Madrid
Barcelona

Madrid to Barcelona: Cheapest Travel Options

Train: Speed and Comfort. Opt for Iryo trains with fares beginning at €48. Travel time approximately 2h 45m.

Over 19 schedules for your journey.

Madrid to Barcelona train times

Check out the cheapest trains departing from Madrid to Barcelona

CompanyDeparture time/Arrival timeDeparture Station/Arrival StationTransport TypePriceView schedule
Iryo
2h 45m
Iryo
48.00
Iryo
2h 45m
Iryo
51.00
Iryo
2h 45m
Iryo
54.00
Iryo
2h 45m
Iryo
57.00
Iryo
2h 30m
Iryo
58.00

Train Madrid to Barcelona

It takes an average of 3h 34m to travel from Madrid to Barcelona by train, over a distance of around 506 km. There are normally 19 trains per day traveling from Madrid to Barcelona and tickets for this journey start from €48 when you book in advance.

Distance506 km
Price€48
Frequency19
Fastest2h 30m

What companies travel from Madrid to Barcelona?

Whether you're seeking speed, comfort, affordability, or a blend of all, our detailed overview covers the key players in the industry. Get insights into schedules, booking tips, and amenities offered by each company, ensuring your journey between these iconic cities is as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

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Cheap tickets from Madrid to Barcelona

The price of tickets from Madrid to Barcelona is cheaper for a one-way 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 companies 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 tickets from Madrid to Barcelona by booking early.

Be flexible with your travel times

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

Choose a slower or connecting transport

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting transport. 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!

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Travel Tips

The best tips from our team for your next trip

"Research sightseeing opportunities along your route, such as landmarks, tourist attractions, or scenic routes, and plan your itinerary accordingly."

"Choosing the right seat, such as one with extralegroom or a window seat, can help maximize comfort during your journey."

"Check the pet policies of the bus or train company you are traveling with, and make sure your pet is allowed on board."

"Learn basic phrases in the local language, such as greetings or common phrases, to show respect and build connections with locals."

"Keep your valuables like cash, passport, andimportant documents in a secure place, like a neck wallet or a money belt.Avoid carrying large sums of money or expensive jewelry."

"Choose a mode of transportation that allows you to work comfortably, such as a train with spacious seating or a bus with Wi-Fi."

"Research the local culture and customs of the places you will be traveling through, and learn about the history, traditions, and values of the people."

"Bring a refillable water bottle and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your journey."

"Traveling during off-peak hours can save moneyon bus and train fares, as prices tend to be lower during non-peak times."

"Arrive on time for your bus or train, and be respectful of other passengers' schedules."

"Consider choosing eco-friendly transport options like buses or trains instead of driving alone in a car, which can help reduce your carbon footprint."

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Discover the Top Transit Hubs

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