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There are 5 ways to get from Athens to Madrid by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  7h 18m

  1. Fly from Athens (ATH) to Madrid (MAD) ATH - MAD

€40 - €240

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Train, bus via Timișoara  •  39h

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Ic
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Timişoara
  3. Take the bus from Timisoara to Zaragoza
  4. Take the train from Zaragoza-Delicias to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave

€280 - €433

Bus  •  2 days 11h

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Sofia
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Madrid

€396 - €496

Train, bus  •  2 days 13h

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Ic
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki Monastiriou to Sofia Central Bus Station
  3. Take the bus from Sofia to Madrid

€175 - €228

Drive  •  34h 43m

  1. Drive from Athens to Madrid 3662.2 km

€450 - €700

Greece → Spain
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International entry into Spain from Greece

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Greece
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: Brazil, India and South Africa

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Conditions of entry into Spain from Greece

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from Greece
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
This doesn't apply to arrivals from the EU Schengen Area with the exception of Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden. This also doesn't apply to arrivals from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and United Kingdom
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival and 10 day mandatory self quarantine
  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
This applies to arrivals from India
  • Entry is allowed for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of EU Schengen Area, Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand and United Kingdom
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This doesn’t apply to citizens and permanent residents of Brazil, India and South Africa
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area

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Rules to follow in Spain

1.5m

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Considerations leaving from Greece

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Spain from Greece.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Madrid is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Madrid is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Madrid is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 112.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Greece from Spain.

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Last updated: 23 Jun 2021
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The cost-effective way to get from Athens to Madrid is to fly, which costs €40 - €240 and takes 7h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Madrid is to fly which costs €40 - €240 and takes 7h 18m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Athens to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Athens and arriving at Madrid via Sofia. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 11h.

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The distance between Athens and Madrid is 2369 km. The road distance is 3662.2 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Madrid without a car is to train and bus via Timișoara which takes 39h and costs €280 - €440.

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It takes approximately 7h 18m to get from Athens to Madrid, including transfers.

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Athens to Madrid bus services, operated by Tourist Service Holding AD, depart from Athens station.

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The best way to get from Athens to Madrid is to fly which takes 7h 18m and costs €40 - €240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €390 - €500 and takes 2 days 11h.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 50m.

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Athens to Madrid bus services, operated by Union Ivkoni, arrive at Madrid station.

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Map of how to get from Athens to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 2369.5 km
  • Duration: 7h 18m

What companies run services between Athens, Greece and Madrid, Spain?

Air Europa, Ryanair and 12 other airlines fly from Athens to Madrid hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Athens to Madrid via Sofia in around 2 days 11h.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€75 - €300
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €320
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €400
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€26 - €220
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €400
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
6h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €320
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €350
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €350
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€30 - €150
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€80 - €550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€200 - €550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€55 - €210
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€150 - €550
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€19 - €28
Website
Greek Railways (OSE)
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Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Zaragoza-Delicias to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €65
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€30 - €40
Promo+
€37 - €40
Flexible
€50 - €65
Bus operators
Simeonidis Tours
Phone
+30-2310540970
Email
info@simeonidistours.gr
Website
simeonidistours.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Timişoara
Ave. Duration
14h 36m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€50 - €80
Schedules at
simeonidistours.gr
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 Timisoara to Zaragoza
Ave. Duration
15h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€180 - €260
Website
alsa.com
Tourist Service Holding AD
Phone
02 981 13 33
Email
outgoing@tourist-service.com
Website
tourist-service.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
11h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€66
Schedules at
tourist-service.com
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Madrid
Ave. Duration
47h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€100 - €140
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Thessaloniki station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
4h 53m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€9 - €13
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Georg
Phone
+ 359/38/66 34 04
Email
georg_ltd@abv.bg
Website
georg-bg.com
Bus from Sofia to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 days 1h
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
€330 - €430
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Bus from Thessaloniki to Sofia
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Schedules at
georg-bg.com
Yubim
Website
yubim.eu
Bus from Sofia to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 days 1h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
€120 - €150
Website
Yubim

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Madrid is 1h behind Athens. It is currently 1:06 AM in Athens and 12:06 AM in Madrid.

Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Madrid is 3662 km. It takes approximately 34h 43m to drive from Athens to Madrid.

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Air Europa, Ryanair, Aegean Airlines and seven other airlines offer flights from Athens Airport to Madrid Airport.

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There are 1499+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Athens to Athens Airport is to subway which takes 42 min and costs €10.

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