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Madrid to Barcelona Bus Information

Avg. Bus Duration7h 50m
Bus arrives inBarcelona
Buses depart fromMadrid
Coach Ticket Price 16.75 €
Distance504 km
Bus Companies
  • Alsa

Buses from Madrid to Barcelona

Buses in Spain are an affordable way to travel between cities, with a number of companies offering domestic and international routes. Visitors will find a reliable schedule of buses from Madrid to Barcelona, with direct services operated by ALSA departing Madrid throughout most of the day. First departures leave at 7:00 a.m. each morning, running at least once per hour during peak times, with late-night services departing at midnight and 1:30 a.m. from the Intercambiador de Transporte Avenida de América bus station.

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Madrid to Barcelona Bus Cost

Average prices for buses from Madrid to Barcelona when you book in advance

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Madrid to Barcelona Buses: General Information

While taking a bus is slower than the train, it is significantly cheaper and can take as little as 7 hours to arrive in Barcelona.

  • autobus All Madrid to Barcelona buses are run by ALSA.
  • autobus Most buses are direct, depart from Madrid's Intercam Av.America bus station and arrive at Barcelona's Estació d'Autobusos Nord.
  • autobus Journey Time: Traveling from Madrid to Barcelona by bus takes as little as 7 hours.
  • autobus Most travelers book their Madrid to Barcelona bus ticket 1 day in advance of the travel date.

Based on GoEuro's travel data, as the table above clearly illustrates, ticket prices on Madrid to Barcelona buses decrease the further they are booked in advance:

  • It is 7% cheaper on average to purchase a Madrid to Barcelona bus ticket a day in advance as opposed to at the station on the day of travel.
  • It is 17% cheaper to book an Madrid to Barcelona bus ticket 1 week in advance as opposed to the day you intend to travel.
  • Madrid to Barcelona bus tickets are 34% cheaper on average when booked 1 month in advance as opposed to purchasing a bus ticket the day of.


Local Time 17:02
Population 1,600,000
Region Catalonia
Languages Spanish, Catalan

How expensive is Barcelona?

An Average Meal

An average meal in a restaurant in Barcelona costs 1% less than in Madrid.


Prices in Barcelona are on average 2% lower than in Madrid.

Public Transport

Public transport in Barcelona costs around 40% more than in Madrid.

A Night in a Hotel

A night in a hotel in Barcelona is about 41.7% more expensive than in Madrid.

Taking the Bus from Madrid

For most buses from Madrid to Barcelona, passengers will depart from Madrid's Intercambiador de Transporte Avenida de América station. Well connected to the rest of the city via the Madrid Metro, the station lies to the north of Madrid's city center. A limited night bus operates, providing 24/7 connections to the main bus station, while taxis offer convenient pick-ups and journeys across the city center and beyond. Journeys from Madrid to Barcelona take on average 7 hours 50 minutes, although express services can take as little as 7 hours.

Getting into Barcelona by Bus

Barcelona is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe, with a thriving arts culture, first-rate cuisine, and celebrated fashions at every turn. The capital of Spain's Catalonia region, Barcelona offers some of the oldest and most iconic architecture in Europe, alongside breath-taking beaches and coastal views. Most buses from Madrid to Barcelona arrive at Estació d'Autobusos Barcelona Nord (Bus Station North), the main bus interchange for regional and international journeys. The bus station is just minutes from the coast and conveniently connected to the rest of the Madrid Metro system. The city has its own subway network, alongside regular bus service and a light-rail tram system, with a limited night service available on some lines.