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Madrid - Barcelona
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Your travel by train from Madrid to Barcelona
Spain’s Renfe network reaches across the entire country with the high speed AVE trains. Madrid to Barcelona takes between 2h30 and 3 hours, and on board passengers will find three classes of service with First class passengers enjoying in-seat meals. The high speed AVE trains, operated by Renfe, offer all passengers comfortable, spacious cabins, with friendly helpful staff.
Madrid’s train station is in the centre of the city and with easy access to both domestic and international trains as well as public transport from the airport. Barcelona’s train station Estació de França serves as an international hub with links to France. The Metro and buses are easy to find from the station for travel to hotels within the city.
Trains also serve Barcelona airport which is just over 16 km away.
For travellers visiting Madrid and Barcelona a point to point ticket is the best option. However, for those who want to see more of the country a rail pass is more flexible. The Eurail Spain Pass allows passengers unlimited use of Renfe’s train network. International rail passes are also available.
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One of Spain’s most vibrant cities Barcelona has much to offer from the colourful main avenue, La Rambla to the quieter cobbled streets with markets and hidden squares and churches. Art lovers will enjoy Gaudi’s influence especially the magnificent Sagrada Familia and Barcelona’s Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) is a must. From tapas bars, to live music and the sandy beach, this is an exciting city.
From Barcelona why not travel across the Spanish countryside on the Renfe network to Bilbao, Zaragoza, Malaga or Seville or Valencia to taste the rest of the country’s colourful culture.
Reviews & ratings Madrid - Barcelona
"Madrid to Barcelona"Anna d.
Everything about the trip was excellent, including Madrid Atocha Station.
"Trip from Barcelona to Madrid"Edmond p. 10/07/2014
Excellent and comfortable, perfect arrival timing, very friendly staff.
"Barcelona to Madrid"Ian s. 08/07/2014
Brilliant service – fast, efficient, clean and ran on time to the second. The English version of the Renfe website was a bit difficult to navigate as a person with no Spanish and ground staff had very limited English to assist.
"Luxury on rails"Dawn s. 07/07/2014
What a great experience it was to take the Spanish Renfe high speed train from Madrid to Barcelona. No waiting for hours at airports or needing to use another form of transport to the city centre after the flight. This luxury ride delivered us to the heart of the city after a very comfortable ride in large comfy seats and enjoying the countryside as we travelled. I wish we had trains like that in New Zealand where we live. Dawn Scott
"Bright lights"Jo b. 10/10/2013
Please turn the bright lights off on the train at night. I caught the train from Barcelona to Madrid overnight and was hoping to sleep but the bright lights were left on all night which made sleep very difficult. This made my journey uncomfortable. If this one thing were resolved I believe the comfort of my travel would have been much higher. Please consider this hospitable practice. Thank you.
"Excellent Service"Andreas s. 26/09/2013
Thank you Rail Europe for the excellent service. You made our train travel from Barcelona to Madrid pleasant and comfortable.
"Barcelona to Madrid return "Nicholas e. 21/09/2013
Good return journey from Barcelona to Madrid and back, tourista class.. Comfortable seats. Speedy journey. Preferred to flying which overall would probably have taken longer. Would have been nice to have English subtitles on the film that was showing. The shared blinds (with the passengers in front and behind, meant that if one person wanted the window blinds closed it affected everyone. I wanted to see the view and that wasn't possible as some else wanted the blinds closed. Good facilities in the on board shop. Screaming children meant the headphones handed out free were worth their weight in gold !