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There are 7 ways to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Cartagena by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Recommended option

Train  •  4h 46m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Cartagena Alv

€30 - €40

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  5h 44m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Cartagène 443.2 km

€22

5 alternative options

Bus  •  7h 1m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Cartagena

€36 - €52

Drive  •  4h 23m

  1. Drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Cartagena 445.7 km

€40 - €65

Fly to Alicante, train  •  6h 35m

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

€43 - €125

Fly to Corvera  •  7h

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Corvera (RMU) MAD - RMU

€40 - €239

Fly to Valencia, train  •  8h 21m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Valencia (VLC) MAD - VLC
  2. Take the train from Valencia-Estacio Del Nord to Cartagena

€52 - €141

Madrid Atocha Station to Cartagena by walk and train

The journey time between Madrid Atocha Station and Cartagena is around 4h 40m and covers a distance of around 510 km. The fastest journey normally takes 4h 40m. Services are operated by Renfe Viajeros. Typically seven services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
4h 40m
Fastest journey time:
4h 40m
Journey distance:
510 km
Services per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€30
Carbon emissions:
26 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
17:20
Last service departs at:
17:20

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid Atocha Station to Cartagena walk and train schedules

Madrid Atocha Station → Cartagena
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cartagena is 112.

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Cartagena is to rideshare which costs €22 and takes 5h 44m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Cartagena is to drive which costs €40 - €65 and takes 4h 23m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid Atocha Station to Cartagena. However, there are services departing from Reina Sofía and arriving at Cartagena via Madrid Estacion Sur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 1m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Cartagena. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 40m.

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The distance between Madrid Atocha Station and Cartagena is 390 km. The road distance is 445.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Cartagena without a car is to train which takes 4h 46m and costs €30 - €40.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Cartagena takes 4h 40m including transfers and departs once daily.

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

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

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Cartagena is to train which takes 4h 46m and costs €30 - €40. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €35 - €55 and takes 7h 1m, you could also fly, which costs €40 - €240 and takes 7h.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Cartagena.
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  • Distance: 389.6 km
  • Duration: 4h 46m

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

Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Cartagena once daily. Tickets cost €30 - €40 and the journey takes 4h 40m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Cartagena every 4 hours. Tickets cost €35 - €50 and the journey takes 5h 20m.

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 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€85 - €290
Flights from Madrid to Valencia
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €210
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Alicante
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €160
Flights from Madrid to Valencia
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €150
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Corvera via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €190
Flights from Madrid to Valencia via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€22 - €160
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Corvera via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
€85 - €340
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Madrid to Corvera via Santander
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€35 - €170
Flights from Madrid to Corvera via Mahon
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
€70 - €240
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Corvera via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€95 - €300
Train operators
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
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €40
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from San Gabriel to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€12 - €16
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Valencia-Estacio Del Nord to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€22 - €28
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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 Madrid Estacion Sur to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Cartagène
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€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 Cartagena bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Cartagena station.

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Madrid Atocha Station to Cartagena train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Cartagena station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Atocha Station to Cartagena is 446 km. It takes approximately 4h 23m to drive from Madrid Atocha Station 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 105+ hotels available in Cartagena. Prices start at €87 per night.

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

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