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There are 7 ways to get from Madrid to Lisbon by bus, night bus, train, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Bus  •  8h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estación Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios A140/A4234 / ...

22€ - 28€

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Bus via Madrid Estacion Sur  •  8h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios

55€ - 79€

Night bus, train  •  9h 25m

  1. Take the night bus from Madrid to Coimbra N795
  2. Take the train from Coimbra-B to Lisboa - Santa Apolonia Ic / ...

41€ - 53€

Train, night train  •  11h 13m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Principe Pio to Salamanca 18909 / ...
  2. Take the night train from Salamanca to Santa Apolónia Trenhotel Surexpreso

57€ - 76€

Rideshare  •  6h 42m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Lisbon 628.2 km

29€ - 50€

Drive  •  5h 57m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Lisbon 629 km

70€ - 110€

Fly  •  4h 3m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Lisbon (LIS) MAD - LIS

30€ - 85€

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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 2 metres
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lisbon is 808 24 24 24.

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

The social distance requirement in Lisbon is 2 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Lisbon is to bus which costs 22€ - 28€ and takes 8h 30m.

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The fastest way to get from Madrid to Lisbon is to fly. Taking this option will cost 30€ - 90€ and takes 4h 3m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid Estación Sur and arriving at Lisbon Sete Rios. Services depart twice daily, and operate Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 8h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Lisbon. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Principe Pio and arriving at Santa Apolónia via Salamanca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 13m.

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The distance between Madrid and Lisbon is 502 km. The road distance is 629 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lisbon without a car is to bus which takes 8h 30m and costs 22€ - 28€.

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The bus from Madrid Estación Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios takes 8h 30m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Madrid to Lisbon bus services, operated by Rede Expressos, depart from Madrid Estación Sur station.

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Madrid to Lisbon train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Madrid-Principe Pio station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lisbon is to bus which takes 8h 30m and costs 22€ - 28€. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs 30€ - 90€ and takes 4h 3m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Lisbon.
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  • Distance: 502.3 km
  • Duration: 8h 30m

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

Rede Expressos operates a bus from Madrid Estación Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios twice daily. Tickets cost 22€ - 28€ and the journey takes 8h 30m. Alternatively, Iberia, Air Europa and two other airlines fly from Madrid to Lisbon every 4 hours.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
24€ - 150€
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
28€ - 180€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
21€ - 110€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
26€ - 180€
Train operators
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 Coimbra-B to Lisboa - Santa Apolonia
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 22€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
15€ - 22€
Night train from Salamanca to Santa Apolónia
Ave. Duration
7h 33m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
40€ - 55€
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-Principe Pio to Salamanca
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 22€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Bus operators
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 Madrid Estación Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
22€ - 28€
Schedules at
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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 Estacion Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 75€
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
Night bus from Madrid to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
25€ - 31€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
29€ - 50€
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Madrid to Lisbon bus services, operated by Rede Expressos, arrive at Lisbon Sete Rios station.

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Lisbon is 1h behind Madrid. It is currently 6:05 AM in Madrid and 5:05 AM in Lisbon.

Madrid to Lisbon train services, operated by Comboios De Portugal, arrive at Santa Apolónia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Lisbon is 629 km. It takes approximately 5h 57m to drive from Madrid to Lisbon.

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Air Europa, easyJet, Iberia and TAP Portugal offer flights from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport.

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There are 11035+ hotels available in Lisbon. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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

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