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Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants by train

It takes an average of 2h 46m to travel from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants by train, over a distance of around 312 miles (502 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants and tickets for this journey start from €5 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 30m
PriceFrom €5
Distance312 miles (502 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train06:00
Last train19:40
Departure stationMadrid Atocha
Arrival stationBarcelona Sants
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsOUIGO, Renfe, ALSA

Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants for Tuesday 15th June 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
06:30 Madrid Atocha09:20 Barcelona SantsAVE 3063 Renfe Get tickets2h 50m, direct
07:00 Madrid Atocha09:30 Barcelona SantsAVE 3071 Renfe Get tickets2h 30m, direct
08:00 Madrid Atocha10:30 Barcelona SantsAVE 3081 Renfe Get tickets2h 30m, direct
09:00 Madrid Atocha11:30 Barcelona SantsAVE 3091 Renfe Get tickets2h 30m, direct
09:30 Madrid Atocha12:37 Barcelona SantsAVE 3093 Renfe Get tickets3h 7m, direct
10:30 Madrid Atocha13:15 Barcelona SantsAVE 3103 Renfe Get tickets2h 45m, direct
12:30 Madrid Atocha15:40 Barcelona SantsAVE 3123 Renfe Get tickets3h 10m, direct
14:25 Madrid Atocha17:21 Barcelona SantsAVE 3143 Renfe Get tickets2h 56m, direct
15:00 Madrid Atocha17:30 Barcelona SantsAVE 3151 Renfe Get tickets2h 30m, direct
16:00 Madrid Atocha18:30 Barcelona SantsAVE 3161 Renfe Get tickets2h 30m, direct

Renfe, AVE and OUIGO trains from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants

You can travel from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants 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 has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, linking major cities with AVE, AV-City, Avant, Alvia, and Euromed trains. Long-distance routes are served by Altaria and Talgo trains, while regional routes are operated by Media Distancia, Regional and Express Regional trains. Renfe also operates on international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe trains offer four different travel classes, depending on the train you’re travelling on – Turista (Standard), Turista Plus (Premium Economy), Preferente (Business Class) and Club (First Class).

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 four comfort classes – Turista (standard class), Turista Plus (wider, more comfortable seats), Preferente (lounge access, wide leather seats, food and drink service) and Club (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.

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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.

Cheap train tickets from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants

The price of train tickets from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants starts at €5 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 Sants 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 Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants? 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 Sants take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid Atocha and Barcelona Sants is 2 hours and 46 minutes, with around 15 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 Sants by train?

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

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

Train ticket prices from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants can start from as little as €5 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 Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants 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 Sants leave?

The first train from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants leaves at 06:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants leaves at 19:40. 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 Sants by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants cover a distance of around 312 miles (502 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Barcelona Sants to Madrid Atocha.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid Atocha to Barcelona Sants for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/15/2021. 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 10/06/2021 for travel on 10/06/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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