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from Madrid to Barcelona

You can get from Madrid to Barcelona by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Madrid to Barcelona on Jun 14 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:30AMMadrid Barajas Airport1h25 08:55AMBarcelona El Prat Airport
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$781One-way
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11:15AMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T47h20 06:35PMBarcelona, Estación de Autobuses de Barcelona/Sants
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$431One-way
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08:00AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 10:30AMBarcelona Sants
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$711One-way
09:00AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 11:30AMBarcelona Sants
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$711One-way
05:00PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 07:30PMBarcelona Sants
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$711One-way

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Jun 13
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$43Alsa
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Mon
Jun 14
$56Renfe
$43Alsa
$58Vueling
Tue
Jun 15
$41Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$58Vueling
Wed
Jun 16
$35Renfe AVE
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Thu
Jun 17
$56Renfe
$43Alsa
$58Vueling
Fri
Jun 18
$56Renfe
$43Alsa
$68Air Europa
Sat
Jun 19
$35Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$68Air Europa
Sun
Jun 20
$82Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$68Air Europa
Mon
Jun 21
$35Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$52Iberia
Tue
Jun 22
$35Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$51Air Europa
Wed
Jun 23
$32Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$58Vueling
Thu
Jun 24
$35Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$38Air Europa
Fri
Jun 25
$56Renfe
$43Alsa
$51Vueling
Sat
Jun 26
$86Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$78Air Europa
Sun
Jun 27
$82Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$101Vueling
Mon
Jun 28
$49Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$60Iberia
Tue
Jun 29
$32Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$59Air Europa
Wed
Jun 30
$32Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$51Vueling
Thu
Jul 1
$32Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$32Vueling
Fri
Jul 2
$49Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$58Vueling
Sat
Jul 3
$32Renfe AVE
$43Alsa
$68Air Europa
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How to Travel from Madrid to Barcelona

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.

The Cheapest way to travel from Madrid to Barcelona

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.

Fastest way to travel from Madrid to Barcelona

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.

Most popular way to travel from Madrid to 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.

How to get from Madrid to Barcelona

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Madrid to Barcelona, 67,30% 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 Madrid to Barcelona 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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FAQs
How do I get from Madrid to Barcelona?

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

How many miles from Madrid to Barcelona would I travel?

You should expect to travel around 312 miles (504 km) between Madrid and Barcelona.

Where do people depart from and arrive in when traveling from Madrid to Barcelona?

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

  • Most travelers take a flight from Madrid Barajas Airport to Barcelona El Prat Airport.
  • Most travelers take a bus from Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83 to Barcelona, Estació d'Autobusos Nord.
  • Most travelers catch their train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Barcelona Sants.
Which travel companies can take me from Madrid to Barcelona?

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

  • Vueling can get you to Barcelona by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with Vueling from Madrid to Barcelona for $50 (€39) on Omio.
  • Travel with Alsa for buses to Barcelona. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Alsa Madrid to Barcelona tickets on Omio for $43 (€33).
  • Travel with Renfe AVE for trains to Barcelona. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Renfe AVE Madrid to Barcelona tickets on Omio for $32 (€25).
Can I travel directly between Madrid and Barcelona?

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

  • You can find direct flights to take to Barcelona with Air Europa or Iberia.
  • You can check for a direct bus to Barcelona with Alsa.
  • You can check for a direct train to Barcelona with Renfe or Renfe AVE.

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

What other destinations are worth visiting after traveling from Madrid to Barcelona?
Omio customers who travel from Madrid to Barcelona often also extend their vacation to go to Paris, Valencia or Sevilla. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Barcelona and these popular destinations at a great price.
How far in advance should I purchase tickets to Barcelona from Madrid online to get the best deals?

When planning your trip from Madrid to Barcelona, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets are costing $50 (€39) one way on average.
  • Bus tickets cost on average $43 (€33) one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average $32 (€25) one way.

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.

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

The cheapest way to go to Barcelona from Madrid is by taking a train, which costs on average $32 (€25).

This is compared to other ways of getting to Barcelona:

Taking a train is usually $18 (€14) less than taking a flight to Barcelona, which costs on average $50 (€39) for the same trip.

A train is generally $11 (€8) less than a bus for the same journey. Taking a bus costs on average $43 (€33) from Madrid to Barcelona.

What is the fastest way from Madrid to Barcelona?

The quickest way to travel to Barcelona from Madrid is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 19 min  compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, going by bus can take 7 h 20 min  on average.

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 2 h 50 min.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Madrid
Barcelona
Madrid America
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Madrid Est. Sur
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the bus 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.<br>Metro lines 6<br>Bus lines 8, 102, 113, 148, 152, 156, N11<br>Suburban train lines C1, C5, C7, C10
Madrid Chamartín
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