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There are 7 ways to get from Lisbon to Madrid by plane, bus, train, night train, rideshare or car

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Fly

  1. Fly from Lisbon (LIS) to Madrid (MAD)

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Bus via R. Palma

  1. Take the bus from Lisbon Oriente to Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Lisbon Oriente to Madrid Estacion Sur

Train

  1. Take the train from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia to Entroncamento
  2. Take the train from Entroncamento to Badajoz
  3. Take the train from Badajoz to Madrid-Atocha Cercanias

Night train, train

  1. Take the night train from Santa Apolónia to Salamanca
  2. Take the train from Salamanca to Madrid-Principe Pio

Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Lisbon to Madrid

Drive

  1. Drive from Lisbon to Madrid

Lisbon to Madrid by bus

The bus journey time between Lisbon and Madrid is around 9h 15m and covers a distance of around 645 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h. Operated by Carris and Rede Expressos, the Lisbon to Madrid bus service departs from Martim Moniz and arrives in Madrid Estacion Sur. Typically 14 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

14 Weekly Buses
9h 15m Average Duration
€23 Cheapest Price
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lisbon to Madrid is to bus via R. Palma which costs €21 - €28 and takes 11h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Lisbon to Madrid is to fly which costs €30 - €160 and takes 4h 2m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Lisbon to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Martim Moniz and arriving at Madrid Estacion Sur via Lisbon Oriente. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 15m.

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No, there is no direct train from Lisbon to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia and arriving at Madrid-Atocha Cercanias via Entroncamento and Badajoz. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 33m.

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The distance between Lisbon and Madrid is 502 km. The road distance is 625.3 km.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Madrid without a car is to bus which takes 9h 15m and costs €23 - €29.

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It takes approximately 4h 2m to get from Lisbon to Madrid, including transfers.

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Lisbon to Madrid bus services, operated by Rede Expressos, depart from Lisbon Oriente station.

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Lisbon to Madrid train services, operated by Comboios De Portugal, depart from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia station.

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The best way to get from Lisbon to Madrid is to fly which takes 4h 2m and costs €30 - €160. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €23 - €29 and takes 9h 15m, you could also train, which costs €45 - €70 and takes 11h 33m.

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Map of how to get from Lisbon to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 502.3 km
  • Duration: 4h 2m

What companies run services between Lisbon, Portugal and Madrid, Spain?

Air Europa, easyJet and two other airlines fly from Lisbon to Madrid hourly. Alternatively, Rede Expressos operates a bus from Lisbon Oriente to Madrid Estacion Sur twice daily. Tickets cost €21 - €27 and the journey takes 8h.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Lisbon to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €230
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Lisbon to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€28 - €300
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Lisbon to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €220
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Lisbon to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€22 - €180
Train operators
Comboios De Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal that spans over 2700km, with trains split into three main types: regional, urban and intercity trains; international and domestic high-speed trains; and international night trains. Portugal's main stations are Santa Apolónia in Lisbon and Campanha in Porto – these connect to trains in Portugal's cities and international destinations. The Alfa Pendular, the fastest train in Portugal, is a popular travel choice, as it can run at a speed of up to 250 km/h. You can book train tickets up to 60 days in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 808 109 110
Email
apoiocliente@cp.pt
Website
cp.pt
Train from Lisboa - Santa Apolonia to Entroncamento
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€7 - €11
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
€7 - €11
Train from Entroncamento to Badajoz
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€12 - €18
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
€12 - €18
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
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Badajoz to Madrid-Atocha Cercanias
Ave. Duration
5h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Salamanca to Madrid-Principe Pio
Ave. Duration
2h 39m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€17 - €22
Website
Renfe Viajeros
night train
Night train from Santa Apolónia to Salamanca
Ave. Duration
6h 39m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
cp.pt
Bus operators
Rede Expressos

Rede Nacional de Expressos is a cheap and convenient way to get around the country. In business since 1995, Portugal’s biggest bus operator services villages and cities across the country. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days before the date of travel, with discounted fares available via their free RFLEX Card. Most coaches have WiFi and power sockets.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 21 75 24 524
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Lisbon Oriente to Madrid Estacion Sur
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€21 - €27
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
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rede-expressos.pt
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Lisbon Oriente to Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur
Ave. Duration
10h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€19 - €26
Website
Union Ivkoni
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Lisbon to Madrid
Ave. Duration
7h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€32
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Lisbon Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Lisbon to Madrid bus services, operated by Rede Expressos, arrive at Madrid Estacion Sur station.

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Madrid is 1h ahead of Lisbon. It is currently 8:48 PM in Lisbon and 9:48 PM in Madrid.

Lisbon to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Madrid-Atocha Cercanias station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Lisbon to Madrid is 625 km. It takes approximately 5h 57m to drive from Lisbon to Madrid.

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easyJet, Air Europa, TAP Portugal and Iberia offer flights from Lisbon Airport to Madrid Airport.

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There are 798+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at €87 per night.

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

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

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