COVID-19 Travel restrictions may apply in Spain. Learn More.

There are 4 ways to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona by plane, train, bus or car

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

Fly  •  1h 46m

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

31€ - 101€

3 alternative options

Train  •  3h 50m

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

60€ - 120€

Bus  •  7h 5m

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

45€ - 65€

Drive  •  5h 53m

  1. Drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona 615.9 km

55€ - 90€

Madrid Airport (MAD) → Barcelona
Partially open

Travel safe during COVID-19

Rules to follow in Spain

1.5m

Mandatory

Travel within Spain

Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine
Nationwide control measures in place
Regional restriction measures in place
Observe COVID-19 safety rules

COVID-19 help in Spain

If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 112

Frequently Asked Questions


There are currently travel restrictions within Spain.

Explore options for future travel

Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

Explore travel options

The national COVID-19 helpline number in Barcelona is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Barcelona is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Barcelona is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 112.

Last updated: 17 May 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: European Union.

We're working around the clock to bring you the latest COVID-19 travel updates.
This information is compiled from official sources. To the best of our knowledge, it is correct as of the last update.
Visit Rome2rio travel advice for general help.

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona is to fly which costs 30€ - 110€ and takes 1h 46m.

More details

The quickest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona is to fly which costs 30€ - 110€ and takes 1h 46m.

More details

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.

More details

No, there is no direct train from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona. However, there are services departing from Aeropuerto T4 and arriving at Barcelona-Sants via Madrid-Puerta De Atocha. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 50m.

More details

It is 494 km from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona. It is approximately 615.9 km to drive.

Get driving directions

The best way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 3h 50m and costs 60€ - 120€.

More details

It takes approximately 1h 46m to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona, including transfers.

More details

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

More details

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

More details

The best way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona is to fly which takes 1h 46m and costs 30€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 60€ - 120€ and takes 3h 50m, you could also bus, which costs 45€ - 65€ and takes 7h 5m.

Mode details

Map of how to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 494.4 km
  • Duration: 1h 46m

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

Iberia, Vueling Airlines and Air Europa fly from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona hourly. Alternatively, Renfe AVE operates a train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants hourly. Tickets cost 60€ - 120€ and the journey takes 2h 30m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 130€
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Badajoz
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 120€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 130€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
27€ - 120€
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
27€ - 120€
Train operators
Renfe AVE
Rome2rio's guide to Renfe AVE
Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 80€
Promo+
68€ - 73€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
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
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 to Barcelona/Sants
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
alsa.com

Want to know more about travelling around Spain

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

More Questions & Answers

The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

Search flights

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

More details

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

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona is 616 km. It takes approximately 5h 53m to drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona.

Get driving directions

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

Search flights

Book your Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona bus tickets online with Omio and Busbud.

Search and book

There are 1731+ hotels available in Barcelona. Prices start at 75€ per night.

More details