Barcelona to Madrid route details

Route overview
Avg. journey time2h 43m
Trains per day24
Fare range€32-€260
Train operatorsALSA,
First & last trains
First train departs at05:50
Last train departs at21:15
Fastest journey
Fastest route2h 30m
Origin StationBarcelona
Destination StationMadrid

Train times for Thu 23 Nov

3h 25m2 changes
3h 25m2 changes
3h 22m2 changes
3h 40m2 changes
3h 25m2 changes

Everything you need to know about your train journey

Information included in this video is correct as of 10/12/16

When is the best time to buy tickets?

Buying tickets in advance can save you money. Prices for train journeys from Barcelona to Madrid start at €84.46 when you book at least 28 days in advance.*

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What is the minimum price of a ticket from Barcelona to Madrid?

The minimum price of a train ticket from Barcelona to Madrid is €32.3. To buy train tickets from Barcelona to Madrid for the lowest price possible, we recommend that you book your tickets as early as possible. Tickets go on sale usually 3 months in advance, yet in some rare cases this can be up to 6 months. For more precise information on when you can book your tickets or whether there are any promotional sales, click here.

How long does it take to travel from Barcelona to Madrid by train?

The average journey time between Barcelona and Madrid is 2 hours and 43 minutes and the fastest journey time is 2 hours and 30 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 24 trains per day travelling from Barcelona to Madrid. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What time is the first and last train of the day from Barcelona to Madrid?

The first train from Barcelona to Madrid departs at 05:50. The last train from Barcelona to Madrid departs at 21:15. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency. There may also be less services on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

Are there direct train services between Barcelona and Madrid?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Barcelona to Madrid without having to change trains. There are 24 direct trains from Barcelona to Madrid. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

How do I get back to Barcelona?

By train, of course. See trains from Madrid to Barcelona.

  • *Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. “14 days in advance” includes days 13 and 15.
  • **The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Barcelona to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 23/11/2017. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 24/08/2017 for travel on 24/08/2017 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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