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

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Fly  •  2h 2m

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

$39 - $154

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Train  •  4h 12m

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

$77 - $113

Bus ALSA  •  7h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 to Barcelona/Sants

$40 - $60

Bus Rede Expressos  •  11h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Barcelona Nord Station

$42 - $58

Drive  •  5h 56m

  1. Drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona 382.8 miles

$70 - $110

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona is to bus which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 7h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona is to fly which costs 30€ - 140€ and takes 2h 2m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 and arriving at Barcelona/Sants. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h 5m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona. However, there are services departing from Madrid Airport and arriving at Barcelona Sants via Madrid-Puerta de Atocha. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 12m.

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The distance between Madrid Airport (MAD) and Barcelona is 494 km. The road distance is 612.5 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 4h 12m and costs 65€ - 100€.

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It takes approximately 2h 2m to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona, including transfers.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 station.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona is to fly which takes 2h 2m and costs 30€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 65€ - 100€ and takes 4h 12m, you could also bus, which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 7h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 309 miles
  • Duration: 2h 2m

What companies run services between Madrid Airport (MAD), Spain and Barcelona, Spain?

Air Europa, Vueling Airlines and Iberia fly from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona hourly. Alternatively, Spanish Railways AVE operates a train from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona hourly. Tickets cost $75 - $110 and the journey takes 3h 10m.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $220
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 - Barajas Airport T4 to Barcelona/Sants
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
alsa.com
Rede Expressos
Phone
707 22 33 44
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Barcelona Nord Station
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
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rede-expressos.pt

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Barcelona/Sants station.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, arrive at Barcelona Sants station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona is 613 km. It takes approximately 5h 56m to drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona.

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

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Book your Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona bus tickets online with ALSA.

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