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

Madrid to Barcelona

Rome2rio has found 5 ways to get from Madrid to Barcelona by train, bus, car and flight. We recommend taking the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants, which is the fastest option and takes around 2h 30m.
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Train

  1. Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
  2. Barcelona
Fastest
2h 30m
Bookable on Rome2rio
60€ - 120€
Alternative routes

Bus

  1. Madrid
  2. Barcelona
7h 50m
Bookable on Rome2rio
30€ - 65€

Rideshare

  1. Madrid
  2. Barcelona
7h 13m
Cheapest
30€

Drive

  1. Madrid
  2. Barcelona
5h 59m
65€ - 95€

Fly

  1. Madrid
  2. Barcelona
3h 31m
36€ - 149€

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 60€ - 120€ and takes 2h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Barcelona/Sants. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Barcelona-Sants. Services depart every three 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 60€ - 120€.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants takes 2h 30m including transfers and departs every three 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 60€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 65€ and takes 7h 50m, you could also fly, which costs 35€ - 150€ 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/Sants 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 3551+ hotels available in Barcelona. Prices start at 77€ 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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How to travel from Madrid to Barcelona

Find all the possible transport options for your trip from Madrid to Barcelona 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 Madrid and Barcelona?

Renfe AVE operates a train from Madrid to Barcelona every 3 hours. Tickets cost 60€ - 120€ and the journey takes 2h 30m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Barcelona every 2 hours. Tickets cost 45€ - 65€ and the journey takes 7h 50m. Eurolines FR also services this route 4 times a week.
Airlines
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 230€
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 230€
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 200€
Train operators
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Bus operators
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Other operators
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€

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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