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

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Train  •  2h 30m

  1. Take the train from Alicante-Termino to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave / ...

30€ - 95€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  4h 55m

  1. Take the rideshare from Alicante to Madrid 419.9 km

16€ - 28€

4 alternative options

Bus  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Alicante to Madrid Estacion Sur

30€ - 50€

Drive  •  4h 6m

  1. Drive from Alicante to Madrid 419.1 km

40€ - 60€

Fly from Alicante  •  3h 22m

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

30€ - 144€

Train to Valencia, fly  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the train from Alicante-Termino to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla
  2. Fly from Valencia (VLC) to Madrid (MAD) VLC - MAD

36€ - 117€

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The cost-effective way to get from Alicante to Madrid is to rideshare, which costs 16€ - 28€ and takes 4h 55m.

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The quickest way to get from Alicante to Madrid is to train which costs 30€ - 95€ and takes 2h 30m.

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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, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 5h 15m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Alicante-Termino and arriving at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 30m.

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The distance between Alicante and Madrid is 360 km. The road distance is 419.1 km.

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The best way to get from Alicante to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 2h 30m and costs 30€ - 95€.

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The train from Alicante-Termino to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha takes 2h 30m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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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 Renfe AVE, depart from Alicante-Termino station.

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The best way to get from Alicante to Madrid is to train which takes 2h 30m and costs 30€ - 95€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 5h 15m, you could also fly, which costs 30€ - 150€ and takes 3h 22m.

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Map of how to get from Alicante to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 360.1 km
  • Duration: 2h 30m

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

Renfe AVE operates a train from Alicante-Termino to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha every 4 hours. Tickets cost 50€ - 95€ and the journey takes 2h 30m. Renfe Viajeros also services this route once daily. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Alicante to Madrid Estacion Sur 3 times a day. Tickets cost 30€ - 50€ and the journey takes 5h 15m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Alicante to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 220€
Flights from Valencia to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 140€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Alicante to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 320€
Flights from Valencia to Madrid
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
22€ - 170€
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Alicante-Termino to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
50€ - 95€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
50€ - 65€
Promo+
56€ - 60€
Flexible
75€ - 95€
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Alicante-Termino to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
30€ - 40€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Alicante-Termino to Valencia Joaquin Sorolla
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
14€ - 18€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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
5h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
30€ - 50€
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Alicante to Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
16€ - 28€
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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 1h 15m.

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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 Renfe AVE, arrive at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Alicante to Madrid is 419 km. It takes approximately 4h 6m to drive from Alicante to Madrid.

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

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There are 5774+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at 75€ 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 13 min and costs 1€ - 4€.

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