Madrid to Barcelona by Guided TourIt is possible to visit Barcelona on a number of guided tours, lasting from one day to nineteen (yes, a day trip to Barcelona is possible!). Check out this list of Tours of Barcelona Departing from Madrid
Or how about going the other way? If you want to travel from Barcelona to Madrid instead, there is a five-day guided tour of Toledo and Andalusia (Seville, Granada and Cordoba), departing from Barcelona and finishing in Madrid, with three- or -four star accommodation and some meals included. Read more here: Five-Day Guided Tour from Barcelona to Madrid via Andalusia
Madrid to Barcelona by TrainThe train from Barcelona to Madrid takes about 2h45 and costs about 120 euros. This is the quickest way to get from Madrid to Barcelona, but also the most expensive.
Renfe.es, Spain's official rail website, is a mess and has been described as "like Alice in Wonderland, where nothing seems to be what it really is" by Trip Advisor.
Instead, use Rail Europe and get your tickets delivered to your home address.
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Trains from Madrid to Barcelona depart from Puerta de Atocha train station. Read more about Bus and Train Stations in Madrid.
Madrid to Barcelona by BusThere are regular buses throughout the day between Madrid and Barcelona. The journey takes six hours and costs about 30 euros. This is the cheapest option but the journey is long.
Most buses from Madrid to Barcelona depart from Avenida de America bus station, though a couple a day also leave from Mendez Alvaro. Read more about Bus and Train Stations in Madrid.
You can book most bus tickets in Spain online at no extra charge. Just pay with a credit card and print out the e-ticket.
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Madrid to Barcelona by CarIt takes about six hours to drive the 600km to Barcelona, mainly on A-2, AP-2 and AP-7 freeways. Note that AP roads in Spain are toll roads.
Consider a stop in Zaragoza to break up the long journey.
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Flights from Madrid to BarcelonaThere are regular flights from Madrid to Barcelona and they can be very cheap if booked in advance.
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