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from Barcelona to Madrid

You can get from Barcelona to Madrid by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Barcelona to Madrid on 23 Jan we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

11:00Barcelona Sants2h45 13:45Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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£401One-way
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11:00Barcelona Sants2h45 13:45Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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£401One-way
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19:35Barcelona El Prat Airport1h25 21:00Madrid Barajas Airport
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£641One-way
18:05Barcelona El Prat Airport1h25 19:30Madrid Barajas Airport
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£641One-way
14:00Barcelona Sants3h12 17:12Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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£401One-way

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Sun
23 Jan
£35Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£50Air Europa
Mon
24 Jan
£15Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£40Iberia
Tue
25 Jan
£20Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£22Air Europa
Wed
26 Jan
£25Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£30Air Europa
Thu
27 Jan
£15Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£25Iberia
Fri
28 Jan
£38Renfe Regional Expres
£29Alsa
£35Air Europa
Sat
29 Jan
£30Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£22Air Europa
Sun
30 Jan
£38Renfe Regional Expres
£29Alsa
£34Vueling
Mon
31 Jan
£25Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£22Vueling
Tue
1 Feb
£15Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£22Air Europa
Wed
2 Feb
£15Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£22Air Europa
Thu
3 Feb
£15Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£22Vueling
Fri
4 Feb
£38Renfe Regional Expres
£29Alsa
£30Air Europa
Sat
5 Feb
£30Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£22Air Europa
Sun
6 Feb
£25Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£34Vueling
Mon
7 Feb
£23Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£22Vueling
Tue
8 Feb
£15Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£22Air Europa
Wed
9 Feb
£10Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£22Air Europa
Thu
10 Feb
£35Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£22Air Europa
Fri
11 Feb
£35Renfe AVE
£29Alsa
£30Air Europa

Travel Information to Madrid from Barcelona

distanceDistance312 miles (504 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, coach or train
priceTicket price range£13 - £35
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £13 • 7 h 20 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £35 • 1 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiesVueling, Alsa or Renfe AVE

Travel 312 miles (504 km) by flight, coach or train between Barcelona and Madrid. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 20 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £13. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are Vueling, Alsa or Renfe AVE among others. Travellers can even take a direct flight from Barcelona to Madrid.

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How to Travel from Barcelona to Madrid

It is possible to make a direct journey between the two cities by plane train or bus. Journey times are between 3.5 and 9 hours approximately. Travelling by train is the quickest route, as although actual flight times are short, journey times to and from airports and security checks add to the time taken when flying. The slowest journey time between the two cities is by bus.

Barcelona to Madrid Travel Comparison

Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

buses

£29

7:50 h

1 Week Before

trains

£80

2:30 h

2 Months Before

flight

£40

1:25 h

2 Months Before



What is the best way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid?

Cheapest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid


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Buses are definitely the cheapest option for travel from Barcelona to Madrid, however, it’s also the slowest by some distance. ALSA operates a route from Barcelona which takes around 7.5 hours to reach Madrid. Buses leave from Barcelona Nord Coach Station, arriving at Madrid Intercambiador Avenida de America. There are around 16 departures a day, seven days a week.


Fastest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid


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The Spanish provider RENFE operates its high-speed AVE route between the two cities, leaving from Barcelona Sants Train Station and arriving at Madrid Puerta de Atocha. There is at least one departure an hour throughout the day, seven days a week. The journey time is approximately 3 hours. There are also two slower early morning trains which take around 9 hours. When Check-In and Journeys to and from the airport are included, the train proves the quickest option between the two cities.


Most popular way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid


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The total flight time between Barcelona Prat Airport and Madrid Barajas Airport is around 1 hour 15 mins, with three airlines offering a direct service, seven days a week. Iberia has 7 departures a day, Vueling and Air Europa have 3 departures each. The frequency of departures and low cost of the flights mean that they remain a popular choice.


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FAQs

What are my travel options from Barcelona to Madrid?

There are 3 travel options from Barcelona to Madrid: flight, coach or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid?

The cheapest way from Barcelona to Madrid is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £13 compared to other travel options to Madrid:

A coach is about £21 less than a flight, which costs on average £35 for this journey.

A coach is generally £1 less than a train for the same trip. A train costs on average £14 from Barcelona to Madrid.

What is the quickest way from Barcelona to Madrid?

The quickest way to travel between Barcelona and Madrid is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 20 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 7 h 20 min   of travel time.

In comparison, going by train can take 2 h 30 min   on average.

How far is it from Barcelona to Madrid?

The distance from Barcelona to Madrid is approximately 312 miles (504 km).

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Barcelona to Madrid?

The average frequency per day from Barcelona to Madrid is:

  • Around 8 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Barcelona and Madrid as scheduled services by flight, coach or train can vary by season or day of the week.

What are the departure and arrival points when travelling from Barcelona to Madrid?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Barcelona to Madrid:

  • Most travellers who buy a plane ticket from Barcelona to Madrid depart from Barcelona El Prat Airport to Madrid Barajas Airport.
  • Most travellers take a coach from Barcelona, Estació d'Autobusos Nord to Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83.
  • Most travellers take a train from Barcelona Sants to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

Which travel companies can get me from Barcelona to Madrid?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Barcelona to Madrid, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with Vueling to go to Madrid by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Vueling Barcelona to Madrid tickets on Omio for £35.
  • Alsa can take you to Madrid by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for Alsa from Barcelona to Madrid for £13.
  • Travel with Renfe AVE for trains to Madrid. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Renfe AVE Barcelona to Madrid tickets on Omio for £14.

Is there a way to travel directly from Barcelona to Madrid?

Yes, there are direct routes from Barcelona to Madrid with the following travel companies:

  • You can find direct flights to take to Madrid with Vueling, Air Europa or Iberia.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Madrid tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase tickets for this journey.

What other destinations are worth visiting after travelling from Barcelona to Madrid?

Many of our customers who book a trip from Barcelona to Madrid often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Valencia, Sevilla or Málaga. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Barcelona and Madrid itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Madrid and any of these top destinations today!

How early should I book Barcelona to Madrid tickets online to score the best deals?

Before travelling from Barcelona to Madrid, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a plane ticket for this journey is £35 one way on average.
  • The price of a coach ticket for this journey is £13 one way on average.
  • The price of a train ticket for this journey is £14 one way on average.

But we recommend booking Barcelona to Madrid tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.