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There are 4 ways to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Sants Estació by train, bus, 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)

2 alternative options

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona/Sants

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Sants Estació

Madrid Atocha Station to Sants Estació by walk and train

The journey time between Madrid Atocha Station and Sants Estació is around 2h 51m and covers a distance of around 607 km. The fastest journey normally takes 2h 30m. Services are operated by Renfe AVE and Renfe SNCF. Typically 111 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Route information

Average journey time:
2h 51m
Fastest journey time:
2h 30m
Journey distance:
607 km
Services per week:
111
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 Sants Estació walk and train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Sants Estació is to train and fly which costs €30 - €95 and takes 3h 42m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Sants Estació is to train which costs €55 - €120 and takes 2h 40m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid Atocha Station to Sants Estació. However, there are services departing from Reina Sofía and arriving at Barcelona/Sants via Madrid. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 38m.

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

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The distance between Madrid Atocha Station and Sants Estació is 502 km. The road distance is 613.8 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Sants Estació without a car is to train which takes 2h 40m and costs €55 - €120.

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

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

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Madrid Atocha Station to Sants Estació 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 Sants Estació is to train which takes 2h 40m and costs €55 - €120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €45 - €70 and takes 9h 38m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Sants Estació.
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  • Distance: 502.1 km
  • Duration: 2h 40m

What companies run services between Madrid Atocha Station, Spain and Sants Estació, Catalonia, 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, 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
€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
Rome2rio's guide to Renfe AVE
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Renfe Viajeros
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
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

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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 Sants Estació bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Barcelona/Sants station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Atocha Station to Sants Estació is 614 km. It takes approximately 5h 54m to drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Sants Estació.

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

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