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There are 11 ways to get from Madrid to London by plane, train, bus, car, car ferry or car train

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Fly to London Heathrow  •  5h 19m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to London Heathrow (LHR) MAD - LHR

£38 - £184

Cheapest option

Fly to London Gatwick, train  •  5h 24m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to London Gatwick (LGW) MAD - LGW
  2. Take the train from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria

£37 - £72

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Fly to London City  •  7h 21m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to London City (LCY) MAD - LCY

£79 - £274

Fly to London Stansted  •  6h 5m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to London Stansted (STN) MAD - STN

£40 - £146

Fly to Birmingham, train  •  6h 35m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Birmingham (BHX) MAD - BHX
  2. Take the train from Birmingham International to London Euston

£62 - £249

Fly to London Luton, train  •  7h 52m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to London Luton (LTN) MAD - LTN
  2. Take the train from Luton to London St Pancras International

£44 - £130

Train  •  13h 54m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Paris Gare De Lyon Tgv
  3. Take the train from Paris Nord to London St Pancras Eurostar Eil

£226 - £500

Bus via Paris  •  26h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Paris 793
  2. Take the bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to London - Victoria Coach Station Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine > Lille > London - Victoria Coach Station / ...

£63 - £77

Bus  •  27h 10m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Bilbao
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Londres Victoria Coach Station

£117 - £166

Drive, car ferry  •  28h 24m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Santander
  2. Take the car ferry from Santander to Plymouth
  3. Drive from Plymouth to London

£133 - £385

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  16h 10m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Calais-Fréthun
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
  3. Drive from Folkestone to London

£287 - £357

Madrid to London by train

The train journey time between Madrid and London is around 35h 51m and covers a distance of around 1338 miles. The fastest train normally takes 22h 50m. Operated by Renfe AVE, Renfe SNCF, Transilien and others, the Madrid to London train service departs from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arrives in London St Pancras Eurostar. Typically five trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid to London train schedules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in London is 111.

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to London is to fly and train which costs 40€ - 85€ and takes 5h 24m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to London is to fly which costs 40€ - 220€ and takes 5h 19m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to London station. However, there are services departing from Madrid and arriving at London - Victoria Coach Station via Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 26h 35m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to London. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at London St Pancras Eurostar via Barcelona-Sants, Paris Gare De Lyon and Paris Nord. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 54m.

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The distance between Madrid and London is 790 miles.

The best way to get from Madrid to London without a car is to train which takes 13h 54m and costs 260€ - 600€.

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It takes approximately 5h 19m to get from Madrid to London, including transfers.

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Madrid to London bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to London 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 London is to fly which takes 5h 19m and costs 40€ - 220€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 260€ - 600€ and takes 13h 54m, you could also bus via Paris, which costs 70€ - 90€ and takes 26h 35m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to London.
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  • Distance: 789.7 miles
  • Duration: 5h 19m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and London, England?

British Airways, Iberia and six other airlines fly from Madrid to London Paddington hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to London King's Cross via Barcelona-Sants, Paris Gare De Lyon, and Paris Nord in around 13h 54m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£27 - £110
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £130
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£55 - £120
Flights from Madrid to London City via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£70 - £310
Flights from Madrid to London City via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£70 - £310
Flights from Madrid to London City via Malaga
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£75 - £310
Flights from Madrid to Birmingham via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£50 - £190
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
2h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£27 - £110
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£170 - £260
Flights from Madrid to London City via Dublin
Ave. Duration
6h 5m
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
£130 - £1,200
Flights from Madrid to London City via Manchester
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £1,200
Flights from Madrid to London City via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£130 - £1,200
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£85 - £230
Flights from Madrid to London City via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£90 - £170
Flights from Madrid to Birmingham via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
£95 - £300
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
2h 22m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£45 - £190
Flights from Madrid to London Luton via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
6h 30m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
£50 - £190
Flights from Madrid to London Luton via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£50 - £190
Flights from Madrid to London Luton via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£45 - £170
Flights from Madrid to London Luton via Porto
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
£45 - £180
Flights from Madrid to London Luton via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
£45 - £180
Flights from Madrid to London Luton via Alicante
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
£45 - £180
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to London Stansted
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£12 - £75
Flights from Madrid to London Stansted via Eindhoven
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£12 - £75
Flights from Madrid to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
£19 - £100
Flights from Madrid to London Luton via Bologna
Ave. Duration
7h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£25 - £100
Flights from Madrid to London Luton via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
£19 - £90
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£110 - £330
Flights from Madrid to Birmingham via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£90 - £270
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£55 - £120
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £120
Flights from Madrid to Birmingham via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£50 - £190
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£110 - £310
Flights from Madrid to London City via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£120 - £360
Flights from Madrid to Birmingham via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£95 - £310
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£20 - £40
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow via Dublin
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£170 - £260
Royal Air Maroc
Website
royalairmaroc.com
Flights from Madrid to London Heathrow via Rabat
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
£210 - £320
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to London Gatwick via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
£45 - £110
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Birmingham via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£95 - £460
Train operators
London Northwestern Railway
Phone
+44 121 634 2040
Email
comments@londonmidland.com
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Train from Birmingham International to London Euston
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£39 - £44
Website
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Advanced Single/Anytime Advance
£7 - £11
Anytime Day Single
£39 - £44
East Midlands Railways
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Luton to London St Pancras International LL
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£14 - £17
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£14 - £17
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£50 - £100
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
£50 - £70
Promo+
£58 - £63
Flexible
£75 - £100
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Paris Gare De Lyon
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£70 - £100
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Calais-Fréthun to Folkestone
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£131
Website
Eurotunnel
Bus operators
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
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
Once daily
Estimated price
£45 - £60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
Bus from Paris City Centre - Bercy Seine to London - Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£14 - £18
Website
Blablabus
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
£26 - £40
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Londres Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
22h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£90 - £130
Website
alsa.com
Ferry operators
Brittany Ferries
Phone
0330 159 7000
Email
reservations@brittanyferries.com
Website
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Car ferry from Santander to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
20h
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
£65 - £280
Schedules at
brittany-ferries.co.uk
Adult
£65 - £85
Car
£190 - £280

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Madrid to London bus services, operated by Blablabus, arrive at London - Victoria Coach Station.

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