- 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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What You Can Expect
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.
Highlights of the East Route include the leafy Plaça Catalunya, the medieval Gothic Quarter with its atmospheric cathedral, the yachts of the port area in Port Vell, the palm trees and beach esplanades of Barceloneta and Port Olímpic, the hilltop Tibidabo and Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece the Sagrada Familia, the playful sculpture gardens at Parc Güell, and fanciful apartment buildings La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
West Route highlights include Plaça Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter, the Christopher Columbus statue by the port, Miramar Gardens, Joan Miró museum, Montjuic Park, Poble Espanyol Spanish village, Plaça d’Espanya fountain, F.C. Barcelona Camp Nou, Av Diagonal, and Gaudi’s apartments La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.
I only used the local tour operator to get me the train tickets for this trip to Barcelona since it is nearly impossible to get the Renfe tickets on your own with a credit card from another country. I did not use the hop on hop off feature. I just arrived in Barcelona and went by metro to many different places. Barcelona is beautiful.
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.
LOOOONG day, but marvelous! Did not want to miss Barcelona and got to see the highlights!!
Michael A E USA
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
Terry C Thailand
The high speed train left Madrid on time, arrived Barcelona on time and the return trip was also on time and arrived Madrid early. The train was comfortable, it had a trolley service for food and drinks as well as a dining car, it was a lovely way to travel, if in Spain l would certainly repeat the journey, when we arrived in Barcelona we arranged our own tour of the city
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.
Tour was very good and you need more one day to see Barcelona.
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.
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.