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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2 h 29 m
2 h 53 m
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Of the 37 trains that leave Madrid for Barcelona every day 37 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||€40 (€40)|
|Train frequency||19 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 19 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Renfe AVE INT, Renfe AVLO, Renfe REGIONAL EXPRESS, Renfe AVE, iryo, Renfe or SNCF OUIGO|
Trains from Madrid to Barcelona cover the 504 km long route taking on average 2 h 30 min with our travel partners like Renfe AVE INT, Renfe AVLO, Renfe REGIONAL EXPRESS, Renfe AVE, iryo, Renfe or SNCF OUIGO. Normally, there are 19 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around €40, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as €22. Travellers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes and arrive in Barcelona Sants.
For as little as €22 you can travel by train from Madrid to Barcelona with Renfe. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this journey.
Renfe is Spain’s national train provider operating freight and passenger trains on Spain’s extensive railway network as well as international routes to neighboring France and Portugal. Renfe has a wide range of ticket types to fit your budget like the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also offers discount cards like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50 for qualified travellers. You can use these savings offers and discount cards on Omio when booking your Madrid to Barcelona trip. Renfe has a vast fleet of trains with different levels of comfort, amenities and speed. The Renfe AVE trains run at high speed and serve long-distance routes, Alvia trains combine high-speed and normal speed trains serving domestic routes, Altaria serves domestic routes into southern Spain, Euromed offers domestic routes along the Mediterranean coast, Avant trains serve regional commuter routes and Trenhotel offers night train routes.
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 departing from Madrid, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Atocha Cercanias. When arriving in Barcelona, you can end your trip in train stations like Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Passeig De Gracia and Barcelona.
Passengers board the train most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes, which is located around 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Barcelona Sants, located 1.4 miles (2.3 km) away from the city centre.
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