Discover the incredible architecture and beautiful environs of Catalonia during this 13-hour day trip to Barcelona via round-trip train leaving from Madrid. Whether you’re short on time or looking to make a quick exploration of Barcelona before moving on to other sites in Spain or beyond, this day trip is a great option.
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.