Duration 41h 35m
Distance 1231 km
Average price 515€
Frequency 4/week

Trip overview

The average train between Cardiff and Madrid takes 41h 35m and the fastest train takes 41h 21m. The train runs, on average, 4 times per week from Cardiff to Madrid. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use the search form on this page to search for a specific travel date.


  1. Cardiff Central
  2. London St Pancras Eurostar
  3. Avignon Tgv
  4. Madrid
16h 58m
361€ - 646€

Cardiff to Madrid train times

Trains run four times a week between Cardiff and Madrid. The service departs Cardiff at 21:20 at night, which arrives into Madrid at 15:41. All services require a transfer, and take on average 41h 35m. The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.
Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
These schedules are estimated: The schedules shown above are estimated schedules based on typical services on the average day and may vary depending on when you plan to travel. Please make sure you confirm the departure/arrival times and availability with the operator before planning your trip.

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No, there is no direct train from Cardiff to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Cardiff Central and arriving at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha via Paddington, London St Pancras Eurostar and Avignon Tgv. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 58m.

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The distance between Cardiff and Madrid is 1231 km.

Cardiff to Madrid train services, operated by Great Western Railway, depart from Cardiff Central station.

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Cardiff to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, arrive at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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Madrid is 1h ahead of Cardiff. It is currently 3:41 PM in Cardiff and 4:41 PM in Madrid.

There are 3341+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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