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There are 9 ways to get from Madrid to Brighton by plane, train, bus, car or car ferry

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Fly to London Gatwick  •  5h 21m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to London Gatwick (LGW) MAD - LGW

£36 - £70

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Fly to London Heathrow, train  •  6h 47m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to London Heathrow (LHR) MAD - LHR
  2. Take the train from London Victoria to Brighton

£59 - £242

Fly to London City, train  •  8h 34m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to London City (LCY) MAD - LCY
  2. Take the train from London Bridge to Brighton

£96 - £292

Fly to London Stansted, train  •  7h 21m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to London Stansted (STN) MAD - STN
  2. Take the train from London Victoria to Brighton

£47 - £178

Train  •  15h 29m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Paris Gare De Lyon Tgv
  3. Take the train from Paris Nord to London St Pancras Eurostar Eil
  4. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Brighton

£250 - £529

Train via Lyon  •  16h 29m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu Ave
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Marne La Vallee Chessy Tgv
  4. Take the train from Marne La Vallee Chessy to London St Pancras Eurostar Eil
  5. Take the train from London St Pancras International LL to Brighton

£323 - £681

Bus, train  •  27h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Paris 793
  2. Take the bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to London - Victoria Coach Station
  3. Take the train from London Victoria to Brighton

£78 - £122

Bus  •  31h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Bilbao
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Londres Victoria Coach Station
  3. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Brighton

£123 - £174

Drive, car ferry  •  28h 33m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Santander
  2. Take the car ferry from Santander to Plymouth
  3. Drive from Plymouth to Brighton

£133 - £385

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Brighton is 111.

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

The social distance requirement in Brighton is 2 metres.

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No, but conditions apply when returning to Spain from United Kingdom.

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Brighton is to fly which costs 40€ - 85€ and takes 5h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Brighton is to fly which costs 40€ - 85€ and takes 5h 21m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Brighton. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Brighton via Bilbao and London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 31h.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Brighton. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Brighton via Barcelona-Sants, Paris Gare De Lyon, Paris Nord and London St Pancras International LL. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 29m.

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The distance between Madrid and Brighton is 744 miles.

The best way to get from Madrid to Brighton without a car is to train which takes 15h 29m and costs 290€ - 650€.

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It takes approximately 5h 21m to get from Madrid to Brighton, including transfers.

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Madrid to Brighton bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Brighton 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 Brighton is to fly which takes 5h 21m and costs 40€ - 85€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 290€ - 650€ and takes 15h 29m, you could also bus, which costs 140€ - 210€ and takes 31h.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Brighton.
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  • Distance: 743.8 miles
  • Duration: 5h 21m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Brighton, England?

Iberia, easyJet and three other airlines fly from Madrid to Brighton every 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Brighton via Barcelona-Sants, Paris Gare De Lyon, Paris Nord, London St Pancras Eurostar, and London St Pancras International LL in around 15h 29m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£75 - £230
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£55 - £120
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £120
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£27 - £160
Flights from Madrid to London City via Malaga
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
£75 - £350
Flights from Madrid to London City via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
5h 32m
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
£70 - £330
Flights from Madrid to London City via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£70 - £330
Flights from Madrid to London City via Mahon
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
£70 - £340
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £120
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£27 - £160
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£160 - £490
Flights from Madrid to London City via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5h 57m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£70 - £330
Flights from Madrid to London City via Malaga
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£75 - £350
Flights from Madrid to London City via Dublin
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£190 - £800
Flights from Madrid to London City via Manchester
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £1,200
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£95 - £370
Flights from Madrid to London City via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£80 - £350
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£45 - £170
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£60 - £210
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £120
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£55 - £120
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £120
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£150 - £500
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£9 - £50
Flights from Madrid to London Stansted via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£9 - £50
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£20 - £55
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£160 - £490
Flights from Madrid to London City via Dublin
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£240 - £430
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£85 - £600
Royal Air Maroc
Website
royalairmaroc.com
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow via Rabat
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
£200 - £280
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to London City via Milan Linate
Ave. Duration
6h 55m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£85 - £210
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to London City via Zurich
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
£100 - £270
Train operators
Southern Service
Phone
+44 3451 27 29 20
Website
southernrailway.com
Train from London Victoria to Brighton
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£15 - £45
Website
Southern Service
Schedules at
Southern Service
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Standard
£15 - £21
Anytime 1st Class
£30 - £45
Train from London Bridge to Brighton
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£15 - £45
Website
Southern Service
Schedules at
Southern Service
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Standard
£15 - £21
Anytime 1st Class
£30 - £45
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London Bridge to Brighton
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£22 - £28
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£22 - £28
Train from London St Pancras International LL to Brighton
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£24 - £29
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£24 - £29
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£50 - £100
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
£50 - £70
Promo+
£58 - £63
Flexible
£75 - £100
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Paris Gare De Lyon
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£70 - £100
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£50 - £75
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Eurostar
Rome2rio's guide to Eurostar
Contact Details
Phone
+44 343 218 6186
Website
eurostar.com
Train from Paris Nord to London St Pancras Eurostar
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£100 - £300
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
£260 - £300
Standard
£100 - £120
Standard Premier
£140 - £180
Train from Marne La Vallee Chessy to London St Pancras Eurostar
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
£100 - £300
Website
Eurostar
Business Premier
£260 - £300
Standard
£100 - £130
Standard Premier
£140 - £180
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Marne La Vallee Chessy
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£60 - £80
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
£60 - £70
1st Class
£65 - £80
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy TGV
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£95 - £180
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Paris
Ave. Duration
16h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£45 - £60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to London - Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£14 - £18
Website
Blablabus
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 to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£26 - £40
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Londres Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
22h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£90 - £130
Website
alsa.com
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Brighton
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£6 - £8
Website
National Express
Ferry operators
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Santander to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
20h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
£65 - £280
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
£65 - £85
Car
£190 - £280

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