The cheapest trains from Barcelona to Madrid

Showing times and prices for Sep 29

Cheapest

$54

Average

$105

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 $ 105 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 54.

Cheapest
09:03AMBarcelona Sants9h04 06:07PMMadrid Chamartín
0 changes
$541One-way
2nd Cheapest
07:00AMBarcelona Sants2h30 09:30AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
$561One-way
01:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 03:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
$641One-way
08:25AMBarcelona Sants2h30 10:55AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
$641One-way
09:00AMBarcelona Sants2h45 11:45AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
$901One-way

Timetable Barcelona to Madrid

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wed, Sep 29
05:51AMBarcelona Sants3h19 09:10AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
07:00AMBarcelona Sants2h30 09:30AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
07:40AMBarcelona Sants2h30 10:10AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
08:00AMBarcelona Sants3h12 11:12AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
08:25AMBarcelona Sants2h30 10:55AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
09:00AMBarcelona Sants2h45 11:45AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
09:03AMBarcelona Sants9h04 06:07PMMadrid Chamartín
0 changes
12:00PMBarcelona Sants3h12 03:12PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
01:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 03:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
02:00PMBarcelona Sants3h12 05:12PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
03:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 05:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
04:00PMBarcelona Sants3h12 07:12PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
04:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 06:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
05:00PMBarcelona Sants2h45 07:45PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
06:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 08:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
07:00PMBarcelona Sants3h07 10:07PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
08:00PMBarcelona Sants3h17 11:17PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes

This is the last train of the day.

Find all the dates and times for this journey

COMPARE Prices across different modes

Tue
Sep 28
$126Renfe AVE
Find prices
$96Air Europa
Wed
Sep 29
$54Renfe
$41Alsa
$54Vueling
Thu
Sep 30
$54Renfe
$41Alsa
$65Iberia
Fri
Oct 1
$54Renfe
Find prices
Find prices
Sat
Oct 2
$54Renfe
$41Alsa
$62Air Europa
Sun
Oct 3
$54Renfe
Find prices
$48Air Europa
Mon
Oct 4
$54Renfe
$41Alsa
$54Air Europa
Tue
Oct 5
$47Renfe AVE
Find prices
$48Vueling
Wed
Oct 6
$40Renfe AVE
Find prices
$31Vueling
Thu
Oct 7
$54Renfe
$41Alsa
$51Vueling
Fri
Oct 8
$54Renfe
$41Alsa
$81Vueling
Sat
Oct 9
$54Renfe
$41Alsa
$54Air Europa
Sun
Oct 10
$54Renfe
$41Alsa
$54Vueling
Mon
Oct 11
$47Renfe AVE
$41Alsa
$33Vueling
Tue
Oct 12
$54Renfe
$41Alsa
$48Iberia
Wed
Oct 13
$47Renfe AVE
$41Alsa
$31Vueling
Thu
Oct 14
$47Renfe AVE
Find prices
$33Vueling
Fri
Oct 15
$54Renfe
$41Alsa
$48Vueling
Sat
Oct 16
$47Renfe AVE
$41Alsa
$31Vueling
Sun
Oct 17
$54Renfe
Find prices
$33Vueling
Mon
Oct 18
$54Renfe
Find prices
$33Vueling

The fastest trains from Barcelona to Madrid

Showing times and prices for Sep 29

Fastest Journey

2 h 30 m

Average

3 h 12 m

Trains per day

17

Distance

504 km

Of the 17 trains that leave Barcelona for Madrid every day 17 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 12 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
07:40AMBarcelona Sants2h30 10:10AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
$961One-way
Fastest
07:00AMBarcelona Sants2h30 09:30AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
$561One-way
Fastest
01:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 03:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
$641One-way
Fastest
08:25AMBarcelona Sants2h30 10:55AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
$641One-way
Fastest
06:25PMBarcelona Sants2h30 08:55PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
0 changes
$1431One-way

These companies trust us. We sell their tickets all in one place.

Deutsche Bahn
Renfe
Italo
Frecciarossa
Accommodation

Need a place to stay?

view on map
Top pick hotels
Entire homes & apartments

Find the best accommodation for you, with our partner Booking.com

View all

Train Information to Madrid from Barcelona

distanceDistance312 miles (504 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 30 min
priceAverage train ticket price$64 (€52)
frequencyTrain frequency8 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 8 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersRenfe AVE or Renfe

Trains from Barcelona to Madrid cover the 312 miles (504 km) long trip taking on average 2 h 30 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 $64 (€52), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $54 (€43). Travelers depart most frequently from Barcelona Sants and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

Train companies

Travel with Renfe and AVE from Barcelona to Madrid

You can travel by train between Barcelona and Madrid with Renfe and AVE for as low as $54 (€43). When you search for schedules and tickets, Omio will show you the best 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.

    Please follow the recommendations outlined by Renfe when booking your train tickets between Barcelona and Madrid due to the coronavirus:

    • 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.


    Travel Tips

    Trains from Barcelona to Madrid
    Travel by train to Madrid easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Barcelona to Madrid.
    FAQs
    How much are cheap trains from Barcelona to Madrid?
    If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Barcelona to Madrid trains for as little as $54 (€43)  in the next 7 days.
    What is the cost of a train to Madrid from Barcelona?
    If you are looking to purchase your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Barcelona to Madrid train to cost on average $64 (€52)  one way.
    How far is Barcelona to Madrid by train?
    The Barcelona to Madrid train distance is approximately 312 miles (504 km).
    How long is the train between Barcelona and Madrid?
    On average the Barcelona to Madrid train time is 2 h 30 min  covering the 312 miles (504 km) long journey, but the journey time 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?

    When taking a train from Barcelona, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Passeig De Gracia and Barcelona Estació De França. When you arrive in Madrid, your train can arrive in train stations including Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro.

    Omio customers traveling this route book their trains from Barcelona Sants   to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

    Where is the Barcelona train station located? Where is the Madrid train station located?

    The most popular departure train station with passengers for this trip, called Barcelona Sants, is located 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city center of Barcelona.

    The most popular arrival train station, Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, is located 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city center of Madrid.

    What train providers offer a service from Barcelona to Madrid?
    When taking a train from Barcelona to Madrid, you can count on Renfe AVE or Renfe for the best way to get you to Madrid. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service between Barcelona and Madrid and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
    Are there any direct trains from Barcelona to Madrid?
    Yes, there are 8 direct trains per day from Barcelona to Madrid, and you can find a direct train for this trip with Renfe or Renfe AVE  on Omio. It's worth paying attention to when you buy your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting to your destination.
    How many train services per day are there to Madrid from Barcelona?
    On average, there are 8 trains a day from Barcelona to Madrid. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
    When can I take the first train from Barcelona to Madrid? When can I take the last train for the day?
    The first Barcelona to Madrid train departs at 6: 00 AM   and the last train from Barcelona to Madrid leaves at 6: 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.
    How early should I book train tickets to Madrid from Barcelona to score the best deals?
    You can find trains from Barcelona to Madrid to cost on average $64 (€52) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your journey. You’ll see tickets for the Barcelona to Madrid train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.