Trains from Barcelona to Madrid

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Thu 22 Feb

12:25 15:10
90 €
02:45 hrs

Fri 23 Feb

08:03 17:07
41 €
09:04 hrs

Sat 24 Feb

08:03 17:07
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Sun 25 Feb

08:03 17:07
41 €
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Mon 26 Feb

08:03 17:07
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Barcelona to Madrid Train Information

Avg. Train Duration3h 18m
Trains arrive inMadrid
Trains depart fromBarcelona
Train Ticket Price 52.71 €
Distance504 km
Train Companies
  • Renfe AVE
  • Renfe

What train companies travel from Barcelona to Madrid

Many companies operate modern fleets with comfortable, reclining seats, wifi and air-conditioning. Compare the services available.

What's on board Renfe AVE trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on Renfe AVE trains?

    Renfe AVE offers Promo, Promo+, Flexible, and Mesa (table for 4) fares. Renfe AVE also offers Preferente (1st Class), Turista (2nd Class), and Turista Plus (Premium 2nd Class) tickets for each fare type.


    Promo, 1st Class


    Newspaper, large leather seats.


    Ticket is valid only for the chosen train.


    Children under 4 years old are eligible for a free child ticket when they sit on an adult's lap on Renfe AVE trains. A ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed. Children under 14 years old recieve a 40% discount on Renfe AVE train tickets. Children under 6 years old travel for free on Cercanias trains if they do not occupy a seat. On Catalonia Commuter trains, the ticket policy for children is determined by the local transportation authority.


    No check-in is required for Renfe AVE trains.


    Renfe offers discounted fares for travellers who have a Gold Card ("Tarjeta Dorada"), a Youth Card ("Carné Joven"), or a Card + Young Renfe 50 supplement ("Tarjeta + Renfe Joven 50"). The Gold Card is for travellers over 60 years old, pensioners, and people with disabilities. The Youth Card is for travellers between 14 and 25 years old, while the Card + Young Renfe 50 discount is for travellers who have a youth card and have purchased the an additional €50 supplement.


    For travelers over 60 years old. Tarjeta Dorada card number must be entered during checkout, and card must be shown on the train. Offer cannot be combined with additional discounts.


    For travellers between 14 and 25 years. Tarjeta +Renfe Joven 50 card number must be entered during checkout, and card must be shown on the train. Offer cannot be combined with additional discounts.


    Promo


    Promo+


    Tourist Promo


    Ticket is not refundable and not amendable.


    Tourist Promo+


    20% amendment fee, 30% cancellation fee.


    Round-trip


    40% cancellation fee, outward and return journey may be cancelled or changed individually.


    Essential, 1st Class


    Essential, 2nd Class


    Essential, T. Joven, 1st Class


    Essential, T. Joven, 2nd Class


    This ticket is refundable or exchangeable for a 50% fee before the train departs. This ticket cannot be refunded or exchanged after the train departs.


    Flexi


    Flexi, T. Joven, 1st Class


    Flexi, T. Joven, 2nd Class


    Free cancellation up to 48 hours before departure. 10% fee if canceled less than 48 hours before departure.


    Round-trip, 1st Class


    Round-trip, 2nd+ Class


    Round-trip, 2nd Class


    40% cancellation fee, outward and return journey may be cancelled or changed individually.


    T. Dorada, 1st Class


    T. Dorada, 2nd+ Class


    T. Dorada, 2nd Class


    10% amendment fee, 15% cancellation fee.


    T. Joven, 1st Class


    T. Joven, 2nd+ Class


    T. Joven, 2nd Class


    20% amendment fee, 30% cancellation fee.


    Flexible, 1st Class


    Flexible, 2nd+ Class


    Flexible, 2nd Class


    Free amendments before departure (not including price difference between tickets). 5% cancellation fee.


What's on board Renfe trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on Renfe trains?

    Renfe offers Promo, Promo+, Flexible, Mesa (table for 4), General, and Round-trip fares. Renfe also offers Preferente (1st Class) and Turista (2nd Class) tickets for each fare type.


    Promo, 1st Class


    Newspaper, large leather seats.


    Ticket is valid only for the chosen train.


    No, children under 4 years old do not require a ticket on regular Renfe trains if the child sits on an adult's lap. A ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed. Children under 4 years old travelling on Renfe AVE, Long Distance and Avant trains must have a free child's ticket.


    No check-in is required for Renfe trains. However, boarding control closes 2 minutes before the train departs.


    Renfe offers discounted fares for travellers who have a Gold Card ("Tarjeta Dorada"), a Youth Card ("Carné Joven"), or a Card + Young Renfe 50 supplement ("Tarjeta + Renfe Joven 50"). The Gold Card is for travellers over 60 years old, pensioners, and people with disabilities. The Youth Card is for travellers between 14 and 25 years old, while the Card + Young Renfe 50 discount is for travellers who have a youth card and have purchased the an additional €50 supplement.


    For travelers over 60 years old. Tarjeta Dorada card number must be entered during checkout, and card must be shown on the train. Offer cannot be combined with additional discounts.


    For travellers between 14 and 25 years. Tarjeta +Renfe Joven 50 card number must be entered during checkout, and card must be shown on the train. Offer cannot be combined with additional discounts.


    Promo


    Promo+


    Tourist Promo


    Ticket is not refundable and not amendable.


    Tourist Promo+


    20% amendment fee, 30% cancellation fee.


    Round-trip


    40% cancellation fee, outward and return journey may be cancelled or changed individually.


    Essential, 1st Class


    Essential, 2nd Class


    Essential, T. Joven, 1st Class


    Essential, T. Joven, 2nd Class


    This ticket is refundable or exchangeable for a 50% fee before the train departs. This ticket cannot be refunded or exchanged after the train departs.


    Flexi


    Flexi, T. Joven, 1st Class


    Flexi, T. Joven, 2nd Class


    Free cancellation up to 48 hours before departure. 10% fee if canceled less than 48 hours before departure.


    Round-trip, 1st Class


    Round-trip, 2nd+ Class


    Round-trip, 2nd Class


    40% cancellation fee, outward and return journey may be cancelled or changed individually.


    T. Dorada, 1st Class


    T. Dorada, 2nd+ Class


    T. Dorada, 2nd Class


    10% amendment fee, 15% cancellation fee.


    T. Joven, 1st Class


    T. Joven, 2nd+ Class


    T. Joven, 2nd Class


    20% amendment fee, 30% cancellation fee.


    Flexible, 1st Class


    Flexible, 2nd+ Class


    Flexible, 2nd Class


    Free amendments before departure (not including price difference between tickets). 5% cancellation fee.


Trains from Barcelona to Madrid

Trains in Spain are a convenient way to travel between cities, with a number of companies offering domestic and international train routes. Trains traveling from Barcelona to Madrid are operated by Renfe, Spain's national train company. There are usually 20-30 trains traveling from Barcelona to Madrid per day. All trains are direct. Most Barcelona to Madrid trains are high-speed Renfe AVE trains, which take between 2:30 and 3:10 hours to arrive at Madrid's Atocha train station. Rare journeys use slower regional trains, which take approximately 9 hours to arrive at Madrid's Chamartin train station. These journeys on regional trains are usually significantly cheaper than traveling on AVE trains. The first train departs Barcelona at 5:50 a.m. while the last leaves at 9:15 p.m.

Barcelona to Madrid Train Cost

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

Booking Period

Average Price

Same Day

€131

1 Day in Advance

€121

1 Week in Advance

€92

2 Weeks in Advance

€85

1 Month in Advance

€85

3 Months in Advance

€64

Barcelona to Madrid Trains: General Information


Travelers in Spain can offset some of the cost of Barcelona to Madrid train tickets by planning ahead and booking tickets as far in advance as possible.

  • autobus All Barcelona to Madrid trains are run by Renfe.
  • autobus All Renfe trains are direct, depart from Barcelona's Sants train station and arrive at either Madrid's Puerta de Atocha or Chamartin train station.
  • autobus The Barcelona to Madrid train journey takes as little as 2 hours and 30 minutes to arrive in Madrid.
  • autobus Most travelers book their Barcelona to Madrid train tickets approximately 1 day in advance of the travel date.




Based on GoEuro's travel data, as the table above clearly illustrates, ticket prices on Barcelona to Madrid trains decrease the further you book in advance:

  • It is 8% cheaper on average to book a Barcelona to Madrid train a day ahead of time rather than purchasing a ticket at the station.
  • It is 30% cheaper on average to purchase Barcelona to Madrid train tickets 1 week ahead of when you intend to travel.
  • Barcelona to Madrid train costs are 35% cheaper on average when booked 1 month in advance as opposed to purchasing a train ticket the day of.

Taking the Train from Barcelona

Most trains from Barcelona to Madrid leave from Barcelona Sants station, but some services also depart from Barcelona Passeig De Gracia as well. Both stations are centrally located and easy to reach - Barcelona Sants, the city's main transport hub, is well served by local taxis and also has a large car park for travelers driving to the station. The station also lies on two branches of Barcelona's busy Metro system, Blue Line L5 and Green Line L3.

Getting into Madrid by Train

Well known as Spain's fashion capital, Madrid's museums and galleries are packed with works by renowned artists, well-manicured parks, and the beautiful royal palace is a popular destination with business and leisure travelers alike. Madrid Atocha station is the main termination point for trains from Barcelona to Madrid. A busy transport hub, the station welcomes both local, national and international services and even boasts a tropical garden on the main concourse. Onward journeys are easy from Atocha, which connects to the wide-reaching Madrid Metro on Blue Line 1, and is well served by both taxis and public buses, as well as local trains and high speed regional trains to and from destinations further afield.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Everything you need to know about Barcelona Sants train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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Everything you need to know about Madrid Puerta De Atocha train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.
Metro lines 1
Bus lines 47, 55, 19, 85, 10, 24, 57, 102, C

Everything you need to know about Madrid Chamartín train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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