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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

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

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Fly from London Stansted

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

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Train to London Gatwick, fly

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

Fly from London City

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

Train to London Luton, fly

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

Train to Bristol, fly

  1. Take the train from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Madrid (MAD)

Train

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

Bus via Paris

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Green Line Station to Paris Gare de Bercy Seine
  2. Take the bus from Paris to Madrid

Bus

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

Drive, car ferry

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

Bus, train

  1. Take the bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Palencia
  2. Take the train from Palencia to Madrid-Chamartin

Drive, Eurotunnel

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

London to Madrid by train

14 Weekly Trains
13h 11m Average Duration
€258 Cheapest Price
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International entry into Spain from United Kingdom

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom
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Allowed for: All visitors

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Conditions of entry into Spain from United Kingdom

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health screen upon arrival
This applies to arrivals from United Kingdom
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health screen upon arrival
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Rules to follow in Spain

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Considerations leaving from United Kingdom

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Spain from United Kingdom.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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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, returning to United Kingdom from Spain is currently allowed.

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Last updated: 27 Jun 2022
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The cheapest way to get from London to Madrid is to bus via Paris which costs £55 - £85 and takes 23h 20m.

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The fastest way to get from London to Madrid is to fly. Taking this option will cost £50 - £260 and takes 5h 15m.

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No, there is no direct bus from London station to Madrid. However, there are services departing from London Victoria Green Line Station and arriving at Madrid via Paris. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23h 20m.

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No, there is no direct train from London to Madrid. However, there are services departing from London St Pancras Intl and arriving at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha via Gare du Nord, Paris Gare De Lyon and Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 11m.

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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 11m and costs £220 - £550.

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It takes approximately 5h 15m to get from London to Madrid, including transfers.

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London to Madrid bus services, operated by RegioJet, depart from London Victoria Green Line Station.

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

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The best way to get from London to Madrid is to fly which takes 5h 15m and costs £50 - £260. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £220 - £550 and takes 13h 11m, you could also bus via Paris, which costs £55 - £85 and takes 23h 20m.

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Map of how to get from London to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 1263.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 15m

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

Iberia, British Airways and seven 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, Gare du Nord, Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare De Lyon, and Barcelona-Sants in around 13h 11m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €430
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €420
Flights from London City to Madrid via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€210 - €1500
Flights from London City to Madrid via San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€210 - €1500
Flights from London City to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€210 - €1500
Flights from London City to Madrid via Malaga
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€210 - €1500
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€100 - €300
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€55 - €430
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€65 - €420
Flights from London City to Madrid via San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€210 - €1500
Flights from London City to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€320 - €1500
Flights from London City to Madrid via Glasgow, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
8h 40m
When
Monday and Tuesday
Estimated price
€210 - €1500
Flights from London City to Madrid via Belfast City, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€210 - €1500
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€24 - €230
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Bordeaux
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€24 - €230
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€24 - €230
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Porto
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€24 - €230
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Billund
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€24 - €230
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Kaunas
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €220
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Faro
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €220
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €220
Flights from Bristol to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€19 - €430
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
€19 - €430
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €290
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
€50 - €290
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €300
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
6h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €300
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
€100 - €300
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
€100 - €300
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Glasgow, Bristol
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
€100 - €300
Flights from Bristol to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€35 - €310
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €600
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€110 - €350
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €380
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€110 - €350
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London City to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €750
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€160 - €650
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€90 - €350
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London City to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
€120 - €600
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €550
Luxair
Website
luxair.lu
Flights from London City to Madrid via Luxembourg
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€95 - €550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London City to Madrid via Zurich
Ave. Duration
10h
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€170 - €900
Wizz Air
Website
wizzair.com
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Budapest
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€75 - €240
Train operators
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
31 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 Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€18 - €27
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
€8 - €23
Off-Peak Single
€13 - €20
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
€18 - €27
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€50 - €60
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
€50 - €60
Anytime Day 1st Class
€85 - €120
Renfe SNCF
Phone
+34 902 320 320
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€85 - €120
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€55 - €85
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
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
Train from Palencia to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €55
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€23 - €30
Promo+
€28 - €31
Flexible
€40 - €55
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
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Palencia to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€17 - €21
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
RegioJet
Phone
+420 542 42 42 42
Email
info@regiojet.cz
Website
regiojet.com
Bus from London Victoria Green Line Station to Paris Gare de Bercy Seine
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€13 - €19
Website
RegioJet
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
+33 1 71 53 01 80
Website
blablacar.fr
Bus from London - Victoria Coach Station to Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine
Ave. Duration
9h 35m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€15 - €19
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Paris
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €28
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Paris to Madrid
Ave. Duration
16h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€55 - €70
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
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
Email
alsa@alsa.es
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
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
Book at
Brittany Ferries
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 25m.

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

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Madrid is 1h ahead of London. It is currently 1:07 PM in London and 2:07 PM in Madrid.

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

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Air France, British Airways and Iberia offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Madrid Airport.

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