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There are 11 ways to get from Cheltenham to Madrid by train, plane, bus, car ferry, car or car train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train to Bristol, fly  •  5 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Cheltenham Spa to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Madrid (MAD) BRS - MAD

$101 - $308

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Train to Birmingham, fly  •  6 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Cheltenham Spa to Birmingham New Street
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Madrid (MAD) BHX - MAD

$77 - $378

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Train to Manchester, fly  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Cheltenham Spa to Manchester Piccadilly
  2. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Madrid (MAD) MAN - MAD

$103 - $325

Train, train to London Gatwick, fly  •  8 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Cheltenham Spa to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
  3. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Madrid (MAD) LGW - MAD

$111 - $364

Train, train to London Heathrow, fly  •  7 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Cheltenham Spa to Bristol Parkway
  2. Take the train from Bristol Parkway to London Paddington
  3. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Madrid (MAD) LHR - MAD

$179 - $495

Train, bus  •  26 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Cheltenham Spa to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to London Euston
  3. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Lille Europe Eurostar Est
  4. Take the bus from Lille to Barcelona
  5. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha Ave / ...

$326 - $534

Bus FlixBus  •  29 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Cheltenham to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from London to Paris, Paris 700
  3. Take the bus from Paris, Paris to Madrid 793

$113 - $189

Bus ALSA  •  29 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Cheltenham to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Bilbao
  3. Take the bus from Bilbao to Madrid

$108 - $176

Train, car ferry  •  30 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Cheltenham Spa to Plymouth
  2. Take the car ferry from Plymouth to Santander
  3. Take the train from Santander to Madrid-Chamartin A

$209 - $542

Drive, car ferry  •  27 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Cheltenham to Plymouth
  2. Take the car ferry from Plymouth to Santander
  3. Drive from Santander to Madrid

$164 - $489

Drive, Eurotunnel, train  •  23 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Cheltenham to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Take the train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe Est / ...
  4. Take the train from Lille Europe to Nîmes Tgv
  5. Take the train from Nîmes to Barcelona Sants Tgv / ...
  6. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Malgrat de Mar R1
  7. Drive from Malgrat de Mar to Madrid

$532 - $662

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cheltenham to Madrid is to train and fly which costs £55 - £290 and takes 6 h 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cheltenham to Madrid is to train and fly which costs £75 - £240 and takes 5 h 58 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cheltenham to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Cheltenham and arriving at Neptuno via London, Paris, Paris and Méndez Álvaro - Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29 h 21 min.

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The distance between Cheltenham and Madrid is 802 miles.

The best way to get from Cheltenham to Madrid without a car is to train and bus which takes 26 h 8 min and costs £250 - £410.

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It takes approximately 5 h 58 min to get from Cheltenham to Madrid, including transfers.

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Cheltenham to Madrid bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Cheltenham station.

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The quickest flight from Bristol Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 15 min.

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Cheltenham to Madrid bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Madrid station.

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Madrid is 1 h ahead of Cheltenham. It is currently 2:55 PM in Cheltenham and 3:55 PM in Madrid.

Map of how to get from Cheltenham to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 801.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 58 min

What companies run services between Cheltenham, England and Madrid, Spain?

You can take a bus from Cheltenham to Madrid via London Victoria Coach Station, London, Paris, Paris, Madrid, and Méndez Álvaro - Terminal in around 29 h 21 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $500
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Manchester to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $470
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $500
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Flights from Manchester to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $470
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $460
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $650
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $650
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $380
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $350
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $350
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $650
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Flights from Manchester to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $480
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $480
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $480
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Norwegian Air International
Website
norwegian.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $410
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $400
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 40 min
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$180 - $950
Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$23 - $35
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$26 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $60
Off-Peak Single
$23 - $35
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$60 - $95
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $60
Anytime Single
$60 - $95
Off-Peak Single
$55 - $85
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Bristol Parkway
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$24 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$21 - $35
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$45 - $75
Anytime Single
$75 - $120
Off-Peak Single
$75 - $110
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$15 - $23
Advanced Single
$16 - $23
Anytime Day Single
$24 - $45
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Reading
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$25 - $40
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $85
Train from Reading to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$17 - $26
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$28 - $50
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Bristol Parkway
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $40
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $21
Advanced Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$20 - $40
Train from Bristol Parkway to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Advanced Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$60 - $110
Virgin West Coast Trains
Eurostar
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Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St. Pancras International to Lille Europe Eurostar
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $140
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$50 - $140
Premier
$120 - $170
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe Eurostar
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$30 - $55
Premier
$63 - $66
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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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santander to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Website
renfe.com
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$171
Website
eurotunnel.com
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$20 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$20 - $30
1st Class
$27 - $45
Train from Nîmes to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3 h 43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Calais-Fréthun to Lille Europe
Ave. Duration
29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$24 - $30
1st Class
$43 - $45
Train from Lille Europe to Nîmes
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$170 - $190
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$170 - $190
1st Class
$220 - $330
Train from Nîmes to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$75 - $90
1st Class
$110 - $150
Barcelona Cercanías (RENFE)
Phone
900 41 00 41
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona Sants to Malgrat de Mar
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
renfe.com
Bus operators
Starbus
Phone
+34 (0) 963 49 67 67
Email
comercial@starbus.es
Website
starbus.es
Bus from Lille to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
17 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$119
Schedules at
starbus.es
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Cheltenham to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
National Express
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from London to Paris, Paris
Ave. Duration
7 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Paris, Paris to Madrid
Ave. Duration
16 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $120
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Londres Victoria Coach Station to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Ferry operators
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Plymouth to Santander
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
$80 - $110
Car
$250 - $360

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