We are traveling from Barcelona L'Eixample to Madrid. Should we take the AVE train or fly? I'd like to hear your experiences either way.
Definitely go by rail, it will probably be faster overall and certainly be a more pleasant journey.
Train unless you are already at the Barcelona airport then fly. Train is probably faster and cheaper depending on discounts that could be available to you.
Yes, take the AVE, or get a great deal on the AVLO, if traveling between April 6 and August 31.
Do read this recent post for more information: ALVO -Low Cost High Speed Rail Service
Enjoy your trip!
While the actual flight is 80 minutes, add 30+ minutes on each end for to and from the airport from the city, along with at least 2 hours for check-in, security, deplaning, etc.
Hi-speed train city center to city center is under 3 hours, and likely to the same place you will wind going to and coming from the airport. For probably less money if purchased in advance. And yes, we took the train from Barcelona to Madrid a couple years ago, it was a fine ride, very scenic, reserved seats.
Thanks to all for your advice! I will make train reservations. The commenters here are the greatest!
Unless you're already at the airport, train is faster, easier, and less stressful.
On my first trip to Spain in 1995, I flew between Madrid and Barcelona. But that was before there was a high speed rail link; the train took 8 hours! Now that it takes 3 hours or less, it's clearly the way to go.