There are 6 ways to get from Madrid to Barcelona by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants Ave / ...

$75 - $110

Cheapest option

Bus Ruse Bus  •  9 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona 0800

$3

4 alternative options

Bus ALSA  •  8 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona

$40 - $65

Rideshare  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Barcelone 385.3 miles

$36

Drive  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Barcelona 385.5 miles

$70 - $110

Fly  •  3 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Barcelona (BCN) MAD - BCN

$38 - $161

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Barcelona is to bus which costs 3€ and takes 9 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Barcelona is to train which costs 65€ - 95€ and takes 2 h 50 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Barcelona. Services depart every two hours. The journey takes approximately 8 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at Barcelona Sants. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 50 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Barcelona is 505 km. The road distance is 616.8 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 2 h 50 min and costs 65€ - 95€.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants takes 2 h 50 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Madrid to Barcelona bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 315.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 50 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Barcelona, Spain?

Spanish Railways AVE operates a train from Madrid to Barcelona hourly. Tickets cost $75 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 50 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Barcelona every 2 hours. Tickets cost $40 - $65 and the journey takes 8 h 5 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $220
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $300
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
alsa.com
Ruse Bus
Phone
+359 82 82 81 51
Email
info@avtogararuse.org
Website
avtogararuse.org
Bus from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
Frequency
Once a week
Schedules at
avtogararuse.org
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Barcelone
Ave. Duration
7 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$36
Book at
blablacar.es

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