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Madrid to Barcelona by train
Fastest journey2hr 30m
Trains per day26
Avg. journey time2hr 56m
Travelling from Madrid to Barcelona by train
Fast trains from Madrid to Barcelona take around 2 hours and 30 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 503 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Madrid and Barcelona.
1. Are there direct trains from Madrid to Barcelona?
Direct trains from Madrid to Barcelona have been found.
We usually find around 28 direct trains on the route from Madrid to Barcelona every weekday.
There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 18 departures.
2. How long is the train journey from Madrid to Barcelona?
The Madrid to Barcelona train travel time is normally about 2 hours and 30 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.
3. What are the Madrid to Barcelona train times and schedule?
On weekdays the earliest direct train to Barcelona is usually scheduled to depart Madrid around 05:50 and the last train is around 21:25. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Madrid around 06:20, and the last at 21:25.
What's the Madrid to Barcelona train price?
The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Madrid to Barcelona are $36.25.
Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $84 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $75. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.
When to book Madrid to Barcelona train tickets?
Trains in Spain usually open for booking around 4 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Madrid to Barcelona by train.
Which train companies operate between Madrid and Barcelona?
More than one train company operates on the route from Madrid to Barcelona, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:
You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.
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Travelling by train from Madrid to Barcelona is easy and so fast that the train is now taking a lot of trade away from Europe’s busiest air route. This new rail route between Spain’s two largest cities opened in 2008. This journey is very popular, so you’ll need to book well in advance to get a bargain fare. Cheap tickets are few and far between on peak time departures from Madrid on this prime business route. You’re more likely to strike a good deal if you travel very early in the morning, in the middle of the day or in the evening.
There is also a once-a-day slow Regional Express train from Madrid to Barcelona. With three dozen stops en route, it takes over nine hours. The train leaves each morning from Madrid Chamartin. The Estrella overnight train which once linked Madrid and Barcelona was withdrawn in April 2015 - customers who once favoured that overnight option had shifted to the much improved daytime services.
Madrid to Barcelona
Take a direct high-speed AVE train from Madrid to Barcelona. At peak times Madrid to Barcelona trains depart every 30 minutes, with the fastest services taking just 2 hrs 30 mins to reach the Spanish capital. Trains that stop up to four times along the way may take 30 to 40 mins longer. These fast trains all depart from Madrid Atocha and arrive in Barcelona at Sants station.
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