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How to Travel from Barcelona to Madrid

The journey from Barcelona to Madrid is popular with both business and leisure travelers in Spain. Direct journeys between Barcelona and Madrid are available by plane, train, and bus. Key departure points include Barcelona Sants train station, Barcelona Nord Bus station, and Barcelona Prat airport.

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Barcelona to Madrid Travel Comparison

Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

buses

€34

7:20 h

2 Months Ahead

trains

€77

2:30 h

2 Months Ahead

flight

€55

1:15 h

1 Month Ahead



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

Cheapest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid


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Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid. Alsa is the main bus company in Spain and operates all the buses from Barcelona to Madrid. Alsa buses take approximately 7:20 h to travel from Barcelona to Madrid and depart 16 times per day. Alsa's buses depart from Barcelona Nord bus station and arrive at Madrid's Intercambiador Avenida de America.


Fastest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid


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Flying is the fastest way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid. Taking a flight is at least an hour faster than taking the train and 6 hours faster than taking the bus. However, when travel to and from Barcelona and Madrid's airports is taken into consideration, taking a high-speed AVE train is actually the faster option. Flights traveling from Barcelona to Madrid depart from Barcelona's El Prat airport and arrive at Madrid's Barajas airport. Airlines that travel directly from Barcelona to Madrid include Iberia, Air Europa, and Vueling.


Most popular way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid


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Taking the train is the most popular way to travel from Barcelona to Madrid. While the train is often more expensive than taking the bus or flying, the time saved avoiding traveling to and from the airport makes up for the additional cost for most travelers. Some of the train ticket cost can be offset by planning ahead and booking your Barcelona to Madrid travel as far ahead of time as possible. All trains traveling from Barcelona to Madrid are operated by Renfe, depart from Barcelona Sants train station, and arrive at Madrid Puerta de Atocha. There is at least one departure every hour throughout the day, seven days a week. High-speed trains traveling from Barcelona to Madrid take approximately two and a half hours.


Attractions in Madrid

Madrid is a vibrant international city that draws more than 3.5 million international visitors per year. Some of Madrid's main attractions include the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Royal theater, the National Library and the Golden Triangle of Art, as well as Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid football clubs.

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