Duration 2h 30m
Distance 616.7 km
Average price 60€
Possible routes 5 found

There are 5 ways to get from Madrid to Barcelona by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Recommended option

Train  •  2h 30m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave

55€ - 120€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  7h 13m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Barcelone 616.4 km

30€

3 alternative options

Bus  •  8h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona 252

30€ - 65€

Drive  •  5h 59m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Barcelona 616.7 km

65€ - 100€

Fly  •  3h 31m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Barcelona (BCN) MAD - BCN

36€ - 139€

Frequently asked questions

Want to know about travelling from Madrid to Barcelona? 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 Madrid to Barcelona is to rideshare which costs 30€ and takes 7h 13m.

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

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Barcelona. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 5m.

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

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The distance between Madrid and Barcelona is 505 km. The road distance is 616.7 km.

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

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

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Madrid to Barcelona bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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

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The best way to get from Madrid to Barcelona is to train which takes 2h 30m and costs 55€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 65€ and takes 8h 5m, you could also fly, which costs 35€ - 140€ and takes 3h 31m.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Madrid to Barcelona bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Barcelona station.

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Madrid to Barcelona train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Barcelona-Sants station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Barcelona is 617 km. It takes approximately 5h 59m to drive from Madrid to Barcelona.

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

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Book your Madrid to Barcelona train tickets online with Rome2rio.

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Book your Madrid to Barcelona bus tickets online with ALSA and Busbud.

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There are 2621+ hotels available in Barcelona. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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

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What companies run services between Madrid and Barcelona?

Renfe AVE operates a train from Madrid to Barcelona 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 Madrid to Barcelona every 2 hours. Tickets cost 45€ - 65€ and the journey takes 8h 5m. Eurolines FR also services this route once daily.
Airlines
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€

About Iberia

Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€

About Vueling Airlines

Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 180€
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€

About Air Europa

Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
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 Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
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 59m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€

About Renfe SNCF

Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
renfe-sncf.com

Bus operators
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Bus from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
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 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€

About Eurolines FR

Bus from Madrid Av America to Barcelona Nord
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
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 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€

About BlaBlaCar.es

Rideshare from Madrid to Barcelone
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€
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blablacar.es

Barcelona, Spain

Jam-packed with cultural, architectural and gastronomical delights, the Catalan capital caters to everyone. Explore the works of Antoni Gaudi, from the monuments of Parc Guell to Mt Tibidabo with its epic city views, to one of the city’s most famous landmarks – the Sagrada Familia. Gourmands will have their fill of Catalonian cuisine at tapas bars and restaurants, as well as the beloved La Boqueria market. Watch some of the world’s best footballers in action at an FC Barcelona game in Camp Nou, cool off at Barceloneta beach or soak up all the culture in the city’s various barrios (neighbourhoods).

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