Barcelona to Madrid

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Wed 23 Jan

08:30 15:50
$38
07:20 hrs

Wed 23 Jan

08:03 17:07
$49
09:04 hrs

Wed 23 Jan

05:55 07:10
$61
01:15 hrs

Thu 24 Jan

22:00 05:35
$38
07:35 hrs

Thu 24 Jan

08:03 17:07
$49
09:04 hrs

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How to Travel from Barcelona to Madrid

The journey from Barcelona to Madrid is popular with both business and leisure travelers in Spain. Direct journeys between Barcelona and Madrid are available by plane, train, and bus. Key departure points include Barcelona Sants train station, Barcelona Nord Bus station, and Barcelona Prat airport.

Cheapest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid

Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid. Alsa is the main bus company in Spain and operates all the buses from Barcelona to Madrid. Alsa buses take approximately 7:20 h to travel from Barcelona to Madrid and depart 16 times per day. Alsa's buses depart from Barcelona Nord bus station and arrive at Madrid's Intercambiador Avenida de America.

Fastest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid

Flying is the fastest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid and is 6 hours faster than taking the bus. Flights traveling from Barcelona to Madrid depart from Barcelona's El Prat airport and arrive at Madrid's Barajas airport. Airlines that travel directly from Barcelona to Madrid include Iberia, Air Europa, and Vueling. Another fast option to get from these cities is to take a high-speed AVE train, taking about 2 hours 30 minutes.

Most popular way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid

Taking the train is the most popular way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid. While the train is often more expensive than taking the bus or flying, the time saved avoiding traveling to and from the airport makes up for the additional cost for most travelers. Some of the train ticket cost can be offset by planning ahead and booking your Barcelona to Madrid travel as far ahead of time as possible. All trains traveling from Barcelona to Madrid are operated by Renfe, and depart from Barcelona Sants train station, and arrive at Madrid Puerta de Atocha. There is at least one departure every hour throughout the day, seven days a week. High-speed trains traveling from Barcelona to Madrid take approximately two and a half hours.

What companies travel from Barcelona to Madrid

Many companies operate modern fleets with comfortable, reclining seats, wifi and air-conditioning. Compare the services available.

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  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What's on board Alsa buses?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on Alsa buses?

    No, children under 3 years do not need a ticket on Alsa buses.


    No check-in is required for Alsa buses.


    Ticket can be modified once for free (plus any price difference). Ticket can be cancelled for free up to 48h before departure, for a 20% fee up to 24h before departure and a 30% fee up to 2h before departure. Ticket cannot be modified or cancelled less than 2h before departure.


What's on board Renfe trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on Renfe trains?

    Renfe offers Promo, Promo+, Flexible, Mesa (table for 4), General, and Round-trip fares. Renfe also offers Preferente (1st Class) and Turista (2nd Class) tickets for each fare type.


    Promo, 1st Class


    Newspaper, large leather seats.


    This ticket is only valid for the selected train.


    No, children under 4 years old do not require a ticket on regular Renfe trains if the child sits on an adult's lap. A ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed. Children under 4 years old travelling on Renfe AVE, Long Distance and Avant trains must have a free child's ticket.


    No check-in is required for Renfe trains. However, boarding control closes 2 minutes before the train departs.


    Renfe offers discounted fares for travellers who have a Gold Card ("Tarjeta Dorada"), a Youth Card ("Carné Joven"), or a Card + Young Renfe 50 supplement ("Tarjeta + Renfe Joven 50"). The Gold Card is for travellers over 60 years old, pensioners, and people with disabilities. The Youth Card is for travellers between 14 and 25 years old, while the Card + Young Renfe 50 discount is for travellers who have a youth card and have purchased the an additional €50 supplement.


    For travellers over 60 years old. Tarjeta Dorada card number must be entered during checkout, and card must be shown on the train. Offer cannot be combined with additional discounts.


    For travellers between 14 and 25 years. Tarjeta +Renfe Joven 50 card number must be entered during checkout, and card must be shown on the train. Offer cannot be combined with additional discounts.


What's on board Renfe AVE trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on Renfe AVE trains?

    Renfe AVE offers Promo, Promo+, Flexible, and Mesa (table for 4) fares. Renfe AVE also offers Preferente (1st Class), Turista (2nd Class), and Turista Plus (Premium 2nd Class) tickets for each fare type.


    Promo, 1st Class


    Newspaper, large leather seats.


    This ticket is only valid for the selected train.


    Children under 4 years old are eligible for a free child ticket when they sit on an adult's lap on Renfe AVE trains. A ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed. Children under 14 years old recieve a 40% discount on Renfe AVE train tickets. Children under 6 years old travel for free on Cercanias trains if they do not occupy a seat. On Catalonia Commuter trains, the ticket policy for children is determined by the local transportation authority.


    No check-in is required for Renfe AVE trains.


    Renfe offers discounted fares for travellers who have a Gold Card ("Tarjeta Dorada"), a Youth Card ("Carné Joven"), or a Card + Young Renfe 50 supplement ("Tarjeta + Renfe Joven 50"). The Gold Card is for travellers over 60 years old, pensioners, and people with disabilities. The Youth Card is for travellers between 14 and 25 years old, while the Card + Young Renfe 50 discount is for travellers who have a youth card and have purchased the an additional €50 supplement.


    For travellers over 60 years old. Tarjeta Dorada card number must be entered during checkout, and card must be shown on the train. Offer cannot be combined with additional discounts.


    For travellers between 14 and 25 years. Tarjeta +Renfe Joven 50 card number must be entered during checkout, and card must be shown on the train. Offer cannot be combined with additional discounts.


What's on board Eurolines Switzerland buses?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on Eurolines Switzerland buses?

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    Promo


    This ticket is only valid for the selected bus.


    Standard


    Ticket can be exchanged or refunded for a 25% fee up to 48h before departure (min. 10€) and a 50% fee up to 24h before departure (min. 25€). Ticket cannot be cancelled or exchanged less than 24h before departure.


    Promo


    This ticket cannot be refunded or exchanged.


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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Everything you need to know about Madrid-Barajas airport

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Metro line 8 runs from all the airport terminals to Nuevos Ministerios station in central Madrid and back. The buses number 203, 200 and 101 run from the main bus and train stations to the airport. The T4 is connected also by train with the line C1 to the Chamartín Station.

Everything you need to know about Madrid Puerta De Atocha train station

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This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.
Metro lines 1
Bus lines 47, 55, 19, 85, 10, 24, 57, 102, C

Everything you need to know about Madrid Chamartín train station

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Everything you need to know about Madrid Est. Sur bus station

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* Information may be outdated (testing value)

This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.
Metro lines 6
Bus lines 8, 102, 113, 148, 152, 156, N11
Suburban train lines C1, C5, C7, C10

Everything you need to know about Madrid-Barajas airport

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

* Information may be outdated (testing value)

Metro line 8 runs from all the airport terminals to Nuevos Ministerios station in central Madrid and back. The buses number 203, 200 and 101 run from the main bus and train stations to the airport. The T4 is connected also by train with the line C1 to the Chamartín Station.

Everything you need to know about Madrid Puerta De Atocha train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

* Information may be outdated (testing value)

This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.
Metro lines 1
Bus lines 47, 55, 19, 85, 10, 24, 57, 102, C

Everything you need to know about Madrid Chamartín train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

* Information may be outdated (testing value)

Everything you need to know about Madrid Est. Sur bus station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

* Information may be outdated (testing value)

This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.
Metro lines 6
Bus lines 8, 102, 113, 148, 152, 156, N11
Suburban train lines C1, C5, C7, C10

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