How to get from Barcelona to Madrid

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from Barcelona to Madrid

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

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To get from Barcelona to Madrid on 30 Jun we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:25Barcelona Sants2h30 10:55Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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£551One-way
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10:30Barcelona, Estació d'Autobusos Nord7h40 18:10Madrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T4
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£351One-way
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07:00Barcelona Sants2h30 09:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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£551One-way
06:20Barcelona Sants2h30 08:50Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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£551One-way
20:30Barcelona El Prat Airport1h30 22:00Madrid Barajas Airport
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£691One-way

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Travel Information to Madrid from Barcelona

distanceDistance312 miles (504 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeFlight • £87 • 1 h 25 min
carriersPopular travel companiesAlsa, Iberia or Renfe Regional Expres

Travel 312 miles (504 km) by coach, flight, ferry or train to Madrid from Barcelona. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Alsa, Iberia or Renfe Regional Expres among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach, flight or train from Barcelona to Madrid.

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

There are 4 travel options from Barcelona to Madrid: coach, flight, ferry or train.

A ferry service offers the cheapest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid, which costs on average £1.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Madrid:

A ferry journey is usually £31 less than a journey to Madrid by coach, which costs on average £31 for the same trip.

A ferry journey is usually £87 less than a journey to Madrid by plane, which costs on average £87 for the same trip.

A ferry journey is usually £39 less than a journey to Madrid by train, which costs on average £39 for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 25 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 6 h 50 min   of travel time.

In comparison, travelling by ferry can take you on average NaN h NaN min.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 2 h 30 min   of travel time.

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

The average frequency per day from Barcelona to Madrid is:

  • 1 coach per day.
  • Around 17 trains per day.

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

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Barcelona to Madrid:

  • Coaches most often depart from Barcelona at Barcelona, Estació d'Autobusos Nord and arrive in Madrid at Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83.
  • Flights most often depart from Barcelona at Barcelona El Prat Airport and arrive in Madrid at Madrid Barajas Airport.
  • Trains from Barcelona to Madrid most often leave from Barcelona Sants and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

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 Alsa for coaches to Madrid. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Alsa Barcelona to Madrid tickets on Omio for £31.
  • Iberia can get you to Madrid by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with Iberia from Barcelona to Madrid for £87 on Omio.
  • Renfe Regional Expres can get you to Madrid by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Renfe Regional Expres from Barcelona to Madrid for £39 on Omio.

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

  • You can find 1 direct coach per day to take to Madrid with Alsa.
  • You can find direct flights per day to Madrid with Vueling, Air Europa or Iberia.
  • You can find 17 direct trains per day to Madrid with Renfe AVE or Renfe Regional Expres.

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 book tickets for this journey.

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!

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

  • The price of a coach ticket is on average £31 one way for this trip.
  • The price of a plane ticket for this trip is on average £87 one way.
  • The price of a ferry ticket is on average £1 one way for this route.
  • The price of a train ticket is on average £39 one way for this journey.

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.

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