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There are 5 ways to get from Madrid to León by train, bus, rideshare or car

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Recommended option

Train via Chamartin  •  3h 6m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Leon Ave / ...

€28 - €82

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  4h 7m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to León 335.7 km

€17

3 alternative options

Train  •  3h 11m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Leon Alv

€23 - €29

Bus  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Moncloa to Leon

€26 - €40

Drive  •  3h 16m

  1. Drive from Madrid to León 335.8 km

€30 - €50

Madrid to León by train

The train journey time between Madrid and León is around 2h 25m and covers a distance of around 349 km. The fastest train normally takes 2h 9m. Operated by Renfe Cercanias, Renfe Viajeros and Renfe AVE, the Madrid to León train service departs from Sol and arrives in Leon. Typically 33 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 25m
Fastest train time:
2h 9m
Train distance:
349 km
Trains per week:
33
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
18 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:45
Last train departs at:
20:12

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid to León train schedules

Madrid → León
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in León is 112.

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

The social distance requirement in León is 1.5 metres.

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Last updated: 29 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to León is to rideshare which costs €17 and takes 4h 7m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to León is to train via Chamartin which costs €28 - €85 and takes 3h 6m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid Moncloa and arriving at Leon. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 30m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Leon. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 11m.

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The distance between Madrid and León is 288 km. The road distance is 335.8 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to León without a car is to train via Chamartin which takes 3h 6m and costs €28 - €85.

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It takes approximately 3h 6m to get from Madrid to León, including transfers.

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

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Madrid to León train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Chamartin station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to León is to train via Chamartin which takes 3h 6m and costs €28 - €85. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €26 - €40 and takes 3h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to León.
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  • Distance: 288.3 km
  • Duration: 3h 6m

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

Renfe AVE operates a train from Madrid-Chamartin to Leon 4 times a day. Tickets cost €35 - €75 and the journey takes 1h 56m. Renfe Viajeros also services this route 3 times a day. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid Moncloa to Leon 4 times a day. Tickets cost €26 - €40 and the journey takes 3h 30m.

Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Leon
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€35 - €75
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€35 - €45
Promo+
€40 - €44
Flexible
€55 - €75
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 Leon
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€23 - €29
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Leon
Ave. Duration
3h 11m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€23 - €29
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
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 Moncloa to Leon
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€26 - €40
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to León
Ave. Duration
4h 7m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
€17
Book at
blablacar.es

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Madrid to León bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Leon station.

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Madrid to León train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Leon station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to León is 336 km. It takes approximately 3h 16m to drive from Madrid to León.

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There are 73+ hotels available in León. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Madrid and León. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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