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There are 6 ways to get from Lyon to Madrid by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train via Barcelona  •  8h 3m

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave

105€ - 151€

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Bus  •  19h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Lyon to Madrid Estacion Sur Geneva - Bus station > Lyon - Saint-Exupéry Airport > Lyon - Perrache Bus Station > Clermont-Ferrand > Brive-la-Gaillarde > Périgueux > Bordeaux City Centre > Bayonne > San Sebastián > Bilbao > Lerma > Madrid - Avénida de America > Madrid - South Station

45€ - 110€

4 alternative options

Train  •  9h 19m

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Avignon Tgv Tgv
  2. Take the train from Avignon Tgv to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave

103€ - 143€

Drive  •  11h 33m

  1. Drive from Lyon to Madrid 767 miles

140€ - 210€

Fly from Lyon  •  5h 5m

  1. Fly from Lyon (LYS) to Madrid (MAD) LYS - MAD

51€ - 188€

Train to Geneva, fly  •  7h 26m

  1. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
  2. Fly from Geneva (GVA) to Madrid (MAD) GVA - MAD

52€ - 225€

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The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Madrid is to bus which costs 45€ - 110€ and takes 19h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Madrid is to fly which costs 50€ - 190€ and takes 5h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lyon and arriving at Madrid Estacion Sur. Services depart four times a week, and operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 19h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Lyon to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Lyon Part Dieu and arriving at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha via Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 3m.

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The distance between Lyon and Madrid is 912 km. The road distance is 1227.3 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Madrid without a car is to train via Barcelona which takes 8h 3m and costs 100€ - 160€.

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It takes approximately 8h 3m to get from Lyon to Madrid, including transfers.

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

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Lyon to Madrid train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Lyon Part Dieu station.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Madrid is to train via Barcelona which takes 8h 3m and costs 100€ - 160€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 110€ and takes 19h 30m, you could also fly, which costs 50€ - 190€ and takes 5h 5m.

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 570.1 miles
  • Duration: 8h 3m

What companies run services between Lyon, France and Madrid, Spain?

You can take a train from Lyon to Madrid via Barcelona-Sants in around 8h 3m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Lyon to Madrid once daily. Tickets cost 65€ - 110€ and the journey takes 19h 30m. Ouibus also services this route 4 times a week.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Lyon to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 380€
Flights from Lyon to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
75€ - 340€
Flights from Geneva to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 390€
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 380€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Lyon to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 380€
Flights from Lyon to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
75€ - 340€
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
75€ - 380€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 420€
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
150€ - 470€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Lyon to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
60€ - 340€
Flights from Geneva to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 290€
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 290€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 290€
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 290€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Munich
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 600€
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
95€ - 450€
Train operators
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35€ - 65€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
35€ - 65€
1st Class
110€ - 190€
Train from Avignon Tgv to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
7h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
60€ - 95€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
60€ - 95€
1st Class
180€ - 300€
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
13€ - 21€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
13€ - 21€
1st Class
29€ - 50€
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
65€ - 90€
Website
renfe.com
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Avignon Tgv
Ave. Duration
1h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
40€ - 50€
1st Class
60€ - 80€
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Geneve
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
31€ - 36€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
31€ - 36€
1st Class
50€ - 60€
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
45€ - 85€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Lyon to Madrid Estacion Sur
Ave. Duration
19h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
65€ - 110€
Website
alsa.com
Ouibus

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 Lyon - Perrache Bus Station to Madrid - South Station
Ave. Duration
15h 45m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
45€ - 65€
Website
Ouibus

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The quickest flight from Lyon Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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Lyon to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Madrid Estacion Sur station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Lyon to Madrid is 1227 km. It takes approximately 11h 33m to drive from Lyon to Madrid.

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easyJet, Vueling Airlines, Air France and three other airlines offer flights from Lyon Airport to Madrid Airport.

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There are 1176+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at 40€ per night.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Lyon Airport is to Rhonexpress which takes 29m and costs 9€ - 15€.

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