The ideal way to travel between the cities.
Madrid and Barcelona are the two major cities in Spain that have the highest tourist influx in the country. It is easier to get in and out of the country as both Madrid and Barcelona have major international airports and therefore it is the travelers’ choice to decide where to start the tour from. It is advisable to dedicate at least 3 days for each of these places without worrying about the commute between them. The ideal way to travel between the cities is by the AVE high-speed train. It would be best to book your tickets for train Madrid to Barcelona. It takes about two and a half hours to reach the destination.
Starting your trip from the capital is a better idea as the biggest airport of Madrid-Barajas Airport receives all the major airlines of the world, including a few budget airlines of Europe. It is convenient to touch down in Madrid and the branch out to the other cities in the country. The extensive high-speed train network of Spain provides an opportunity for you to plan day trips from the capital. Many guided tours are available in the city for tourists to explore the areas in and around Madrid. Stride along the Royal Palace and indulge in some artistic experience of the many museums and galleries of Spain. Do not miss a bull-fight show when in the capital.
The second biggest city in Spain, Barcelona is a tourist hub for its wonderful tapas and breathtaking contemporary architecture. One can catch the AVE train from Puerta de Atocha station in Madrid and reach Barcelona in a few hours while enjoying the scenic countryside of Spain. Once in Barcelona, spend a few days in the city exploring the unique Park Guell, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo structures and the incredible nightlife of Spain.
Highlights of the AVE train system
The high-speed train network called Alta Velocidad Espanola or AVE is managed by a company called Renfe. It is the longest train network to be operated in Spain and is the best way to commute between the cities in the country. A typical Madrid to Barcelona train journey takes about two and a half to three hours compared to an excruciatingly long overnight bus journeys. The AVE trains are highly reliable if under a tight schedule and are well-equipped with comfortable seats, Wifi, audio-video media gear end power sockets. The train runs at an impressive 310 km/hr speed, thus making the journey quick. The tickets can either be purchased over the station counters or booked in advance online.
Whether it is the Antoni Gaudi trip or the cultural experience you are looking for, Spain never disappoints and the only reliable transport system to commute across the country is the high-speed railway system. Explore Madrid and Barcelona to get acquainted with the city of rich history, culture and architecture.