There are 13 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.

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Train to Bristol, fly  •  6 h 5 min

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

$116 - $310

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Train to Birmingham, fly  •  6 h 12 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, train to London Heathrow, fly  •  7 h 19 min

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

$161 - $462

Train to Manchester, fly  •  7 h 51 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  •  7 h 47 min

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

$118 - $401

Train, train to London Stansted, fly  •  8 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Cheltenham Spa to Swindon
  2. Take the train from Swindon to London Paddington
  3. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Madrid (MAD) STN - MAD

$122 - $371

Train, bus  •  26 h 7 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

Train, car ferry via Madrid-Chamartin  •  29 h 43 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

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

$92 - $176

Train, car ferry  •  30 h 15 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-Puerta de Atocha A

$208 - $545

Bus Ouibus  •  31 h 59 min

  1. Take the bus from Cheltenham to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from London to Paris Centre - Bercy
  3. Take the bus from Paris Centre - Bercy to Madrid - South Station

$79 - $112

Drive, car ferry  •  29 h 59 min

  1. Drive from Cheltenham to Portsmouth
  2. Take the car ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao
  3. Drive from Bilbao to Madrid

$199 - $759

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  18 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Cheltenham to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais
  3. Drive from Calais to Madrid

$408 - $535

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Cheltenham to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Cheltenham and arriving at Madrid via Londres Victoria Coach Station and Bilbao. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 29 h 55 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 7 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 5 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 20 min.

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Cheltenham to Madrid bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Madrid - South Station.

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Madrid is 1 h ahead of Cheltenham. It is currently 4:58 PM in Cheltenham and 5:58 PM in Madrid.

easyJet, KLM, Ryanair and three other airlines offer flights from Bristol Airport to Madrid Airport.

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There are 3655+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at $53 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Cheltenham to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 801.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 5 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, Londres Victoria Coach Station, and Bilbao in around 29 h 55 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $500
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Manchester to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $470
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Malaga
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$600 - $6,000
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$45 - $500
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $480
Flights from Manchester to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $650
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $470
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Malaga
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$600 - $6,000
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$70 - $340
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $320
Flights from Manchester to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $480
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $260
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $260
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $260
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$30 - $260
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Rabat
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $260
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $380
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $350
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $350
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Lyon
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $320
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $460
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $650
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $650
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $650
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $800
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $950
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $500
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $400
Norwegian Air International
Website
norwegian.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $410
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,100
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Manchester to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $850
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
Every 4 hours
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
46 min
Frequency
Hourly
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 Swindon
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$22 - $35
Train from Cheltenham Spa to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 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 Plymouth
Ave. Duration
2 h 46 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
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 Swindon
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$14 - $22
Advanced Single
$15 - $22
Anytime Day Single
$22 - $45
Train from Swindon to London Paddington
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$40 - $75
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$23 - $35
Advanced Single
$25 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$40 - $75
Virgin West Coast Trains
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santander to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
4 h 7 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santander to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$171
Website
eurotunnel.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
nationalexpress.com
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
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Bilbao to Madrid - Avénida de America
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
Ouibus
Bus from London to Paris Centre - Bercy
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Paris Centre - Bercy to Madrid - South Station
Ave. Duration
17 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
Ouibus
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
Car ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
23 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
$130 - $170
Car
$450 - $650

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