There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Coimbra by bus, night bus, train, night train, car, plane or towncar

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

Bus via Salamanca  •  8h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid-Moncloa to Salamanca Auto Res
  2. Take the bus from Salamanca to Coimbra, Coimbra N1156 / ...

33€ - 59€

Cheapest option

Bus, night bus  •  7h 5m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid-Moncloa to Salamanca Auto Res
  2. Take the night bus from Salamanca to Coimbra, Coimbra N795

32€ - 44€

6 alternative options

Bus  •  9h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Viseu
  2. Take the bus from Viseu to Coimbra RedeExpressos / ...

44€ - 62€

Train, night train  •  8h 36m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Salamanca Alv
  2. Take the night train from Salamanca to Coimbra-B 313 / ...

45€ - 58€

Night train  •  9h 21m

  1. Take the night train from Madrid-Chamartin to Coimbra-B 332

36€ - 52€

Drive  •  5h 21m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Coimbra 515.7 km

60€ - 95€

Fly to Porto, towncar  •  5h 33m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Porto (OPO) MAD - OPO
  2. Take a town car from Porto Airport to Coimbra

145€ - 479€

Fly to Lisbon, train  •  6h 32m

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

49€ - 232€

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Coimbra is to night train which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 9h 21m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Coimbra is to drive which costs 60€ - 95€ and takes 5h 21m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Coimbra. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Moncloa and arriving at Coimbra, Coimbra via Salamanca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Coimbra. However, there are services departing from Sol and arriving at Coimbra-B via Madrid-Chamartin and Salamanca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 36m.

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The distance between Madrid and Coimbra is 401 km. The road distance is 515.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Coimbra without a car is to bus via Salamanca which takes 8h and costs 30€ - 60€.

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It takes approximately 8h to get from Madrid to Coimbra, including transfers.

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Madrid to Coimbra bus services, operated by Avanza Grupo, depart from Madrid-Moncloa station.

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Madrid to Coimbra train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Madrid-Chamartin station.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Porto Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Coimbra.
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  • Distance: 400.6 km
  • Duration: 8h

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Coimbra, Portugal?

You can take a bus from Madrid to Coimbra via Salamanca in around 8h. Alternatively, Renfe Viajeros operates a vehicle from Madrid-Chamartin to Coimbra-B once daily. Tickets cost 35€ - 50€ and the journey takes 8h 2m.

Airlines
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Porto
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 160€
Flights from Madrid to Porto via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 160€
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon via Porto
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Porto
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
26€ - 160€
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 210€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Porto
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
23€ - 120€
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 210€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Porto
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
19€ - 110€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Train operators
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Salamanca
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
17€ - 22€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Night train from Salamanca to Coimbra-B
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
23€ - 29€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Night train from Madrid-Chamartin to Coimbra-B
Ave. Duration
8h 2m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Comboios De Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal that spans over 2700km, with trains split into three main types: regional, urban 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 connect to trains in Portugal's 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. You can book train tickets up to 60 days in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 707 210 220
Website
cp.pt
Train from Lisboa - Oriente to Coimbra-B
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
15€ - 21€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
15€ - 21€
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Salamanca to Coimbra, Coimbra
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
17€ - 21€
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 Salamanca to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Madrid to Viseu
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Viseu to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
alsa.com
Rede Expressos

Rede Nacional de Expressos is a cheap and convenient way to get around the country. In business since 1995, Portugal’s biggest bus operator services villages and cities across the country. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days before the date of travel, with discounted fares available via their free RFLEX Card. Most coaches have WiFi and power sockets.

Contact Details
Phone
707 22 33 44
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Viseu to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 12€
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
Rodonorte
Phone
+ 351 259 340 710
Email
geral@rodonorte.pt
Website
rodonorte.pt
Bus from Viseu to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
9€ - 11€
Schedules at
rodonorte.pt
Citi Express
Email
info@citiexpress.eu
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Viseu to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
Citi Express
Other operators
VMTransfers
Phone
(+351) 220971653
Email
info@vmtransfers.com
Website
vmtransfers.com
Towncar from Porto Airport to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
120€ - 150€
More information at
VMTransfers

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

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Coimbra is 1h behind Madrid. It is currently 7:11 AM in Madrid and 6:11 AM in Coimbra.

Madrid to Coimbra train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Coimbra-B station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Coimbra is 516 km. It takes approximately 5h 21m to drive from Madrid to Coimbra.

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Ryanair, Air Europa, Iberia and TAP Portugal offer flights from Madrid Airport to Porto Airport.

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There are 286+ hotels available in Coimbra. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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