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Tue
21 Sep
£34Renfe AVE
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Wed
22 Sep
£39Renfe
£13Alsa
£37Iberia
Thu
23 Sep
£39Renfe
£13Alsa
£40Vueling
Fri
24 Sep
£39Renfe
£17Alsa
£48Iberia
Sat
25 Sep
£49Renfe AVE
£11Alsa
£46Air Europa
Sun
26 Sep
£59Renfe AVE
£30Alsa
£46Iberia
Mon
27 Sep
£29Renfe AVE
£11Alsa
£42Iberia
Tue
28 Sep
£20Renfe AVE
£11Alsa
£27Iberia
Wed
29 Sep
£29Renfe AVE
£11Alsa
£27Iberia
Thu
30 Sep
£20Renfe AVE
£11Alsa
£27Iberia
Fri
1 Oct
£34Renfe AVE
£17Alsa
£46Air Europa
Sat
2 Oct
£24Renfe AVE
£17Alsa
£36Air Europa
Sun
3 Oct
£59Renfe AVE
£17Alsa
£48Iberia
Mon
4 Oct
£39Renfe
£17Alsa
£24Vueling
Tue
5 Oct
£15Renfe AVE
£14Alsa
£24Vueling
Wed
6 Oct
£34Renfe AVE
£16Alsa
£24Vueling
Thu
7 Oct
£34Renfe AVE
£16Alsa
£27Iberia
Fri
8 Oct
£39Renfe
£30Alsa
£53Air Europa
Sat
9 Oct
£34Renfe AVE
£17Alsa
£46Air Europa
Sun
10 Oct
£34Renfe AVE
£15Alsa
£40Air Europa

Travel Information to Barcelona from Madrid

distanceDistance312 miles (504 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, coach or train
priceTicket price range£30 - £41
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £30 • 7 h 20 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £41 • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesIberia, Alsa or Renfe

Take a flight, coach or train to travel 312 miles (504 km) between Madrid and Barcelona. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 10 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £30. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are Iberia, Alsa or Renfe among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Madrid to Barcelona.

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General Information about the Journey from Madrid to Barcelona

Travelling the 624 kilometres from Madrid to Barcelona can be done quickly and conveniently by bus, train and plane. The plane offers the speediest choice reaching Barcelona in an hour and fifteen minutes. However, the fast AVE train offers a close second with a trip between city centres that takes under three hours. Passengers can also opt for the slower regional train or for the bus for a more leisurely journey.

Buses from Madrid to Barcelona

Direct buses leave Madrid throughout the day for the five and a half to seven and a half hour journey to Barcelona. Exclusively run by Alsa, the buses can be boarded at Aeropuerto Madrid, Barajas T4 bus station, Mendez Alvaro bus station or Avenida America bus station. Buses run from early morning to late evening and terminate at Barcelona (Nord).

Trains from Madrid to Barcelona

Getting to Barcelona from Madrid is a breeze on Spain's highly efficient railway system. Passengers have two options. The fastest is the AVE high-speed train which offers around two dozen daily departures from Madrid Puerta de Atocha station on weekdays and some 16 on the weekend. For a slower option, a regional express train - the Combinado - leaves the same station once a day in the late morning. It takes over six hours to reach Barcelona-Sants making many stops along the route.

Flights from Madrid to Barcelona

Passengers have a choice of around nine flights daily for the 75-minute hop from Barajas airport (MAD) Madrid to Barcelona Airport (BCN). Carriers Iberia, Air Europa and Vueling offer departures throughout the day with Air Iberia offering its Iberia Air Shuttle to Barcelona eight times daily.

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FAQs
How do I travel between Madrid and Barcelona?

There are 3 ways that you can travel from Madrid to Barcelona. You can take a flight, coach or train.

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

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Madrid to Barcelona, which costs on average £30.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Barcelona:

A coach is £11 less than a flight for this journey with tickets for a flight from Madrid to Barcelona costing on average £41.

A coach journey is usually £9 less than a journey to Barcelona by train, which costs on average £38 for the same trip.

What is the fastest way to Barcelona from Madrid?

The fastest way to get to Barcelona from Madrid is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 10 min.

There are alternative travel options to Barcelona that can usually take longer:

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

In comparison, getting to Barcelona by train can take on average 2 h 30 min.

What is the distance from Madrid to Barcelona?

The distance between Madrid and Barcelona is around 312 miles (504 km).

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

The average frequency per day from Madrid to Barcelona is:

  • 8 trains a day.

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

When going from Madrid to Barcelona, where do I depart from Madrid and where do I arrive in Barcelona?

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

  • Most travellers catch their flight from Madrid Barajas Airport and arrive in Barcelona El Prat Airport.
  • Most travellers who book a coach ticket from Madrid to Barcelona depart from Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83 to Barcelona, Estació d'Autobusos Nord.
  • Most travellers board their train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Barcelona Sants.
Which travel companies can get me from Madrid to Barcelona?

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

  • Travel with Iberia for flights to Barcelona. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Iberia Madrid to Barcelona tickets on Omio for £41.
  • Alsa can take you to Barcelona by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for Alsa from Madrid to Barcelona for £30.
  • Renfe can get you to Barcelona by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Renfe from Madrid to Barcelona for £38 on Omio.
Where else should I travel to after my journey from Madrid to Barcelona ends?
Omio customers who travel from Madrid to Barcelona often also extend their holiday to go to Paris, Valencia or Sevilla. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Barcelona and these popular destinations at a great price.
How far in advance should I buy my Madrid to Barcelona ticket online to get the best deals?

When planning your trip to Barcelona from Madrid, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets cost on average £41 one way.
  • Coach tickets are costing £30 one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average £38 one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets to Barcelona from Madrid online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Madrid
Barcelona
Madrid America
Amenities
Madrid Est. Sur
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Refreshments
WC

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the bus 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 6<br>Bus lines 8, 102, 113, 148, 152, 156, N11<br>Suburban train lines C1, C5, C7, C10
Madrid Chamartín
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