also make the commute by train or bus.
If you are still in the planning stages of your trip, review this 9-day itinerary that includes both Barcelona and Valencia. Depending on what time of year you plan to travel, take this Spain travel advice into account, too.
Duration: 2 hours
A plane is the fastest way to get from Barcelona to Valencia. You will find flight options for this one-hour trip multiple times per day, but be sure to book ahead.
Duration: 3 hours
A scenic trip that unfolds partially along the Mediterranean Coast will get you from Barcelona to Valencia in just under 3 hours. The Renfe train runs numerous times daily out of the Barcelona Sants Train Station. The high-speed trains are called “Ave,” and prices are reasonable.
You can purchase tickets online (and print them out), via the Renfe app, or at the train station. You may have the option to select a "flexible" fare, which allows you to modify your trip if needed. Make sure to be seated on the train at least 5-10 minutes prior to departure.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 3.5 hours, more with stops
If you prefer to do some sightseeing, driving a car is the ideal mode of transportation to get from Barcelona to Valencia. Begin your journey on B20 until you merge onto AP7.
An hour and 15 minutes into your journey you will reach Tarragona which is a great place to stop for a dip in the ocean, take in the Roman Amphitheatre, or spend some time at the Cathedral and the Archaeological Museum. Nosh on some Peix Blau de Tarragona, a local species of bluefish caught fresh locally. Hop back on AP7 after your stop and you have another 2.5 hours until your destination.