5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona by Train
It can easily take a few days to explore everything Barcelona offers. If you’re lucky enough to have even more time on your hands, there are some amazing day trips you can do from Barcelona. And the best part you can do the best day trips from Barcelona by train or by bus.
Sitges – Take in the amazing coast
Even though Sitges is known to be quite a party place, during the day time it’s a lovely small town. You can stroll through the old town, go for some nice food and relax on the beach. What makes the trip to Sitges one of the best day trips from Barcelona by train is the chance to walk along the coast from Sitges to Vilanova i la Geltrú. You get to see the amazing coastline and you’ll find some beautiful and quiet beaches along the way. So even though the walk isn’t that long you should allow yourself enough time before you head back to Barcelona from Vilanova.
Figueres – Experience the most unique museum
Figueres is known primarily for one thing, being the home of the famous artist Salvador Dali. So the highlight of the day trip to Figueres will be the Salvador Dali museum. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been to many surrealist museums but the Dali museum in Figueres was one of the most unique museums I’ve ever been to.
Even though I did a Dali-inspired guided tour from Barcelona to Figueres and Cadaqués it’s very easy to catch the train to Figueres from Barcelona.
Girona – Explore the Game of Thrones filming location
The historic town of Girona is a short 40 minutes away from Barcelona by train. And to be honest I wasn’t sure at all if I should go to this historic town but Girona turned out to be one of the best day trips from Barcelona by train I did during my time in Barcelona.
Girona is known to be one of the filming locations of Game of Thrones. You can find numerous filming locations easily in the city. But even if you’re not a Game of Thrones fan the historic town has a lot to offer. You can walk on top of a well-preserved city wall and marvel at the colourful houses next to the river while you cross on one of the many pedestrian bridges.
Montserrat – Hike next to a mountain monastery
Montserrat is considered to be one of the best day trips from Barcelona by train. Many people also take a tour there instead of taking public transportation. But I would highly recommend getting to Montserrat by train because the journey there is already very spectacular.
The monastery of Montserrat is pretty impressive with its location in the middle of the mountains but my favourite part of this day trip from Barcelona was going hiking at Montserrat. You can go on some easy hiking routes and enjoy the amazing views. The best part you don’t have to do very big hikes to get an amazing view since you already start pretty high up in the mountains.
Andorra – Day trip to a tiny country
A visit to Andorra is definitely the most time-consuming of all the best day trips from Barcelona by train but it might also be the most unusual. How often can you do a day trip to the sixth smallest country in Europe after all?
I have to admit, I took a guided tour to Andorra because I wanted to see some stops along the way. But it’s definitely doable by public transport as well. And even though I preferred the other day trips from Barcelona, this one might be one of the best day trips from Barcelona by train if you want to visit as countries as possible.
Oh, I loved Barcelona! We didn’t have enough time there! This beautiful post has helped not only remind me how much I want to go back, but also know what we must do! Thank you!
I’m glad you liked the article. Hope you get to go back to Barcelona soon!
wow love this ideas thanks
You’re very welcome.
I hope to visit in the not too distant future. The view from the Sitge trail looks lovely!
It was really a lovely walk 🙂