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There are 5 ways to get from Madrid to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro) by train, bus, 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 via Madrid

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona/Sants

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro)

Fly

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Barcelona (BCN)
Madrid → Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro)
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro) is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro) is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro) is 1.5 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro) is to bus via Madrid which costs €35 - €45 and takes 10h 28m.

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The fastest way to get from Madrid to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro) is to fly which takes 3h 6m and costs €45 - €150.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro). However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Sant Boi de Llobregat via Barcelona Plaça de Tetuan, Barcelona and Av. Diagonal - Pl. Reina Maria Cristina. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 28m.

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The distance between Madrid and Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro) is 492 km. The road distance is 607.1 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro) without a car is to train which takes 4h 5m and costs €60 - €120.

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It takes approximately 4h 5m to get from Madrid to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro), including transfers.

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Madrid to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro) bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Madrid station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro) is to train which takes 4h 5m and costs €60 - €120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €45 - €70 and takes 9h 27m, you could also fly, which costs €45 - €150 and takes 3h 6m.

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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 to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro) bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Barcelona station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro).
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  • Distance: 492.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 5m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro), 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. 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
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €170
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€25 - €150
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €170
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€25 - €150
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €200
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €200
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€30 - €220
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
Hourly
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
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
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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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro) is 607 km. It takes approximately 5h 51m to drive from Madrid to Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro).

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

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There are 1072+ hotels available in Mercabarna (Barcelona Metro). Prices start at €100 per night.

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