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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  •  2h 30m

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

60€ - 120€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  7h 13m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Barcelone 615.3 km

30€

3 alternative options

Bus  •  8h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona

45€ - 65€

Drive  •  5h 58m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Barcelona 620.1 km

60€ - 90€

Fly  •  3h 10m

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

39€ - 111€

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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 quickest way to get from Madrid to Barcelona is to train which costs 60€ - 120€ and takes 2h 30m.

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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 2h 30m.

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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 2h 30m 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 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 2h 30m and costs 60€ - 120€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 65€ and takes 8h 5m, you could also fly, which costs 35€ - 120€ and takes 3h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 505.3 km
  • Duration: 2h 30m

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 2h 30m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Barcelona every 2 hours. Tickets cost 45€ - 65€ and the journey takes 8h 5m.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 150€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 150€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 130€
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€
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
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
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€
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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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