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Aug 4
$81Renfe AVE
$42Alsa
$137Iberia
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Aug 5
$54Renfe
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$64Vueling
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Aug 6
$54Renfe
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$67Air Europa
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Aug 7
$55Renfe AVE
$42Alsa
$56Vueling
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Aug 8
$73Renfe AVE
$42Alsa
$67Air Europa
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Aug 9
$54Renfe
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$31Vueling
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Aug 10
$54Renfe
$42Alsa
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Aug 11
$41Renfe AVE
$42Alsa
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Aug 12
$54Renfe
$42Alsa
$31Vueling
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Aug 13
$48Renfe AVE
$42Alsa
$56Vueling
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Aug 14
$96Renfe AVE
$42Alsa
$67Air Europa
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Aug 15
$65Renfe AVE
$42Alsa
$64Vueling
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Aug 16
$54Renfe
$42Alsa
$50Vueling
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Aug 17
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$50Vueling
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Aug 18
$34Renfe AVE
$42Alsa
$50Vueling
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Aug 19
$34Renfe AVE
$42Alsa
$31Vueling
Fri
Aug 20
$48Renfe AVE
$42Alsa
$50Vueling
Sat
Aug 21
$82Renfe AVE
$42Alsa
$67Air Europa
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Aug 22
$55Renfe AVE
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$64Vueling
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Aug 23
$54Renfe
$42Alsa
$56Vueling
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Aug 24
$41Renfe AVE
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$50Vueling

Travel Information to Barcelona from Madrid

distanceDistance312 miles (504 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, bus or train
priceTicket price range$31 - $49
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • $31 (€25) • 2 h 50 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $49 (€39) • 1 h 19 min
carriersPopular travel companiesVueling, Alsa or Renfe AVE

Take a flight, bus or train to travel 312 miles (504 km) between Madrid and Barcelona. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 19 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as $31 (€25). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Vueling, Alsa or Renfe AVE among others. Travelers can even take a direct flight, bus or train from Madrid to Barcelona.

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 reach Barcelona from Madrid?

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

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

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Barcelona is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around $31 (€25) compared to other travel options to Barcelona:

A train is generally $17 (€14) less than a flight for the same trip. Taking a flight costs on average $49 (€39) from Madrid to Barcelona.

A train is generally $11 (€8) less than a bus for the same trip. Taking a bus costs on average $42 (€33) from Madrid to Barcelona.

What is the quickest way to get 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, getting to Barcelona by bus can take on average 7 h 20 min.

In comparison, getting to Barcelona by train can take on average 2 h 50 min.

How far is it from Madrid to Barcelona?

The distance is approximately 312 miles (504 km) from Madrid to Barcelona.

Where do I depart from Madrid? Where do I arrive in Barcelona?

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

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

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Madrid to Barcelona:

  • You can go to Barcelona from Madrid by plane with Vueling. You'll see cheap plane tickets for $49 (€39) with Vueling from Madrid to Barcelona on Omio.
  • You can take a bus from Madrid to Barcelona with Alsa. Cheap tickets can be found for $42 (€33) with Alsa from Madrid to Barcelona.
  • You can travel by train to Barcelona from Madrid with Renfe AVE, and you can find Renfe AVE Madrid to Barcelona tickets for $31 (€25) on Omio.
Can I find a direct route from Madrid to Barcelona?

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

  • You'll find direct flights per day with Air Europa or Iberia.
  • You can take a direct bus with Alsa with direct buses per day.
  • You'll find direct trains per day with Renfe or Renfe AVE.

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

Where should I go next after I travel to Barcelona from Madrid?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Madrid to Barcelona often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Paris, Valencia or Sevilla. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Madrid and Barcelona itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Barcelona and any of these top destinations today!
How far in advance should I book my Madrid to Barcelona one way ticket online to get the best deals?

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

  • Plane tickets cost $49 (€39) one way on average.
  • Bus tickets cost on average $42 (€33) one way.
  • Train tickets cost $31 (€25) one way on average.

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.

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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