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from Barcelona to Madrid

You can get from Barcelona to Madrid by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Barcelona to Madrid on Sep 19 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:00AMBarcelona El Prat Airport1h25 08:25AMMadrid Barajas Airport
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551One-way
Cheapest
10:30AMBarcelona, Estació d'Autobusos Nord7h40 06:10PMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T4
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331One-way
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07:00AMBarcelona El Prat Airport1h25 08:25AMMadrid Barajas Airport
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671One-way
09:00AMBarcelona Sants2h45 11:45AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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651One-way
08:00PMBarcelona Sants3h17 11:17PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha
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651One-way

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Sat
Sep 18
43Renfe
33Alsa
55Iberia
Sun
Sep 19
43Renfe
33Alsa
55Iberia
Mon
Sep 20
38Renfe AVE
33Alsa
53Iberia
Tue
Sep 21
43Renfe
33Alsa
44Iberia
Wed
Sep 22
39Renfe AVE
33Alsa
44Vueling
Thu
Sep 23
43Renfe
33Alsa
40Iberia
Fri
Sep 24
43Renfe
33Alsa
68Air Europa
Sat
Sep 25
43Renfe
33Alsa
29Air Europa
Sun
Sep 26
43Renfe
33Alsa
39Vueling
Mon
Sep 27
43Renfe
33Alsa
26Vueling
Tue
Sep 28
43Renfe
33Alsa
25Air Europa
Wed
Sep 29
43Renfe
33Alsa
25Vueling
Thu
Sep 30
43Renfe
33Alsa
25Vueling
Fri
Oct 1
43Renfe
33Alsa
46Iberia
Sat
Oct 2
43Renfe
33Alsa
29Air Europa
Sun
Oct 3
43Renfe
33Alsa
29Air Europa
Mon
Oct 4
43Renfe
33Alsa
29Iberia
Tue
Oct 5
38Renfe AVE
33Alsa
25Air Europa
Wed
Oct 6
43Renfe
33Alsa
26Vueling
Thu
Oct 7
43Renfe
33Alsa
26Vueling
Fri
Oct 8
43Renfe
33Alsa
50Air Europa

Travel Information from Barcelona to Madrid

distanceDistance312 miles (504 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, coach or train
priceTicket price range€33 - €65
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • • 7 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiesVueling, Alsa or Renfe AVE

Take a flight, coach or train to travel 312 miles (504 km) from Barcelona to Madrid. A coach is best for those looking to save money on this trip, with tickets costing about. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Vueling, Alsa or Renfe AVE among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Barcelona to Madrid.

How to Travel from Barcelona to Madrid

It is possible to make a direct journey between the two cities by plane train or bus. Journey times are between 3.5 and 9 hours approximately. Travelling by train is the quickest route, as although actual flight times are short, journey times to and from airports and security checks add to the time taken when flying. The slowest journey time between the two cities is by bus.

Barcelona to Madrid Travel Comparison

Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

£29

7:50 h

1 Week Before

£80

2:30 h

2 Months Before

£40

1:25 h

2 Months Before



What is the best way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid?

Cheapest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid

Buses are definitely the cheapest option for travel from Barcelona to Madrid, however, it’s also the slowest by some distance. ALSA operates a route from Barcelona which takes around 7.5 hours to reach Madrid. Buses leave from Barcelona Nord Coach Station, arriving at Madrid Intercambiador Avenida de America. There are around 16 departures a day, seven days a week.

Fastest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid

The Spanish provider RENFE operates its high-speed AVE route between the two cities, leaving from Barcelona Sants Train Station and arriving at Madrid Puerta de Atocha. There is at least one departure an hour throughout the day, seven days a week. The journey time is approximately 3 hours. There are also two slower early morning trains which take around 9 hours. When Check-In and Journeys to and from the airport are included, the train proves the quickest option between the two cities.

Most popular way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid

The total flight time between Barcelona Prat Airport and Madrid Barajas Airport is around 1 hour 15 mins, with three airlines offering a direct service, seven days a week. Iberia has 7 departures a day, Vueling and Air Europa have 3 departures each. The frequency of departures and low cost of the flights mean that they remain a popular choice.

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FAQs
How do I travel to Madrid from Barcelona?

There are 3 travel options from Barcelona to Madrid: flight, coach or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel between Barcelona and Madrid?

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid, which costs on average.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Madrid:

A coach journey is usually €24 less than a journey to Madrid by plane, which costs on average €58 for the same trip.

A coach is about €32 less than a train, which costs on average €65 for this trip.

What is the fastest way from Barcelona to Madrid?

The fastest way from Barcelona to Madrid is by travel with an average journey time of NaN h NaN min.

Other travel options to Madrid from Barcelona can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Madrid by flight can take on average 1 h 25 min.

In comparison, going by coach can take 7 h 20 min   on average.

In comparison, travelling by train can take you on average 2 h 30 min.

How far is it from Barcelona to Madrid?

Madrid is approximately 312 miles (504 km) away from Barcelona.

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Barcelona to Madrid?

The average frequency per day from Barcelona to Madrid is:

  • 8 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip from Barcelona to Madrid as scheduled services by flight, coach or train can vary by season or day of the week.

Where do I depart from Barcelona? Where do I arrive in Madrid?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Barcelona to Madrid:

  • Flights mostly leave from Barcelona El Prat Airport and tend to arrive in Madrid Barajas Airport.
  • Coaches from Barcelona to Madrid most often leave from Barcelona, Estació d'Autobusos Nord and arrive in Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83.
  • Trains mostly depart from Barcelona Sants and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.
Who can get me from Barcelona to Madrid?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Barcelona to Madrid, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Vueling can take you to Madrid by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for Vueling from Barcelona to Madrid for €58.
  • Alsa can take you to Madrid by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for Alsa from Barcelona to Madrid for €33.
  • Travel with Renfe AVE for trains to Madrid. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Renfe AVE Barcelona to Madrid tickets on Omio for €65.
What other destinations are worth visiting after travelling from Barcelona to Madrid?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Barcelona to Madrid often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Valencia, Sevilla or Málaga. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Barcelona and Madrid itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Madrid and any of these top destinations today!
How early should I purchase Barcelona to Madrid tickets online to score the best deals?

Before travelling from Barcelona to Madrid, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a plane ticket is €58 one way on average for this route.
  • The price of a coach ticket is €33 one way on average for this route.
  • The price of a train ticket is €65 one way on average for this route.

But we recommend booking Barcelona to Madrid tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Barcelona
Madrid
Barcelona, Estacion de Autobuses de Sants
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Estació d'autobusos Barcelona-Nord
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Barcelona Estació De França
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