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Route overview
Avg. journey time3h 00m
Trains per day25
Fare range€32.00 - €205.00
Distance506km
Train operators
First & last trains
First train departs at06:10
Last train departs at21:30
Fastest journey
Fastest route2h 30m
ChangesDirect
Stations
Origin StationMadrid
Destination StationBarcelona

Madrid to Barcelona train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Barcelona for Saturday 15th Dec 2018. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
10:30
13:15
Madrid
Barcelona
2h 45m
Direct
11:30
14:40
Madrid
Barcelona
3h 10m
Direct
12:30
15:30
Madrid
Barcelona
3h 00m
Direct
13:25
16:24
Madrid
Barcelona
2h 59m
Direct
14:00
16:30
Madrid
Barcelona
2h 30m
Direct

Renfe and AVE trains from Madrid to Barcelona

You can travel from Madrid to Barcelona on Renfe and AVE 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 train

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).

Renfe Ave train

AVE is Renfe's high-speed train, with trains capable of reaching up to 330 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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Information included in this video is correct as of 10/12/16

Madrid to Barcelona train prices

Train tickets from Madrid to Barcelona start at €32.30 if purchased from 3 to 6 months in advance. Prices for train journeys from Madrid to Barcelona start at €84.37 when you book at least 28 days in advance.** Tickets usually go on sale 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.

28 days
in advance
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€84.37
14 days
in advance
€85.07
Avg. single price
On the day
€107.18
Avg. single price

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

The average journey time between Madrid and Barcelona is 3 hours and 0 minutes and the fastest journey time is 2 hours and 30 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 26 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Barcelona. 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 Madrid to Barcelona?

The first train from Madrid to Barcelona departs at 06:10. The last train from Madrid to Barcelona departs at 21:30. 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 Madrid and Barcelona?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid to Barcelona without having to change trains. There are 25 direct trains from Madrid to Barcelona. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Barcelona to Madrid. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus 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 Madrid to Barcelona for a typical week day using timetable data for 15/12/2018. 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 24/09/2018 for travel on 24/09/2018 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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