There are 6 ways to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  2h 1m

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

35€ - 170€

Cheapest option

Bus via Madrid Est Sur  •  10h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Est Sur to Barcelona Nord 252

32€ - 50€

4 alternative options

Train  •  4h 2m

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

55€ - 120€

Bus  •  7h 5m

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

45€ - 65€

Train via Chamartin  •  10h 55m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Barcelona-Paseo De Gracia Re

40€ - 50€

Drive  •  5h 55m

  1. Drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona 612.5 km

65€ - 100€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona is to bus via Madrid Est Sur which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 10h 54m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona is to fly which costs 35€ - 170€ and takes 2h 1m.

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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 Aeropuerto T4 and arriving at Barcelona-Sants via Madrid-Puerta De Atocha. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 2m.

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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 2m and costs 55€ - 120€.

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It takes approximately 2h 1m 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 Renfe 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 1m and costs 35€ - 170€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 55€ - 120€ and takes 4h 2m, you could also bus, which costs 45€ - 65€ and takes 7h 5m.

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  • Distance: 494.4 km
  • Duration: 2h 1m

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

Air Europa, Iberia and two other airlines fly from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Barcelona hourly. Alternatively, Renfe AVE operates a train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants every 4 hours. Tickets cost 60€ - 120€ and the journey takes 2h 30m. Renfe SNCF also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 190€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 230€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 170€
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 80€
Promo+
68€ - 73€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Barcelona-Paseo De Gracia
Ave. Duration
9h 37m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Madrid Est Sur to Barcelona Nord
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
Eurolines FR

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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 Renfe 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 55m 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 Omio and Busbud.

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