Saturday, 14 April 2012

Barcelona to Madrid by Bus

A = Barcelona, B = Madrid

To get from Barcelona to Madrid, I decided to take the night bus instead of flying. Reasons:

  • It's a cheaper option.
  • I don't waste precious sightseeing time since the bus travels at night.
  • I save on one night lodging at the hostel.

Everything I do has a reason :-)

Buses leave the Barcelona Nord Station which is accessible by Metro.

Barcelona has one of the best Metro systems because its easy to navigate your way around. Moreover most of the popular spots are located near Metro stations.

Since I was travelling during the weekend, the friendly folk at San Jordi Diagonal Hostel where I stayed advised me to get my tickets in advance because many people usually travel during weekends.

It's not a good idea to come to the station and get tickets before the bus leaves, as chances are tickets would have sold out.

This is the Barcelona Nord Station:

To get here, take the Metro (Line 1) and get off at Arc de Triomf station. The station is about 5 minutes walk from the Metro station.

I stood in queue for about 45 minutes to get that darn ticket.

The line was moving at a snails pace and I was frustrated because waiting in line was robbing precious time of my trip to Montserrat.

Finally ... my bus ticket from Barcelona to Madrid that costs 29.51 Euros:

The journey from Barcelona to Madrid by bus took approximately 7 hours.


Queen of hearts said...

Hahaha! You're a good planner *thumbs up*...I'm sure you've done your research and home work well before you traveled. :D

MsXeRoZ Nicole said...

wow...7hours bus ride!!!! how did u spend time? sleep???

Julie Lim said...

Hi Queen of Hearts,

As a backpacker who travels solo most of the time, doing research and homework is essential :-)

Julie Lim said...

Hi MsXeRoZ Nicole,

Since it was a night bus I slept most of the way.

And this 7-hour bus ride is nothing compared to the 12-hour bus ride I took from Vientiane to Luang Prabang in Laos!

Anonymous said...

Same as you, I too like to commute at night, be it plane or other forms of transport. I much rather spend the time during the day to sight see or whatever, and then save accommodation by commuting at night! This method just saves time and money while travelling!

Julie Lim said...


What can I say, but great minds think alike!

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