Trains from Madrid to Barcelona

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Today21 Apr
from £49
Tomorrow22 Apr
from £39
Tue23 Apr
from £26
Wed24 Apr
from £21
Thu25 Apr
from £21
Fri26 Apr
from £36
Sat27 Apr
from £27
Sun28 Apr
from £50

Trains leaving today

One passenger / one way

09:16
2h45m
12:01
Madrid - Atocha
Cheapest
Barcelona - Sants
Cheapest
08:25
2h45m
11:10
Madrid - Atocha
2nd Cheapest
Barcelona - Sants
2nd Cheapest
17:20
2h30m
19:50
Madrid - Madrid Puerta De Atocha
Fastest
Barcelona - Sants
Fastest
07:05
2h45m
09:50
Madrid - Madrid Puerta De Atocha
Barcelona - Sants
07:05
2h45m
09:50
Madrid - Madrid Puerta De Atocha
Barcelona - Sants
Train Madrid to Barcelona: Trip Overview

Train Madrid to Barcelona: Trip Overview

Average ticket price£36
Average train trip duration2h 45m
Number of daily trains31
Earliest train departure06:30
Distance312 miles
Latest train departure21:10
Please note, this information is subject to change.
Train Companies

Train Companies

RENFE AVE Madrid Barcelona recent customer reviews

The company Renfe didn't send me a pdf ticket and I lost my ticket and I have to buy another ticket. Waste of time and bad customer service.

Jonatas S.4 September 2023

Customers have expressed positive opinions about the spacious and comfortable seats, as well as the clean environment of Iryo train. The service is described as fast and efficient.

iryo Madrid Barcelona recent customer reviews

It was easy and simple and on time.

Michael Kevin S.16 April 2024

Great assistance from all workers. They made the experience be as efficient and easy as possible. They were very kind, even during the holiday season. I recommend them to everyone

Kristina J.24 December 2023

Amazing! Comfortable, easy and felt luxurious!

Gail S.2 September 2023

OUIGO Madrid Barcelona recent customer reviews

I am soooo annoyed that they closed the door earlier, we arrived there at 7:01am and they do not allowed us to get in anymore, well there was not even anyone at the door.

Iago F.11 August 2023

Overall good experIence

Alona A.18 July 2022
ES train companies: Renfe, TGV inOui, Iryo, OUIGO

Madrid to Barcelona Trains

AVE Madrid to Barcelona, the fastest way to travel

Regular Madrid to Barcelona Trains

Train times from Madrid to Barcelona

The train station on this route

Train companies on this route

Renfe train from Madrid to Barcelona

OUIGO train from Madrid to Barcelona

How to find cheap tickets from Madrid to Barcelona

Convenience is a plus

Information on this train trip

Daily Trains31
Earliest and Latest Train Departures06:30 - 21:10
Minimum Price£21
Average Ticket Price£36
Minimum Trip Duration2h29m
Average Train Trip Duration2h45m
Distance312 miles
Train Companies on This RouteRenfe, Iryo, OUIGO
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions on the trip Madrid - Barcelona

The average train ticket price from Madrid to Barcelona is £36. The best way to find cheap train tickets from Madrid to Barcelona is to book your tickets as early as possible. Prices tend to rise as your travel date approaches, so book in advance to secure the best prices!

A train trip between Madrid and Barcelona is around 2h 45m, although the fastest train will take about 2h 29m. This is the time it takes to travel the 313 miles that separates the two cities.

The number of trains from Madrid to Barcelona can differ depending on the day of the week. On average, there are 31. Some trains are direct while others include transferring trains. Simplify your train trip from Madrid to Barcelona by comparing and selecting the train that fits your travel style and budget on Busbud.

When taking the train from Madrid to Barcelona, you can travel comfortably and safely with Renfe, Iryo, OUIGO.

Trains travelling between Madrid and Barcelona leave from Madrid Puerta De Atocha or Madrid-Chamartin and arrive at Sants, Nord, Barcelona Clot-Arago.

Find cheapest prices for trains

Find cheapest prices for trains

Price is for a one-way ticket for one passenger and based on past searches.

Best price found
19/04
£27
20/04
£21
Today
£24
22/04
£17
23/04
£18
24/04
£17
25/04
£20
26/04
£22
The cheapest trip from Madrid to Barcelona was searched and found on 22 Apr 2024 with a price of £17

To save money and be sure you have the best seat, it's a good idea to buy your train tickets from Madrid to Barcelona as early as possible.

You can expect to pay from £17 to £153 for a train ticket from Madrid to Barcelona based on the last 2 days. You can expect to find the cheapest price for the trip at £17, which is on 2024-04-22.

Usually RENFE_AVE, RENFE_RENFE will charge you higher prices for tickets closer to the departure date. To find the best prices, you should be flexible on your date of travel.

About the trains from Madrid to Barcelona

Save time and money with the train

Tips to enjoy the train ride

What to do in Barcelona

Parc Guell, in Barcelona

What's the cheapest way to go from Madrid to Barcelona?

The train is the cheapest travel choice for this destination
Vehicle typeTravel timeAvg priceDaily departures
Vehicle typeBusTravel time7h 50mAvg price£38Daily departures28
Vehicle typeTrainTravel time2h 45mAvg price£36Daily departures31
Vehicle typeCarpoolTravel time6h 40mAvg price£36Daily departures15

The best way to travel between Madrid and Barcelona is by train. By choosing the train, you'll get to save some money as you travel to your destination, as ticket prices cost £36 on average. If you're on a budget, you'll find cheap tickets from £12. If you're looking for the fastest way to get to Barcelona, choose the train, as it will take you from Madrid to Barcelona in about 2h 45m – that's the fastest way to get there!

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