There are 7 ways to get from Dublin to Madrid by plane, car ferry, train, bus, car or bus and ferry

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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Fly  •  5 h 30 min

  1. Fly from Dublin (DUB) to Madrid (MAD) DUB - MAD

$42 - $197

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Car ferry, train, bus  •  32 h 19 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  2. Take the train from Holyhead 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 / ...

$436 - $655

Car ferry, train via Barcelona Sants  •  35 h 25 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Cherbourg
  2. Take the train from Cherbourg to Paris St Lazare Ic
  3. Take the train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Barcelona Sants Tgv
  4. Take the train from Barcelona Sants to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha Ave / ...

$369 - $512

Car ferry, drive  •  35 h 24 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
  2. Drive from Holyhead to Plymouth
  3. Take the car ferry from Plymouth to Santander
  4. Drive from Santander to Madrid

$249 - $603

Bus and ferry, bus  •  39 h 6 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Dublin to London Victoria 871
  2. Take the bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Bilbao
  3. Take the bus from Bilbao to Madrid

$108 - $195

Car ferry, bus, train  •  42 h 19 min

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Cherbourg
  2. Take the bus from Cherbourg-Octeville Autogare to Saint-Lô Gare SNCF L1
  3. Take the train from St Lo to Rennes
  4. Take the bus from Rennes to Madrid

$153 - $254

Car ferry, train  •  2 days 6 h

  1. Take the car ferry from Dublin to Cherbourg
  2. Take the car ferry from Cherbourg to Portsmouth
  3. Take the car ferry from Portsmouth to Santander
  4. Take the train from Santander to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha A

$221 - $714

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Dublin to Madrid is to fly which costs 35€ - 170€ and takes 5 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Dublin to Madrid is to fly which costs 35€ - 170€ and takes 5 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Dublin to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Dublin and arriving at Madrid via Londres Victoria Coach Station and Bilbao. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 39 h 6 min.

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The distance between Dublin and Madrid is 1449 km.

The best way to get from Dublin to Madrid without a car is to car ferry and train and bus which takes 32 h 19 min and costs 370€ - 600€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 30 min to get from Dublin to Madrid, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Dublin Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 35 min.

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Dublin to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Madrid station.

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Madrid is 1 h ahead of Dublin. It is currently 6:49 PM in Dublin and 7:49 PM in Madrid.

Map of how to get from Dublin to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 905.6 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 30 min

What companies run services between Dublin, Ireland and Madrid, Spain?

Iberia, Ryanair and eight other airlines fly from Dublin to Madrid hourly.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Dublin to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $1,300
Flights from Dublin to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $450
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Dublin to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 38 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $300
Flights from Dublin to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$40 - $300
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Dublin to Madrid via Amsterdam
Ave. Duration
5 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $430
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Dublin to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$120 - $2,200
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Dublin to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $400
Transavia France
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Dublin to Madrid via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$85 - $450
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Dublin to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $600
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from Holyhead to London Euston
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$150 - $240
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$95 - $140
Anytime Day Single
$150 - $240
Spanish Railways AVE
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 Cherbourg to Paris St Lazare
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$50 - $80
1st Class
$75 - $120
Train from St Lo to Rennes
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $45
1st Class
$40 - $65
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
6 h 21 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$200 - $230
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$200 - $230
1st Class
$270 - $400
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-Puerta de Atocha
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
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
$122
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 and ferry from Dublin to London Victoria
Ave. Duration
12 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $40
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 - $21
Website
Ouibus
Transports de Manche
Phone
02 33 055 550
Website
manche.fr
Bus from Cherbourg-Octeville Autogare to Saint-Lô Gare SNCF
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
manche.fr
Ferry operators
Irish Ferries
Website
irishferries.com
Car ferry from Dublin to Holyhead
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$39 - $44
Schedules at
irishferries.com
Car
$140 - $170
On Foot
$39 - $44
car
$118
Passenger
$42
Car ferry from Dublin to Cherbourg
Ave. Duration
20 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Schedules at
irishferries.com
Car
$140 - $170
On Foot
$80 - $90
car
$118
Passenger
$42
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
$85 - $360
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
$85 - $110
Car
$260 - $360
Car ferry from Cherbourg to Portsmouth
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $85
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
$30 - $40
Car
$60 - $85
Car ferry from Portsmouth to Santander
Ave. Duration
23 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$100 - $470
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Book at
directferries.co.uk
Adult
$100 - $130
Car
$330 - $470
Condor Ferries

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Iberia, Aer Lingus, Transavia France and four other airlines offer flights from Dublin Airport to Madrid Airport.

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There are 3683+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at $52 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Dublin to Dublin Airport is to bus which takes 13 min and costs 4€ - 11€.

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