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

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Fly  •  7h 3m

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

50€ - 340€

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Train, bus  •  38h 32m

  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

270€ - 423€

Train, bus via Mannheim  •  45h 9m

  1. Take the train from Athens to Thessaloniki Ic
  2. Take the bus from Thessaloniki to Mannheim
  3. Take the train from Mannheim Hbf to Avignon Tgv Tgv
  4. Take the train from Avignon Tgv to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave

274€ - 444€

Bus  •  2 days 12h

  1. Take the bus from Athens to Sofia Piraeus - Haskovo
  2. Take the bus from Sofia to Madrid

379€ - 499€

Train, bus #2  •  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

149€ - 200€

Drive  •  35h 5m

  1. Drive from Athens to Madrid 3678.2 km

480€ - 750€

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The cheapest way to get from Athens to Madrid is to fly which costs 50€ - 340€ and takes 7h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from Athens to Madrid is to fly which costs 50€ - 340€ and takes 7h 3m.

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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 12h.

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The distance between Athens and Madrid is 2369 km. The road distance is 3678.2 km.

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The best way to get from Athens to Madrid without a car is to train and bus which takes 38h 32m and costs 270€ - 430€.

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It takes approximately 7h 3m to get from Athens to Madrid, including transfers.

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Athens to Madrid bus services, operated by Valeross, depart from Athens station.

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The best way to get from Athens to Madrid is to fly which takes 7h 3m and costs 50€ - 340€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 370€ - 500€ and takes 2 days 12h.

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The quickest flight from Athens Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 35m.

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

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Map of how to get from Athens to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 2368.6 km
  • Duration: 7h 3m

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

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

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 380€
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Rome Ciampino
Ave. Duration
6h 22m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 380€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 750€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 900€
Aegean Airlines
Website
en.aegeanair.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 900€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
95€ - 650€
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Rome
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 750€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Munich
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
190€ - 1000€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Milan Malpensa
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
90€ - 340€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Zurich
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
210€ - 1200€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Athens to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 1400€
Train operators
Greek Railways (OSE)
Website
trainose.gr
Train from Athens to Thessaloniki
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
19€ - 28€
Website
trainose.gr
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Raileurope.com
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Zaragoza-Delicias to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 65€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
30€ - 40€
Promo+
37€ - 40€
Flexible
50€ - 65€
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Zaragoza-Delicias to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Avignon Tgv to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
7h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
80€ - 120€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

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Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Mannheim Hbf to Avignon Tgv
Ave. Duration
6h 36m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
120€ - 180€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
120€ - 150€
1st Class
140€ - 180€
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
170€ - 250€
Website
alsa.com
Crazy Holidays
Phone
2310-241545
Website
crazyholidays.gr
Bus from Thessaloniki to Mannheim
Ave. Duration
24h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
50€ - 110€
Schedules at
crazyholidays.gr
Valeross
Arda Tur
Phone
0700 20 544
Website
ardatur.bg
Bus from Athens Akominatou to Sofia Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
12h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
Website
Arda Tur
Bus from Thessaloniki Monastiriou to Sofia Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
18€ - 22€
Website
Arda Tur
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Athens to Sofia
Ave. Duration
10h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Sofia to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 days 0h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
100€ - 150€
Schedules at
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Thessaloniki station to Sofia
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
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
350€ - 440€
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 4:23 PM in Athens and 3:23 PM in Madrid.

Yes, the driving distance between Athens to Madrid is 3678 km. It takes approximately 35h 5m to drive from Athens to Madrid.

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

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There are 3960+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at 87€ 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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