There are 6 ways to get from Alicante to Madrid by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Take the train from Alacant-Terminal to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha Ave / ...

$65 - $90

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Rideshare  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Alicante to Madrid 263.1 miles

$18 - $35

4 alternative options

Bus  •  5 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Alicante to Madrid Estacion Sur

$30 - $55

Drive  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Alicante to Madrid 262.2 miles

$45 - $75

Fly from Alicante  •  3 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Alicante (ALC) to Madrid (MAD) ALC - MAD

$44 - $199

Train to Valencia, fly  •  4 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Alacant-Terminal to Valencia Estacio del Nord
  2. Fly from Valencia (VLC) to Madrid (MAD) VLC - MAD

$60 - $270

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The cheapest way to get from Alicante to Madrid is to rideshare which costs 15€ - 27€ and takes 4 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Alicante to Madrid is to train which costs 55€ - 75€ and takes 2 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Alicante and arriving at Madrid Estacion Sur. Services depart three times a day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 15 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Alacant-Terminal and arriving at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 30 min.

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The distance between Alicante and Madrid is 360 km. The road distance is 419.6 km.

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The best way to get from Alicante to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 2 h 30 min and costs 55€ - 75€.

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The train from Alacant-Terminal to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha takes 2 h 30 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Alicante to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Alicante station.

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Alicante to Madrid train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, depart from Alacant-Terminal station.

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The best way to get from Alicante to Madrid is to train which takes 2 h 30 min and costs 55€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 28€ - 45€ and takes 5 h 15 min, you could also fly, which costs 35€ - 170€ and takes 3 h 24 min.

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Map of how to get from Alicante to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 225 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 30 min

What companies run services between Alicante, Spain and Madrid, Spain?

Spanish Railways AVE operates a train from Alicante to Madrid hourly. Tickets cost $65 - $90 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Alicante to Madrid 3 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $55 and the journey takes 5 h 15 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Alicante to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Alicante to Madrid via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Valencia to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Alicante to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $300
Flights from Valencia to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

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Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Alacant-Terminal to Valencia Estacio del Nord
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Alicante to Madrid Estacion Sur
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Alicante to Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $35
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blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Alicante Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 10 min.

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Alicante to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Madrid Estacion Sur station.

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Alicante to Madrid train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, arrive at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Alicante to Madrid is 420 km. It takes approximately 4 h 15 min to drive from Alicante to Madrid.

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Air Europa and Iberia offer flights from Alicante Airport to Madrid Airport.

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There are 3683+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at $52 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Alicante and Madrid. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Alicante to Alicante Airport is to bus which takes 25 min and costs 1€ - 4€.

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