Duration 2h 30m
Distance 620 km
Average price 55€
Possible routes 6 found

There are 6 ways to get from Barcelona to Madrid by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

We recommend taking the train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha, which is the fastest option and takes around 2h 30m.

Recommended route

Train • 2h 30m

  1. Barcelona-Sants
  2. Madrid
Fastest
2h 30m
Bookable on Rome2rio
55€ - 120€
Alternative routes
8h 19m
50€ - 69€

Bus • 8h 40m

  1. Barcelona Nord
  2. Madrid
8h 40m
Bookable on Rome2rio
30€ - 45€

Rideshare • 7h 17m

  1. Barcelone
  2. Madrid
7h 17m
Cheapest
27€ - 29€

Drive • 6h 3m

  1. Barcelona
  2. Madrid
6h 3m
65€ - 100€

Fly • 3h 29m

  1. Barcelona
  2. Madrid
3h 29m
30€ - 130€

Frequently asked questions

Want to know about travelling from Barcelona to Madrid? We have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions from our users such as: What is the cheapest mode of transport?, What is the quickest option?, How much do tickets usually cost? and many more.

The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Madrid is to rideshare which costs 27€ - 29€ and takes 7h 17m.

More details

The quickest way to get from Barcelona to Madrid is to train which costs 55€ - 120€ and takes 2h 30m.

More details

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona Nord and arriving at Madrid Est Sur. Services depart once daily, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 8h 40m.

More details

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Barcelona-Sants and arriving at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 30m.

More details

The distance between Barcelona and Madrid is 505 km. The road distance is 620 km.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Barcelona to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 2h 30m and costs 55€ - 120€.

More details

The train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha takes 2h 30m including transfers and departs every four hours.

More details

Barcelona to Madrid bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from Barcelona Nord station.

More details

Barcelona to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Barcelona-Sants station.

More details

The best way to get from Barcelona to Madrid is to train which takes 2h 30m and costs 55€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can bus via Madrid - Barajas Airport T4, which costs 50€ - 70€ and takes 8h 19m, you could also fly, which costs 30€ - 130€ and takes 3h 29m.

Mode details

The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

Search flights

Barcelona to Madrid bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Madrid Est Sur station.

More details

Barcelona to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona to Madrid is 620 km. It takes approximately 6h 3m to drive from Barcelona to Madrid.

Get driving directions

Air Europa, Vueling Airlines and Iberia offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Madrid Airport.

Search flights

Book your Barcelona to Madrid train tickets online with Rome2rio.

Search and book

Book your Barcelona to Madrid bus tickets online with Busbud.

Search and book

There are 3250+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at 87€ per night.

More details

Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Barcelona and Madrid. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

Read Rome2rio's guide to Blablacar

The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to train which takes 25 min and costs .

More details

How to travel from Barcelona to Madrid

Find all the possible transport options for your trip from Barcelona to Madrid right here. Rome2rio displays up to date schedules, route maps, journey times and estimated fares from relevant transport operators, ensuring you can make an informed decision about which option will suit you best. Click the map below to see more travel options.

What companies run services between Barcelona and Madrid?

Renfe AVE operates a train from Barcelona to Madrid every 4 hours. Tickets cost 60€ - 120€ and the journey takes 2h 30m. Renfe SNCF also services this route once daily. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Barcelona to Madrid 3 times a day. Tickets cost 45€ - 65€ and the journey takes 7h 20m.
Airlines
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€

About Iberia

Flights from Barcelona to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€

About Vueling Airlines

Flights from Barcelona to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€

About Air Europa

Flights from Barcelona to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Train operators
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 120€

About Renfe AVE

Train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 80€
Promo+
68€ - 73€
Flexible
90€ - 120€

Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€

About Renfe SNCF

Train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
renfe-sncf.com

Bus operators
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Bus from Barcelona to Madrid - Barajas Airport T4
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
alsa.com

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Ave. Duration
8h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€

About Eurolines FR

Bus from Barcelona Nord to Madrid Est Sur
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Other operators
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
27€ - 29€

About BlaBlaCar.es

Rideshare from Barcelone to Madrid
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
27€ - 29€
Book at
blablacar.es

Madrid, Spain

From royal palaces to flamenco shows, museums to bodegas, Madrid oozes a unique charm. Fill your suitcase with eclectic designer threads along Gran Via, revel in royal history at one of the many palaces, or feel football fever at Santiago Bernabeu stadium, home of the Real Madrid soccer team. Tour the city’s parks, visit a cervecería (beer hall), and take in the grandeur of the city’s main square, Plaza Mayor. Sink your teeth into some of the best tapas in the world, sample the famed churros at San Gines, wash them down with some sangria then join in the city’s booming nightlife scene until the wee hours of the morning.

Want to know more about travelling around Spain

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

Did you find what you were looking for?

Thanks for your feedback!

Plan your trip faster!
  • Door-to-door travel search
  • Access ticket details offline
  • Up-to-date schedules across the globe