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

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Bus  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Ponferrada

$30 - $50

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  4 h 41 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Ponferrada 243.6 miles

$24

4 alternative options

Train  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Leon Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Leon to Ponferrada Ic / ...

$66 - $98

Trenhotel  •  7 h 27 min

  1. Take the Trenhotel from Madrid-Chamartin to Ponferrada Atlantico

$36 - $72

Drive  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Ponferrada 243.7 miles

$45 - $70

Fly, bus  •  6 h 19 min

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to A Coruna (LCG) MAD - LCG
  2. Take the bus from A Coruña to Ponferrada

$72 - $235

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Ponferrada is to rideshare which costs 20€ and takes 4 h 41 min.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Ponferrada is to drive which costs 35€ - 60€ and takes 3 h 44 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid Estacion Sur and arriving at Ponferrada. Services depart every four hours. The journey takes approximately 4 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Ponferrada. However, there are services departing from Madrid Sol and arriving at Ponferrada via Madrid-Chamartin and Leon. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 50 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Ponferrada is 338 km. The road distance is 389.9 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Ponferrada without a car is to bus which takes 4 h 15 min and costs 26€ - 40€.

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The bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Ponferrada takes 4 h 15 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Madrid to Ponferrada bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid Estacion Sur station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Ponferrada.
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  • Distance: 211.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 15 min

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Ponferrada, Spain?

ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Ponferrada every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 4 h 15 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Ponferrada via Madrid Chamartín, Madrid-Chamartin, and Leon in around 5 h 50 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to A Coruna
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $320
Flights from Madrid to A Coruna via Valencia
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$85 - $380
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to A Coruna
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $300
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Leon to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$15 - $26
Website
renfe.com
Night train from Madrid-Chamartin to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
6 h 17 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$35 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Standard
$35 - $70
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 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 Madrid Estacion Sur to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from A Coruña to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Ponferrada
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$24
Book at
blablacar.es

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