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Madrid to Barcelona Train Tickets

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E-TICKET
Madrid

Barcelona
E-TICKET
Madrid

Barcelona
One Way
Roundtrip
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Travel Spain’s most popular highspeed train route between Madrid and Barcelona with a Renfe e-ticket. AVE trains will transport you in comfort from central Madrid to Barcelona in as little as 2 hours and 30 minutes, non-stop. Along the way, you’ll have access to a variety of quality onboard services plus the perfect window view of scenic Spain!

Though Barcelona is perhaps best-known for hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics, there’s a whole lot more to the Catalonian capital city. Discover eye-catching architectural marvels, fascinating art museums and a particularly lively cultural scene. Don’t forget to visit the Gothic Quarter, which reveals some of Barcelona’s oldest and most treasured historical landmarks.

Traveling by train has never been easier, as your Renfe e-ticket can be purchased here and printed at home upon e-mail delivery. With your ticket in hand, you’ll be set to travel from Madrid to Barcelona by train, seat reservation included!

Journey Details

Frequency

Trains depart as often as every 30 minutes during peak times, with approximately 27 departures daily in each direction

Travel time

2 hours and 30 minutes direct (fastest time)

Train stations

Madrid Puerta de Atocha and Barcelona Sants

Train features

Renfe AVE high speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 350km/h
Ticket Fares

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 cancellation fee applies.

Renfe E-Ticket Base Fare

No discounts. Prices may vary depending on time of booking and travel. Refunds are permitted up to 1 day before departure, where a cancellation fee applies.
Ticket Classes

Turista

Standard class with comfortable seating, power outlet access for laptops and other mobile devices, a food and drink trolley service when available, plus access to the cafeteria car.

Turista Plus

Upgraded “Turista” class with spacious, reclining seats.

Preferente

First class with deluxe reclining leather seats plus a la carte restaurant dining and bar service at your seat.
Ticket Discounts

Child discount

Children between the ages of 4 and 13 receive a discount on the base fare. Children under 4 years old who do not occupy a seat travel for free.

Youth discount

Youths less than 26 years of age can receive a discount on the base fare. To be eligible for this discount, youth passengers must carry one of the following cards: a 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 can receive a discount on the base fare. 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).
Train Services

Turista & Turista Plus

  • Air conditioning
  • Cafeteria car selling light meals, snacks and drinks
  • Power socket, TV screen, and radio at every seat
  • Baby changing facilities and play areas

Preferente

  • Air conditioning
  • Cafeteria car selling light meals, snacks and drinks
  • Power socket, TV screen, and radio at every seat
  • Baby changing facilities and play areas
  • Access to AVE’s VIP lounge (with TV, newspapers, internet access)
  • Free parking (24h one-way ticket; 48h round-trip ticket)
  • Access to newspapers and magazines
  • Hot meals served at your seat (no extra charge)
  • Restaurant dining at your seat
  • Drinks served at your seat
Additional Details

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 or upload to your smartphone or tablet, and is valid for travel from Madrid to Barcelona by train.

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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