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How to travel from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha? Look no further.

There are around 8 trains per day running between Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana and Madrid Atocha, which usually take 5 hours 51 minutes to complete the 315 miles (506 km) journey. It can take as little as 3 hours 33 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Madrid Atocha from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana, you'll just need to make 1 change along the way. You can reach Madrid Atocha by travelling on a OUIGO service – a low-cost, high-speed train service operated by SNCF.

You can save money on train tickets from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from £17.53. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

Want to book your train tickets now? Just start a search with us today. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for timetables (including first and last train times), FAQs and tips on how to book cheap train tickets.

Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha by train

It takes an average of 5h 51m to travel from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha by train, over a distance of around 315 miles (506 km). There are normally 8 trains per day travelling from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha and tickets for this journey start from £17.53 when you book in advance.

First train

08:06

Last train

22:29

Departure station

Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana

Arrival station

Madrid Atocha

Journey time

From 3h 33m

Distance

315 miles (506 km)

Frequency

8 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From £17.53

Train and bus operators

OUIGO, iryo, ALSA

Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha train times

Check out the next trains departing from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha for Tuesday 30th April 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
07:06 12:45 5h 39m, 3 changes
07:06 14:12 7h 6m, 1 change
10:47 14:25 3h 38m, 1 change
13:33 18:45 5h 12m, 3 changes
13:33 20:12 6h 39m, 1 change
17:02 20:35 3h 33m, 1 change
17:51 22:55 5h 4m, 3 changes
21:29 07:28 9h 59m, 1 change

OUIGO and iryo trains from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha

You can travel from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha on OUIGO and iryo 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.

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OUIGO is the low-cost brand of French rail company SNCF, who operate trains in France and Spain. In France, all seats on OUIGO are Second Class and tickets can only be purchased online. You can also pay for additional extras, such as reserving a seat in the ‘quiet area’, at-seat power sockets and extra luggage. OUIGO has been operating in Spain since May 2021, and their trains include an onboard bar and a premium class of service called OUIGO Plus.

Operating since the end of 2022, iryo is a new high-speed train company in Spain. It’s a consortium between the Spanish airline Air Norstrum and the train company Trenitalia, one of the greatest leaders in European rail transport. The first private Spanish high-speed company to operate, iryo runs high-speed services on the Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona route and connects Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia/Alicante and Madrid – Cordoba – Seville/Malaga. They are doing this all with a fleet of ETR1000 model trains that offer the highest level of comfort in Spain, with a combination of advanced propulsion and highest quality onboard services, including WiFi connection and catering service. 98% of the parts of the trains are 100% recyclable, making this trip sustainable as well!

iryo and OUIGO classes from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha

Compare the different travel classes offered by iryo and OUIGO when travelling from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha.

Onboard services on iryo and OUIGO

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

You can carry up to 3 pieces of luggage on iryo trains, as long as they do not exceed 25kg in total. These 3 pieces can be 2 suitcases with a maximum size of 85 x 55 x 35cm and a backpack or handbag that does not exceed the dimensions of 36 x 27 x 15cm.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

iryo offers different menus with high-quality products in all classes. You can buy your favourite meal from their onboard restaurant/bar carriage, which is usually near coach 2.

If you’re travelling in the Infinita Class, you can enjoy the Infinita Bistró service – your meal will be served straight to your seat. Please note that you’ll need to book your meal at least 24 hours in advance.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

You can enjoy free WiFi in all classes on iryo trains, as well as an onboard entertainment platform providing a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news and Spotify.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children aged 0-3 travel for free on all iryo trains. Children aged 4-13 get a discounted ticket while those aged 14-18 need to pay the full price. Please note that children aged under 18 need to be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bike on board iryo trains for free if it’s folded and does not exceed 90 x 120 x 40cm. Also, your bike must travel without the pedals and with the handlebar rotated 90 degrees.

PetPetPets

iryo allows pets that do not exceed 10kg in weight, as long as they travel inside a carrier with a maximum size of 60 x 35 x 35cm. You'll need to buy a ticket for your pet in advance. In addition, guide dogs can travel at no additional cost.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

There are seats for people with reduced mobility on iryo trains. Step-free access is also available both when boarding and when getting off the train.

LuggageLuggageLuggage

One piece of hand luggage (36 x 27 x 15 cm) and one piece of cabin luggage (55 x 35 x 25 cm) can be taken onboard. You can take additional or larger bags with you (max. 30kg) for an extra fee or by paying for OUIGO Plus.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

On OUIGO trains in France: an at-seat service of snacks is available on Train classique services. This service is not available on high-speed OUIGO trains.
On OUIGO trains in Spain: OUIBAR is located in coach 4 of each train and offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, plus snacks.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

WiFi (OUIFI) and an entertainment portal (OUIFUN) are available at an additional cost.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

For OUIGO trains in France: Passengers under 12 years old pay a fixed price for tickets all year round - €5 for journeys on Train classique services, and €8 for high speed services.
For OUIGO trains in Spain: Passengers under 12 pay €5 per ticket for all journeys.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

You can take your bicycle on board OUIGO trains if you add the 'Bike' option onto your ticket for an additional fee of at least €5. Your bike must be folded or dismantled and placed in a storage bag for transport.

PetPetPets

Pets are only allowed on board OUIGO trains if the 'Pets' option is added to your ticket at the time of booking. (1 pet per adult, per booking, €10 per pet.)

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

For disabled passengers or those with reduced mobility, you can request assistance through 'Accès Plus'. With this service, a member of staff will meet you at the station and help you get to your seat on the train. To book assistance, contact Accès Plus after you book your tickets (and no later than 48 hours before your train is due to depart).

Cheap train tickets from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha

The price of train tickets from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha starts at £17.53 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 Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha? 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 Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha take?

The average journey time by train between Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana and Madrid Atocha is 5 hours and 51 minutes, with around 8 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 Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana and Madrid Atocha by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha is 3 hours and 33 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha can start from as little as £17.53 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha?

No, there are no direct train services from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha. Travelling from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha leaves at 08:06. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha leaves at 22:29. 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 Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana and Madrid Atocha by train?

Trains travelling from Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana to Madrid Atocha cover a distance of around 315 miles (506 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona la Sagrera Meridiana.

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