There are 9 ways to get from Madrid to Cartagena by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías to Cartagena Atr

$60 - $80

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Cartagène 277.3 miles

$26

7 alternative options

Bus ALSA  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Cartagena

$30 - $55

Train Spanish Railways AVE  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Albacete Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Albacete to Cartagena Atr

$78 - $109

Bus Interbus Sureste  •  11 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Tomelloso 002-003 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Tomelloso to Cartagena 9335-9296

$43 - $93

Drive  •  4 h 32 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Cartagena 278.8 miles

$50 - $80

Fly to Alicante, train  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Alicante (ALC) MAD - ALC
  2. Take the train from San Gabriel (APT.) to Cartagena

$60 - $226

Fly to Valencia, train  •  7 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Valencia (VLC) MAD - VLC
  2. Take the train from Valencia Estacio del Nord to Cartagena

$73 - $292

Fly to Almeria, bus  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Almeria (LEI) MAD - LEI
  2. Take the bus from Almeria to Murcia
  3. Take the bus from Murcia to Cartagena

$112 - $362

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Cartagena is to rideshare which costs 22€ and takes 5 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Cartagena is to drive which costs 45€ - 65€ and takes 4 h 32 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Cartagena is 391 km. The road distance is 446.1 km.

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The train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías to Cartagena takes 5 h 2 min including transfers and departs five times a day.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid Estacion Sur and arriving at Cartagena. Services depart every four hours. The journey takes approximately 5 h 20 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías and arriving at Cartagena. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 2 min.

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

Spanish Railways (RENFE) operates a train from Madrid to Cartagena 5 times a day. Tickets cost $60 - $80 and the journey takes 5 h 2 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Cartagena every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $55 and the journey takes 5 h 20 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 55 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$95 - $500
Flights from Madrid to Valencia
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $380
Flights from Madrid to Valencia via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$75 - $380
Flights from Madrid to Almeria
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Flights from Madrid to Almeria via Sevilla
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Alicante
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $300
Flights from Madrid to Valencia
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $310
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Valencia via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $380
Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Website
renfe.com
Train from Albacete to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
renfe.com
Train from San Gabriel (APT.) to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $28
Website
renfe.com
Train from Valencia Estacio del Nord to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
4 h 1 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
renfe.com
Spanish Railways AVE
Bus operators
ALSA
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Almeria to Murcia
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Murcia to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $26
Website
alsa.com
Interbus Sureste
Phone
+34 (0) 902 64 64 28
Email
info@interbus.es
Website
bcma.interbus.es
Bus from Tomelloso to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$70
Schedules at
bcma.interbus.es
MonBus
Phone
+34 982 29 29 00
Website
monbus.es
Bus from Tomelloso to Cartagena
Ave. Duration
4 h 45 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Schedules at
monbus.es
Transportes Comes
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar.es
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Cartagène
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$26
Book at
blablacar.es

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