The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Madrid to Barcelona is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
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Of the 5 trains that leave Madrid for Barcelona every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
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|Average train duration||2 h 30 min|
|Average train ticket price||€37 (€37)|
|Train frequency||19 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 19 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||iryo, SNCF OUIGO, Renfe AVE, Renfe AVLO, Renfe Regional Expres or Renfe|
Trains from Madrid to Barcelona cover the 504 km long trip taking on average 2 h 30 min with our travel partners like iryo, SNCF OUIGO, Renfe AVE, Renfe AVLO, Renfe Regional Expres or Renfe. Normally, there are 19 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as €24, but the average price of train tickets is €37. Travellers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes and arrive in Barcelona Sants.
For as little as €24 you can travel by train between Madrid and Barcelona with AVE, Renfe and Renfe AVLO. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this trip.
Travel comfortably to Barcelona from Madrid with AVE, Renfe's high-speed trains. When you travel on the AVE train between Madrid and Barcelona, the distance to travel is 312 miles (504 km) and prices start as low as €67. Check all the AVE train timetables and find the cheapest ticket from Madrid to Barcelona on Omio!
Renfe is the main railway operator in Spain and offers a wide variety of AVE tickets perfect for your budget, such as Promo, Promo + and Flexible tickets. Renfe also offers discount cards such as the Gold Card and the + Renfe Youth 50 Card that you can add when booking your Renfe AVE ticket with Omio.
The Renfe AVE trains are among the fastest in the world, reaching 192 mph (310 kmh) on select routes, and the AVE connects the main cities of the country in just a few hours, offering comfort and flexibility in long and medium distances. All AVE trains have a restaurant, WiFi, toilets and entertainment on board, and when you book your ticket on Omio, we offer you the possibility of choosing the seat that suits you best.
Train information from Madrid to Barcelona with AVE:
Renfe Avlo is a Spanish low-cost high-speed rail service that operates the routes between the cities of Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona, and Valencia by the national rail company Renfe. Avlo trains travel at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). All Avlo tickets are in Economy or "Básica" Class with assigned seats and include onboard services like free wifi, onboard-entertainment (via the PlayRenfe app or network), power sockets and vending machines. Child tickets available from 0 to 13 years old then 14 or over counts as an adult ticket. You can upgrade your ticket to bring extra luggage onboard on top of your included backpack and 55x35x25 cm hand luggage with no weight limit. Cheap Avlo tickets start from 7 Euros and are a great option for travelling from Madrid to Barcelona by train.
Renfe is Spain’s national train operator offering a multitude of domestic routes and international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe is known for its range of ticket types to fit anyone’s budget, such as the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also has discount cards for qualified travellers like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50, which you can use on Omio. When you ride with Renfe, you can expect to find an impressive fleet of trains offering different levels of comfort, amenities and time needed to travel to your destination. These train types include Renfe AVE for high-speed long-distance routes, Alvia and Altaria for domestic routes in parts of Spain, Euromed for routes along the stunning Mediterranean coast, Avant commuter trains and Trenhotel night trains.
RENFE Spain operate AVE high-speed trains from Madrid to Barcelona seven days a week. This direct route takes around 2.5 hours. The first departure is just before 6:00 a.m., with trains then leaving roughly half-hourly until 8:00 p.m.
Return journeys for trains from Madrid to Barcelona are also available.
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Madrid Puerta de Atocha Station is centrally located within easy walking distance of the historic Madrid centre and its major art galleries. This attractive old station, with its soaring façade, contains a tropical garden and a pond full of terrapins. Madrid has one of the best public transport systems in the world and the second largest Underground network after London, so getting around the city by Metro, bus or Cercania train is easy. Puerta de Atocha is on Line 1 of the Metro and well served by local buses and taxis. Night buses, known as Búhos (owls), run every twenty minutes.
Trains from Madrid to Barcelona arrive at Barcelona Sants Station, which is to the South-West of the city and a ten-minute Metro ride on Lines 5 or 3 into the historic centre. Barcelona has an efficient and well-integrated transport system, with tickets that cover trains, buses and Metros. There is a night bus service and taxi ranks are located outside Sants Station.
Barcelona with its distinct barrios is full of history, architecture and culture, as well as having a lively night-life. The stunning architecture of Gaudí can be seen around the town, while The Rambla, a famous thoroughfare, is the place to meet and enjoy a drink with friends, or simply to sit and watch the world go by.
When taking a train from Madrid, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro. When you arrive in Barcelona, your train can arrive in train stations including Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Passeig De Gracia and Barcelona Estació De França.
Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes to Barcelona Sants.
Passengers booking this route most frequently board their trains from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes and need to travel around 1.4 miles (2.2 km) from the city centre to get to this train station.
Passengers arriving in Barcelona most often arrive at Barcelona Sants and need to travel around 1.6 miles (2.6 km) from this train station to the city centre.
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