The cheapest trains from Barcelona to Madrid

Showing times and prices for Nov 28

Cheapest

$58

Average

$162

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Barcelona to Madrid will cost around $ 162 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 58.

Cheapest
09:03AMBarcelona Sants9h04 06:07PMMadrid Chamartín
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$581One-way
2nd Cheapest
07:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 09:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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$1211One-way
07:00PMBarcelona Sants3h07 10:07PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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$1321One-way
02:00PMBarcelona Sants3h12 05:12PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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$1371One-way
06:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 08:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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$1561One-way

Timetable Barcelona to Madrid

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08:00AMBarcelona Sants3h12 11:12AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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09:03AMBarcelona Sants9h04 06:07PMMadrid Chamartín
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11:00AMBarcelona Sants2h45 01:45PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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02:00PMBarcelona Sants3h12 05:12PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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03:00PMBarcelona Sants2h45 05:45PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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04:00PMBarcelona Sants3h12 07:12PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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04:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 06:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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05:00PMBarcelona Sants2h45 07:45PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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06:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 08:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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07:00PMBarcelona Sants3h07 10:07PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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07:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 09:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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08:00PMBarcelona Sants3h17 11:17PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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Nov 27
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Sun
Nov 28
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$77Iberia
Mon
Nov 29
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$68Vueling
Tue
Nov 30
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$53Air Europa
Wed
Dec 1
$33Renfe AVE
$40Alsa
$60Vueling
Thu
Dec 2
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$60Vueling
Fri
Dec 3
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$77Iberia
Sat
Dec 4
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$105Air Europa
Sun
Dec 5
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$69Air Europa
Mon
Dec 6
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$56Air Europa
Tue
Dec 7
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$69Air Europa
Wed
Dec 8
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$68Vueling
Thu
Dec 9
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$55Iberia
Fri
Dec 10
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$59Air Europa
Sat
Dec 11
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$53Air Europa
Sun
Dec 12
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$47Air Europa
Mon
Dec 13
$20Renfe AVE
$40Alsa
$46Vueling
Tue
Dec 14
$46Renfe AVE
$40Alsa
$30Air Europa
Wed
Dec 15
$26Renfe AVE
$40Alsa
$46Vueling
Thu
Dec 16
$46Renfe AVE
$40Alsa
$46Vueling
Fri
Dec 17
$52Renfe
$40Alsa
$77Iberia

The fastest trains from Barcelona to Madrid

Showing times and prices for Nov 28

Fastest Journey

2 h 30 m

Average

3 h 24 m

Trains per day

12

Distance

504 km

Of the 12 trains that leave Barcelona for Madrid every day 12 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 504 km distance in an average of 3 h 24 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2 h 30 m .

The slowest trains will take 9 h 4 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
06:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 08:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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$1561One-way
Fastest
07:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 09:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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$1211One-way
Fastest
04:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 06:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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$2531One-way
2nd Fastest
05:00PMBarcelona Sants2h45 07:45PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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$2341One-way
2nd Fastest
03:00PMBarcelona Sants2h45 05:45PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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$1761One-way

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Train Information from Barcelona to Madrid

distanceDistance312 miles (504 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 17 min
priceAverage train ticket price$54 (€45)
frequencyTrain frequency8 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 8 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesRenfe AVE or Renfe

Trains from Barcelona to Madrid cover the 312 miles (504 km) long route taking on average 3 h 17 min with our travel partners like Renfe AVE or Renfe. Normally, there are 8 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $54 (€45), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $33 (€27). Travelers depart most frequently from Barcelona Sants and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

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Train to Madrid from Barcelona with Renfe and AVE

Renfe and AVE trains will get you from Barcelona to Madrid from $33 (€27). With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

Renfe
AVE

Renfe is Spain’s national train company offering a multitude of domestic routes and international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe is known for its range of ticket types to fit anyone’s budget, such as the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also has discount cards for qualified travelers like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50, which you can use on Omio. When you ride with Renfe, you can expect to find an impressive fleet of trains offering different levels of comfort, amenities and time needed to travel to your destination. These train types include Renfe AVE for high-speed long-distance routes, Alvia and Altaria for domestic routes in parts of Spain, Euromed for routes along the stunning Mediterranean coast, Avant commuter trains and Trenhotel night trains.

  • Average Price: $52

When purchasing your Renfe train tickets from Barcelona to Madrid, keep the following coronavirus related policies and recommendations in mind outlined by our travel partner:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Renfe has applied temporary travel conditions for ticket holders that can no longer justify their travel or don’t wish to travel with AVE, Large Distancia, Avant or Media services for trips between 29th of October and 8th of May 2021
  • Travellers may choose to get a full refund, free of charge, or be provided with a new ticket for another date free of charge.
  • Passengers traveling international routes (Renfe–SNCF) can cancel their ticket free of charge until August 29th, 2021 if it’s requested three days before the departure date.

Barcelona to Madrid Trains: Know Before You Go

  • All Barcelona to Madrid trains are run by Renfe.
  • All Renfe trains are direct, depart from Barcelona's Sants train station and arrive at either Madrid's Puerta de Atocha, or Chamartin train station.
  • The first train departs Barcelona at 5:50 a.m. while the last leaves at 9:15 p.m.
  • The Barcelona to Madrid train journey takes as little as 2 hours and 30 minutes to arrive in Madrid.
  • Most travelers book their Barcelona to Madrid train tickets approximately 1 day in advance of the travel date.

Trains from Barcelona to Madrid: Overview

Trains in Spain are a convenient way to travel between cities, with a number of companies offering domestic and international train routes. Trains traveling from Barcelona to Madrid are operated by Renfe, Spain's national train company. There are usually 20-30 trains traveling from Barcelona to Madrid per day. All trains are direct. Most of the Barcelona to Madrid trains are operated by the high-speed Renfe AVE trains, which take between 2:30 and 3:10 hours to arrive at Madrid's Atocha train station. Rare journeys use slower regional trains, which take approximately 9 hours to arrive at Madrid's Chamartin train station. These journeys on regional trains are usually significantly cheaper than traveling on AVE trains.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Barcelona to Madrid?

Departure Stations: Most trains from Barcelona to Madrid leave from Barcelona Sants station, but some services can also depart from Barcelona Passeig De Gracia. Both stations are centrally located and easy to reach. Barcelona Sants, the city's main transport hub, is well served by local taxis and also has a large car park for travelers driving to the station. The station also lies on two branches of Barcelona's Metro system, Blue Line L5 and Green Line L3.

Arrival Stations: Madrid Atocha station is the main termination point for trains from Barcelona to Madrid. A busy transport hub, the station welcomes both local, national and international services and even boasts a tropical garden on the main concourse. Onward journeys are easy from Atocha, which connects to the wide-reaching Madrid Metro on Blue Line 1, and is well served by both taxis and public buses, as well as local trains and high-speed regional trains to and from destinations further afield.


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Trains from Barcelona to Madrid
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FAQs
How much are cheap trains to Madrid from Barcelona?
Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest train between Barcelona and Madrid for the next 7 days starting from $33 (€27)  one way.
How much is a train ticket to Madrid from Barcelona?
In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $54 (€45)  for a train ticket between Barcelona and Madrid.
How far is Barcelona to Madrid by train?
The train distance from Barcelona to Madrid is around 312 miles (504 km).
How many hours is the train time between Barcelona and Madrid?
The train time from Barcelona to Madrid is on average 3 h 17 min  for the 312 miles (504 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go to Madrid from Barcelona by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
Which train station from Barcelona to Madrid do I depart from? Which Madrid train station from Barcelona do I arrive in?

Some of the Barcelona train stations to Madrid you can start your journey from include Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Passeig De Gracia and Barcelona Estació De França. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Madrid include Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro.

When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Barcelona Sants   and arriving in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

Where is the departure train station in Barcelona located? Where is the arrival train station in Madrid located?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Barcelona Sants and travel around 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from the city center to this train station.

Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and need to travel approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the train station to the city center in Madrid.

Which train providers can take me between Barcelona and Madrid?
For the journey from Barcelona to Madrid you can take a train with Renfe AVE or Renfe. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services between Barcelona and Madrid on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
How many trains are there to Madrid from Barcelona a day?
The average number of trains departing Barcelona for Madrid is 8 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When is the earliest train from Barcelona to Madrid? When is the last train from Barcelona to Madrid?
The first Barcelona to Madrid train departs at 4: 50 AM   and the last train from Barcelona to Madrid leaves at 7: 00 PM. Check out the most up-to-date train schedule from Barcelona to Madrid on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
When should I buy the Barcelona to Madrid train for the best deals on tickets?
If you buy a train ticket from Barcelona to Madrid within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $54 (€45) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets between Barcelona and Madrid are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Barcelona
Madrid
Barcelona Sants is the most popular Barcelona railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Barcelona for your trip to Madrid.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+34 934956020
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 06: 00 - 22: 00
Public transit options for Barcelona Sants
Metro lines: L3, L5
Bus lines: A1, A2
Train lines: AVE, Alvia, Euromed, Talgo, Trenhotel, TGV, Avant, Intercity, R1, R2, R2 Nord, R2 Sud, R3, R4, RG1, R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, R16, R17