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

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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 to Alicante

Fly to Alicante

  1. 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
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Alicante is 112.

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The social distance requirement in Alicante is 1.5 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Alicante is to rideshare which costs €20 - €22 and takes 4h 58m.

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The fastest way to get from Madrid to Alicante is to train. Taking this option will cost €30 - €95 and takes 2h 29m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid Estacion Sur and arriving at Alicante. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 5m.

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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 and Alicante is 360 km. The road distance is 419.5 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Alicante without a car is to train which takes 2h 29m 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 to Alicante bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid Estacion Sur station.

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Madrid 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 to Alicante is to train which takes 2h 29m and costs €30 - €95. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €30 - €50 and takes 5h 5m, you could also fly, which costs €30 - €110 and takes 3h 17m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Alicante.
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  • Distance: 360.1 km
  • Duration: 2h 29m

What companies run services between Madrid, 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 Valencia Joaquin Sorolla to Alicante-Termino
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €18
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
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 to Alicante bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Alicante station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Alicante is 420 km. It takes approximately 4h 7m to drive from Madrid to Alicante.

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

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Book your Madrid to Alicante train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Madrid to Alicante bus tickets online with Omio and Busbud.

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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 and Alicante. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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