Trains from Madrid to Barcelona

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The cheapest Trains

from Madrid
to Barcelona

Cheapest

$54

Average

$138

Showing times and prices for May 22

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 Madrid to Barcelona will cost around $ 138 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 54.

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07:15Madrid Chamartín9h 22m 16:37Barcelona Sants
$54
1One-way
$541One-way
2nd cheapest
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01:45Madrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T414h 52m 16:37Barcelona Sants
$58
1One-way
$581One-way
2nd cheapest
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01:45Madrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T419h 52m 21:37Barcelona Sants
$58
1One-way
$581One-way
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00:14Madrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T416h 23m 16:37Barcelona Sants
$68
1One-way
$681One-way
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00:14Madrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T421h 23m 21:37Barcelona Sants
$68
1One-way
$681One-way

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Prices across different modes

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Bus
Flight
Tue
May 21
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$39Alsa
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Wed
May 22
$50Renfe
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$60Iberia
Thu
May 23
$50Renfe
$39Alsa
$60Air Europa
Fri
May 24
$50Renfe
$39Alsa
$92Vueling
Sat
May 25
$77Renfe AVE
$39Alsa
$69Vueling
Sun
May 26
$88Renfe AVE
$39Alsa
$77Vueling
Mon
May 27
$50Renfe
$39Alsa
$60Iberia
Tue
May 28
$50Renfe
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$60Vueling
Wed
May 29
$50Renfe
$39Alsa
$54Vueling
Thu
May 30
$50Renfe
$39Alsa
$60Vueling
Fri
May 31
$50Renfe
$39Alsa
$69Vueling
Sat
Jun 1
$67Renfe AVE
$39Alsa
$77Air Europa
Sun
Jun 2
$119Renfe AVE
$39Alsa
$184Iberia
Mon
Jun 3
$50Renfe
$39Alsa
$60Iberia
Tue
Jun 4
$50Renfe
$39Alsa
$47Vueling
Wed
Jun 5
$50Renfe
$39Alsa
$47Vueling
Thu
Jun 6
$50Renfe
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$50Vueling
Fri
Jun 7
$50Renfe
$39Alsa
$60Vueling
Sat
Jun 8
$81Renfe AVE
$39Alsa
$77Vueling
Sun
Jun 9
$88Renfe AVE
$39Alsa
$69Vueling
Mon
Jun 10
$50Renfe
$39Alsa
$50Vueling

The fastest trains

from Madrid
to Barcelona

Fastest Journey

2h 30m

Average

8h 58m

train per day

195

Distance

504 km

Showing times and prices for May 22

Of the 195 trains that leave Madrid for Barcelona 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 8h 58m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2h 30m .

The slowest trains will take 21h 23m 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.

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06:10Madrid Atocha2h 30m 08:40Barcelona Sants
$105
1One-way
$1051One-way
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07:00Madrid Atocha2h 30m 09:30Barcelona Sants
$86
1One-way
$861One-way
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07:20Madrid Atocha2h 30m 09:50Barcelona Sants
$99
1One-way
$991One-way
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08:00Madrid Atocha2h 30m 10:30Barcelona Sants
$151
1One-way
$1511One-way
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14:00Madrid Atocha2h 30m 16:30Barcelona Sants
$86
1One-way
$861One-way
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Journey Summary

Madrid to Barcelona Train Information

Avg. Train Duration:
3 hours 16 minutes
Train Ticket Price: $63
Trains depart from:Madrid
Trains arrive in:Barcelona
Distance:504 Kms
TrainTrain Companies:Renfe AVE, Renfe

Madrid to Barcelona Trains: Know Before You Go

  • All Madrid to Barcelona trains are run by Renfe.
  • All Renfe trains are direct, depart from either Madrid's Puerta de Atocha or Chamartin train station and arrive at Barcelona's Sants train station.
  • The Madrid to Barcelona train journey takes as little as 2 hours and 30 minutes to arrive in Barcelona.
  • Most travelers book their Madrid to Barcelona train tickets 1 day ahead of the travel date.
  • The first train departs Madrid at 6:10 a.m. while the last leaves around midnight. However, times can change at the weekend so it is best to double check.

Trains from Madrid to Barcelona

Trains in Spain are an efficient way to travel between cities. All trains traveling from Madrid to Barcelona are operated by Renfe, Spain's national train company. There are usually around 30 trains leaving Madrid for Barcelona every day. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains take between 2½ and 3:10 hours to arrive in Barcelona. Some local services from Madrid to Barcelona can take up to 9½ hours but are usually significantly cheaper than AVE trains.

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

Departure Station: Madrid Puerta de Atocha Station is centrally located and is within walking distance of Madrid historic center and its major art galleries. This attractive old station contains a tropical garden and a pond full of terrapins. Madrid has one of the best public transport systems in the world and the second largest Underground network after London, so getting around the city by Metro, bus or Cercania train is easy. Puerta de Atocha is on Line 1 of the Metro and well served by local buses and taxis. Night buses, known as Búhos (owls), run every twenty minutes.

Arrival Station: Barcelona with its distinct barrios is full of history, architecture and culture, as well as having a lively night-life. Barcelona Sants Station is to the South-West of the city and a ten-minute Metro ride on Lines 5 or 3 into the historic center. Barcelona has an efficient and well-integrated transport system, with tickets that cover trains, buses, and Metros. There is a night bus service and taxi ranks are located outside Sants Station.



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Best fares for trains from Madrid to Barcelona

This Weekend
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Fri, May 24
Train
Renfe
05:159h 22m14:37
MadridBarcelona
Sat, May 25
Train
Renfe AVE
13:303h 10m16:40
MadridBarcelona
Fastest Trains from Madrid to Barcelona
Sun, Jun 9
Train
Renfe AVE
19:252h 30m21:55
MadridBarcelona
Thu, Jun 13
Train
Renfe AVE
03:503h 5m06:55
MadridBarcelona
Thu, Jun 20
Train
Renfe AVE
03:503h 5m06:55
MadridBarcelona
Return Train Tickets for Barcelona to Madrid
Thu, May 23
Train
Renfe
07:039h 4m16:07
BarcelonaMadrid
Fri, May 24
Train
Renfe
07:039h 4m16:07
BarcelonaMadrid
Sat, May 25
Train
Renfe
07:039h 4m16:07
BarcelonaMadrid
Stations
Important Stations and Airports for this Journey
Madrid
Barcelona
TrainMadrid Chamartín

Amenities

Refreshments
TrainMadrid Puerta De Atocha

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.
Metro lines 1
Bus lines 47, 55, 19, 85, 10, 24, 57, 102, C

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