There are 6 ways to get from Madrid to 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.

Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 30 min

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

$70 - $110

Cheapest option

Bus Ruse Bus  •  9 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona 0800

$3

4 alternative options

Bus ALSA  •  8 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Barcelona

$40 - $65

Rideshare  •  7 h 13 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Barcelone 385.3 miles

$35

Drive  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Barcelona 385.5 miles

$70 - $110

Fly  •  3 h 24 min

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

$38 - $161

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Barcelona is to bus which costs 3€ and takes 9 h 6 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Barcelona is to train which costs 65€ - 90€ and takes 2 h 30 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Barcelona is 505 km. The road distance is 616.8 km.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants takes 2 h 30 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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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 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 2 h 30 min.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 2 h 30 min and costs 65€ - 90€.

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Madrid to Barcelona train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, arrive at Barcelona Sants station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 315.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 30 min

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

Spanish Railways AVE operates a train from Madrid to Barcelona hourly. Tickets cost $70 - $110 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Barcelona every 2 hours. Tickets cost $40 - $65 and the journey takes 8 h 5 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $250
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $220
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $220
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $220
Ethiopian Airlines
Website
ethiopianairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $300
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Bus operators
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Barcelone
Ave. Duration
7 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35
Book at
blablacar.es

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