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Madrid to Barcelona Train Tickets E‑TICKET

Madrid to Barcelona Train Tickets

Travel Spain’s most popular high speed train route between Madrid and Barcelona with a Renfe e-ticket. Direct trains will transport you in comfort from central Madrid to Barcelona in just 2 hours and 30 minutes. Traveling by train has never been easier, as your Renfe e-ticket can be printed at home and is ready to travel with, seat reservation included!

Journey details

Frequency
Departing as often as every 30 minutes during peak times, with approximately 27 departures a day in each direction

Travel time
2h30m direct

Train stations
Madrid Puerta de Atocha to Barcelona Sants

Train details
Renfe AVE high speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 350km/h

Renfe e-ticket fare types

  • Renfe E-Ticket Promo Fare
    The least expensive option, offers variable prices depending on time of booking and travel. Ticket exchanges or refunds are not permitted.
  • Renfe E-Ticket Promo+ Fare
    Slightly more expensive than the Promo fare, and also offering variable prices depending on time of booking and travel. Refunds are permitted up to 1 day before departure, where a 30% cancellation fee applies.
  • Renfe E-Ticket Base Fare
    The base fare is not discounted, and also offers variable prices depending on time of booking and travel. Refunds are permitted up to 1 day before departure, where a 20% cancellation fee applies.

Renfe e-ticket classes

  • Turista
    Standard class with trolley service when available or you can visit the cafeteria car.
  • Turista Plus
    Standard class with more spacious seats than Turista and trolley service when available or you can visit the cafeteria car.
  • Preferente
    First class with more spacious seats and catering served at your seat.

Renfe e-ticket discounts

  • Child discount
    Children between the ages of 4 and 13, save up to 40% off the base fare. Children under 4 years old who do not occupy a seat travel for free.
  • Youth discount
    Youth between the ages of 14 and 25, save up to 25% off the base fare. To be eligible for this discount, youth passengers must carry one of the following cards: Carné Joven Euro<26 issued by autonomous regions in Spain and by the corresponding organizations in countries associated with the EYCA institution, a ISTC GO 25 Card issued by UNESCO or a Rail Plus Junior Card issued abroad.
  • Senior discount
    Seniors over the age of 60, save up to 40% off the base fare from Monday to Thursday and 25% off from Friday to Sunday. To be eligible for this discount, senior passengers must carry a Dorada Card, which is valid for one year and can be requested at Renfe stations, ticket offices and travel agencies for 5,05 Euros (price subject to change).

Services on the AVE

Services
Turista
Standard
Class
Preferente
First
Class
Club
First
Class
Air conditioning
Yes
Yes
Yes
Comfortable seats
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cafeteria car selling light meals, snacks and drinks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Baby changing facilities and play areas
Yes
Yes
Yes
Power socket, TV screen, and radio at every seat
Yes
Yes
Yes
Access to AVE’s VIP lounge (with TV, newspapers, internet access)
Yes
Yes
Free Parking (24h one-way ticket; 48h round trip ticket)
Yes
Yes
Access to newspapers and magazines
Yes
Yes
Hot meals served at your seat (no extra charge)
Yes
Yes
Table at your seat
Yes
Drinks served at your seat
Yes
Note that Club First Class services are not available on all AVE trains

More info

Seat reservations
Your Renfe e-ticket includes travel in a specific seat.

E-ticket delivery
Receive your e-ticket as a PDF document, which you can print at home and is valid for travel.

Airport transfer
Get a free airport transfer ticket to city centers in Madrid or Barcelona with the purchase of your Renfe e-ticket. After arriving at the airport in Madrid or Barcelona go to a Renfe ticket machine and simply enter the 5 digit pass code called “CombinadoCercanias” which is located on the left upper corner of your PDF ticket to retrieve your free airport transfer ticket.

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