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There are 8 ways to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada by bus, train, rideshare, car or plane

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Ponferrada

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Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Ponferrada

Train

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Leon
  2. Take the train from Leon to Ponferrada

Train via Palencia

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Palencia
  2. Take the train from Palencia to Ponferrada

Bus via Benavente

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Benavente
  2. Take the bus from Benavente to Ponferrada

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada

Fly to A Coruna, train

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to A Coruna (LCG)
  2. Take the train from La Coruna-San Cristobal to Ponferrada

Fly to Oviedo, bus

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Oviedo (OVD)
  2. Take the bus from Oviedo to Ponferrada

Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada by walk and train

The journey time between Madrid Atocha Station and Ponferrada is around 5h 3m and covers a distance of around 474 km. This includes an average layover time of around 1h 8m. The fastest journey normally takes 4h 23m. Services are operated by Renfe Cercanias, Renfe Viajeros and Renfe AVE. Typically 14 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average journey times

Time on transportation:
3h 55m
Layover time:
1h 8m
Total time:
5h 3m

Route information

Fastest journey time:
4h 23m
Journey distance:
474 km
Services per week:
14
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
24 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:41
Last service departs at:
20:08

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada walk and train schedules

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

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Ponferrada is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Ponferrada is 1.5 metres.

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Last updated: 22 Sep 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada is to rideshare which costs €20 and takes 5h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada is to drive which costs €35 - €60 and takes 3h 46m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada. However, there are services departing from Reina Sofía and arriving at Ponferrada via Madrid Estacion Sur. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 56m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada. However, there are services departing from Atocha and arriving at Ponferrada via Madrid-Chamartin and Leon. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 28m.

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It is 339 km from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada. It is approximately 391.5 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada without a car is to bus which takes 5h 56m and costs €30 - €50.

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It takes approximately 5h 56m to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada, including transfers.

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

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Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Madrid-Chamartin station.

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The best way to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada is to bus which takes 5h 56m and costs €30 - €50. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €35 - €100 and takes 6h 28m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada.
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  • Distance: 339.1 km
  • Duration: 5h 56m

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

ALSA operates a bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Ponferrada every 4 hours. Tickets cost €30 - €45 and the journey takes 4h 15m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada via Atocha, Chamartin, Madrid-Chamartin, and Leon in around 6h 28m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to A Coruna
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €210
Flights from Madrid to Oviedo
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €230
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to A Coruna
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €200
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
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Leon
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €29
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Leon to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€11 - €15
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Palencia
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€17 - €21
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Palencia to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
2h 39m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€18 - €23
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from La Coruna-San Cristobal to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
3h 22m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€21 - €27
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Leon
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€35 - €75
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€35 - €45
Promo+
€40 - €44
Flexible
€55 - €75
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Palencia
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €55
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€23 - €30
Promo+
€28 - €31
Flexible
€40 - €55
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 Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Benavente to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€11 - €17
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Oviedo to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€20 - €29
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€20
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to A Coruna Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada is 391 km. It takes approximately 3h 46m to drive from Madrid Atocha Station to Ponferrada.

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Air Europa and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to A Coruna Airport.

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There are 69+ hotels available in Ponferrada. Prices start at €87 per night.

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

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