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Travel by Train, London to Benidorm

Travel by Train, London to Benidorm

Put your feet up & relax, watch the pretty French villages of the Rhone Valley and the stunning Spanish countryside pass by as you travel by Train from London to Benidorm.

Sometimes its not about how fast you get somewhere, but the adventure of the journey itself.

Coronavirus - Please check with the relevant government websites with regards to the latest rules and regulations for travel, Masks must be worn on all public transport.

Step 1 London St Pancras to Paris on the Eurostar

Eurostar

The average train time from London to Paris is 2h 20m, although it takes just 2h 16m on the fastest high-speed Eurostar services. There are around 15 trains per day running from London in the UK to Paris in France, passing 246 feet under the Channel Tunnel (also known as the Chunnel) on its way between capital cities. 

All trains depart from London St Pancras International station.

All trains arrive into Paris Gare du Nord station

213 miles (342 km)

Tickets

Tickets go on sale between 138 and 190 days before departure. ticket prices are based on demand and availability, tickets for this journey start from around €50.50 when booked in advance.

Children under 4 travel free

Discounted prices for under 12s and groups

Eurostar

Travel by Train, London to Benidorm - Step 2 Paris Nord to Paris Gare De Lyon

Trains every 15 minutes, journey time 7 minutes or grab a taxi.

The Paris Nord Train Station (Gare du Nord) was originally built in 1846. Shortly after, it was rebuilt three times to increase the size of the station due to increasing traffic. The new and improved station was fully functional by 1864. The name was decided with the notion that travelers would be able to travel to Belgium, the Netherlands, Northern Germany and the Scandinavian countries.

Paris Nord

Travel by Train, London to Benidorm, Paris Nord Station

Travel by Train, London to Benidorm - Step 3 - Paris Gare de Lyon to Barcelona-Sants

Two trains a day Journey time 6h 38m, 1,079.5 km

Barcelona Sants station, also known Sants Estación is Barcelona's largest train station and provides rail services both in and around Barcelona and for the whole of Spain and beyond.  The station itself can prove quite a confusing place to be as it is so large and there are often large numbers of passengers there

Travel by Train, London to Benidorm, TGV train

TGV Train

www.renfe-sncf.com

Step 4 - Barcelona-Sants to Alicante Termino

Direct train departing from Barcelona-Sants and arriving at Alicante-Termino. The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona to Alicante Terminal is 4 hours and 25 minutes.   There are 4 direct trains from Barcelona to Alicante Terminal each day. 

Non direct trains the average journey time is  about 7 hours and 43 minutes, with around 6 trains per day.

Trains going from Barcelona to Alicante travel at an average speed of 86.4 km/h, although at times they can reach much higher maximum speeds.  Distance is 54 miles (408 km) 

Train operator Renfe.  Prices can start from as little as 15€ up to 76€ so shop around for the best deals.

Step 5 Alicante to Benidorm (Alicante Metro Tram)

Catch Line 1, journey time aprox 1h 8m, every 30 minutes.

More information here

TOTAL JOURNEY TIME AROUND 14 HOURS

Tips

Fares vary like air fares, so book as far ahead as you can:  Fares for Eurostar, TGV & Spanish long-distance trains are yield-managed like air fares, cheaper in advance and on less busy days & dates, more expensive closer to departure and on busier dates & days, so book as early as you can and search for the cheapest departures, for example mid-week.  Remember that the cheapest tickets are for a specific train only, limited or no refunds or changes to travel plans. .

Booking usually opens 120 days ahead.  Eurostar opens up to 180 days ahead, Paris-Barcelona TGVs up to 120 days ahead. Prices can vary between 231€ - 515€ so shop around for the best value.

The website Trainline quite often have tickets earlier and at good discount prices so is well worth checking out.

Upgrade to 1st class on the TGV, often for little extra cost!  1st class on a TGV can cost little more than 2nd class and can sometimes even be cheaper because of the way the price quotas work.  With Raileurope.co.uk you can easily see if there's a cheap 1st class fare for the Paris-Barcelona sector, without necessarily also upgrading to first class on the Eurostar, which can be expensive.

First class on board a TGV Duplex Train

Classes:  Turista, Turista Plus, Preferente...  Renfe offers two classes, Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), but on the best high-speed AVE trains it also offers Turista Plus (premium 2nd class), which means Preferente-type 1st class seats but without the Preferente weekday at-seat meal service or access to the Sala Club lounges

Food & drink:  On most long-distance trains there's a cafe-bar serving tea, coffee, drinks and snacks.  Of course, you're also free to take your own food and even wine or beer onto the train.

Children & infants:  Children under 14 pay the child fare.  Infants under 4 travel free as long as they don't occupy a seat, but since 2014 it's been mandatory to get a free infant ticket before you travel  You will get the necessary free infant ticket If you book all your tickets at Raileurope.co.uk or renfe.com as you can simply add your child to your booking entering their age.  You cannot book an infant ticket alone without any adults, so if you forget to add them to your original booking, you need to get a free infant ticket at the station ticket office before you board.

Seniors over 60:  If you are over 60 you can buy a Tarjeta Dorada card which gives a 25%-40% discount on Renfe's Flexible full-price fare - You can only buy a Tarjeta Dorada card at Renfe stations or agencies when you get to Spain, and you can only buy reduced-fare tickets at stations or online at Renfe.com when you have the card number.  You'll find full details if you go to www.renfe.com and look for the Tarjeta Dorada page.

Disabled facilities 

Eurostar  

People traveling in their own wheelchair and taking up an H-type seat (only for disabled individuals).

People traveling in a folding wheelchair and taking up a regular seat.

People with visually or hearing impaired persons with or without a guide dog.

People with reduced mobility

RENFE

The Renfe Atendo service and SNCF Acces Plus work together to offer free care for people with limited mobility (both permanent and temporary) from the start of their journey to the end. The cooperation between these two services ensures that Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation customers will be cared for in both Spain and France.

This is a specialized service that provides guidance and information and helps passengers with limited mobility access move through the stations, as well as providing assistance when boarding and disembarking from the trains.​ ​The Atendo and Acces Plus personnel are all properly trained and are sensitive to the care requirements of people with disabilities.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY

Adapted services during the journey: Adapted WC with a bell to alert on-board staff in the event of any problem.

Accompanying personnel available during the journey: on-board staff will attend​ to any specific needs that may arise during the journey.

Places specifically for passengers travelling in wheelchairs: In the TGV Dúplex/Eurodúplex trains, there are 2 specific places on the lower deck of the first Preferential/1st Class car (car 1 or 11).The journey can be made in the wheelchair or the passenger can ask to be transferred to a seat.

In the AVE S-100 trains, there are 2 seats located in Tourist/2nd Class car 8. The journey can be made in a wheelchair. Customers who use a folding wheelchair and who want to be transferred to a seat can travel in any regular seat by asking for assistance at the Renfe Atendo Central Office (ACO).

​When a specific place is requested for a passenger in a wheelchair, the request for care is automatically sent to the Atendo/Acces Plus service. 

Guide dogs can travel with their owner​ without any fee or ticket on board all trains.

Travel by Train, London to Benidorm

CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL RULES - TRAVEL TO AND FROM FRANCE 

Travel between the UK and France Please check official entry requirements, full details can be found on the French Governments website

Entry Requirements into Spain

For entry requirements back to the UK please check government websites for updates.

OTHER OPTIONS

THE CHANNEL TUNNEL

FERRY UK TO FRANCE

FERRY UK TO SPAIN

DRIVING FROM THE NORTH OF SPAIN TO BENIDORM

DRIVING FROM FRANCE TO THE COSTA BLANCA

TRAINS FROM SANTANDER TO BENIDORM

 

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0 # William johnson 2021-04-11 21:14
Can u take a dog with you from England to alicanalicante,
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0 # Tracy Ann 2021-04-11 21:55
Unfortunately although some dogs are permitted on Spanish trains they are not allowed on Eurostar
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0 # Janet Cenet 2020-10-11 05:59
Such a detailed journey it really appeals but under different Circumstances
It would be marvellous views and on a train you can stretch your legs more it took over 8 hours once just up to Elgin in Scotland Fab Details Tracy
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0 # Robert Campbell 2020-06-16 14:23
Thanks me and my wife are hopefully travelling by train for the first time in November going to Benidorm is there a service we’re you can send your cases ahead to the hotel you are staying in
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0 # Tracy Ann 2020-06-16 16:56
I had to do a bit of research, but the answer is yes there is Correos offer a service but it would be delivered to your nearest post office, not the hotel itself.

CORREOS provides the “Door-to-Door” baggage service for RENFE, allowing passengers on AVE/Long Distance or Tourist Trains to send up to three packages to more than 230 national destinations.

In this way, RENFE aims to help their customers travel more comfortably, especially at peak times during holidays, and also better manage the space reserved for suitcases on board the trains.
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-1 # Steve Dunning 2020-05-27 16:38
Can you do the trip the other way, there is no mention of this but I guess most people would want to...
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+1 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-27 19:36
Yes, no problem, just reverse the procedure xxx happy travelling x
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-2 # AW Bee 2020-05-06 10:19
Is there concessions for disabled and/or assistance at stations for Visually Impaired/Blind
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0 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-06 10:56
Hi yes there will be assistance available Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord - free special assistance, you will need to arrange transport across Paris to the Gare de Lyon, ie using a wheelchair-accessible taxi. Paris-Barcelona TGV this has wheelchair spaces and accessible toilets, these facilities are also on the AVE trains from Barcelona to Alicante when booking use book "Atendo’ service" and there is also a call centre 003491 214 05 05, which speak English.The local trains are also wheelchair accessible.
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0 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-06 11:00
The atendo service is to help people traveling in their own wheelchair and taking up an H-type seat (only for disabled individuals).
People traveling in a folding wheelchair and taking up a regular seat.
People with visually or hearing impaired persons with or without a guide dog.
People with reduced mobility
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0 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-06 11:13
You will now find all this information and more on the page above xxx
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-2 # Pim Snyers 2020-05-05 08:26
Does the trains go already from UK > Spain (under quarentine)?
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0 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-05 10:06
Trains are running but with borders being closed only those with the correct paperwork ie residency can travel into Spain.
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0 # Zina Walker 2020-05-04 19:29
This all sounds great. However my understanding is that restrictions by Spanish goverment still say they are only allowing Spanish nationals or resident to enter Spain????
Are you saying that you are able to travel this way now????
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0 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-04 21:41
Yes Spanish borders are closed at the moment so this would not be possible right now unless you hold residency, but borders will not be closed forever.

But we also have people here in Spain needing to return to the UK and as there are only limited flights this is also helpful to those people.
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0 # Lara Johnson 2020-05-04 16:27
Will it be small dog friendly?
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0 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-04 18:22
Hi Lara, BABE asked the same question above, but I will see what other information I can find on the subject x
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0 # David Russell 2020-05-04 14:55
First-rate information, many thanks to you!
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0 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-04 18:24
Thank you David, glad you enjoyed the article x
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0 # Steve Daniels 2020-05-03 23:28
Can wheelchair users use the train through to Spain. I know they can to France, also at a reduced rate, I have done it.
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0 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-04 07:46
Hi Steve, I have done a bit of research for you and this is what I have found.

Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord - free special assistance, you will need to arrange transport across Paris to the Gare de Lyon, ie using a wheelchair-accessible taxi. Paris-Barcelona TGV this has wheelchair spaces and accessible toilets, these facilities are also on the AVE trains from Barcelona to Alicante when booking use book "Atendo’ service" and there is also a call centre 003491 214 05 05, which speak English.The local trains are also wheelchair accessible.
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0 # Bob Howarth 2020-05-03 11:10
Can you book a tourist ticket to hop on and off at different stations throughout France on the way to Spain.
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0 # Charlotte fergie 2020-05-04 10:53
You can get an inter rail pass from 7 days to 2 months I think and that allows you to go anywhere in Europe and jump on and off as many trains as you like throughout the days booked.
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0 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-04 13:59
Thank you Charlotte x
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-1 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-03 11:40
Hi Bob, sorry not having done the journey ourselves, I am not sure, but hopefully someone will know the answer to that question for you x
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0 # Chris mcavoy 2020-05-03 10:19
I know prices vary, but do you know the average price of the full journey return and one way.
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0 # Derek 2020-05-03 10:29
Prices can vary between 230€ to around 520€. We have just added that info to the details above.
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+1 # Babe 2020-05-02 22:03
Can you take dogs on trains
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+1 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-02 23:46
Eurostar doesn't carry dogs or pets at all, except guide dogs.

Dogs may be brought on the day trains from Paris to Barcelona. They must be on a leash and muzzled. ... On these trains, you can take your dog as long as it's kept in an enclosed carrier. You would have to purchase a special ticket for your dog, which can only be done locally at the station.

Renfe - You must meet certain requirements to avoid disturbing the other passengers. Remember that if a nuisance is caused to other passengers, they can demand their on-board personnel to not admit the animal during the journey.
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+2 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-03 00:26
Hope the above helps, you would be best double checking with all the individual companies as that is just some standard information I found quickly for you
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-2 # Stephen coates 2020-05-02 17:08
Do they supply smoking areas?
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+2 # Martin Knight45 2020-05-02 18:43
Yes outside, on the roof!
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+1 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-02 17:55
Quoting Stephen coates:
Do they supply smoking areas?

To my knowledge all European trains are strictly non-smoking
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+1 # Lil arends26qc3 2020-05-02 17:02
Can you go from benidorm to london
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0 # Tracy A 2020-05-02 17:52
Yes just reverse the procedure x
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0 # Kathleen Balshawv 2020-05-02 15:25
Very informative thankyou
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0 # Eddie Cowler 2020-05-02 13:16
When we used to travel to Spain (Girona) we preferred to change at Lille Europe rather than Paris that way we only changed trains not stations. So it was London to Lille Europe the TGV Lille Europe to Perpignan then finally Perpignan Port bou Geronea by local trains however now there an high speed railway Perpignan to Barcelona.
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-1 # Tracy Ann 2020-05-02 17:56
Thanks Eddie
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