What are cheap and quick ways to go to Madrid from Barcelona for a one day trip? Thank you!
2 possibilities: plane or train
if money is not an issue probably the quickest way is taxi from hotel to airport, plane, taxi from airport to center, and same back.
Doing these daytrips often (for business), the faster way, door to door, is the AVE train. I use the plane only when I'm going somewhere near the airport. I did Madrid as daytrip for pleasure a few times too, visiting friends or going to see a special exhibition. Last time I did by plane because I was using frequent flyer miles... And I decided next time I will invest a little on my own using the train LOL!
Train may be not the cheapest option, but you get more of your day. You enjoy a pleasant ride instead of rushing around. And you will actually start sightseeing upon arrival at Atocha station (it's oldest part is well worth seeing) and you can walk from Atocha station to the 3 main museums, or a short metro ride to the very city centre.
Plane and train may have similar prices if you get a good deal buying in advance. If you leave it last moment, plane will probably be cheaper (for a good reason, people prefers the train ;-)
The cheaper option for traveling from Barcelona to Madrid is by bus (coach), but it takes 6-7 hours so not an option for a daytrip.
Thank you! What round trip prices are we talking about? Money is quite an issue because we're 4 (adult) passengers
The bus is about 30€ pp. if you can get P fares on the AVE train, it could be as low as 32€ pp. Otherwise, look for the M fares for 4 people. More info on booking train tickets: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187514-c80518/Madrid…
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