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Madrid to Barcelona Bus Information

Avg. Bus Duration5h 33m
Bus arrives inBarcelona
Buses depart fromMadrid
Coach Ticket Price£ 30.34
Distance504 km
Bus Companies
  • Alsa
  • Renfe AVE
  • Renfe

Buses from Madrid to Barcelona: Journey Details

Visitors will find a reliable schedule of buses from Madrid to Barcelona, with direct services operated by Alsa departing Madrid throughout most of the day. First departures leave at 7:00 a.m. each morning, running at least once per hour during peak times, with late-night services departing at midnight and 1:30 a.m. from the Intercambiador de Transporte Avenida de América bus station.



Local Time 11:52
Population 1,600,000
Region Catalonia
Languages Spanish, Catalonian

How expensive is Barcelona?

An Average Meal

An average meal in a restaurant in Barcelona costs 1% less than in Madrid.


Prices in Barcelona are on average 2% lower than in Madrid.

Public Transport

Public transport in Barcelona costs around 40% more than in Madrid.

A Night in a Hotel

A night in a hotel in Barcelona is about 41.7% more expensive than in Madrid.

Taking the Bus from Madrid

For most buses from Madrid to Barcelona, passengers will alight at the Intercambiador de Transporte Avenida de América station. Easily connected to the rest of the city via the Madrid Metro, the station lies to the north of the city centre. A limited night service operates, providing 24/7 connections to the main bus interchange, while taxis offer convenient pick-ups and journeys across the city centre and beyond. Journeys from Madrid to Barcelona take on average 7 hours 50 minutes, although express services can take as little as 7 hours.

Getting into Barcelona by Bus

Barcelona is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe, with a thriving arts culture, first-rate cuisine, and celebrated fashions at every turn. The capital of Spain's Catalonia region, Barcelona offers some of the oldest and most iconic architecture in Europe, alongside breath-taking beaches and coastal views. Most buses from Madrid to Barcelona arrive at Estació d'Autobusos Barcelona Nord (Bus Station North), the main bus interchange for regional and international journeys. The bus station is just minutes from the coast and conveniently connected to the rest of the Madrid Metro system. The city has its own subway network, alongside regular bus service and a light-rail tram system, with a limited night service available on some lines.

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