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

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Recommended option

Fly to Nice  •  5h 16m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Nice (NCE) MAD - NCE

€58 - €161

Cheapest option

Fly to Marseille, drive  •  5h 58m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Marseille (MRS) MAD - MRS
  2. Drive from Marseille to Cannes

€47 - €137

4 alternative options

Train  •  12h 6m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Nimes Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Nimes to Marseille St Charles Ter
  4. Take the train from Marseille St Charles to Cannes Tgv / ...

€179 - €318

Bus via Fréjus  •  18h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Fréjus N738

€62 - €75

Bus  •  20h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Niza

€100 - €135

Drive  •  11h 33m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Cannes 1224.8 km

€130 - €200

Madrid to Cannes by train

The train journey time between Madrid and Cannes is around 15h 17m and covers a distance of around 1317 km. The fastest train normally takes 12h 34m. Operated by Renfe AVE, Renfe SNCF, SNCF and others, the Madrid to Cannes train service departs from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arrives in Cannes. Typically 18 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
15h 17m
Fastest train time:
12h 34m
Train distance:
1317 km
Trains per week:
18
Cheapest price:
€147
Carbon emissions:
69 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:30
Last train departs at:
20:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid to Cannes train schedules

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering France from Spain.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Nationwide control measures in place

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Cannes is 800 130 000.

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

The social distance requirement in Cannes is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800 130 000.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Spain from France.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Cannes is to bus via Fréjus which costs €60 - €75 and takes 18h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Cannes is to fly which costs €55 - €170 and takes 5h 16m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Cannes. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Cannes via Fréjus. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 10m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Cannes. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Cannes via Barcelona-Sants, Nimes and Marseille St Charles. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 6m.

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The distance between Madrid and Cannes is 951 km. The road distance is 1224.8 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Cannes without a car is to train which takes 12h 6m and costs €170 - €320.

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It takes approximately 5h 16m to get from Madrid to Cannes, including transfers.

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Madrid to Cannes bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Cannes 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 Cannes is to fly which takes 5h 16m and costs €55 - €170. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €170 - €320 and takes 12h 6m, you could also bus via Fréjus, which costs €60 - €75 and takes 18h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Cannes.
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  • Distance: 950.9 km
  • Duration: 5h 16m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Cannes, France?

Iberia, Vueling Airlines and easyJet fly from Madrid to Cannes 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Cannes via Barcelona-Sants, Nimes, and Marseille St Charles in around 12h 6m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Nice
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €200
Flights from Madrid to Nice via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€60 - €190
Flights from Madrid to Marseille
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €240
Flights from Madrid to Marseille via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €240
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Nice via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 58m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€60 - €190
Flights from Madrid to Marseille via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €240
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Marseille
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€18 - €120
Flights from Madrid to Marseille via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€18 - €120
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Nice via Basel
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€70 - €250
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€60 - €80
Promo+
€68 - €73
Flexible
€90 - €120
Renfe SNCF
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Nimes to Marseille St Charles
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€16 - €40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€16 - €24
Rail 1st Class
€25 - €40
Train from Marseille St Charles to Cannes
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€23 - €50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€23 - €35
Rail 1st Class
€30 - €50
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 Marseille St Charles to Cannes
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€40 - €50
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€40 - €50
1st Class
€40 - €50
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 Marseille-Saint-Charles to Cannes
Ave. Duration
2h 9m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€55 - €100
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 Fréjus
Ave. Duration
16h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€55 - €70
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Niza
Ave. Duration
19h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€95 - €140
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Nice Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 50m.

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Madrid to Cannes bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Fréjus station.

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Madrid to Cannes train services, operated by TGV inOui, arrive at Cannes station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Cannes is 1225 km. It takes approximately 11h 33m to drive from Madrid to Cannes.

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easyJet, Vueling Airlines and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Nice Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Cannes bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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