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

Trip duration
2 days
Travel time
18h

This is the expert's go-to travel option

Traveling from Rome to Barcelona by train is a great experience. It’s a 2 days train journey with amazing scenery, passing through Milan and Marseilles on the way.

Day 1

Rome Italy
Milan Italy
Milan Italy
Marseilles France
Marseilles

Spend 1 night in Marseilles

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

Day 2

Marseilles France
Barcelona Spain
Barcelona

Arrive at your final destination, Barcelona.

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

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Leaving from Rome Italy
Going to Barcelona Spain

Good to know when traveling from Rome to Barcelona

Travel insurance

International train journeys in Europe are covered by the CIV protection rules, a set of rules to make it easier to travel cross-boarder with train. Primarily providing compensation for lost baggage and a guarantee of onward transport.

You can find out if your journey is covered by CIV by checking the tickets. "CIV" should then be printed in a corner.

But...

...there are many cases when these rules does not apply. Therefore All Aboard advise you to have a valid travel insurance before going on your trip. It's never a fun thing either to miss a connection or to loose your luggage, we know, therefore it's very useful to have an insurance where you're fully covered.

Can I charge my phone on the train?

Most long distance trains in Europe have power sockets available. In some cases, the number of power sockets may be limited in the 2nd class cars. In 1st class, however, it's most common that there are power sockets somewhere around each seat. If it's super important to you, the best way to really know is to google the name of the train (that can be found on your ticket) and you'll find out.

Wondering if there's free wifi available? Find more information here: Is there wifi on the train?

Special luggage allowance

A great thing with traveling by train is that there are no extra fees for bringing all you luggage. But a rule to have in mind is that the bags you bring on board should be able to be carried by one single person.

Usually there are luggage racks above the seats and more storage in dedicated places on the train. The standard dimensions of the luggage racks are 70 x 50 cm.

You can bring things like

  • Pushchairs and strollers
  • Folding bikes, scooters
  • Sports equipment (e.g. skis, surfboards)

Can I bring my bike?

There are some operators that allow you to bring your regular bike. Some trains do allow this off peak hours and you might need a separate reservation. Unfortunately we're not able to sell these at All Aboard, yet.