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There are 8 ways to get from Edinburgh to Madrid by plane, train, bus, car ferry, car or car train

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Fly from Edinburgh  •  6h 13m

  1. Fly from Edinburgh (EDI) to Madrid (MAD) EDI - MAD

32€ - 87€

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Train to Glasgow, fly  •  9h 4m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
  2. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Madrid (MAD) GLA - MAD

42€ - 152€

Train  •  21h 2m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Marne La Vallee Chessy Eil
  3. Take the train from Marne La Vallee Chessy to Lyon Part Dieu Tgv
  4. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  5. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave

367€ - 1069€

Train, bus  •  33h 44m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to London Euston
  2. Take the bus from London to Paris, Gallieni 450
  3. Take the bus from Paris, Gallieni to Madrid Est Sur 210

250€ - 689€

Train, car ferry  •  35h 58m

  1. Take the train from Edinburgh to Plymouth
  2. Take the car ferry from Plymouth to Santander
  3. Take the train from Santander to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Alv

354€ - 933€

Bus  •  37h 45m

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

146€ - 215€

Drive, car ferry  •  32h 39m

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

195€ - 498€

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  22h 35m

  1. Drive from Edinburgh to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
  3. Drive from Calais-Fréthun to Madrid

393€ - 508€

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The cheapest way to get from Edinburgh to Madrid is to fly which costs £28 - £80 and takes 6h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Edinburgh to Madrid is to fly which costs £28 - £80 and takes 6h 13m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Madrid via Londres Victoria Coach Station and Bilbao. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 37h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Edinburgh to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Edinburgh and arriving at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha via London St Pancras Eurostar, Marne La Vallee Chessy, Lyon Part Dieu and Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 21h 2m.

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The distance between Edinburgh and Madrid is 1728 km.

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 21h 2m and costs £330 - £1,000.

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It takes approximately 6h 13m to get from Edinburgh to Madrid, including transfers.

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

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Edinburgh to Madrid train services, operated by LNER, depart from Edinburgh station.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Madrid is to fly which takes 6h 13m and costs £28 - £80. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £330 - £1,000 and takes 21h 2m, you could also bus, which costs £130 - £200 and takes 37h 45m.

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  • Distance: 1727.9 km
  • Duration: 6h 13m

What companies run services between Edinburgh, Scotland and Madrid, Spain?

easyJet, Air France and six other airlines fly from Edinburgh to Madrid hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Edinburgh to Madrid via London Kings Cross, London St Pancras Eurostar, Marne La Vallee Chessy, Lyon Part Dieu, and Barcelona-Sants in around 21h 2m.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 340€
Flights from Edinburgh to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
35€ - 340€
Flights from Edinburgh to Madrid via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
35€ - 340€
Flights from Glasgow to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
60€ - 230€
Flights from Glasgow to Madrid via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
7h 7m
When
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
60€ - 220€
Flights from Glasgow to Madrid via London Luton
Ave. Duration
7h 37m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
60€ - 220€
Flights from Glasgow to Madrid via Berlin Brandenburg Apt
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
85€ - 300€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 210€
Flights from Glasgow to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 300€
Flights from Glasgow to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 390€
Flights from Glasgow to Madrid via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
70€ - 250€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 210€
Flights from Glasgow to Madrid via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 300€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
80€ - 310€
Flights from Glasgow to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 360€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 120€
Flights from Edinburgh to Madrid via Marseille
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 120€
Flights from Edinburgh to Madrid via Milan Bergamo
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday
Estimated price
30€ - 120€
Flights from Glasgow to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
21€ - 110€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Madrid via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 360€
Flights from Edinburgh to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
140€ - 360€
Flights from Glasgow to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
100€ - 500€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Edinburgh to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
95€ - 550€
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Glasgow to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 390€
Train operators
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
11€ - 35€
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
11€ - 17€
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
26€ - 35€
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
Ave. Duration
4h 19m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
55€ - 430€
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
55€ - 80€
Anytime Day Single
190€ - 270€
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
300€ - 430€
Eurostar
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Phone
+44 343 218 6186
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Marne La Vallee Chessy
Ave. Duration
2h 49m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
120€ - 350€
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
310€ - 350€
Standard
120€ - 150€
Standard Premier
170€ - 220€
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.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Marne La Vallee Chessy to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
70€ - 90€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
70€ - 85€
1st Class
75€ - 90€
Renfe SNCF
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 85€
Promo+
70€ - 75€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santander to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
4h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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
146€
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from London to Paris, Gallieni
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
14€ - 40€
Website
Eurolines FR
Bus from Paris, Gallieni to Madrid Est Sur
Ave. Duration
17h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
Eurolines FR
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 Edinburgh to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
11h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
16€ - 21€
Website
National Express
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 Londres Victoria Coach Station to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
20h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
100€ - 150€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
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
20h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
70€ - 310€
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
70€ - 90€
Car
220€ - 310€

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The quickest flight from Edinburgh Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 55m.

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

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Madrid is 1h ahead of Edinburgh. It is currently 6:37 AM in Edinburgh and 7:37 AM in Madrid.

Edinburgh to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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Air France, KLM, Lufthansa and three other airlines offer flights from Edinburgh Airport to Madrid Airport.

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There are 8924+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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The best way to get from Edinburgh to Edinburgh Airport is to tram which takes 32 min and costs £1 - £6.

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