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There are 6 ways to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train

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

Cheapest option

Train, fly

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

4 alternative options

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona

Bus via Madrid

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona/Sants

Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Barcelone

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona

Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona by walk and train

The journey time between Madrid Atocha Station and Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona is around 3h 12m and covers a distance of around 609 km. This includes an average layover time of around 16 min. The fastest journey normally takes 2h 40m. Services are operated by Renfe AVE, Renfe SNCF and Renfe Cercanias. Typically 117 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
2h 56m
Layover time:
16 min
Total time:
3h 12m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
2h 40m
Journey distance:
609 km
Services per week:
117
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
32 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 Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona walk and train schedules

Walk services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
Estimated schedules: These schedules are estimated and based on typical services on an average day. Please check times and availability with the operator before travelling.
Madrid Atocha Station → Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, 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: 20 Oct 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona is to rideshare which costs €30 and takes 7h 38m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona is to train which costs €55 - €120 and takes 2h 47m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona. However, there are services departing from Estación De Atocha and arriving at Gran Via - Balmes via Madrid and Estació del Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at PlaÇa Catalunya via Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 47m.

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The distance between Madrid Atocha Station and Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona is 504 km. The road distance is 616.2 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 2h 47m and costs €55 - €120.

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It takes approximately 2h 47m to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona, including transfers.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, 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 Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona is to train which takes 2h 47m and costs €55 - €120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €30 - €45 and takes 9h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 504.4 km
  • Duration: 2h 47m

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

Renfe AVE operates a train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants every 2 hours. Tickets cost €60 - €120 and the journey takes 2h 30m. Renfe SNCF also services this route once daily. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Madrid to Barcelona 4 times a week. Tickets cost €29 - €40 and the journey takes 7h 35m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €130
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€25 - €120
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €130
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€25 - €120
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€28 - €140
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€28 - €140
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€20 - €120
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 Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
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 Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 57m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€55 - €85
Website
renfe-sncf.com
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
+34 902 320 320
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
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
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias to Madrid-Nuevos Ministerios
Ave. Duration
8 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€5 - €7
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 35m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€29 - €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.
For more information, please visit this page
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 Madrid to Barcelona/Sants
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €65
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Barcelone
Ave. Duration
7h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€30
Book at
blablacar.es

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

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Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Barcelona station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona is 616 km. It takes approximately 5h 57m to drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Catalonia Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona.

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

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

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