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There are 4 ways to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station by train, bus, car or plane

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Recommended option

Train  •  2h 36m

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

€60 - €120

Cheapest option

Train, fly  •  3h 29m

  1. Take the train from Atocha to Nuevos Ministerios
  2. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Barcelona (BCN) MAD - BCN

€32 - €98

2 alternative options

Bus  •  9h 32m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona/Sants

€46 - €66

Drive  •  5h 55m

  1. Drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station 614.2 km

€60 - €90

Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station by walk and train

The journey time between Madrid Atocha Station and Barcelona Sants Station is around 3h and covers a distance of around 606 km. The fastest journey normally takes 2h 30m. Operated by Renfe AVE, the Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station service departs from Madrid Atocha Station and arrives in Barcelona-Sants. Typically 65 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
3h
Fastest journey time:
2h 30m
Journey distance:
606 km
Services per week:
65
Cheapest price:
€60
Carbon emissions:
31 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:30
Last service departs at:
20:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station walk and train schedules

Madrid Atocha Station → Barcelona Sants Station
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Barcelona Sants Station is 112.

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

The social distance requirement in Barcelona Sants Station is 1.5 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station is to train and fly which costs €30 - €100 and takes 3h 29m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station is to train which costs €60 - €120 and takes 2h 36m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station. However, there are services departing from Reina Sofía and arriving at Barcelona/Sants via Madrid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 32m.

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

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The distance between Madrid Atocha Station and Barcelona Sants Station is 502 km. The road distance is 614.2 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station without a car is to train which takes 2h 36m and costs €60 - €120.

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

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Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station is to train which takes 2h 36m and costs €60 - €120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €45 - €70 and takes 9h 32m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station.
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  • Distance: 502 km
  • Duration: 2h 36m

What companies run services between Madrid Atocha Station, Spain and Barcelona Sants Station, Catalonia, Spain?

Renfe AVE operates a train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants hourly. Tickets cost €60 - €120 and the journey takes 2h 30m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Barcelona/Sants every 2 hours. Tickets cost €45 - €65 and the journey takes 7h 50m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €140
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
€26 - €140
Tunisair
Website
tunisair.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€95 - €270
Royal Jordanian
Website
rj.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €280
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
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€60 - €80
Promo+
€68 - €73
Flexible
€90 - €120
Renfe Cercanias

This regional commuter train system (also known as Cercanías) connects Barcelona with Catalonia and the Barcelona metropolitan area, including popular destinations like Sitges and the Costa Brava. The network of routes mostly runs overground and connects to many Barcelona metro and bus stations. Trains run frequently, and tickets can be bought at station ticket machines on the day of travel. Two children per adult (up to 6 years) can travel for free. If you’re arriving or departing Barcelona on a domestic AVE or long-distance train, check your ticket for a 5-digit Combinado Cercanias code, which is redeemable for a free local ticket from the ticket machines.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 (0) 902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Atocha to Nuevos Ministerios
Ave. Duration
9 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Website
Renfe Cercanias
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-Atocha Cercanias to Madrid-Nuevos Ministerios
Ave. Duration
8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€5 - €7
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 to Barcelona/Sants
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €65
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 9m.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Barcelona/Sants station.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Barcelona-Sants station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station is 614 km. It takes approximately 5h 55m to drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Barcelona Sants Station.

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Tunisair, Royal Jordanian, Vueling Airlines and two other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Barcelona Airport.

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