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Travel guide Barcelona–Madrid


What train companies operate the route from Barcelona to Madrid?

To get from Barcelona to Madrid by rail, you can travel with train operator Renfe, which provides both regional and high-speed (AVE) train services from city to city.

What is the schedule for the train route from Barcelona to Madrid?

The first train to Madrid leaves Barcelona at 5:50am and the last departure to Madrid is at 21:15. Trains run frequently throughout the day, with times between services sometimes even less than 30 minutes!

What are the departure and arrival train stations for the route from Barcelona to Madrid?

In Barcelona, trains bound for Madrid leave from Estacio de Sants. In Madrid, regional trains arrive at the city's Chamartin Station in the north of the city while the high-speed AVE services arrive at Atocha Station, in the heart of the capital.

What distance is the train route from Barcelona to Madrid?

The distance of the train route between Barcelona and Madrid is around 410 miles.

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

Travel time depends on the service chosen to make the trip. When traveling by the Regional Express service, the journey time between Barcelona and Madrid can take as long as 9 hours. The AVE high-speed service takes less time, with journey times varying from between 2 to 3 hours.

What are the stops on the train route from Barcelona to Madrid?

With the Regional Express service, travelers can expect 40 stops along the way. These include: Tarragona, Zaragoza, Calatayud and Siguenza. When traveling with the AVE high-speed service, the journey from Barcelona to Madrid is either direct or with few intermediate stops. Those trains which do stop will do so in: Tarragona, Lleida, Zaragoza and Guadalajara.

Why should you travel by train from Barcelona to Madrid?

The route between Barcelona and Madrid stops at some of the most beautiful and historic towns in Spain such as Tarragona and Zaragoza. Taking the train for the journey between the two cities can be a great option if you have time to travel and want to get to know the country in a calm and relaxed way.

What is there to see and do in Madrid?

As they say: from Madrid to heaven. The capital of Spain offers plenty of attractions and things to see and do. Visit the Museo del Prado, eat tapas in the city's La Latina district, explore the famous centrally located Plaza Mayor, go shopping in one of the city's independent stores or on popular shopping streets such as the Calle Preciados. Catch a Real Madrid game at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, relax and watch life go by in the Buen Retiro Park before heading out to party in the barrios of Huertas or Argüelles...Madrid is an inexhaustible city.