Trains from Madrid to Barcelona

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Thu 22 Feb

06:15 15:37
41 €
09:22 hrs

Fri 23 Feb

06:15 15:37
41 €
09:22 hrs

Sat 24 Feb

09:30 12:15
86 €
02:45 hrs

Sun 25 Feb

05:20 08:29
66 €
03:09 hrs

Mon 26 Feb

06:15 15:37
41 €
09:22 hrs

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Madrid to Barcelona Train Information

Avg. Train Duration3h 21m
Trains arrive inBarcelona
Trains depart fromMadrid
Train Ticket Price 58.55 €
Distance504 km
Train Companies
  • Renfe AVE
  • Renfe

What train companies travel from Madrid to Barcelona

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 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 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 Madrid to Barcelona

Trains in Spain are an efficient way to travel between cities, with Renfe operating domestic and international train routes in Spain. All trains traveling from Madrid to Barcelona are operated by Renfe, Spain's national train company. There are usually around 30 trains traveling from Madrid to Barcelona per day. Journeys that travel from Madrid to Barcelona on Renfe's high-speed AVE trains take between 2½ and 3:10 hours to arrive in Barcelona. Rare services make the journey on regular speed trains, which can take up to 9½ hours but are usually significantly cheaper than AVE trains. All trains traveling from Madrid to Barcelona are direct. The first train departs Madrid at 5:50 a.m. while the last leaves at 9:25 p.m. All trains depart from either Madrid's Atocha or Chamartin train station and arrive at Barcelona's Sants train station.

Madrid to Barcelona Train Cost

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

Booking Period

Average Price

Same Day

€135

1 Day in Advance

€135

1 Week in Advance

€94

2 Weeks in Advance

€83

1 Month in Advance

€80

3 Months in Advance

€80

Madrid to Barcelona Trains: General Information


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

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




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

  • Madrid to Barcelona trains are 30% cheaper on average when booked 1 week in advance as opposed to purchasing a ticket on the day you intend to travel.
  • Madrid to Barcelona train costs are 41% cheaper on average when booked 1 month in advance as opposed to purchasing a train ticket the day of.

Taking the Train from Madrid

Madrid Puerta de Atocha Station is centrally located within walking distance of the historic Madrid center 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.

Getting into Barcelona by Train

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. Barcelona Sants Station is to the South-West of the city and a ten-minute Metro ride on Lines 5 or 3 into the historic center. 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.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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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Everything you need to know about Barcelona Sants train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

* Information may be outdated (testing value)

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