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There are 9 ways to get from Madrid to Montpellier by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  6h 36m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch Ave / ...

103€ - 173€

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Bus  •  12h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Montpellier N748

40€ - 55€

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Bus, train  •  14h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Beziers
  2. Take the train from Beziers to Montpellier Saint-Roch Ter / ...

80€ - 130€

Drive  •  8h 50m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Montpellier 928.6 km

100€ - 150€

Fly to Montpellier  •  7h 31m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Montpellier (MPL) MAD - MPL

80€ - 161€

Fly to Marseille, drive  •  5h 47m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Marseille (MRS) MAD - MRS
  2. Drive from Marseille to Montpellier

59€ - 203€

Fly to Barcelona, train  •  7h 29m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Barcelona (BCN) MAD - BCN
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch

81€ - 159€

Fly to Toulouse, train  •  7h 42m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Toulouse (TLS) MAD - TLS
  2. Take the train from Toulouse Matabiau to Montpellier Saint-Roch

71€ - 193€

Fly to Lyon, train  •  6h 46m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Lyon (LYS) MAD - LYS
  2. Take the train from Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV to Montpellier Saint-Roch

118€ - 299€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Montpellier is 800 130 000.

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Montpellier is to bus which costs 40€ - 55€ and takes 12h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Montpellier is to fly and drive which costs 55€ - 210€ and takes 5h 47m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Montpellier. Services depart three times a week, and operate Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes approximately 12h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Montpellier. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Montpellier Saint-Roch via Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 36m.

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It is 719 km from Madrid to Montpellier. It is approximately 928.6 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Montpellier without a car is to train which takes 6h 36m and costs 100€ - 180€.

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It takes approximately 6h 36m to get from Madrid to Montpellier, including transfers.

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

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Madrid to Montpellier 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 Montpellier is to train which takes 6h 36m and costs 100€ - 180€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 55€ and takes 12h 45m, you could also fly, which costs 80€ - 170€ and takes 7h 31m.

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  • Distance: 719.5 km
  • Duration: 6h 36m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Montpellier, France?

You can take a train from Madrid to Montpellier via Barcelona-Sants in around 6h 36m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Madrid to Montpellier 3 times a week. Tickets cost 40€ - 55€ and the journey takes 12h 45m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Marseille
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 260€
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 140€
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Badajoz
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 140€
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 190€
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 200€
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 320€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 140€
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 320€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Montpellier via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
6h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
130€ - 250€
Flights from Madrid to Montpellier via Paris Orly
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
130€ - 250€
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
28€ - 100€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Montpellier via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 250€
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
28€ - 100€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
28€ - 100€
Flights from Madrid to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
28€ - 100€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Montpellier via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Friday
Estimated price
80€ - 350€
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 150€
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Madrid to Montpellier via Nantes
Ave. Duration
7h 55m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
55€ - 220€
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Friday
Estimated price
30€ - 150€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Marseille
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
40€ - 90€
Train operators
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
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 80€
Promo+
68€ - 73€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
SNCF

France’s state-owned railway company is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country, with over 14,000 trains operating daily. SNCF runs the country’s extensive rail network, including the high-speed TGV network, regional TER trains and local Intercités. It also operates international routes including Eurostar and Thalys, as well as the low-cost, long-distance Ouigo services that run on limited routes across France. Book up to 3 months in advance for the cheapest fares. The railway network consists of about 32,000km in total, of which 1800km are high-speed lines and 14,500km are electrified.

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Contact Details
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Beziers to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
10€ - 25€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
10€ - 15€
Rail 1st Class
17€ - 25€
Train from Toulouse Matabiau to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2h 7m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
29€ - 60€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
29€ - 45€
Rail 1st Class
40€ - 60€
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 Beziers to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
22€ - 35€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
28€ - 33€
1st Class
22€ - 26€
Train from Toulouse Matabiau to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
50€ - 60€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
50€ - 60€
1st Class
50€ - 60€
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs.

Contact Details
Phone
+41 51 220 11 11
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV to Montpellier Saint-Roch
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
80€ - 150€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Montpellier
Ave. Duration
12h 45m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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 Beziers
Ave. Duration
13h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
70€ - 95€
Website
alsa.com

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There is no direct flight from Madrid Airport to Montpellier Airport. The quickest flight takes 4h 35m and has one stopover.

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Madrid to Montpellier bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Montpellier station.

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Madrid to Montpellier train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, arrive at Montpellier Saint-Roch station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Montpellier is 929 km. It takes approximately 8h 50m to drive from Madrid to Montpellier.

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Air Europa, easyJet, Volotea and two other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Montpellier Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Montpellier bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 680+ hotels available in Montpellier. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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