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

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

Recommended option

Fly from Lyon  •  5 h 1 min

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

$64 - $221

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Train to Geneva, fly  •  7 h 1 min

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

$80 - $272

Train via Barcelona Sants  •  8 h 46 min

  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 / ...

$162 - $231

Train  •  9 h 1 min

  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

$179 - $235

Bus  •  19 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Lyon to Madrid 748

$75 - $150

Drive  •  11 h 33 min

  1. Drive from Lyon to Madrid 766.2 miles

$160 - $240

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Lyon to Madrid is to fly which costs 50€ - 190€ and takes 5 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Lyon to Madrid is to fly which costs 50€ - 190€ and takes 5 h 1 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Lyon and arriving at Madrid. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 19 h 15 min.

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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 8 h 46 min.

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The distance between Lyon and Madrid is 912 km. The road distance is 1226 km.

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The best way to get from Lyon to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 8 h 46 min and costs 130€ - 200€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 1 min 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 fly which takes 5 h 1 min and costs 50€ - 190€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 130€ - 200€ and takes 8 h 46 min, you could also bus, which costs 65€ - 130€ and takes 19 h 15 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Lyon to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 570.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 1 min

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

Iberia, easyJet and four other airlines fly from Lyon to Madrid every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Lyon to Madrid via Barcelona Sants in around 8 h 46 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Lyon to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $430
Flights from Lyon to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Geneva to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $450
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Lyon to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $400
Flights from Geneva to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $340
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Lyon to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $490
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $550
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Geneva to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Munich
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $700
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Lyon to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $400
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Geneva to Madrid via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Train operators
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. 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 Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
5 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $130
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Avignon TGV to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$130 - $180
Website
en.oui.sncf
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. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lyon-Part-Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $100
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
sncf.com
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Genève
Ave. Duration
1 h 44 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$35 - $45
1st Class
$55 - $70
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Avignon TGV
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$45 - $60
1st Class
$70 - $95
Spanish Railways AVE
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 so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with 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
Ave. Duration
19 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$75 - $120
Website
alsa.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Lyon, Lyon Perrache to Madrid
Ave. Duration
17 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $150
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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