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Barcelona Day Trip by High Speed Train
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Barcelona Day Trip by High Speed Train

  • 16 hours

Set off to the Barcelona during an independent full day trip by high-speed train from Madrid and discover this beautiful Mediterranean city at your own leisure.


Head to Atocha train station bright and early and board your AVE (Spain’s high-speed train), which departs at 7:30am. During the three-hour journey, sit back and enjoy the scenery of mountain ranges and river valleys. You’ll arrive at Barcelona-Sants train station at 10:40am.

You’ll have a full day to visit the “City of Counts” as it is often called at your own pace and explore its historic and cultural attractions as well as try the region’s delicious cuisine. We recommend you head to the Gothic Quarter upon arrival, to Plaça de Sant Jaume, where you’ll find some of the neighborhood’s most impressive monuments. Next, walk to the Cathedral and to Plaça del Rei and to Santa Maria del Mar, a striking Catalan Gothic church.

From the Basilica, you can stroll to Barceloneta Beach and take the promenade that leads to the Columbus Monument, at the end of the renowned La Rambla, a pedestrian street in central Barcelona.  If you walk up this boulevard you will get to Plaza de Cataluña.

Your train back to Madrid departs at 8pm from Barcelona Sants railway station. You’ll arrive in the capital city at approximately 11:10pm.

Barcelona sightseeing tour bus

This activity includes a Barcelona 24-hour sightseeing tour bus ticket. You can hop on and off as many times at all the attractions you wish to visit during the day and explore the city in a convenient way. The route includes a stop at the Sagrada Familia and Camp Nou, the home stadium of FC Barcelona.

As soon as you get to Barcelona, you can get the tour bus from the railway station. If you want to see the routes and stops, click on the following link:

Important information

The departure time of the trains are indicated on your train tickets. Please be at the station at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time, so you have enough time to pass the security control, find the right track and find your seat on the AVE.


Adults Children less than 4 years old
AVE & Sightseeing Bus Tour

AVE & Sightseeing Bus Tour

  • Adults

  • Children less than 4 years old


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16 hours.


Return high speed train tickets to Barcelona and back to Madrid.

24 hour Barcelona sightseeing tour bus ticket.

Not included

Food and beverages.

Entrance to the museums and attractions.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up to 3 days before (Madrid local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

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305 $
No hidden fees or surcharges


Non refundable. You may not cancel this activity.

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