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Journey Information

There are 4 intercity buses per day from Barcelona to Madrid. Traveling by bus from Barcelona to Madrid usually takes around 29 hours and 39 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus bus can make the trip in 20 hours,

Distance314 mi (505 km)
Shortest duration20h 0m
Cheapest price€59.62
Most frequent serviceFlixBus
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What bus companies travel from Barcelona to Madrid?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Barcelona to Madrid. FlixBus connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus41d 5h 39m€126.27
  • First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 4 trips from Barcelona to Madrid, and usually makes the trip in about 29 hours and 39 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 29 hours and 39 minutes to cover the 505 kilometers from Barcelona to Madrid. However, the fastest bus only takes 20 hours. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

"Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in Madrid. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet."

The first bus leaves at 02:00 and the last bus leaves at 23:00. To see the times for all buses from Barcelona to Madrid, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from Barcelona to Madrid every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so no matter which bus you take, you will have to transfer buses at least once during your journey.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Barcelona to Madrid; ticket prices start at €20.98.

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 bus leave from in Barcelona?

Main departure station: Sants

Barcelona has two bus stations with service to Madrid.

All bus stations in Barcelona:

  • Sants

  • Carrer d'Ali Bei 80

Where does the bus arrive in Madrid?

Main arrival station: Central Bus Station

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Madrid.

Bus stations in Madrid:

  • Central Bus Station

  • Madrid Airport (T4)

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