Barcelona to Madrid

  • Enjoy the unique architecture of Barcelona.
  • The impressive National Palace in Barcelona.
  • The beauty of Madrid at night.
  • The Plaza Mayor is Madrid's main square.


AVE: From beaches to snowcaps
AVE Train

Spain’s high-speed AVE train comfortably transports you from the breathtaking monuments of Madrid to the art and design of Barcelona and the fine cuisine in Seville. It all starts with just a little inquisition below.

RENFE: Your journey begins here.
RENFE Trains (Spain)

Spain by rail is better than ever. And frankly, that means something. Because the newly refurbished RENFE system has come a long way; with enhanced customer comfort and faster rides. So surrender to your wanderlust, and book now.

Barcelona Train Stations

Considered one of the most utilized transport hubs in the Spain, the Barcelona Sants Train Station is the primary train station for national and international arrivals and departures. Situated in the west of the city, it is easily reached by bus, taxi or the metro.

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Madrid Train Stations

The Madrid Atocha Train Station is Madrid's largest train station. The station is exceptional with its steel and glass construction, not to mention the vivid tropical gardens that line its concourse. In addition, travelers can enjoy viewing the permanent display of sculptures found within the station. A relaxing way to spend time before your train departs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long are train tickets valid for?

It depends if you have a ticket with a reservation or an open ticket.

Open tickets are valid within 15 days from the first day of validity printed on the ticket. You can travel with an open ticket on any date within the validity period (however, remember: separate reservations may be necessary, depending on the route).

Tickets with reservations are only valid for the train for which the reservation was issued, on that specific travel date and time of travel.

Are train tickets exchangeable and refundable?

It depends. Exchange and refund rules are governed by the kind of fare you purchased. You’ll see that on our website, we’ve categorized train tickets in three flexibility categories.
  • Non Flexible fares, which offer the best value but are generally not exchangeable or refundable
  • Semi Flexible Fares, which may be exchanged or refunded prior to departure but may involve a change fee and penalty
  • Flexible Fares, which can be exchanged prior to departure and are generally fully refundable with no penalty.

When browsing fares on our website, you can read a brief description of each fare flexibility level, and then see the full exchange and refund conditions for each fare by clicking the “read more” link.

Once you have purchased a train ticket from us, its exchange and refund rules will be indicated in your Rail Europe email confirmation, as well as printed with your train ticket and or on the ticket jacket in the case of paper tickets.

Train tickets must be received for exchange or refund within the allowed time frame mentioned in the exchange and refund conditions.

Refunds, when applicable, can only be applied to unused and unvalidated train tickets.

If you’ve purchased the Rail Protection Plan to cover your train ticket, you can exchange it for either the same thing or a new product. To start an exchange under the Rail Protection Plan, please contact us at or call 1-800-438-RAIL.

Learn more about refunds & exchanges on tickets & passes booked with Rail Europe in this video.

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A rail pass entitles you to travel on European trains in a specific geographic area, for a specific number of days. If you are planning on taking three or more train trips, a rail pass is often more cost effective than individual train tickets.

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Children under age 4 can travel for free on the lap of an adult traveler. If you want your child under age 4 to have their own seat, you need to purchase a ticket for them by selecting “Youth/Child 4-25” and indicating the child is 4 years old.

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Travel Information

Travel from Barcelona to Madrid on the AVE high-speed train. Traveling from the center of Barcelona to the center of Madrid, AVE Offers travelers ultimate comfort & speed. Barcelona and Madrid offer breathtaking sights & attractions such as La Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum and more in Barcelona, and the Prado Museum & Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Of course, this is just a very short list of the main attractions in each city. Both Barcelona and Madrid offer small streets to wander down, and charming parks for some rest & relaxation after a morning of sightseeing!

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Barcelona Card
Barcelona Card
This card includes entry to Barcelona’s public transportation and discounts at select museums and attractions.
Madrid Card
Madrid Card
Gain access to many museums, parks and aquariums. It even includes a walking tour of Madrid and a city map. Ole’!