4 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location:Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:13 hours (approx.)

Barcelona Rail Day Trip from Madrid

Take the opportunity to visit the world-famous city of Barcelona during this 13-hour round-trip day trip by high-speed rail from Madrid. During your day-long visit to Barcelona you’ll have the chance to explore the city aboard a hop-off, hop-on bus tour, during which you’ll see sights including the famous La Rambla, Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia church and Camp Nou stadium (home of F.C. Barcelona) plus much more. The bus follows two different routes, allowing you to get on and off as you wish. This Madrid to Barcelona day trip includes round-trip train tickets as well as your bus tour.


  • Day trip from Madrid to Barcelona
  • Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Barcelona
  • See La Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas Camp Nou Barcelona F.C. and Barcelona’s other famous sights
  • High-speed round-trip rail tickets included
  • High-speed round trip rail tickets
  • Tour Barcelona at your own pace, with train tickets and sightseeing covered!

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Barcelona Rail Day Trip from Madrid

Barcelona Rail Day Trip from Madrid

Discover the incredible architecture and beautiful environs of Catalonia during this 13-hour day trip to Barcelona via round-trip train leaving from Madrid. Whether you’re short on time or looking to make a quick exploration of Barcelona before moving on to other sites in Spain or beyond, this day trip is a great option.

Start your Barcelona day trip at 7:30am, leaving from Madrid’s Atocha station, where you’ll climb aboard a high-speed train bound for Barcelona. Sit back and relax on the three-hour ride to the city, arriving at Barcelona’s Sant station, centrally located near all major attractions. Then choose to explore on your own, or jump onto your included hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Some sights you might visit on your own include the wealth of shopping available on Barcelona’s Passeig de Gracia boulevard, its many delicious tapas bars or the famous Picasso museum. 

Whenever you’re ready, find your hop-on, hop-off bus tour for some more in-depth sightseeing. This double-decker transport is the perfect, convenient method to cover a lot of ground in just a single day. An on-board audio system, available in 12 languages, offers fascinating details about the city, while your complimentary map will help you find the locations for upcoming stops. 

The bus covers two routes, one heading east, while another hits the same attractions heading west. Some sites you might stop off at include the Antoni Gaudí’s celebrated Sagrada Familia cathedral, the beautiful tree-lined Las Ramblas, the famous Camp Nou Stadium of F.C. Barcelona and the beautiful waterfront Port Olímpic area. Get off or on wherever and whenever you wish, or retrace your steps by getting on a bus in the opposite direction. The full route takes two hours and buses arrive at each stop every 10-20 minutes. More information about the attractions along the route are detailed below.

Customer Reviews

Emily M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great independent day with the worries removed! It was wonderful for the tickets to the train and Hop On Hop Off Bus be taken care of- we just needed to show up. The train ride was so smooth and fast! Barcelona and the Mediterranean are breathtaking and certainly worth the trip.

betty p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

LOOOONG day, but marvelous! Did not want to miss Barcelona and got to see the highlights!!

Michael A E USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

The AVE is the only to go. We extended our trip to two days to take in more of Barcelona. One day in Barcelona is not enough.

Carol Rodeghiero Brazil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

If you go to Europe, you have to visit Barcelona and live the amazing experience of travelling in a hight velocity train from some of the cities around. My family and I loved the trip from Madrid and it was, no doubt, an unforgettable moment.

Sandra B

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

2 suggestions: have the tickets picked up at train station not a separate office or send via email. Also, u didn't seat us together. Had to ask other passengers if they would switch w/ us. not comfortable.

Rajinder S

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

Tour was very good and you need more one day to see Barcelona.


4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

Its a long day, but we got to see Barcelona. We ate, and drank (Vino Blanco Sangria) at the beach, which was all good. Recommend this trip if this is the only way your going to see Barcelona.


4 star rating: Recommended January 2012

The trip was great. I would just make sure you have the hop on hop off bus tickets in your hands. We assumed they were in the envelope from the travel office but found out in Barcelona that it was just the map for the tour bus. Luckily I had printed a copy of my paid voucher and with some difficulty was able to prove that the bus tour was part of my paid tour package.

Randy W USA

4 star rating: Recommended July 2011

The train trip was comfortable and, once we found the hop on/hop off bus stop, we were on our way. The tour around the city was good, but we found one day too tight to see everything. Other than better sign or directions to the bus stop (#12) by the train station, I would not change a thing.

Pamela S

4 star rating: Recommended April 2011

Getting the train ticket and voucher for the tourist bus in Barcelona worked out great. I recommend this trip. The only thing that could have improved the trip was if you had told us more about where to catch the tourist bus at the train station in Barcelona. It took us about a half-hour to figure that out, and there are two tourist bus lines, so we had to figure out which one was ours. it rained like cats adn dogs, but we really enjoyed the trip.

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