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Barcelona By Train – Tour from Madrid

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Key Highlights

  • Take a train trip to Barcelona
  • Explore the city on the Hop-On-Hop-Off tour
  • Discover Barcelona’s history
  • See top attractions, such as Gaudí's famous Sagrada Familia
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    14 hours

    Start time

    Trains depart early morning. The exact time will be given with your booking confirmation.

    Meeting Point

    Train departs from Puerta de Atocha Railway Station – AVE Trains Departures.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time for check-in.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Discover the incredible city of Barcelona on this great day trip from Madrid!

    Travel on the comfortable AVE train from one great city to another. Barcelona has something for everyone; Art lovers will be awed by the works of Antonio Gaudi and sports fans will love visiting the Olympic Village or Camp Nou, home of the might FC Barcelona.

    You could wander Las Ramblas, enjoy tapas in the Latin Quarter or relax with a beer on Barcelona’s beach – this multi-faceted city truly does have something for everyone. Your tour includes a ticket for the Barcelona hop-on, hop-off tour which means you are free to explore independently and see the sites YOU want to see!


    Your Barcelona by Train journey will begin when you meet your early-morning train at Puerta de Atocha Railway Station. From the station, you'll take a 3-hour train trip to the beautiful city of Barcelona.

    Once in Barcelona, you'll be able to join a Hop-On-Hop-Off tour! Hop-On-Hop-Off tours are tours conducted on double-decker buses that stop at all the major stops in the city. When you see something you'd like to take a closer look at, simply hop off the bus and take a look around; another bus will be by shortly. Audio commentary is available during the ride via headphones.

    You'll have the option to choose between the East route or West route, seeing some of Madrid's most famous sights such as:

    East Route:
    Sagrada Familia: This unfinished church is a UNESCO World Heritage sight. Designed in the Art Nouveau style by Gaudí, construction on the cathedral began in 1882. The anticipated completion date, however, is 2026.

    Casa Batlló: One of Gaudí's most famous works, this building is located in the centre of Madrid. This colourful house is a great example of Gaudí's eclectic Art Nouveau style.

    Port Vell: Built in the early 90's, this is Barcelona's main harbour. Here you will find shops, restaurants, and attractions such as the aquarium and an IMAX theatre.

    West Route:
    Plaça d’Espanya: Built in 1929 for the Universal Exposition, the square is one of the city's largest, serving as a major thoroughfare for Barcelona's drivers and sporting beautiful buildings.

    Camp Nou (F.C. Barcelona): Camp Nou is the largest football stadium in Europe, home to team Barcelona.

    Fundació Joan Miró: This museum features many works by famous Spanish modern artist Joan Miró. Opened in 1975, the Joan Miró Foundation is dedicated solely to modern art, and exhibits a diverse range of works from a number of artists.

    Once you've seen everything you've wanted to, you'll head back to the train station, where a train will take you back to Barcelona at the appointed time. Your trip will end at the Madrid train station.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Round trip train tickets
    • Transportation by coach
    • Barcelona Hop On Hop Off City Tour tickets
    • Pre-recorded commentary in 12 different languages (Spanish, Catalan, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese) are available on the Barcelona Hop On Hop Off City Tour


    • Lunch & beverages
    • Other services not specified
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Passengers must reconfirm tour and pick up details 24 hours prior to departure. Failure to do so may result in cancellation.

    Please carry a printed copy of your voucher along with you.

    The transportation departs early in the morning. Be ready at the train station at least 15 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time (TBA) so you do not miss the train.

    During the purchase proccess, travelers identity will be required as follows:
    Name: Required
    Surname: Required
    E-mail and Telephone Number: one of them will be Required
    Identity Card Number: Optional
    This information will be at disposal of RENFE staff, but never will be printed on the AVE tickets. I will not be necessary for the travelers to identify themselves at the security control access, however RENFE staff will ask the travelers to verify their identity at any time.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.