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There are 5 ways to get from León to Madrid by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Train via Chamartin  •  2h 13m

  1. Take the train from Leon to Madrid-Chamartin Ave / ...

28€ - 78€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  3h 54m

  1. Take the rideshare from León to Madrid 337.7 km

11€ - 30€

3 alternative options

Bus  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Leon to Madrid Moncloa

26€ - 40€

Train  •  4h 58m

  1. Take the train from Leon to Madrid-Principe Pio 18006

29€ - 40€

Drive  •  3h 19m

  1. Drive from León to Madrid 338.8 km

30€ - 50€

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The cheapest way to get from León to Madrid is to rideshare which costs 11€ - 30€ and takes 3h 54m.

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The quickest way to get from León to Madrid is to train via Chamartin which costs 28€ - 80€ and takes 2h 13m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Leon and arriving at Madrid Moncloa. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Leon and arriving at Madrid-Principe Pio. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 58m.

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The distance between León and Madrid is 288 km. The road distance is 338.8 km.

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The best way to get from León to Madrid without a car is to train via Chamartin which takes 2h 13m and costs 28€ - 80€.

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It takes approximately 2h 13m to get from León to Madrid, including transfers.

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León to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Leon station.

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León to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Leon station.

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The best way to get from León to Madrid is to train via Chamartin which takes 2h 13m and costs 28€ - 80€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 26€ - 40€ and takes 3h 30m.

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Map of how to get from León to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 288.3 km
  • Duration: 2h 13m

What companies run services between León, Spain and Madrid, Spain?

Renfe AVE operates a train from Leon to Madrid-Chamartin 3 times a day. Tickets cost 35€ - 75€ and the journey takes 1h 57m. Renfe Viajeros also services this route 3 times a day. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Leon to Madrid Moncloa every 4 hours. Tickets cost 26€ - 40€ and the journey takes 3h 30m.

Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Leon to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
35€ - 75€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
35€ - 45€
Promo+
40€ - 44€
Flexible
55€ - 75€
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 Leon to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
23€ - 29€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Leon to Madrid-Principe Pio
Ave. Duration
4h 58m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
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 Leon to Madrid Moncloa
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from León to Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 54m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
11€ - 30€
Book at
blablacar.es

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

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León to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Madrid-Chamartin station.

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Yes, the driving distance between León to Madrid is 339 km. It takes approximately 3h 19m to drive from León to Madrid.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between León and Madrid. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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