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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.
Visit Barcelona and discover other popular train journeys
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
Traveled from Barcelona to Madrid. It was good experience. The trolley with coffee came only once. I think it could be repeated. Request online booking more friendly. Renfe starts in English, but by the time you come to the payment it goes Spanish. Pl check Over all it was good.
"Renfe train travel Madrid-Barc"James Joseph a. 29/08/2014
Travelled with family. Travel was very comfortable. Had a very nice experience.
"Barca-Madrid"Fadi c. 23/08/2014
I was pleasantly surprised by most of my experience. Excellent train. Comfortable etc. Two comments: (1) If we could choose our own seats as a family we would have taken the ones with a table in the middle, facing each other. (2) The English movie on the TV was both in Spanish (doublage) and had Spanish subtitles. As a courtesy to non-Spanish speakers, you could keep the English Audio on one of the many audio channels already available. Thanks
"Madrid to Barcelona "Alan Todd v. 12/08/2014
Easy check-in close to town, comfortable and quick train to Barcelona. Easier and quicker then air travel.
"Value for money"Rashid s. 04/08/2014
I traveled with my wife from Barcelona to Madrid. We purchased tickets almost 2 months before thats why we got a good price. Everything was ok and we had a pleasant trip.
"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 !