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There are 5 ways to get from Madrid to Barcelona by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train

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

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona

Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Barcelone

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid to Barcelona

Fly

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

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Barcelona is to rideshare which costs €30 and takes 7h 13m.

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The fastest way to get from Madrid to Barcelona is to train. Taking this option will cost €60 - €120 and takes 3h 12m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Barcelona. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 5m.

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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 3h 12m.

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The distance between Madrid and Barcelona is 505 km. The road distance is 620.1 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 3h 12m and costs €60 - €120.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants takes 3h 12m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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Madrid 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 to Barcelona is to train which takes 3h 12m and costs €60 - €120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €29 - €65 and takes 8h 5m, you could also fly, which costs €30 - €110 and takes 3h 21m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 505.3 km
  • Duration: 3h 12m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Barcelona, Spain?

Renfe AVE operates a train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants hourly. Tickets cost €60 - €120 and the journey takes 3h 12m. Renfe SNCF also services this route once daily. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Barcelona every 2 hours. Tickets cost €45 - €65 and the journey takes 8h 5m. FlixBus also services this route 4 times a week.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €140
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €140
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€27 - €170
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
3h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€60 - €85
Promo+
€70 - €75
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
€60 - €85
Website
renfe-sncf.com
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
+34 910 207 007
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €65
Website
ALSA
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
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.
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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
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blablacar.es

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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 to Barcelona bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Barcelona station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Barcelona is 620 km. It takes approximately 5h 58m to drive from Madrid to Barcelona.

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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 and Barcelona. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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