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Barcelona to Madrid by train

  • First train
    05:50
  • Last train
    21:25
  • Avg changes
    0
  • Fastest journey
    2hr 30m
  • Distance
    503 kilometres
  • Trains per Day
    25
  • Avg. journey time
    2hr 50m
  • Train Operators

Travelling from Barcelona to Madrid by train

Fast trains from Barcelona to Madrid take around 2 hours and 30 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 503 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Barcelona and Madrid.

1. Are there direct trains from Barcelona to Madrid?

Direct trains from Barcelona to Madrid have been found.

We usually find around 27 direct trains on the route from Barcelona to Madrid every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 19 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Barcelona to Madrid?

The Barcelona to Madrid train travel time is normally about 2 hours and 30 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Barcelona to Madrid train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Madrid is usually scheduled to depart Barcelona around 05:50 and the last train is around 21:25. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Barcelona around 06:05, and the last at 21:25.

When to book Barcelona to Madrid train tickets?

Trains in Spain usually open for booking around 4 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Barcelona to Madrid by train.

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Which train companies operate between Barcelona and Madrid?

More than one train company operates on the route from Barcelona to Madrid, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • AVE
  • AVE-TGV

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.