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Wed
22 Sep
£39Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£155Air Europa
Thu
23 Sep
£39Renfe
£13Alsa
£27Air Europa
Fri
24 Sep
£39Renfe
£17Alsa
£57Vueling
Sat
25 Sep
£49Renfe AVE
£13Alsa
£53Air Europa
Sun
26 Sep
£65Renfe AVE
£23Alsa
£58Iberia
Mon
27 Sep
£35Renfe AVE
£11Alsa
£46Air Europa
Tue
28 Sep
£20Renfe AVE
£11Alsa
£27Air Europa
Wed
29 Sep
£29Renfe AVE
£11Alsa
£27Iberia
Thu
30 Sep
£20Renfe AVE
£11Alsa
£37Iberia
Fri
1 Oct
£34Renfe AVE
£22Alsa
£46Air Europa
Sat
2 Oct
£25Renfe AVE
£17Alsa
£36Air Europa
Sun
3 Oct
£69Renfe AVE
£17Alsa
£66Vueling
Mon
4 Oct
£34Renfe AVE
£17Alsa
£22Vueling
Tue
5 Oct
£15Renfe AVE
£17Alsa
£24Vueling
Wed
6 Oct
£34Renfe AVE
£16Alsa
£22Vueling
Thu
7 Oct
£34Renfe AVE
£16Alsa
£24Vueling
Fri
8 Oct
£39Renfe
£30Alsa
£46Vueling
Sat
9 Oct
£34Renfe AVE
£17Alsa
£53Air Europa
Sun
10 Oct
£34Renfe AVE
£15Alsa
£40Air Europa
Mon
11 Oct
£35Renfe AVE
£16Alsa
£27Air Europa
Tue
12 Oct
£44Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£42Iberia

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Train Information from Madrid to Barcelona

distanceDistance312 miles (504 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 30 min
priceAverage train ticket price£41 (€45)
frequencyTrain frequency8 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 8 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersRenfe AVE or Renfe

Trains from Madrid to Barcelona cover the 312 miles (504 km) long journey taking on average 2 h 30 min with our travel partners like Renfe AVE or Renfe. Normally, there are 8 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £41, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £20. Travellers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Barcelona Sants.

Train companies

Renfe and AVE Madrid – Barcelona

Renfe and AVE trains will get you from Madrid to Barcelona from £20. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

Renfe
AVE

Renfe is Spain’s national train provider operating freight and passenger trains on Spain’s extensive railway network as well as international routes to neighboring France and Portugal. Renfe has a wide range of ticket types to fit your budget like the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. 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 Madrid to Barcelona trip. Renfe has a vast fleet of trains with different levels of comfort, amenities and speed. The Renfe 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.

    Please follow the recommendations outlined by Renfe when booking your train tickets between Madrid and Barcelona due to the coronavirus:

    • 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 trains between Madrid and Barcelona cost?
    Omio customers have found the cheapest trains to Barcelona from Madrid to cost as little as £20  in the next 7 days.
    How much does the train from Madrid to Barcelona cost on average?
    In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket between Madrid and Barcelona is £41  one way.
    How many miles is it from Madrid to Barcelona by train?
    When travelling this route you should expect the distance from Madrid to Barcelona via train to be approximately 312 miles (504 km).
    What is the average Madrid to Barcelona train duration?
    The train time to Barcelona from Madrid is on average 2 h 30 min  for the 312 miles (504 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Madrid and Barcelona by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.
    What is the departure train station in Madrid and arrival train station in Barcelona?

    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 train station in Madrid to go to Barcelona? Where is the train station in Barcelona located?

    Passengers booking this route most frequently board their trains from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and need to travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city centre to get to this train station.

    Passengers arriving in Barcelona most often arrive at Barcelona Sants and need to travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from this train station to the city centre.

    Which train providers can get me from Madrid to Barcelona?
    Take the Madrid to Barcelona train with Renfe AVE or Renfe. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the trip to Barcelona from Madrid as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
    Are there any Madrid to Barcelona direct trains?
    Yes, there are 8 direct trains per day from Madrid to Barcelona. You can look to travel with Renfe or Renfe AVE  without needing to change in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this journey.
    How many train services per day are there from Madrid to Barcelona?
    The average number of trains departing Madrid for Barcelona is 8 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
    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 trip departs from Madrid at 05: 15. The last train leaves from Madrid at 18: 40. Check Omio for the latest train times from Madrid to Barcelona and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
    How far in advance should I book train tickets from Madrid to Barcelona for the best deals?
    If you book Madrid to Barcelona train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £41. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains from Madrid to Barcelona. Look out for train tickets for this trip to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.
    Stations

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Madrid
    Barcelona
    Madrid Chamartín
    Amenities
    Refreshments
    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