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There are 7 ways to get from Madrid to Santa Apolónia by bus, train, night train, rideshare, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus via Lisboa - Oriente  •  8h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estación Sur to Lisbon Oriente A140/A4234 / ...

€23 - €28

6 alternative options

Bus  •  9h 3m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios

€55 - €79

Train  •  10h 47m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias to Badajoz 194
  2. Take the train from Badajoz to Entroncamento Re
  3. Take the train from Entroncamento to Lisboa - Santa Apolonia Re / ...

€49 - €65

Train, night train  •  11h 16m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Principe Pio to Salamanca 18903 / ...
  2. Take the night train from Salamanca to Santa Apolónia Trenhotel Surexpreso

€57 - €76

Rideshare  •  7h 4m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Lisbon 628.2 km

€29 - €50

Drive  •  5h 55m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Santa Apolónia 628.4 km

€70 - €110

Fly  •  4h 16m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Lisbon (LIS) MAD - LIS

€31 - €106

Madrid to Santa Apolónia by bus and train

The journey time between Madrid and Santa Apolónia is around 8h 29m and covers a distance of around 671 km. The fastest journey normally takes 8h 29m. Operated by Rede Expressos and Comboios De Portugal, the Madrid to Santa Apolónia service departs from Madrid Estación Sur and arrives in Lisboa - Santa Apolonia. Typically seven services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
8h 29m
Fastest journey time:
8h 29m
Services per week:
7
Cheapest price:
€23
Carbon emissions:
83 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
22:30
Last service departs at:
22:30

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid to Santa Apolónia bus and train schedules

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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 2 metres
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  • Inter-regional travel is permitted
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  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Santa Apolónia is 808 24 24 24.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Santa Apolónia is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Santa Apolónia is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 808 24 24 24.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Santa Apolónia is to bus via Lisboa - Oriente which costs €23 - €28 and takes 8h 18m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Santa Apolónia is to fly which costs €30 - €110 and takes 4h 16m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Santa Apolónia. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias and arriving at Lisboa - Santa Apolonia via Badajoz and Entroncamento. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 47m.

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The distance between Madrid and Santa Apolónia is 502 km. The road distance is 628.4 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Santa Apolónia without a car is to bus via Lisboa - Oriente which takes 8h 18m and costs €23 - €28.

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It takes approximately 8h 18m to get from Madrid to Santa Apolónia, including transfers.

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Madrid to Santa Apolónia train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Santa Apolónia is to bus via Lisboa - Oriente which takes 8h 18m and costs €23 - €28. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €45 - €70 and takes 10h 47m, you could also fly, which costs €30 - €110 and takes 4h 16m.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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Santa Apolónia is 1h behind Madrid. It is currently 4:12 PM in Madrid and 3:12 PM in Santa Apolónia.

Map of how to get from Madrid to Santa Apolónia.
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  • Distance: 501.6 km
  • Duration: 8h 18m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Santa Apolónia, Lisboa, Portugal?

Rede Expressos operates a bus from Madrid Estación Sur to Lisbon Oriente twice daily. Tickets cost €22 - €27 and the journey takes 8h. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Santa Apolónia via Badajoz and Entroncamento in around 10h 47m.

Airlines
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€27 - €180
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €150
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€27 - €100
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€24 - €90
Train operators
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias to Badajoz
Ave. Duration
5h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€29 - €40
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Madrid-Principe Pio to Salamanca
Ave. Duration
2h 43m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€17 - €22
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Comboios De Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal that spans over 2700km, with trains split into three main types: regional, urban and intercity trains; international and domestic high-speed trains; and international night trains. Portugal's main stations are Santa Apolónia in Lisbon and Campanha in Porto – these connect to trains in Portugal's cities and international destinations. The Alfa Pendular, the fastest train in Portugal, is a popular travel choice, as it can run at a speed of up to 250 km/h. You can book train tickets up to 60 days in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 707 210 220
Website
cp.pt
Train from Badajoz to Entroncamento
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€12 - €18
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
€12 - €18
Train from Entroncamento to Lisboa - Santa Apolonia
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€7 - €11
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
€7 - €11
Night train from Salamanca to Santa Apolónia
Ave. Duration
7h 33m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €55
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
€40 - €55
Bus operators
Rede Expressos

Rede Nacional de Expressos is a cheap and convenient way to get around the country. In business since 1995, Portugal’s biggest bus operator services villages and cities across the country. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days before the date of travel, with discounted fares available via their free RFLEX Card. Most coaches have WiFi and power sockets.

Contact Details
Phone
707 22 33 44
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Madrid Estación Sur to Lisbon Oriente
Ave. Duration
8h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€22 - €27
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
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 Estacion Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€50 - €75
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€29 - €50
Book at
blablacar.es

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Madrid to Santa Apolónia train services, operated by Comboios De Portugal, arrive at Lisboa - Santa Apolonia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Santa Apolónia is 628 km. It takes approximately 5h 55m to drive from Madrid to Santa Apolónia.

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Air Europa, easyJet, Iberia and TAP Portugal offer flights from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport.

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There are 1171+ hotels available in Santa Apolónia. Prices start at €75 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Madrid and Santa Apolónia. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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