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There are 6 ways to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante by train, bus, rideshare, 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

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Alicante-Termino

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Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Alicante

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Alicante

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante

Train, fly to Alicante

  1. Take the train from Atocha to Nuevos Ministerios
  2. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Alicante (ALC)

Fly to Valencia, train

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Valencia (VLC)
  2. Take the train from Valencia Joaquin Sorolla to Alicante-Termino

Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante by walk and train

The journey time between Madrid Atocha Station and Alicante is around 2h 27m and covers a distance of around 490 km. The fastest journey normally takes 2h 10m. Operated by Renfe AVE and Renfe Viajeros, the Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante service departs from Madrid Atocha Station and arrives in Alicante-Termino. Typically 63 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Route information

Average journey time:
2h 27m
Fastest journey time:
2h 10m
Journey distance:
490 km
Services per week:
63
Cheapest price:
€30
Carbon emissions:
25 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
07:45
Last service departs at:
21:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante walk and train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante is to rideshare which costs €20 - €22 and takes 5h 22m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante is to train which costs €30 - €95 and takes 2h 35m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante. However, there are services departing from Reina Sofía and arriving at Alicante via Madrid Estacion Sur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 46m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Alicante-Termino. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 29m.

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The distance between Madrid Atocha Station and Alicante is 359 km. The road distance is 418.1 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante without a car is to train which takes 2h 35m and costs €30 - €95.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Alicante-Termino takes 2h 29m including transfers and departs every three hours.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid Estacion Sur station.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante is to train which takes 2h 35m and costs €30 - €95. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €30 - €55 and takes 6h 46m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante.
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  • Distance: 358.9 km
  • Duration: 2h 35m

What companies run services between Madrid Atocha Station, Spain and Alicante, Spain?

Renfe AVE operates a train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Alicante-Termino every 4 hours. Tickets cost €50 - €95 and the journey takes 2h 29m. Renfe Viajeros also services this route twice daily. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Alicante 4 times a day. Tickets cost €30 - €50 and the journey takes 5h 5m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Alicante
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €180
Flights from Madrid to Alicante via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €180
Flights from Madrid to Valencia
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €190
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Alicante
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €170
Flights from Madrid to Valencia
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €150
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Valencia via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
€22 - €150
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Alicante-Termino
Ave. Duration
2h 29m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€50 - €95
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€50 - €65
Promo+
€56 - €60
Flexible
€75 - €95
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Alicante-Termino
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias to Madrid-Nuevos Ministerios
Ave. Duration
8 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€5 - €7
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Valencia Joaquin Sorolla to Alicante-Termino
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €18
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Renfe Cercanias

This regional commuter train system (also known as Cercanías) connects Barcelona with Catalonia and the Barcelona metropolitan area, including popular destinations like Sitges and the Costa Brava. The network of routes mostly runs overground and connects to many Barcelona metro and bus stations. Trains run frequently, and tickets can be bought at station ticket machines on the day of travel. Two children per adult (up to 6 years) can travel for free. If you’re arriving or departing Barcelona on a domestic AVE or long-distance train, check your ticket for a 5-digit Combinado Cercanias code, which is redeemable for a free local ticket from the ticket machines.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 320 320
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Atocha to Nuevos Ministerios
Ave. Duration
9 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Website
Renfe Cercanias
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
Email
alsa@alsa.es
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Alicante
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€30 - €50
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Alicante
Ave. Duration
4h 58m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€20 - €22
Book at
blablacar.es

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

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Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Alicante station.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Alicante-Termino station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante is 418 km. It takes approximately 4h 5m to drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Alicante.

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

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There are 305+ hotels available in Alicante. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Madrid Atocha Station and Alicante. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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