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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

76€ - 196€

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Train to London Gatwick, fly  •  5h 44m

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

45€ - 345€

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Fly from London Stansted  •  6h 3m

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

83€ - 150€

Train to London Luton, fly  •  6h 11m

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

61€ - 226€

Train to Birmingham, fly  •  6h 28m

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

66€ - 311€

Train to Bristol, fly  •  7h 1m

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

116€ - 316€

Train  •  14h 10m

  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 via Paris  •  26h 45m

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

78€ - 114€

Bus  •  27h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Logroño
  2. Take the bus from Logroño to Madrid Pamplona to Madrid / ...

122€ - 185€

Drive, car ferry  •  28h 53m

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

156€ - 440€

Bus, train  •  2 days 2h

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

178€ - 275€

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  16h 21m

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

339€ - 434€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London to Madrid is to bus via Paris which costs £70 - £110 and takes 26h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from London to Madrid is to fly which costs £65 - £180 and takes 5h 21m.

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No, there is no direct bus from London to Madrid. However, there are services departing from London and arriving at Madrid Est Sur via Paris, Gallieni. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26h 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 14h 10m.

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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 14h 10m and costs £230 - £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 Eurolines FR, depart from London 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 £65 - £180. Alternatively, you can train, which costs £230 - £550 and takes 14h 10m, you could also bus via Paris, which costs £70 - £110 and takes 26h 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?

British Airways, Iberia 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 14h 10m.

Airlines
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 220€
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
130€ - 220€
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 220€
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 220€
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 160€
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 190€
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
45€ - 220€
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 400€
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 300€
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 290€
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 390€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 400€
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 300€
Flights from London Stansted to Madrid via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
150€ - 800€
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 290€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 200€
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Basel
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
55€ - 250€
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Lyon
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 230€
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 260€
Flights from London Luton to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 200€
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Basel
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 250€
Flights from London Luton to Madrid via Geneva
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 240€
Flights from Bristol to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 230€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
270€ - 360€
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
70€ - 320€
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 550€
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
85€ - 390€
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
160€ - 650€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 390€
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 380€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
270€ - 360€
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
70€ - 320€
Flights from Bristol to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
85€ - 390€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
260€ - 550€
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 320€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 220€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
75€ - 320€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Birmingham to Madrid via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
110€ - 500€
Train operators
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Luton
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
15€ - 19€
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
15€ - 19€
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Luton
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 18€
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
5€ - 9€
Off-Peak Single
11€ - 19€
Anytime Day Single
12€ - 18€
Anytime Single
16€ - 25€
London Northwestern Railway
Phone
+44 121 634 2040
Email
comments@londonmidland.com
Website
londonmidland.com
Train from London Euston to Birmingham International
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Advanced Single
20€ - 29€
Anytime Day Single
35€ - 50€
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
45€ - 110€
Website
gwr.com
Anytime Day
45€ - 60€
Anytime Day 1st Class
80€ - 110€
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
Frequency
Twice 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
3h 10m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 85€
Promo+
70€ - 75€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
Train from Palencia to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Twice daily
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
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Palencia to Madrid-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
4 times a day
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
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
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
27€ - 40€
Website
Eurolines FR
Bus from Paris, Gallieni to Madrid Est Sur
Ave. Duration
17h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
Website
Eurolines FR
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 Logroño
Ave. Duration
23h 15m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
100€ - 150€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Logroño to Madrid
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Londres Victoria Coach Station to Palencia
Ave. Duration
2 days 0h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
160€ - 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 30m
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 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 Eurolines FR, arrive at Madrid Est Sur station.

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Madrid is 1h ahead of London. It is currently 11:36 PM in London and 12:36 AM in Madrid.

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

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

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There are 4310+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at 87€ 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 £5 - £35.

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