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Journey Information

There are 2 intercity coaches per day from Madrid to Barcelona. Traveling by coach from Madrid to Barcelona usually takes around 21 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus coach can make the trip in 16 hours and 15 minutes.

Distance314 mi (505 km)
Shortest duration16h 15m
Cheapest price£36.77
Most frequent serviceFlixBus
Coach lines2

What coach companies travel from Madrid to Barcelona?

There are two coach lines that have daily service from Madrid to Barcelona that you can search and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, FlixBus usually offers more choice, with 2 scheduled trips per day.

CoachDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus219h 23m£67.99
Union Ivkoni23d 10h 25m£163.73
  • FlixBus

    FlixBus

    First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity coach companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 2 trips from Madrid to Barcelona, and usually makes the trip in about 19 hours and 23 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • Union Ivkoni

    Union Ivkoni

    Union Ivkoni was founded in Bulgaria in 1992 and quickly expanded its operations throughout Europe. Popular routes include both shorter travels within one country and long-haul international trips. Their reliable coaches offer amenities to make your trip comfortable, including air conditioning, extra legroom, and power outlets. Union Ivkoni usually operates 2 trips per day on the route from Madrid to Barcelona, and the trip usually takes 82 hours and 25 minutes to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by coach from Madrid to Barcelona during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our coach partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, coach carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all coach passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the coach.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the coach ride?

The coach takes an average of 21 hours and 15 minutes to cover the 314 miles from Madrid to Barcelona. However, the fastest coach only takes 16 hours and 15 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual coach may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by coach?

Friday is the busiest travel day for coaches as people head from Madrid to Barcelona for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for coach travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest coaches leave Madrid?

The first coach leaves at 10:00 and the last coach leaves at 21:00. To see the times for all coaches from Madrid to Barcelona, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many coach departures serve Barcelona each day?

There are usually only 2 coaches per day from Madrid to Barcelona. However, neither coach offers direct service, so you will have to get off your original vehicle to transfer coaches during the trip.

City Information

Barcelona

Featuring a mix of bizarre modern vibes and quaint buildings, Barcelona is a great destination for tourists seeking fun and cultural activities alike. Barcelona takes great pride in its unique architecture, and the most prominent example of its uniqueness is the La Sagrada Família, one of the most iconic buildings in the city. Boasting a unique Gothique-esque architectural style, the cathedral will leave you in awe. The most interesting part is that the church is actually still in construction, and is expected to be finished by 2026. If you want to stroll around the streets of Barcelona, the Barri Gòtic, the oldest part of the city, will be a perfect choice. Here visitors will find old buildings with Medieval or Roman architecture. If you are looking to enjoy Barcelona’s nightlife, head over to Las Ramblas, the most fun area around.

For the best Catalonian dishes, don’t hesitate to head over to Babula Bar 1937, which offers top-tier local cuisine. Barcelona is also rather famous for its seafood, so don’t hesitate to give that a try at one of the many restaurants the city has to offer.

For buses, Estació del Nord serves as the central hub of intercity services. The Barcelona Sants is the city’s main train station, offering access to many cities in Europe. Commercial air services are provided by the Barcelona-El Prat Airport, which is located 11 miles from the city center.

Station Information

Where does the coach leave from in Madrid?

Departure stations

Coaches to Barcelona leave from 3 stations in Madrid.

All coach stations in Madrid:

  • Central Bus Station

  • Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport, Terminal 4

  • Central Bus Station

Where does the coach arrive in Barcelona?

Carrer d'Ali Bei 80  - ESBRADEFLX-0

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Arrival stations

Originally a train station, Barcelona Nord is now a coach station located at Carrer d'Ali Bei 80. The station was built in 1862 for rail service to Barcelona but was partially converted into a coach station and a sports hall in recent years. The station is conveniently located within a short distance of famous landmarks such as the Plaça de Catalunya. Intercity coaches like FlixBus and BlaBlaCar Bus stop at the station and offer service to other cities like Madrid, San Sebastian, and Marseille. You will find the usual amenities at the station, such as public restrooms, ATMs, shops, and restaurants. The station also features large waiting areas with seats. You can also access the nearby Arc de Triomf Metro station to travel throughout the rest of Barcelona.

Coach stations in Barcelona:

  • Carrer d'Ali Bei 80

  • Sants Train Station

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