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There are 6 ways to get from Madrid to León by train, bus, night train, rideshare or car

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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Train  •  3h 7m

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

35€ - 50€

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  4h 7m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to León 210 miles

17€

4 alternative options

Train via Madrid Chamartín  •  3h 23m

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

41€ - 62€

Bus  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Moncloa to Leon

24€ - 40€

Trenhotel  •  5h 51m

  1. Take the Trenhotel from Madrid-Chamartin to León Atlantico

41€ - 57€

Drive  •  3h 17m

  1. Drive from Madrid to León 210 miles

30€ - 50€

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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 which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 3h 7m.

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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 twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 7m.

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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 train which takes 3h 7m and costs 35€ - 50€.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Leon takes 3h 7m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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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, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to León is to train which takes 3h 7m and costs 35€ - 50€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 24€ - 40€ and takes 3h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to León.
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  • Distance: 180.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 7m

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

Renfe operates a train from Madrid to León twice daily. Tickets cost 35€ - 50€ and the journey takes 3h 7m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to León 4 times a day. Tickets cost 24€ - 40€ and the journey takes 3h 30m.

Train operators
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Leon
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Leon
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
renfe.com
Night train from Madrid-Chamartin to León
Ave. Duration
4h 32m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
renfe.com
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
24€ - 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, 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 248+ hotels available in León. Prices start at 39€ 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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