The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling 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 $ 50.
Find all the dates and times for this journey
2 h 30 m
5 h 8 m
Trains per day
Of the 65 train that leave Madrid for Barcelona every day 18 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 504 km distance in an average of 5 h 8 m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 2 h 30 m .
The slowest train will take 11 h 22 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.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
3 hours 23 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||$65|
|Trains depart from:||Madrid|
|Trains arrive in:||Barcelona|
|Train Companies:||Renfe AVE, Renfe|
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.
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.