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There are 7 ways to get from Madrid to Castelo Branco by bus, train, night train, 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.

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Bus Rede Expressos  •  7 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Salamanca Auto Res Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from Salamanca to Castelo Branco Bus Terminal Ouibus

$27 - $52

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Train  •  11 h

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías to Badajoz Tlg / ...
  2. Take the train from Badajoz to Abrantes R
  3. Take the train from Abrantes to Castelo Branco Ic / ...

$72 - $104

Bus InterNorte  •  11 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid-Estación Sur to Guarda 745
  2. Take the bus from Guarda Bus Terminal to Castelo Branco Bus Terminal L09 / ...

$34 - $86

Trenhotel, bus  •  9 h 26 min

  1. Take the Trenhotel from Madrid Chamartín Station to Vilar Formoso Lusitania / ...
  2. Take the bus from Vilar Formoso to Castelo Branco Bus Terminal

$52 - $84

Drive  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Castelo Branco 238.4 miles

$50 - $80

Fly to Lisbon, train  •  7 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Lisbon (LIS) MAD - LIS
  2. Take the train from Lisboa Oriente to Castelo Branco

$51 - $191

Fly to Badajoz, train  •  8 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Badajoz (BJZ) MAD - BJZ
  2. Take the train from Badajoz to Abrantes
  3. Take the train from Abrantes to Castelo Branco

$101 - $225

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Castelo Branco is to bus which costs 23€ - 45€ and takes 7 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Castelo Branco is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 4 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Castelo Branco. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Castelo Branco Bus Terminal via Salamanca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Castelo Branco. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías and arriving at Castelo Branco via Badajoz and Abrantes. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h.

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The distance between Madrid and Castelo Branco is 329 km. The road distance is 381.4 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Castelo Branco without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 30 min and costs 23€ - 45€.

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It takes approximately 7 h 30 min to get from Madrid to Castelo Branco, including transfers.

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Madrid to Castelo Branco bus services, operated by Avanza Grupo, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Castelo Branco train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Castelo Branco is to bus which takes 7 h 30 min and costs 23€ - 45€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 60€ - 95€ and takes 11 h.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Castelo Branco.
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  • Distance: 205.5 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 30 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Castelo Branco, Portugal?

You can take a bus from Madrid to Castelo Branco via Salamanca in around 7 h 30 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Castelo Branco via Badajoz and Abrantes in around 11 h.

Airlines
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $250
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon via Porto
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$30 - $250
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $390
Flights from Madrid to Badajoz
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $250
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $210
Train operators
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías to Badajoz
Ave. Duration
5 h 18 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Train from Badajoz to Abrantes
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $22
Website
renfe.com
Night train from Madrid Chamartín Station to Vilar Formoso
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
renfe.com
Portuguese Railways (CP)

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal, and spans over 2700km, with trains being split into four main types: regional and intercity trains, international and domestic high-speed trains, and international night trains. Portugal's main stations are Santa Apolónia in Lisbon and Campanha in Porto - these train stations connect to trains in Portugal's main cities and international destinations. The Alfa Pendular, the fastest train in Portugal, is a popular travel choice, as it can run at a speed of up to 250 km/h.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 707 210 220
Website
cp.pt
Train from Abrantes to Castelo Branco
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$7 - $14
Website
cp.pt
2nd Class
$7 - $11
1st Class
$9 - $14
Train from Lisboa Oriente to Castelo Branco
Ave. Duration
2 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $35
Website
cp.pt
2nd Class
$16 - $23
1st Class
$21 - $35
Bus operators
Avanza Grupo
Phone
+34 (0) 91 272 28 32
Email
informacion@avanzabus.com
Website
avanzabus.com
Bus from Madrid to Salamanca
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $27
Schedules at
avanzabus.com
Auto Res Express
$27
Auto Res Normal
$20
Rede Expressos
Phone
707 22 33 44
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Salamanca to Castelo Branco Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $25
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
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Bus from Guarda Bus Terminal to Castelo Branco Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
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rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Vilar Formoso to Castelo Branco Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$13 - $17
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
Book at
rede-expressos.pt
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 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 Salamanca to Castelo Branco
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$9 - $14
Website
Ouibus
InterNorte
Phone
707 200 512
Website
internorte.pt
Bus from Madrid-Estación Sur to Guarda
Ave. Duration
7 h 15 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
internorte.pt
bus
Bus from Madrid Sur to Guarda
Ave. Duration
6 h 59 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50
Schedules at
eurolines.es
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Guarda
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$21 - $40
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Citi Express
Email
info@citiexpress.eu
Website
citiexpress.eu
Bus from Guarda Bus Terminal to Castelo Branco Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Schedules at
citiexpress.eu
Book at
rede-expressos.pt

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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Madrid to Castelo Branco bus services, operated by Rede Expressos, arrive at Castelo Branco Bus Terminal station.

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Castelo Branco is 1 h behind Madrid. It is currently 9:39 AM in Madrid and 8:39 AM in Castelo Branco.

Madrid to Castelo Branco train services, operated by Portuguese Railways (CP), arrive at Castelo Branco station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Castelo Branco is 381 km. It takes approximately 4 h 15 min to drive from Madrid to Castelo Branco.

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easyJet, Air Europa, Iberia and TAP Portugal offer flights from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport.

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There are 46+ hotels available in Castelo Branco. Prices start at $35 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs 1€ - 3€.

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