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There are 6 ways to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly to Alicante, train  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Alicante (ALC) MAD - ALC
  2. Take the train from San Gabriel (APT.) to Cartagena

$57 - $219

Cheapest option

Bus via Madrid  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Cartagena

$32 - $72

4 alternative options

Fly to Almeria, bus, train  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Almeria (LEI) MAD - LEI
  2. Take the bus from Almeria to Murcia
  3. Take the train from Murcia del Carmen to Cartagena

$121 - $349

Train  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Cartagena Atr

$62 - $82

Bus  •  7 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 to Cartagena

$30 - $55

Drive  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena 282.9 miles

$50 - $80

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena is to bus which costs 30€ - 45€ and takes 7 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena is to fly and train which costs 45€ - 190€ and takes 4 h 34 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 and arriving at Cartagena. Services depart three times a day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 20 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena. However, there are services departing from Madrid Airport and arriving at Cartagena via Madrid-Chamartin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 34 min.

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The distance between Madrid Airport (MAD) and Cartagena is 392 km. The road distance is 452.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena without a car is to train which takes 6 h 34 min and costs 50€ - 75€.

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It takes approximately 4 h 34 min to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena, including transfers.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid Estacion Sur station.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Madrid-Chamartin station.

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The best way to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena is to train which takes 6 h 34 min and costs 50€ - 75€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 27€ - 65€ and takes 6 h 35 min.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena.
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  • Distance: 245 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 34 min

What companies run services between Madrid Airport (MAD), Spain and Cartagena, Spain?

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena 5 times a day. Tickets cost $60 - $80 and the journey takes 5 h 21 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 5 h 20 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Alicante
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $330
Flights from Madrid to Alicante via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $420
Flights from Madrid to Almeria
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Flights from Madrid to Almeria via Sevilla
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Alicante
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $300
Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from San Gabriel (APT.) to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $27
Website
renfe.com
Train from Murcia del Carmen to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Website
renfe.com
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 Almeria to Murcia
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Madrid - Barajas Airport T4 to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
7 h 20 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Alicante Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 5 min.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Cartagena station.

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Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Cartagena station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena is 453 km. It takes approximately 4 h 36 min to drive from Madrid Airport (MAD) to Cartagena.

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Vueling Airlines, Air Europa and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Alicante Airport.

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There are 691+ hotels available in Cartagena. Prices start at $51 USD per night.

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