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Thu
2 Dec
£39Renfe Regional Expres
£25Alsa
£52Vueling
Fri
3 Dec
£39Renfe Regional Expres
£30Alsa
£65Vueling
Sat
4 Dec
£65Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£65Vueling
Sun
5 Dec
£65Renfe AVE
£21Alsa
£55Air Europa
Mon
6 Dec
£44Renfe AVE
£23Alsa
£40Air Europa
Tue
7 Dec
£39Renfe Regional Expres
£28Alsa
£45Vueling
Wed
8 Dec
£58Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£58Iberia
Thu
9 Dec
£39Renfe Regional Expres
£17Alsa
£23Air Europa
Fri
10 Dec
£39Renfe Regional Expres
£15Alsa
£35Vueling
Sat
11 Dec
£49Renfe AVE
£14Alsa
£35Vueling
Sun
12 Dec
£58Renfe AVE
£17Alsa
£60Vueling
Mon
13 Dec
£39Renfe Regional Expres
£15Alsa
£22Vueling
Tue
14 Dec
£34Renfe AVE
£14Alsa
£22Vueling
Wed
15 Dec
£34Renfe AVE
£17Alsa
£43Air Europa
Thu
16 Dec
£39Renfe Regional Expres
£14Alsa
£22Vueling
Fri
17 Dec
£39Renfe Regional Expres
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Sat
18 Dec
£49Renfe AVE
£25Alsa
£40Vueling
Sun
19 Dec
£44Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£40Vueling
Mon
20 Dec
£39Renfe Regional Expres
£17Alsa
£35Vueling
Tue
21 Dec
£39Renfe Regional Expres
£14Alsa
£22Vueling
Wed
22 Dec
£39Renfe Regional Expres
£23Alsa
£40Vueling

Fastest train times from Madrid to Barcelona

Showing times and prices for 3 Dec

Fastest Journey

2 h 30 m

Average

3 h 20 m

Trains per day

13

Distance

504 km

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.

Fastest
08:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 10:30Barcelona Sants
0 changes
£1031One-way
Fastest
19:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 21:30Barcelona Sants
0 changes
£1521One-way
Fastest
20:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 22:30Barcelona Sants
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£1141One-way
Fastest
17:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 19:30Barcelona Sants
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£1371One-way
Fastest
09:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha2h30 11:30Barcelona Sants
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£1221One-way

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Train Information to Barcelona from Madrid

distanceDistance312 miles (504 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 50 min
priceAverage train ticket price£49 (€56)
frequencyTrain frequency8 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 8 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesRenfe 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.

Train companies

Travel with AVE and Renfe from Madrid to Barcelona

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
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.

    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:

    • 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 does a cheap train between Madrid and Barcelona cost?
    If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train between Madrid and Barcelona for as little as £39  in the next 7 days.
    What is the average cost of a train from Madrid to Barcelona?
    If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Madrid to Barcelona train price to come in at an average of £49  one way.
    What is the distance by train from Madrid to Barcelona?
    The Madrid to Barcelona train distance is approximately 312 miles (504 km).
    How long does it take from Madrid to Barcelona by train?
    While the time it takes to travel 312 miles (504 km) from Madrid to Barcelona can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Madrid to Barcelona is on average 2 h 50 min.
    What station does the Madrid to Barcelona train leave from? Which Barcelona train station do I come into from Madrid?

    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.

    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 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.

    Which train companies can get me from Madrid to 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.
    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 departing from Madrid to Barcelona leaves at 05: 30. The last train departing from Madrid to Barcelona leaves at 19: 40. You can find the latest Madrid to Barcelona train schedule on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.
    How far in advance should I buy a train ticket to Barcelona from Madrid to get the best deals?
    In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this trip and save money. If you book train tickets between Madrid and Barcelona within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £49 one way. To find the best prices for this trip, consider booking your train ticket from Madrid to Barcelona a few months in advance.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Madrid
    Barcelona
    Madrid-Puerta de Atocha is the most popular Madrid railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Madrid for your journey to Barcelona.
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +34 912432343
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Sun: 10: 00 - 20: 00
    Public transport options for Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
    Metro lines: 1
    Bus lines: 10, 14, 24, 26, 32, 37, 54, 57, 59, 85, 86, 102, 121, 203
    Train lines: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C7, C8, C10