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Find cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Madrid

Thanks to Gopili, compare train ticket prices and find the best price to travel from Barcelona to Madrid by train. Our service is dedicated to helping you find the cheapest Barcelona to Madrid train ticket and gives you practical information: booking, next departures, timetables, fares, and good deals.

Cheap train calendar from Barcelona to Madrid

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Find the best prices for train tickets Barcelona to Madrid

from €107.70 MORE 3h00m
from €45.90 MORE 3h51m
from £38.50 MORE 6h27m
Other modes of transport available to travel from Barcelona to Madrid
from £40.16 MORE 3h31m

Different train ticket types for your journey

There are several types of train tickets Barcelona to Madrid provided by each company, allowing passengers to choose between flexibility and price. Travellers can purchase tickets on the website of the railway companies or on train ticket sales websites being accredited. Here is a description of each kind of rail ticket:

The Advance Tickets are tickets for single journeys, valid in 1st and 2nd class. They can be bought 12 weeks in advance, really they are sold in limited numbers and are subject to availability. Usually, the earlier you book them, the cheaper the price is. You should be aware that the Advance ticket is non-refundable. However, you can change the hours and the date of the journey before departure.

The Off-Peak Tickets are the cheapest tickets to travel in less occupied trains. Offering an interesting quality-price ratio, these tickets require passengers to travel off-peak. You can buy tickets at any time, in advance or just before the travel. The rail ticket is refundable but administrative fees may be charged; these fees do not exceed £10.00.

The Anytime Tickets are completely flexible: you can travel whenever you desire. Tickets can be bought in advance or directly before travel. There are no restrictions on when you want to go, however you will need to book a new ticket if you want to modify the date, destination or class.

You can also buy a Season Ticket for 7 days or a period of either 1 month or 1 year. Normally these tickets are available for short and medium distances in the UK.

The last Rovers and Rangers ticket type allows you unlimited travel for an area and time period with all train companies.

Barcelona - Madrid: the best time to book cheap trains

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Days before Departure

The table above illustrates the best prices found over the last six months depending on how many time in advance the ticket is purchased. Booking your train from Barcelona to Madrid in advance should enable you to pay less for your train.

Tickets are available from £50 when purchasing your seat 7 days in advance which is 28% cheaper than the best ticket we found when buying your ticket on the day you're travelling.

Book cheap train from Barcelona to Madrid

Barcelona to Madrid train ticket can be bought using different options:

You are able to buy tickets online using most rail companies' websites such as C2C, Northern Rail, South West Trains, Greater Anglia. You can also book train tickets on Ticket Retailers' websites like Trainline or My Train Ticket.

If you would rather have a chat with an advisor that will help you get your journey sorted, you can do it with most rail companies.

If you need to buy your ticket at the station, you have the ability to do it either by yourself using the self-service ticket machine as well as with an agent. Please note some rural stations might not have all these services.

The best way to find cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Madrid is to check online the prices from all train companies. Gopili helps you to do it by comparing in one search journey times and prices across all existing offers. If you need to travel back to Barcelona afterwards, train tickets Madrid to Barcelona are also available on gopili.

Things to do in Madrid

We have created for you a list of 6 things that you can visit in Madrid.

  • Mercado de San Miguel
  • Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
  • Museo Reina Sofía
  • Puerta de Alcalá
  • Museo Arqueológico Nacional
  • Museo de Cera

If you're visiting Madrid for the first time and you do not have a clear idea of the things that you can visit during your stay, don't worry. The different options you have will obviously depend on how much time you got as well as your areas of interest but the team at Gopili shares with you the interesting places in Madrid.

Mercado de San Miguel is probably one of the main tourist places for visitors. You can also plan to visit Puerta de Alcalá and Estadio Santiago Bernabeu which are most of the time recommended by the travellers who have already visited the city.

Another noteworthy site that you may want to discover is Museo Arqueológico Nacional if you want to know more about the city.

Museo Reina Sofía is also a place that we will recommend you to see if you got enough time during your trip.

Lastly, if you're still looking to discover more about Madrid, Museo de Cera can be the last stage of your visit. While people might not consider it as the most interesting place to visit, it will enable you to get a full picture of the city and its character.

Travel information for your train journey

Barcelona Madrid train

Route Barcelona to Madrid

Barcelona Madrid train map

Train duration 3h13m
Arrival city Madrid, Spain
Departure city Barcelona, Spain
Distance 314 Miles
Lowest train ticket price from £38.50
Train operators for Barcelona to Madrid Renfe

Which train company can I use?

There are a lot of rail operators across the country & Europe but the journey connecting Barcelona in Spain to Madrid in Spain are run by Renfe.

How long is the train?

On average, it takes normally 3h13m by train because of the 314 miles to go to Madrid from Barcelona. The journey time can change depending if the train is direct or with stops.

What is the price of a train ticket for this journey?

We found trains from £38.50 to travel in the next month. Fares may vary depending on when you travel and how long in advance you buy your ticket.

Transport operators from Barcelona to Madrid

The following table lists the various transport operators serving the route Barcelona to Madrid.

Transport operators Departure Arrival
Renfe Barcelona Madrid

Best price found for train ticket from Barcelona to Madrid

We compare train ticket prices for all major companies to travel from Barcelona to Madrid by train and find the best price for you. Here are the best prices selected for the coming days to go to Madrid. Your Barcelona to Madrid train ticket is just few clicks away!

Journey Price Departure on At Company Searched
€54.90 23/08/2017 06:05 Renfe 21 days ago
€55.30 25/08/2017 06:05 Renfe 21 days ago
€55.30 25/08/2017 21:00 Renfe 21 days ago
€63.90 25/08/2017 20:00 Renfe 21 days ago
€63.90 23/08/2017 07:05 Renfe 21 days ago
€63.90 23/08/2017 07:25 Renfe 21 days ago
€72.50 16/08/2017 07:05 Renfe 6 days ago
€72.50 16/08/2017 06:05 Renfe 6 days ago
€72.50 16/08/2017 21:15 Renfe 6 days ago
€72.50 16/08/2017 20:00 Renfe 6 days ago

Best price found for Barcelona to Madrid train ticket for the next 30 days.

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Where to find cheap train tickets


The 505 kilometers to link the city of Barcelona with Madrid are operated by Renfe! You will need to plan to spend a minimum of £46 for a Renfe train.

How to find cheap train tickets Barcelona to Madrid ?

If you're searching for cheap train tickets Barcelona to Madrid, we're here to help. Here we give you some hints to find cheap train tickets.

When should I book my ticket?

To travel for cheap you have to buy your ticket in advance. The best time to purchase your advance train ticket is around 12 weeks before. Thus you must remember to book approximately 3 months in advance. Using this trick you should enjoy great savings of up to 80%.

When should I take my train?

The peak times to travel are during the morning commute time and in the late afternoon for your train ticket Barcelona to Madrid. Train ticket prices tend to be more expensive during these hours so you will pay less by travelling very early, in the middle of the day or late in the evening.

2 single tickets vs 1 return: which is cheaper?

It's very common that two singles are cheaper than a return ticket, we suggest you should always check both tickets for your journey if you want to make savings.

How does split ticketing work?

Frequently, booking a ticket from Barcelona to an intermediary city and then an additional ticket from this station to Madrid costs less than purchasing a single ticket for your entire journey. Splitting your ticket can help you pay less.

And if you change?

Other alternatives of transport exist to travel from Barcelona to Madrid:

Bus from Barcelona to Madrid

Other city in Spain