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

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Train

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

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Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Barcelone to Madrid

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Barcelona to Madrid

Drive

  1. Drive from Barcelona to Madrid

Fly

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

Barcelona to Madrid by train

153 Weekly Trains
2h 30m Average Duration
€55 Cheapest Price
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Barcelona → Madrid
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The cheapest way to get from Barcelona to Madrid is to rideshare which costs €27 - €29 and takes 7h 17m.

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The quickest way to get from Barcelona to Madrid is to train which costs €55 - €120 and takes 2h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Barcelona and arriving at Madrid. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 35m.

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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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It is 505 km from Barcelona to Madrid. It is approximately 623.2 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 2h 30m 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 to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Barcelona station.

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

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Madrid is to train which takes 2h 30m and costs €55 - €120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €30 - €70 and takes 7h 35m, you could also fly, which costs €30 - €110 and takes 3h 28m.

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Map of how to get from Barcelona to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 505.3 km
  • Duration: 2h 30m

What companies run services between Barcelona, 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, ALSA operates a bus from Barcelona to Madrid 3 times a day. Tickets cost €45 - €70 and the journey takes 7h 35m. FlixBus also services this route once daily.

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
€20 - €140
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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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
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 to Madrid
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€45 - €70
Website
alsa.com
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
€30 - €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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Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Barcelone to Madrid
Ave. Duration
7h 17m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
€27 - €29
Book at
blablacar.es

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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 to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Madrid station.

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Barcelona 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 to Madrid is 623 km. It takes approximately 6h 2m to drive from Barcelona 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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Book your Barcelona to Madrid bus tickets online with Omio, Busbud and FlixBus.

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There are 828+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Barcelona and Madrid. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Barcelona to Barcelona Airport is to bus which takes 20 min and costs €2 - €6.

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