The cheapest trains from Madrid to Barcelona

Showing times and prices for 13 Jun

Cheapest

£43

Average

£88

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Madrid to Barcelona will cost around £ 88 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 43.

Cheapest
07:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha3h12 10:42Barcelona Sants
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£431One-way
2nd Cheapest
09:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha3h07 12:37Barcelona Sants
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£661One-way
16:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 18:30Barcelona Sants
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£781One-way
12:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha3h10 15:40Barcelona Sants
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£801One-way
14:25Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h56 17:21Barcelona Sants
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£891One-way

Timetable Madrid to Barcelona

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07:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha3h12 10:42Barcelona Sants
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09:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha3h07 12:37Barcelona Sants
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12:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha3h10 15:40Barcelona Sants
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14:25Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h56 17:21Barcelona Sants
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16:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 18:30Barcelona Sants
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16:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h45 19:15Barcelona Sants
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17:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 19:30Barcelona Sants
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17:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha3h12 20:42Barcelona Sants
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18:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h50 21:20Barcelona Sants
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19:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 21:30Barcelona Sants
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20:40Madrid-Puerta de Atocha3h16 23:56Barcelona Sants
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12 Jun
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13 Jun
£25Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£46Vueling
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14 Jun
£39Renfe
£30Alsa
£41Vueling
Tue
15 Jun
£17Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£41Vueling
Wed
16 Jun
£25Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£36Vueling
Thu
17 Jun
£39Renfe
£30Alsa
£41Vueling
Fri
18 Jun
£25Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£48Air Europa
Sat
19 Jun
£25Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£48Air Europa
Sun
20 Jun
£50Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£48Air Europa
Mon
21 Jun
£25Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£36Vueling
Tue
22 Jun
£23Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£36Air Europa
Wed
23 Jun
£23Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£41Vueling
Thu
24 Jun
£25Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£27Air Europa
Fri
25 Jun
£35Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£36Vueling
Sat
26 Jun
£61Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£55Air Europa
Sun
27 Jun
£51Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£63Iberia
Mon
28 Jun
£35Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£36Vueling
Tue
29 Jun
£23Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£42Air Europa
Wed
30 Jun
£23Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£36Vueling
Thu
1 Jul
£23Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£23Vueling
Fri
2 Jul
£35Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£55Air Europa

The fastest trains from Madrid to Barcelona

Showing times and prices for 13 Jun

Fastest Journey

2 h 30 m

Average

2 h 54 m

Trains per day

11

Distance

504 km

Of the 11 trains that leave Madrid for Barcelona every day 11 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 504 km distance in an average of 2 h 54 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2 h 30 m .

The slowest trains will take 3 h 16 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.

Fastest
17:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 19:30Barcelona Sants
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£981One-way
Fastest
19:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 21:30Barcelona Sants
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£1171One-way
Fastest
16:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 18:30Barcelona Sants
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£781One-way
2nd Fastest
16:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h45 19:15Barcelona Sants
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£991One-way
18:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h50 21:20Barcelona Sants
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£991One-way

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Journey Summary

Madrid to Barcelona Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
3 hours 10 minutes
Train Ticket Price: £26
Trains depart from:Madrid
Trains arrive in:Barcelona
Distance:504 km
Train Companies:Renfe AVE, Renfe
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Renfe and AVE between Madrid and Barcelona

Buy your official Renfe and AVE train tickets between Madrid and Barcelona from £17 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most affordable route.

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AVE

Travel between Madrid and Barcelona with ease and comfort with Renfe, Spain’s main operator of train services covering around 9, 300 miles of domestic and international routes. When taking a Renfe train from Madrid to Barcelona, you can expect to travel 312 miles (504 km) and pay as low as £39. Check Renfe’s train timetables on Omio and score cheap tickets between Madrid and Barcelona!

Renfe has a wide range of ticket types to fit your budget like Promo, Promo+ and Flexible. Renfe also offers discount cards like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50 for qualified travellers. You can use these savings offers and discount cards on Omio when booking your trip.

Renfe offers a wide range of train types with different levels of comfort, amenities and speed. AVE trains run at high-speed and serve long-distance routes, Alvia trains combine high-speed and normal speed trains serving domestic routes, Altaria serves domestic routes into southern Spain, Euromed offers domestic routes along the Mediterranean coast, Avant trains serve regional commuter routes and Trenhotel offers night train routes.

Renfe has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your Renfe tickets from Madrid to Barcelona and when travelling by train:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Renfe has applied temporary travel conditions for ticket holders that can no longer justify their travel or don’t wish to travel with AVE, Large Distancia, Avant or Media services for trips between 29th of October and 8th of May 2021
  • Travellers may choose to get a full refund, free of charge, or be provided with a new ticket for another date free of charge.
  • Passengers traveling international routes (Renfe–SNCF) can cancel their ticket free of charge until August 29th, 2021 if it’s requested three days before the departure date.

Trains from Madrid to Barcelona

RENFE Spain operate AVE high-speed trains from Madrid to Barcelona seven days a week. This direct route takes around 2.5 hours. The first departure is just before 6:00 a.m., with trains then leaving roughly half-hourly until 8:00 p.m.

Return journeys for trains from Madrid to Barcelona are also available.

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Trains from Madrid to Barcelona: Departing

Madrid Puerta de Atocha Station is centrally located within easy walking distance of the historic Madrid centre and its major art galleries. This attractive old station, with its soaring façade, contains a tropical garden and a pond full of terrapins. Madrid has one of the best public transport systems in the world and the second largest Underground network after London, so getting around the city by Metro, bus or Cercania train is easy. Puerta de Atocha is on Line 1 of the Metro and well served by local buses and taxis. Night buses, known as Búhos (owls), run every twenty minutes.

Trains from Madrid to Barcelona: Arriving

Trains from Madrid to Barcelona arrive at Barcelona Sants Station, which is to the South-West of the city and a ten-minute Metro ride on Lines 5 or 3 into the historic centre. Barcelona has an efficient and well-integrated transport system, with tickets that cover trains, buses and Metros. There is a night bus service and taxi ranks are located outside Sants Station.

Barcelona with its distinct barrios is full of history, architecture and culture, as well as having a lively night-life. The stunning architecture of Gaudí can be seen around the town, while The Rambla, a famous thoroughfare, is the place to meet and enjoy a drink with friends, or simply to sit and watch the world go by.


Renfe trains from Madrid to Barcelona

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Renfe is Spain's national train operator and connects the country's main points of interest. In addition, Renfe has the largest high-speed network in Europe with AVE and Alvia trains. Other Renfe train types are Altaria, Euromed and Talgo. All Renfe trains are equipped with an on-board bistro, toilets, air conditioning and many of them with Wi-Fi.

At Omio you can easily check the Renfe timetable for your trip and book cheap Renfe tickets from Madrid to Barcelona. When booking, you can choose different classes (Tourist, Tourist Plus, Preferred and Club), the seat and the type of ticket you want (Promo, Promo+, Flexible or Round Trip). If you have a Renfe discount card, you can specify it when you buy your ticket at Omio and take advantage of many offers. For information on ticket cancellation, please visit our Help centre.


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Travel Tips

Trains from Madrid to Barcelona
Travel by train to Barcelona 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 Madrid to Barcelona.
FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets from Madrid to Barcelona cost?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train to Barcelona from Madrid for as little as £17  in the next 7 days.
What is the average cost of a train from Madrid to Barcelona?
The Madrid to Barcelona train ticket price is on average £29  if you are looking to book your tickets for this route in the next week.
What is the distance between Madrid and Barcelona by train?
The Madrid to Barcelona train distance is approximately 312 miles (504 km).
How long is the train journey between Madrid and Barcelona?
While the time it takes to travel 312 miles (504 km) between Madrid and Barcelona can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Madrid to Barcelona is on average 2 h 30 min.
What station does the Madrid to Barcelona train leave from? Which Barcelona train station do I come into from Madrid?

There are a few train stations in Madrid to start your journey from including Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro. In Barcelona you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Passeig De Gracia and Barcelona Estació De França.

Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha   and arrive in Barcelona Sants.

Where is the Madrid train station located? Where is the Barcelona train station located?

You can find the most popular departure train station for this route, Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, located approximately 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre of Madrid. The most popular arrival train station in Barcelona, called Barcelona Sants, is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from its city centre.

What train companies offer a service between Madrid and Barcelona?
If you're looking for trains from Madrid to Barcelona, you can rely on Renfe AVE or Renfe to get you to Barcelona. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Madrid to Barcelona trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Are there any Madrid to Barcelona direct trains?
Yes, you can search for direct trains from Madrid to Barcelona on Omio with Renfe or Renfe AVE, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy your train ticket.
When can I take the first train from Madrid to Barcelona? When can I take the last train for the day?
The earliest train for this journey departs from Madrid at 05: 00. The last train leaves from Madrid at 18: 40. Check Omio for the latest train timetable from Madrid to Barcelona and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
How early should I purchase Madrid to Barcelona train tickets to get the best deals?
The price of a one way train ticket from Madrid to Barcelona is on average £29 if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train companies offering this route. In general, you can find train tickets from Madrid to Barcelona available a few months in advance.
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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Madrid
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Madrid Chamartín
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Madrid Puerta De Atocha
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train 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 1<br>Bus lines 47, 55, 19, 85, 10, 24, 57, 102, C