There are 5 ways to get from Madrid to Alicante by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Alacant-Terminal Ave / ...

$60 - $90

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Rideshare  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Alicante 262.6 miles

$23 - $26

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Bus  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Alicante

$30 - $50

Drive  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Alicante 262.4 miles

$45 - $75

Fly  •  3 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Alicante (ALC) MAD - ALC

$43 - $198

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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. The journey takes approximately 5 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at Alacant-Terminal. Services depart hourly, and operate Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 2 h 35 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Alicante is 360 km. The road distance is 419.9 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Alicante without a car is to train which takes 2 h 35 min and costs .

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The train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Alacant-Terminal takes 2 h 35 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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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 Spanish Railways 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 2 h 35 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 5 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 3 h 7 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Alicante.
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  • Distance: 225 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 35 min

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

Spanish Railways AVE operates a train from Madrid to Alicante hourly. Tickets cost $60 - $90 and the journey takes 2 h 35 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Alicante 4 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 5 h 5 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
2 h 57 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$90 - $420
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Alicante
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $300
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
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 Madrid Estacion Sur to Alicante
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
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Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Alicante
Ave. Duration
4 h 58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $26
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blablacar.es

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Madrid to Alicante train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, arrive at Alacant-Terminal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Alicante is 420 km. It takes approximately 4 h 14 min to drive from Madrid to Alicante.

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

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There are 1878+ hotels available in Alicante. Prices start at $52 USD 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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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs .

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