You can get from Madrid to Barcelona by train, bus or flight.
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|Distance||312 miles (504 km)|
|Available travel modes||Flight, coach or train|
|Ticket price range||£30 - £41|
|Cheapest mode||Coach • £30 • 7 h 20 min|
|Fastest mode||Flight • £41 • 1 h 10 min|
|Popular travel companies||Iberia, 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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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.
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).
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.
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.
There are 3 ways that you can travel from Madrid to Barcelona. You can take a flight, coach or train.
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.
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.
The distance between Madrid and Barcelona is around 312 miles (504 km).
The average frequency per day from Madrid to Barcelona is:
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.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling 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:
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:
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.
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