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There are 6 ways to get from Madrid to Leiden by plane, train, bus, night bus or car

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  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

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  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Brussels (BRU)
  2. Take the train from Anvers-Central to Rotterdam Centraal

Train

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
  4. Take the train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Schiphol Airport

Bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Bilbao
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to La Haya

Bus, night bus

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Paris
  2. Take the night bus from Paris to The Hague

Drive

  1. Drive from Madrid to Leiden

Madrid to Leiden by train

The train journey time between Madrid and Leiden is around 25h 38m and covers a distance of around 2234 km. This includes an average layover time of around 11h 43m. The fastest train normally takes 23h 19m. Operated by Renfe AVE, Renfe SNCF, TGV inOui and others, the Madrid to Leiden train service departs from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arrives in Leiden Centraal. Typically six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average train journey times

Time on train:
13h 54m
Layover time:
11h 43m
Total time:
25h 38m

Train route information

Fastest train time:
23h 19m
Train distance:
2234 km
Trains per week:
6
Cheapest price:
€300
Carbon emissions:
117 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
20:40
Last train departs at:
20:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid to Leiden train schedules

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International entry into Netherlands from Spain

  • Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela

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Conditions of entry into Netherlands from Spain

  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from Spain
  • Health declaration required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Australia, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Hong Kong, Jordan, Macau, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Taiwan, Ukraine, Uruguay and Vatican
  • 10-day mandatory quarantine and a negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
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Rules to follow in Netherlands

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Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Spain

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, entry into Netherlands is currently allowed from Spain.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Leiden is 1351.

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

The social distance requirement in Leiden is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1351.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Spain from Netherlands.

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Last updated: 19 Sep 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Leiden is to fly which costs €45 - €180 and takes 5h 20m.

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The fastest way to get from Madrid to Leiden is to fly which takes 5h 20m and costs €45 - €180.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Leiden. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at Leiden, Breestraat via Bilbao and Den Haag, Den Haag Centraal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24h 36m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Leiden. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Leiden Centraal via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi and Schiphol Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 16m.

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The distance between Madrid and Leiden is 1447 km. The road distance is 1743.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Leiden without a car is to train which takes 16h 16m and costs €300 - €490.

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It takes approximately 5h 20m to get from Madrid to Leiden, including transfers.

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

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Madrid to Leiden train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Leiden is to fly which takes 5h 20m and costs €45 - €180. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €300 - €490 and takes 16h 16m, you could also bus, which costs €140 - €200 and takes 24h 36m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Leiden.
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  • Distance: 1447.4 km
  • Duration: 5h 20m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Leiden, Netherlands?

KLM, Air Europa and eight other airlines fly from Madrid to Leiden hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Leiden via Barcelona-Sants, Lyon Part Dieu, Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi, and Schiphol Airport in around 16h 16m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €250
Flights from Madrid to Amsterdam Schiphol via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€90 - €270
Flights from Madrid to Brussels
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €200
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€75 - €250
Flights from Madrid to Brussels via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €460
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €250
Flights from Madrid to Amsterdam Schiphol via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€90 - €270
Flights from Madrid to Brussels
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €200
Flights from Madrid to Brussels via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€75 - €300
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Amsterdam Schiphol via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €360
Flights from Madrid to Amsterdam Schiphol via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€120 - €360
Flights from Madrid to Brussels
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €270
Flights from Madrid to Brussels via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€110 - €430
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
2h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €210
Flights from Madrid to Brussels
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€21 - €170
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Brussels
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €270
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Brussels
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€21 - €140
Flights from Madrid to Brussels via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€21 - €140
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Amsterdam Schiphol via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
€130 - €370
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to Amsterdam Schiphol via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
€130 - €550
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Amsterdam Schiphol via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €410
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Amsterdam Schiphol via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€60 - €260
Train operators
Thalys
Phone
+32 70 66 77 88
Website
thalys.com
Train from Anvers-Central to Rotterdam Centraal
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €90
Website
Thalys
Standard
€45 - €65
Comfort
€55 - €75
Premium
€60 - €90
Train from Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi to Schiphol Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Thalys
Standard
€60 - €85
Comfort
€70 - €95
Premium
€85 - €120
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€60 - €80
Promo+
€68 - €73
Flexible
€90 - €120
Renfe SNCF
TGV inOui

France’s high-speed TGV train network runs at speeds of up to 320km/h connecting major cities across France and into neighbouring countries. All TGV tickets include a seat reservation; seating is 1+2 in 1st class, 2+2 in 2nd class. Popular routes include Paris to Marseille and Paris to Strasbourg. Most TGVs have a cafe area, power points at each seat and WiFi.

Contact Details
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Brussel-Zuid / Bruxelles-Midi
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€110 - €150
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€110 - €130
1st Class
€130 - €150
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 to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
€30 - €45
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to La Haya
Ave. Duration
18h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€110 - €150
Website
alsa.com
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Paris
Ave. Duration
16h 5m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€55 - €70
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Night bus from Paris to The Hague
Ave. Duration
8h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€25 - €31
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 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
Night bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to The Hague
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
€16 - €21
Website
Blablabus

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Madrid to Leiden bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at La Haya station.

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Madrid to Leiden train services, operated by Thalys, arrive at Schiphol Airport station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Leiden is 1744 km. It takes approximately 16h 29m to drive from Madrid to Leiden.

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