Barcelona to Madrid

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Thu 22 Feb

06:00 13:35
£28
07:35 hrs

Thu 22 Feb

07:25 11:05
£31
03:40 hrs

Thu 22 Feb

08:03 17:07
£37
09:04 hrs

Fri 23 Feb

06:00 13:35
£28
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Fri 23 Feb

07:25 11:05
£30
03:40 hrs

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How to Travel from Barcelona to Madrid

It is possible to make a direct journey between the two cities by plane train or bus. Journey times are between 3.5 and 9 hours approximately. Travelling by train is the quickest route, as although actual flight times are short, journey times to and from airports and security checks add to the time taken when flying. The slowest journey time between the two cities is by bus.

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Barcelona to Madrid Travel Comparison

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£29

7:50 h

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£80

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What is the best way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid?

Cheapest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid


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Buses are definitely the cheapest option for travel from Barcelona to Madrid, however, it’s also the slowest by some distance. ALSA operates a route from Barcelona which takes around 7.5 hours to reach Madrid. Buses leave from Barcelona Nord Coach Station, arriving at Madrid Intercambiador Avenida de America. There are around 16 departures a day, seven days a week.


Fastest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid


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The Spanish provider RENFE operates its high-speed AVE route between the two cities, leaving from Barcelona Sants Train Station and arriving at Madrid Puerta de Atocha. There is at least one departure an hour throughout the day, seven days a week. The journey time is approximately 3 hours. There are also two slower early morning trains which take around 9 hours. When Check-In and Journeys to and from the airport are included, the train proves the quickest option between the two cities.


Most popular way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid


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The total flight time between Barcelona Prat Airport and Madrid Barajas Airport is around 1 hour 15 mins, with three airlines offering a direct service, seven days a week. Iberia has 7 departures a day, Vueling and Air Europa have 3 departures each. The frequency of departures and low cost of the flights mean that they remain a popular choice.


What companies travel from Barcelona to Madrid

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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.


    Ticket is valid only for the chosen 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 travelers 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.


    Promo


    Promo+


    Tourist Promo


    Ticket is not refundable and not amendable.


    Tourist Promo+


    20% amendment fee, 30% cancellation fee.


    Round-trip


    40% cancellation fee, outward and return journey may be cancelled or changed individually.


    Essential, 1st Class


    Essential, 2nd Class


    Essential, T. Joven, 1st Class


    Essential, T. Joven, 2nd Class


    This ticket is refundable or exchangeable for a 50% fee before the train departs. This ticket cannot be refunded after the train departs.


    Flexi


    Flexi, T. Joven, 1st Class


    Flexi, T. Joven, 2nd Class


    Free cancellation up to 48 hours before departure. 10% fee if canceled less than 48 hours before departure.


    Round-trip, 1st Class


    Round-trip, 2nd+ Class


    Round-trip, 2nd Class


    40% cancellation fee, outward and return journey may be cancelled or changed individually.


    T. Dorada, 1st Class


    T. Dorada, 2nd+ Class


    T. Dorada, 2nd Class


    10% amendment fee, 15% cancellation fee.


    T. Joven, 1st Class


    T. Joven, 2nd+ Class


    T. Joven, 2nd Class


    20% amendment fee, 30% cancellation fee.


    Flexible, 1st Class


    Flexible, 2nd+ Class


    Flexible, 2nd Class


    Free amendments before departure (not including price difference between tickets). 5% cancellation fee.


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?

    Alsa offers Servicio Normal, Eurobus, Supra Economy, Supra+, and Premium ticket classes.


    Standard,Eurobus


    WC, WIFI, entertainment channel, seatbelts, footrests


    Standard,Normal


    WC, WIFI, entertainment channel, seatbelts, footrests


    Standard,SupraEconomy


    WC, WIFI, entertainment channel, seatbelts, footrests, headphones, newspapers, outlets, VIP Lounge, extra space between seats


    Estandar,Supra+


    WC, WIFI, entertainment channel, seatbelts, footrests, headphones, newspapers, outlets, VIP Lounge, extra space between seats, attendant, Food and drinks service


    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, between 48h and 24h before departure for a 10% fee, and between 24h and 2h before departure for a 20% fee. 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.


    Ticket is valid only for the chosen 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 travelers 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.


    Promo


    Promo+


    Tourist Promo


    Ticket is not refundable and not amendable.


    Tourist Promo+


    20% amendment fee, 30% cancellation fee.


    Round-trip


    40% cancellation fee, outward and return journey may be cancelled or changed individually.


    Essential, 1st Class


    Essential, 2nd Class


    Essential, T. Joven, 1st Class


    Essential, T. Joven, 2nd Class


    This ticket is refundable or exchangeable for a 50% fee before the train departs. This ticket cannot be refunded after the train departs.


    Flexi


    Flexi, T. Joven, 1st Class


    Flexi, T. Joven, 2nd Class


    Free cancellation up to 48 hours before departure. 10% fee if canceled less than 48 hours before departure.


    Round-trip, 1st Class


    Round-trip, 2nd+ Class


    Round-trip, 2nd Class


    40% cancellation fee, outward and return journey may be cancelled or changed individually.


    T. Dorada, 1st Class


    T. Dorada, 2nd+ Class


    T. Dorada, 2nd Class


    10% amendment fee, 15% cancellation fee.


    T. Joven, 1st Class


    T. Joven, 2nd+ Class


    T. Joven, 2nd Class


    20% amendment fee, 30% cancellation fee.


    Flexible, 1st Class


    Flexible, 2nd+ Class


    Flexible, 2nd Class


    Free amendments before departure (not including price difference between tickets). 5% cancellation fee.


  • 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 Aerobús 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 Aerobús buses?

    No check-in is required for Aerobús buses.


    All tickets are the same on Aerobús buses.


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Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Everything you need to know about Barcelona Airport

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  • WC

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Aerobús operates to the city centre (Plaza de Catalunya) from both terminals. There is also the city bus 46 and the train R2, that goes to the main train station.

Everything you need to know about Barcelona Sants train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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Everything you need to know about Madrid-Barajas Airport

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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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 Chamartín train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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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 Est. Sur bus station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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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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