There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Pau by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus  •  7 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Pau 748

$30 - $55

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Train  •  11 h

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Zaragoza Delicias Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Zaragoza Delicias to Alsasua A
  3. Take the train from Alsasua to Hendaye Ic
  4. Take the train from Bayonne to Pau Ic

$120 - $177

Train, bus  •  11 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Zaragoza Delicias Ave / ...
  2. Take the bus from Zaragoza to Pau

$86 - $123

Drive  •  6 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Pau 382.8 miles

$80 - $120

Fly to San Sebastian, train  •  6 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to San Sebastian (EAS) MAD - EAS
  2. Take the train from Hendaye to Bayonne
  3. Take the train from Bayonne to Pau

$112 - $335

Fly to Biarritz, train  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Biarritz (BIQ) MAD - BIQ
  2. Take the train from Bayonne to Pau

$85 - $365

Fly to Toulouse, train  •  7 h 52 min

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

$53 - $147

Fly to Bilbao, bus, train  •  8 h 6 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Bilbao (BIO) MAD - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Bayona
  3. Take the train from Bayonne to Pau

$84 - $260

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Pau. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 55 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Pau. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at Pau via Zaragoza Delicias, Alsasua, Hendaye and Bayonne. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h.

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The distance between Madrid and Pau is 423 km. The road distance is 612.4 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Pau without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 55 min and costs .

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The bus from Madrid to Pau takes 7 h 55 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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

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Madrid to Pau train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Pau is to bus which takes 7 h 55 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 11 h.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to San Sebastian Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Pau.
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  • Distance: 264.5 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 55 min

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

FlixBus operates a bus from Madrid to Pau twice daily. Tickets cost $30 - $55 and the journey takes 7 h 55 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Pau via Zaragoza Delicias, Alsasua, Hendaye, and Bayonne in around 11 h.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Flights from Madrid to Biarritz
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $300
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,300
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $900
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $290
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to San Sebastian via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $410
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 22 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $900
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Toulouse
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$17 - $140
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Spanish Railways (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 Zaragoza Delicias to Alsasua
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
renfe.com
Train from Alsasua to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $25
Website
renfe.com
SNCF

Loosely translated as the French National Railway Corporation, the SNCF is France’s state-owned railway company. It covers the country’s extensive rail network, as well as the TGV and Thalys, France’s two high-speed railway networks. With over 14,000 trains operating daily, it is a fast and efficient way of travelling around the country. 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 Bayonne to Pau
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $30
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$21 - $30
1st Class
$28 - $45
Train from Hendaye to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $19
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$12 - $19
1st Class
$15 - $24
Train from Toulouse-Matabiau to Pau
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$45 - $75
inOui TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
en.oui.sncf
Train from Hendaye to Bayonne
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$12 - $17
1st Class
$22 - $29
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Pau
Ave. Duration
7 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $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 so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with 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 Zaragoza to Pau
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Bilbao to Bayona
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
alsa.com

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Madrid to Pau train services, operated by SNCF, arrive at Pau station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Pau is 612 km. It takes approximately 6 h 4 min to drive from Madrid to Pau.

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Vueling Airlines and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to San Sebastian Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Pau train tickets online with Loco2, Loco2 and two other operators.

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Book your Madrid to Pau bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 194+ hotels available in Pau. Prices start at $56 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs .

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