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 Barcelona to Madrid will cost around £ 114 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 40.
Find all the dates and times for this journey
2 h 30 m
3 h 13 m
Trains per day
Of the 15 train that leave Barcelona for Madrid every day 15 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 3 h 13 m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 2 h 30 m .
The slowest train will take 9 h 4 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 21 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||£46|
|Trains depart from:||Barcelona|
|Trains arrive in:||Madrid|
|Train Companies:||Renfe AVE, Renfe|
The majority of trains from Barcelona to Madrid depart from Sants Station. However, a limited number of departures leave from Passeig De Gracia too. The first Renfe train departs just before 6:00 a.m. and the last train of the evening leaves at approximately 9 p.m. The duration of the journey is generally two and a half to three hours, with the majority of routes being direct. Trains depart regularly throughout the day and evening, with up to four times per hour during peak times.
Barcelona Sants Station: Conveniently situated in the city, Barcelona Sants is easily reached by the following metro system lines - L3 (green line) and L5 (blue line). Taxis are also readily available at the station and from the city centre.
Madrid Atocha Station: Located in the heart of the city, Atocha Station is a few minutes walk from the centre of Madrid. Alternatively, Line 1 (blue line) of Madrid's metro system connects from the station to the surrounding area.