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There are 5 ways to get from Barcelona (Station) to Madrid by train, bus, car or plane

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Train

  1. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Madrid

Bus via Madrid

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona/Sants to Madrid

Drive

  1. Drive from Barcelona (Station) to Madrid

Bus, fly

  1. Take the bus from Sants - Munné to Creu Coberta - Pl Espanya
  2. Fly from Barcelona (BCN) to Madrid (MAD)

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The cost-effective way to get from Barcelona (Station) to Madrid is to bus, which costs €30 - €45 and takes 8h 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona (Station) to Madrid is to train which costs €55 - €120 and takes 2h 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona/Sants and arriving at Madrid. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 10h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Barcelona-Sants and arriving at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 30m.

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The distance between Barcelona (Station) and Madrid is 501 km. The road distance is 613.8 km.

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The best way to get from Barcelona (Station) to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 2h 55m and costs €55 - €120.

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The train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha takes 2h 30m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Barcelona (Station) to Madrid bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Barcelona station.

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Barcelona (Station) to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Barcelona-Sants station.

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The best way to get from Barcelona (Station) to Madrid is to train which takes 2h 55m and costs €55 - €120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €30 - €45 and takes 8h 57m.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona (Station) to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 501 km
  • Duration: 2h 55m

What companies run services between Barcelona (Station), Catalonia, Spain and Madrid, Spain?

Renfe AVE operates a train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha hourly. Tickets cost €60 - €120 and the journey takes 2h 30m. Renfe SNCF also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Barcelona to Madrid once daily. Tickets cost €29 - €40 and the journey takes 7h 15m.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Barcelona to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €140
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Barcelona to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €140
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Barcelona to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €150
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Barcelona to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€21 - €140
Train operators
Renfe AVE
Rome2rio's guide to Renfe AVE
Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€60 - €80
Promo+
€68 - €73
Flexible
€90 - €120
Renfe SNCF
Phone
+34 902 320 320
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€55 - €85
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Barcelona to Madrid
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Barcelona/Sants to Madrid
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€45 - €70
Website
alsa.com
Tmb
Phone
+34 932 98 70 00
Email
tmb@tmb.cat
Website
tmb.cat
Bus from Sants - Munné to Creu Coberta - Pl Espanya
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
€3
Website
Tmb

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The quickest flight from Barcelona Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Barcelona (Station) to Madrid bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Madrid station.

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Barcelona (Station) to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Barcelona (Station) to Madrid is 614 km. It takes approximately 5h 57m to drive from Barcelona (Station) to Madrid.

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Air Europa, Ryanair, Vueling Airlines and Iberia offer flights from Barcelona Airport to Madrid Airport.

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