Madrid to Barcelona (or vice versa)

  • Train : Alta Velocidad Española (AVE)
  • Duration : Scenic Day Trips
Madrid to Barcelona (or vice versa)
Journey Highlights
  • High Speed travel between Barcelona and Madrid 
  • Comfortable and convenient 
  • City centre to city centre avoiding cumbersome airports
  • Excellent service on board
  • Overview
  • Journey Dates
  • Inclusions & Exclusions
  • Notes – Remarks
Travel from Madrid to Barcelona with the high speed AVE trains in just under 3 hours. The train stations are easily accessible from the very centre of both cities combined with excellent service on board the train, it eliminates the need to travel to airports and fly. 

Train Departure Schedule

  • 2020 : January - March , April - June , July - September , October - December
  • 2021 : January - March , April - June , July - September

Places Covered

Guadalajara, Calatayud, Zaragoza, Lleida , Tarragona
2020 and 2021
AVE trains run daily ever hour in each direction. 
In peak hours, trains run every 30 minutes. 


  • Seat Fare & Reservation
Tickets for AVE trains can be part of a Europe Rail Pass or individual tickets for sectors can be purchased. Advance reservations are mandatory on AVE trains. It is possible for 2nd class Pass holders to travel in 'Preferente', when they pay the reservation and the difference of the fare between 'Preferente' and 'Turista'