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

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Fly to Rome  •  6h 4m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Rome (FCO) MAD - FCO

52€ - 143€

Cheapest option

Fly to Rome Ciampino  •  5h 35m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Rome Ciampino (CIA) MAD - CIA

27€ - 158€

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Fly to Florence, train  •  7h 8m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Florence (FLR) MAD - FLR
  2. Take the train from Firenze S.M.N. to Roma Termini

66€ - 256€

Fly to Naples, train  •  7h 25m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Naples (NAP) MAD - NAP
  2. Take the train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini

58€ - 346€

Train via Saint-Marcel-lès-Valence  •  19h 33m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud Tgv / ...
  3. Take the train from Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud to Chambéry-Challes-les-Eaux Ter
  4. Take the train from Chambery Challes Les Eaux to Torino Porta Susa Tgv
  5. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Roma Termini Fr

227€ - 438€

Train  •  20h 28m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Barcelona-Sants Ave
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu Ave
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Modane
  4. Take the train from Modane to Torino Porta Susa Tgv
  5. Take the train from Torino Porta Susa to Roma Termini Fr

264€ - 508€

Bus via Lyon  •  31h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Lyon Perrache N748
  2. Take the bus from Lyon Perrache to Rome Tiburtina Bus station N521

102€ - 123€

Bus  •  2 days 5h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Roma

210€ - 300€

Drive  •  18h 39m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Rome 1946.1 km

240€ - 350€

Madrid to Rome by train

The train journey time between Madrid and Rome is around 39h 50m and covers a distance of around 2299 km. The fastest train normally takes 37h 31m. Operated by Renfe AVE, Renfe SNCF, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and others, the Madrid to Rome train service departs from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arrives in Roma Termini. 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 Rome train schedules

Train services typically run at the following times each day These schedules are estimated
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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy from Spain.

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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 1 metre
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Rome is 1500.

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

The social distance requirement in Rome is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Spain from Italy.

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Last updated: 17 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Rome is to fly which costs 50€ - 150€ and takes 6h 4m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Rome is to fly which costs 27€ - 160€ and takes 5h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Roma. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 2 days 5h.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Rome. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Roma Termini via Barcelona-Sants, Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud, Chambery Challes Les Eaux and Torino Porta Susa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19h 33m.

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The distance between Madrid and Rome is 1364 km. The road distance is 1946.1 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Rome without a car is to train via Saint-Marcel-lès-Valence which takes 19h 33m and costs 220€ - 440€.

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It takes approximately 6h 4m to get from Madrid to Rome, including transfers.

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

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Madrid to Rome 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 Rome is to fly which takes 6h 4m and costs 50€ - 150€. Alternatively, you can train via Saint-Marcel-lès-Valence, which costs 220€ - 440€ and takes 19h 33m, you could also bus via Lyon, which costs 100€ - 130€ and takes 31h 55m.

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  • Distance: 1364.4 km
  • Duration: 6h 4m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Rome, Italy?

Air Europa, Iberia and seven other airlines fly from Madrid to Rome hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Rome via Barcelona-Sants, Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud, Chambéry-Challes-les-Eaux, Chambery Challes Les Eaux, and Torino Porta Susa in around 19h 33m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 180€
Flights from Madrid to Rome via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 300€
Flights from Madrid to Florence
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
When
Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 200€
Flights from Madrid to Florence via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 350€
Flights from Madrid to Naples
Ave. Duration
2h 37m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
45€ - 470€
Flights from Madrid to Naples via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
75€ - 600€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 180€
Flights from Madrid to Rome via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
65€ - 300€
Flights from Madrid to Florence
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
55€ - 350€
Flights from Madrid to Florence via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 350€
Flights from Madrid to Naples via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
5h 6m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
75€ - 600€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Rome via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 330€
Flights from Madrid to Rome via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 330€
Flights from Madrid to Naples via Munich
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
160€ - 1200€
Flights from Madrid to Naples via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
6h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
160€ - 1200€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Rome via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
110€ - 600€
Flights from Madrid to Florence via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
120€ - 320€
Flights from Madrid to Naples via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
140€ - 800€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Rome Ciampino
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
16€ - 120€
Flights from Madrid to Naples
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 340€
Flights from Madrid to Naples via Catania
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
35€ - 340€
Flights from Madrid to Naples via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
35€ - 340€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 190€
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Madrid to Rome
Ave. Duration
2h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 190€
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Rome via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
50€ - 240€
Flights from Madrid to Naples via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
85€ - 650€
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Madrid to Rome via Zurich
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
190€ - 360€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Madrid to Florence via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
100€ - 240€
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
21€ - 75€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
21€ - 29€
Base Standard
40€ - 55€
Base Premium
50€ - 75€
Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
19€ - 65€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
19€ - 26€
Base Standard
35€ - 50€
Base Premium
45€ - 65€
Train from Torino Porta Susa to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
4h 39m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
50€ - 150€
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
50€ - 70€
Base Standard
85€ - 120€
Base Premium
100€ - 150€
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Firenze Santa Maria Novella to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
1h 43m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
19€ - 55€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
21€ - 30€
Smart Low Cost
19€ - 27€
Smart Flex
40€ - 55€
Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
17€ - 50€
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
19€ - 28€
Smart Low Cost
17€ - 25€
Smart Flex
35€ - 50€
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
3h 41m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
17€ - 35€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
32€ - 35€
Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 30€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
27€ - 30€
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Firenze S.M.N. to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
16€ - 24€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
16€ - 24€
Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
14€ - 21€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
14€ - 21€
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 Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
60€ - 85€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
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 Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud to Chambéry-Challes-les-Eaux
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
45€ - 85€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Modane
Ave. Duration
2h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
65€ - 120€
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud to Chambery Challes Les Eaux
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
19€ - 45€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
19€ - 28€
Rail 1st Class
29€ - 45€
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 Chambery Challes Les Eaux to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
40€ - 50€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
40€ - 50€
1st Class
40€ - 50€
Train from Modane to Torino Porta Susa
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
26€ - 40€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
31€ - 37€
1st Class
26€ - 31€
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).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid to Lyon Perrache
Ave. Duration
16h 35m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
55€ - 70€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Lyon Perrache to Rome Tiburtina Bus station
Ave. Duration
14h 20m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
45€ - 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 Roma
Ave. Duration
2 days 5h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
210€ - 300€
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Rome Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 25m.

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Madrid to Rome bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Rome Tiburtina Bus station.

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Madrid to Rome train services, operated by Trenitalia Frecce, arrive at Roma Termini station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Rome is 1946 km. It takes approximately 18h 39m to drive from Madrid to Rome.

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Alitalia, Air Europa, Iberia and five other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Rome Airport.

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