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Madrid Atocha to Barcelona by train

It takes an average of 2h 52m to travel from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 314 miles (505 km). There are normally 17 trains per day travelling from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from $8.56 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 30m
PriceFrom $8.56
Distance314 miles (505 km)
Frequency17 trains per day
First train06:30
Last train20:40
Departure stationMadrid Atocha
Arrival stationBarcelona
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, Renfe, ALSA

Madrid Atocha to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona for Tuesday Nov 2nd 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
08:00 10:30 2h 30m, direct
08:30 11:37 3h 7m, direct
08:35 13:25 4h 50m, 1 change
10:30 13:42 3h 12m, direct
12:00 14:30 2h 30m, direct
13:25 16:21 2h 56m, direct
14:00 16:30 2h 30m, direct
15:00 17:30 2h 30m, direct
15:30 18:15 2h 45m, direct
16:00 18:30 2h 30m, direct

Renfe, AVE and OUIGO trains from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona

You can travel from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona on Renfe, AVE and OUIGO trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.

AVE is Renfe's flagship high-speed service, with trains capable of reaching up to 193 mph (310 km/h). It’s one of the fastest trains in Europe and connects the main cities of Spain. Most AVE trains offer two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class equivalent, with 1-1 configuration, ultra-wide seats, gourmet food and drink and lounge access). All AVE trains have air conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a buffet carriage serving a selection of food and drinks. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.

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OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.

Cheap train tickets from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona

The price of train tickets from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona starts at $8.56 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Madrid Atocha to Barcelona

Want to know more about your journey from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid Atocha and Barcelona is 2 hours and 52 minutes, with around 17 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Madrid Atocha and Barcelona by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona cost?

Train tickets from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona can start from as little as $8.56 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona without having to change trains. There are 16 direct trains from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona leave?

The first train from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona leaves at 06:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona leave?

The last train from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona leaves at 20:40. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Madrid Atocha and Barcelona by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona cover a distance of around 314 miles (505 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Barcelona to Madrid Atocha.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid Atocha to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 11/02/2021. 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 06/01/2022 for travel on 06/01/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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