A step-by-step travel guide. Take the train from Barcelona to Innsbruck

Trip duration
2 days
Travel time
13h

This is the expert's go-to travel option

Traveling from Barcelona to Innsbruck by train is a great experience. It’s a 2 days train journey with amazing scenery, passing through Lyon, Geneva and Zürich on the way.

Day 1

Barcelona Spain
Lyon France
Lyon

Grab a quick bite and switch trains in Lyon.

Lyon France
Geneva Switzerland
Geneva

Spend 1 night in Geneva

There are plenty of great hotel options close to the Geneva train station. Check out Hotels.com to get the cheapest prices.

Day 2

Geneva Switzerland
Zürich Switzerland
Zürich Switzerland
Innsbruck Austria
Innsbruck

Arrive at your final destination, Innsbruck.

Check out Hotels.com to find affordable housing in the city centre of Innsbruck.

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Leaving from Barcelona Spain
Going to Innsbruck Austria

Good to know when traveling from Barcelona to Innsbruck

What happens if I miss my connecting train?

Missed trains connections are always possible due to delays, cancellations or just bad luck. Here's a few things to think about:

Before you travel

  • Make sure you have enough time to begin with. Check all the connecting trains and give yourself some extra time to make the changes.
  • Make sure that you have a travel insurance that include missed connections due to things out of your own control.

If you've missed your train

International rail travel is protected by the CIV rules - which means you're usually allowed to travel on the next available train free of charge.

  • Save all documentation and tickets, you'll need them later to make a claim.
  • Ask the ticket inspector to validate your tickets as evidence of the delay.
  • When arriving at the next station ask the staff on what to do next.

Long distance train trips

If you have multiple connecting trains and your first train is delayed, your whole journey might be affected. Remember that if you have to buy new tickets or accommodation as an effect of the delay, save all receipts for your travel insurer.

Onboard catering & food

Most of the trains in Europe have restaurant cars open to all passengers, regardless of the fare. What is offered depends on the operator but also during what time you travel. They usually serve hot food, drinks and snacks available for all customers. Always bring a water bottle and some snacks in case of emergency.

Onboard catering during covid-19

Many train operators don't have onboard catering due to the current situation. All Aboard advise you not to consume any food and drinks that are not necessary. If possible - eat and drink when changing trains.

How do I receive my tickets?

Your and your fellow travellers' tickets are sent collected in an e-mail to the contact person entered in checkout. They're either delivered immediately upon purchase or in connection with your departure, but usually they'll arrive within 24 hours. This differs from operator to operator.

Before departure, it's wise to print all tickets on paper and pack in the bag. This is so that there'll never be any problems (with for example the internet connection) when it's time to show the tickets.

Haven't received an email with tickets?

If you've received a booking confirmation email, everything should be in order. If your departure is coming up and you still haven’t received any tickets, please contact us at hi@allaboard.eu and we’ll help you.