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How to Travel from Barcelona to Madrid

The journey from Barcelona to Madrid is popular with both business and leisure travelers in Spain. Direct journeys between Barcelona and Madrid are available by plane, train, and bus. Key departure points include Barcelona Sants train station, Barcelona Nord Bus station, and Barcelona Prat airport.

Cheapest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid

Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid. Alsa is the main bus company in Spain and operates all the buses from Barcelona to Madrid. Alsa buses take approximately 7:20 h to travel from Barcelona to Madrid and depart 16 times per day. Alsa's buses depart from Barcelona Nord bus station and arrive at Madrid's Intercambiador Avenida de America.

Fastest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid

Flying is the fastest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid and is 6 hours faster than taking the bus. Flights traveling from Barcelona to Madrid depart from Barcelona's El Prat airport and arrive at Madrid's Barajas airport. Airlines that travel directly from Barcelona to Madrid include Iberia, Air Europa, and Vueling. Another fast option to get from these cities is to take a high-speed AVE train, taking about 2 hours 30 minutes.

Most popular way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid

Taking the train is the most popular way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid. While the train is often more expensive than taking the bus or flying, the time saved avoiding traveling to and from the airport makes up for the additional cost for most travelers. Some of the train ticket cost can be offset by planning ahead and booking your Barcelona to Madrid travel as far ahead of time as possible. All trains traveling from Barcelona to Madrid are operated by Renfe, and depart from Barcelona Sants train station, and arrive at Madrid Puerta de Atocha. There is at least one departure every hour throughout the day, seven days a week. High-speed trains traveling from Barcelona to Madrid take approximately two and a half hours.

How to get from Barcelona to Madrid

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Barcelona to Madrid, 64,59% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Barcelona to Madrid and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Travel 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 do I reach Madrid from Barcelona?

There are 3 ways to get from Barcelona to Madrid: bus, flight or train.

How far is Madrid from Barcelona?

Madrid is approximately 312 miles (504 km) away from Barcelona.

When traveling from Barcelona to Madrid, what are the departure and arrival points in Barcelona and Madrid?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Barcelona to Madrid:

  • Flights mostly depart from Barcelona El Prat Airport and arrive in Madrid Barajas Airport.
  • Buses most often depart from Barcelona at Barcelona, Estació d'Autobusos Nord and arrive in Madrid at Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83.
  • Trains mostly leave from Barcelona Sants and tend to arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.
Which travel companies can get me from Barcelona to Madrid?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Barcelona to Madrid, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Vueling can get you to Madrid by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with Vueling from Barcelona to Madrid for $51 (€40) on Omio.
  • Alsa can take you to Madrid by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Alsa from Barcelona to Madrid for $43 (€33).
  • Renfe AVE can take you to Madrid by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Renfe AVE from Barcelona to Madrid for $19 (€15).
Is there a direct service from Barcelona to Madrid?

Yes, there are direct services available from Barcelona to Madrid with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find direct flights with Air Europa or Iberia.
  • You can travel directly by train with Renfe or Renfe AVE.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Madrid as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Barcelona to Madrid.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip from Barcelona to Madrid?
Your trip from Barcelona to Madrid doesn't have to end in Madrid. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Valencia, Sevilla or Málaga. If you’d like to add Valencia, Sevilla or Málaga to your Barcelona to Madrid tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Madrid today!
How early should I purchase Barcelona to Madrid tickets online to score the best deals?

Before traveling from Barcelona to Madrid, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A plane ticket is costing on average $51 (€40) one way for this trip.
  • A bus ticket for this journey costs on average $43 (€33) one way.
  • A train ticket costs $19 (€15) one way on average for this route.

But we recommend booking Barcelona to Madrid tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

What is the cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Madrid?

The cheapest way to go to Madrid from Barcelona is by taking a train, which costs on average $19 (€15).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Madrid:

Taking a train is usually $32 (€25) less than taking a flight to Madrid, which costs on average $51 (€40) for the same trip.

A train is $24 (€18) less than a bus for this route with tickets for a bus from Barcelona to Madrid costing on average $43 (€33).

What is the fastest way from Barcelona to Madrid?

The fastest way from Barcelona to Madrid is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 25 min.

There are alternative travel options to Madrid that can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 7 h 5 min.

In comparison, going by train can take 3 h 12 min  on average.

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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Barcelona
Madrid
Barcelona, Estacion de Autobuses de Sants
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Estació d'autobusos Barcelona-Nord
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Barcelona Estació De França
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