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 30 m
2 h 53 m
Trains per day
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||€29 (€29)|
|Train frequency||18 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 18 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Renfe AVE|
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. Normally, there are 18 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as €9, but the average price of train tickets is €29. Travellers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes and arrive in Barcelona Sants.
Travel between Madrid and Barcelona from €9 with Omio’s train partners AVE! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable route for you.
AVE offers excellent high-speed train services in Spain, including the route from Madrid to Barcelona. Omio, as an official Renfe AVE partner, shows you AVE train timetables so you can choose the fastest and cheapest Madrid to Barcelona train ticket. The distance to Barcelona from Madrid on AVE is approximately 312 miles (504 km) and prices start as low as €17 on Omio.
Renfe AVE has a wide variety of ticket types with special offers such as Promo, Promo + and Flexible tickets. If you are a regular Renfe customer, you can apply discount cards such as the Gold Card and the + Renfe Youth 50 Card at Omio when purchasing an AVE ticket.
The AVE trains are the most popular from Renfe, with the most timetables throughout the day. Their trains offer a restaurant, WiFi, toilets, entertainment on board and, most importantly, the highest speed to reach your destination. As one of the fastest trains in the entire world, AVE trains reach speeds up to 192 mph (310 kmh) on select routes and connect the main Spanish cities in just a few hours. Reserve your AVE tickets with Omio today!
Train information from Madrid to Barcelona with AVE:
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.
There are a few train stations in Madrid to start your journey from including Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro. In Barcelona you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Barcelona Sants, Barcelona Passeig De Gracia and Barcelona Estació De França.
Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes and arrive in Barcelona Sants.
You can find the most popular departure train station for this route, Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes, located approximately 1.4 miles (2.2 km) from the city centre of Madrid. The most popular arrival train station in Barcelona, called Barcelona Sants, is located around 1.6 miles (2.6 km) away from its city centre.
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