2 h 30 m
3 h 20 m
Trains per day
Of the 13 trains that leave Madrid for Barcelona every day 13 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 3 h 20 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2 h 30 m .
The slowest trains will take 9 h 22 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.
|Distance||312 miles (504 km)|
|Average train duration||2 h 50 min|
|Average train ticket price||£49 (€56)|
|Train frequency||8 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 8 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Renfe AVE or Renfe|
Trains from Madrid to Barcelona cover the 312 miles (504 km) long trip taking on average 2 h 50 min with our travel partners like Renfe AVE or Renfe. Normally, there are 8 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £39, but the average price of train tickets is £49. Travellers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Barcelona Sants.
You can travel by train to Barcelona from Madrid with AVE and Renfe for as low as £39. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best trip.
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.
Renfe has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and travelling by train 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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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 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.
When taking a train from Madrid, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro. When you arrive in Barcelona, your train can arrive in train stations including Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Passeig De Gracia and Barcelona Estació De França.
Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants.
You can find the most popular departure train station for this journey, Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, located approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the city centre of Madrid. The most popular arrival train station in Barcelona, called Barcelona Sants, is located around 1.2 miles (1.9 km) away from its city centre.
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