The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Barcelona to Madrid is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
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2 h 30 m
3 h 2 m
Trains per day
Of the 29 trains that leave Barcelona for Madrid every day 29 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
|Average train duration||2 h 30 min|
|Average train ticket price||€38 (€38)|
|Train frequency||16 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 16 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Renfe AVE|
Trains from Barcelona to Madrid cover the 504 km long trip taking on average 2 h 30 min with our travel partners like Renfe AVE. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around €38, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as €24. Travellers depart most frequently from Barcelona Sants and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.
AVE trains will get you between Barcelona and Madrid from €24. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.
AVE trains between Barcelona and Madrid are available on Omio at just €34! AVE are the high-speed trains from Renfe, the main Spanish railway company that offers routes throughout the country and to France and Portugal. When you travel with a Renfe AVE train to Madrid from Barcelona, the distance is 312 miles (504 km). There are a multitude of AVE train times for the Barcelona to Madrid route, which you can compare and book easily on Omio.
Renfe offers different types of AVE tickets that adapt to all budgets, such as Promo, Promo +, Flexible tickets for one-way or return. You can also use the Renfe discount cards such as the Gold Card and the + Renfe Youth 50 Card when booking your Renfe AVE ticket on Omio.
All AVE trains have a restaurant, WiFi, toilets and onboard entertainment and offer a multitude of times throughout the day for greater comfort and flexibility. In addition, Renfe AVE trains are characterised as being the most popular, comfortable, punctual and one of the fastest trains in the world, reaching speeds around 192 mph (310 kmh) on select routes. AVE connects the main Spanish cities in just a few hours.
Train information from Barcelona to Madrid with AVE:
The majority of trains from Barcelona to Madrid depart from Sants Station. However, a limited number of departures leave from Passeig De Gracia too. The first train departs just before 6:00 a.m. and the last train of evening leaves at approximately 9 p.m. The duration of the journey is generally two and half to three hours, with the majority of routes being direct. Trains depart regularly throughout the day and evening, with up to four times per hour during peak times.
Barcelona Sants Station: Conveniently situated in the city, Barcelona Sants is easily reached by the following metro system lines - L3 (green line) and L5 (blue line). Taxis are also readily available at the station and from the city centre.
Madrid Atocha Station: Located in the heart of the city, Atocha Station is a few minutes walk from the centre of Madrid. Alternatively, Line 1 (blue line) of Madrid's metro system connects from the station to the surrounding area.
When taking the train from Barcelona to Madrid, you can choose to depart from train stations like Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Passeig De Gracia and Barcelona Estació De França. Your trip can end in train stations such as Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro.
Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Barcelona Sants and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.
Passengers booking this route most frequently board their trains from Barcelona Sants and need to travel around 1.6 miles (2.6 km) from the city centre to get to this train station.
Passengers arriving in Madrid most often arrive at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and need to travel around 1.4 miles (2.2 km) from this train station to the city centre.
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