You can get from Madrid to Barcelona by train, bus or flight.
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|Distance||312 miles (504 km)|
|Available travel modes||Flight, bus or train|
|Ticket price range||$40 - $55|
|Cheapest mode||Bus • $40 (€33) • 7 h 20 min|
|Fastest mode||Flight • $55 (€46) • 1 h 10 min|
|Popular travel companies||Iberia, Alsa or Renfe|
Travel 312 miles (504 km) by flight, bus or train to Barcelona from Madrid. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 10 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $40 (€33). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Iberia, Alsa or Renfe among others. Travelers can even take a direct from Madrid to Barcelona.
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The journey from Madrid to Barcelona is popular with travelers in Spain. Direct journeys between Madrid and Barcelona are available by trains, buses and flights. Key departure points include Madrid Puerta de Atocha train station, Madrid Intercambiador Avenida de America bus station, and Madrid Barajas airport.
Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Madrid to Barcelona. Alsa is the main bus company in Spain and operates all the buses from Madrid to Barcelona. Alsa buses take approximately 7 hours 20 minutes to travel from Madrid to Barcelona and depart 16 times per day. Alsa buses depart from Madrid Intercambiador Avenida de America and arrive at Barcelona Nord bus station.
Taking the train is usually the fastest way to travel from Madrid to Barcelona. High-speed AVE trains take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes to travel from Madrid to Barcelona and are operated by Renfe, Spain's national train company. There is at least one departure from Madrid Puerta de Atocha train station every hour throughout the day, seven days a week. It only takes 1 hour 10 minutes of flight time to fly from Madrid to Barcelona; however, when the time to travel to and from Madrid and Barcelona's airports are included, it takes approximately 3 hours 35 minutes to arrive into the city centre of Barcelona.
Taking the train is the most popular way to travel from Madrid to Barcelona. While the train is often more expensive than taking the bus or flying, the time saved 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.
You can travel to Barcelona from Madrid 3 different ways: flight, bus or train.
The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Barcelona is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $40 (€33) compared to other travel options to Barcelona:
A bus is generally $15 (€12) less than a flight for the same journey. Taking a flight costs on average $55 (€46) from Madrid to Barcelona.
A bus is $12 (€10) less than a train for this journey with tickets for a train from Madrid to Barcelona costing on average $52 (€43).
The fastest way to get to Barcelona from Madrid is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 10 min.
Other travel options to Barcelona can usually take longer:
In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 7 h 20 min of travel time.
In comparison, going by train can take 2 h 30 min on average.
Barcelona is approximately 312 miles (504 km) away from Madrid.
The average frequency per day from Madrid to Barcelona is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Madrid and Barcelona as scheduled services by flight, bus or train can vary by season or day of the week.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Madrid to Barcelona:
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When planning your trip from Madrid to Barcelona, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:
However, we recommend buying tickets from Madrid to Barcelona online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.
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