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

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Bus  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Moncloa to Leon

26€ - 40€

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Rideshare  •  4h 7m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to León 336 km

17€

3 alternative options

Train via Chamartin  •  3h 31m

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

28€ - 82€

Train  •  4h 40m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Principe Pio to Leon 18005

29€ - 40€

Drive  •  3h 17m

  1. Drive from Madrid to León 336 km

35€ - 55€

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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 drive which costs 35€ - 55€ and takes 3h 17m.

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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-Principe Pio and arriving at Leon. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 40m.

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The distance between Madrid and León is 288 km. The road distance is 336 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to León without a car is to bus which takes 3h 30m and costs 26€ - 40€.

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The bus from Madrid Moncloa to Leon takes 3h 30m including transfers and departs four times a day.

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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 Viajeros, depart from Madrid-Chamartin station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to León is to bus which takes 3h 30m and costs 26€ - 40€. Alternatively, you can train via Chamartin, which costs 28€ - 85€ and takes 3h 31m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to León.
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  • Distance: 288.3 km
  • Duration: 3h 30m

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

ALSA operates a bus from Madrid Moncloa to Leon 4 times a day. Tickets cost 26€ - 40€ and the journey takes 3h 30m. Alternatively, Renfe Viajeros operates a train from Madrid-Chamartin to Leon 3 times a day. Tickets cost 23€ - 29€ and the journey takes 2h 21m. Renfe AVE also services this route twice daily.

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 Leon
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
23€ - 29€
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Renfe Viajeros
Train from Madrid-Principe Pio to Leon
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Renfe AVE
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€
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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 Viajeros, arrive at Leon station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to León is 336 km. It takes approximately 3h 17m to drive from Madrid to León.

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There are 267+ 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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