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There are 12 ways to get from London to Madrid by plane, train, bus, car, car ferry or car train

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Fly from London Heathrow  •  5h 21m

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Madrid (MAD) LHR - MAD

€40 - €207

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Fly from London Stansted  •  5h 56m

  1. Fly from London Stansted (STN) to Madrid (MAD) STN - MAD

€29 - €141

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Train to London Gatwick, fly  •  5h 41m

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Madrid (MAD) LGW - MAD

€34 - €76

Fly from London City  •  7h 51m

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Madrid (MAD) LCY - MAD

€82 - €276

Train to Birmingham, fly  •  6h 24m

  1. Take the train from London Euston to Birmingham International
  2. Fly from Birmingham (BHX) to Madrid (MAD) BHX - MAD

€66 - €268

Train to London Luton, fly  •  7h 31m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
  2. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Madrid (MAD) LTN - MAD

€39 - €123

Train  •  13h 22m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Eurostar to Paris Nord Eil
  2. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants Tgv
  3. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave

€264 - €589

Bus  •  25h 45m

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

€137 - €191

Bus via Paris  •  26h 15m

  1. Take the bus from London - Victoria Coach Station to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine London - Victoria Coach Station > Lille > Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine / ...
  2. Take the bus from Paris to Madrid 793 / ...

€71 - €90

Drive, car ferry  •  28h 39m

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

€153 - €440

Bus, train  •  2 days 4h

  1. Take the bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Palencia
  2. Take the train from Palencia to Madrid-Principe Pio 18014 / ...

€180 - €243

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  16h 13m

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

€335 - €420

London to Madrid by train

The train journey time between London and Madrid is around 26h 32m and covers a distance of around 2141 km. The fastest train normally takes 25h 44m. Operated by Eurostar, Transilien, Renfe SNCF and others, the London to Madrid train service departs from London St Pancras Eurostar and arrives in Madrid-Puerta De Atocha. Typically six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
26h 32m
Fastest train time:
25h 44m
Trains per week:
6
Cheapest price:
€264
Carbon emissions:
112 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
16:31
Last train departs at:
17:01

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

London to Madrid train schedules

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Conditions of entry into Spain from United Kingdom

  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
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  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
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  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
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Yes, entry into Spain is currently allowed from United Kingdom.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Madrid is 112.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Madrid is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Madrid is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 112.

No, but conditions apply when returning to United Kingdom from Spain.

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Last updated: 16 Jun 2021
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The cheapest way to get from London to Madrid is to train and fly which costs £28 - £65 and takes 5h 41m.

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The fastest way to get from London to Madrid is to fly. Taking this option will cost £30 - £180 and takes 5h 21m.

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No, there is no direct bus from London station to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Londres Victoria Coach Station and arriving at Madrid via Bilbao. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from London to Madrid. However, there are services departing from London St Pancras Eurostar and arriving at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha via Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon and Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 22m.

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The distance between London and Madrid is 1263 km.

The best way to get from London to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 13h 22m and costs £220 - £550.

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It takes approximately 5h 21m to get from London to Madrid, including transfers.

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London to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Londres Victoria Coach Station.

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London to Madrid train services, operated by Eurostar, depart from London St Pancras Eurostar station.

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The best way to get from London to Madrid is to fly which takes 5h 21m and costs £30 - £180. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £220 - £550 and takes 13h 22m, you could also bus, which costs £110 - £170 and takes 25h 45m.

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Map of how to get from London to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 1263.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 21m

What companies run services between London, England and Madrid, Spain?

Iberia, British Airways and six other airlines fly from London Paddington to Madrid hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from London King's Cross to Madrid via Paris Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon, and Barcelona-Sants in around 13h 22m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €190
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €270
Flights from London City to Madrid via San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€60 - €290
Flights from London City to Madrid via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
6h 15m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€70 - €340
Flights from London City to Madrid via Malaga
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€75 - €350
Flights from London City to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€70 - €340
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€45 - €170
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €190
Flights from London City to Madrid via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
€160 - €1400
Flights from London City to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€160 - €1400
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €430
Flights from London City to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€95 - €410
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €350
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€11 - €60
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Porto
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€11 - €60
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€11 - €60
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€11 - €60
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€20 - €110
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€18 - €90
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €200
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €200
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€50 - €190
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €210
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Monday and Thursday
Estimated price
€55 - €210
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €700
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €470
Flights from London City to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€130 - €270
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €600
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€170 - €600
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€100 - €320
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€80 - €250
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€24 - €60
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€80 - €250
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€50 - €550
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€60 - €210
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €700
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from London City to Madrid via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€100 - €250
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from London City to Madrid via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€80 - €270
Train operators
London Midland
Phone
+44 121 634 2040
Email
comments@londonmidland.com
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Train from London Euston to Birmingham International
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €55
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Advanced Single/Anytime Advance
€9 - €13
Anytime Day Single
€45 - €55
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
€16 - €20
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
€16 - €20
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Luton
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€19 - €28
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
€8 - €23
Off-Peak Single
€14 - €20
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
€19 - €28
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
6h 34m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€85 - €120
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€60 - €80
Promo+
€68 - €73
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Renfe Viajeros
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Palencia to Madrid-Principe Pio
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€22 - €28
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
€153
Website
Eurotunnel
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 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
4 times a day
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Palencia
Ave. Duration
2 days 0h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€150 - €220
Website
alsa.com
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 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 London - Victoria Coach Station to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€16 - €20
Website
Blablabus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Paris to Madrid
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€55 - €70
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
€75 - €320
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
€75 - €95
Car
€230 - €320

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 20m.

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

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Madrid is 1h ahead of London. It is currently 3:09 PM in London and 4:09 PM in Madrid.

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

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British Airways, Brussels Airlines, TAP Portugal and four other airlines offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Madrid Airport.

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There are 1524+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from London to London Heathrow Airport is to train which takes 15 min and costs £4 - £35.

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