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There are 7 ways to get from Madrid to Valence by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  8h 25m

  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 / ...

€121 - €206

Cheapest option

Fly to Marseille, drive  •  6h 2m

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

€52 - €174

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Bus via Nîmes  •  16h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Nîmes N738 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Nîmes to Valence France 1789 / ...

€56 - €70

Bus  •  2 days 19h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Valence

€190 - €270

Drive  •  10h 32m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Valence 1126.3 km

€120 - €180

Fly to Lyon, train  •  5h 42m

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

€69 - €179

Fly to Geneva, train  •  9h 7m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Geneva (GVA) MAD - GVA
  2. Take the train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
  3. Take the train from Lyon Part Dieu to Valence Ville

€117 - €285

Madrid to Valence by train

The train journey time between Madrid and Valence is around 12h 39m and covers a distance of around 1172 km. The fastest train normally takes 7h 45m. Operated by Renfe AVE, Renfe SNCF, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and others, the Madrid to Valence train service departs from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arrives in Valence. Typically 11 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
12h 39m
Fastest train time:
7h 45m
Trains per week:
11
Cheapest price:
€127
Carbon emissions:
61 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:30
Last train departs at:
20:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Madrid to Valence train schedules

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Domestic travel is restricted

  • Face masks are mandatory
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Valence is 800 130 000.

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

The social distance requirement in Valence is 1 metre.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Valence is to bus via Nîmes which costs €55 - €70 and takes 16h 30m.

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The fastest way to get from Madrid to Valence is to fly and train which takes 5h 42m and costs €65 - €180.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Valence. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 2 days 19h.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Valence. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Valence via Barcelona-Sants and Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 25m.

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The distance between Madrid and Valence is 864 km. The road distance is 1126.3 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Valence without a car is to train which takes 8h 25m and costs €120 - €210.

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It takes approximately 8h 25m to get from Madrid to Valence, including transfers.

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

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Madrid to Valence 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 Valence is to train which takes 8h 25m and costs €120 - €210. Alternatively, you can bus via Nîmes, which costs €55 - €70 and takes 16h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Valence.
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  • Distance: 863.6 km
  • Duration: 8h 25m

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

You can take a train from Madrid to Valence via Barcelona-Sants and Valence TGV Rhône-Alpes Sud in around 8h 25m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Madrid to Valence via Nîmes in around 16h 30m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€75 - €190
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€75 - €280
Flights from Madrid to Marseille
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €470
Flights from Madrid to Marseille via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€75 - €450
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €350
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€65 - €170
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€75 - €280
Flights from Madrid to Marseille via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 57m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
€75 - €450
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
€40 - €350
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€65 - €170
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€40 - €160
Flights from Madrid to Geneva
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€35 - €290
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Madrid to Lyon via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€120 - €300
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €330
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Marseille
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€17 - €120
Flights from Madrid to Marseille via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Friday
Estimated price
€17 - €120
Brussels Airlines
Website
brusselsairlines.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Brussels
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€100 - €170
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Madrid to Geneva via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€130 - €190
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 Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud
Ave. Duration
4h 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€55 - €80
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 Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV to Valence
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
€30 - €60
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 52m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €90
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Train from Lyon Part Dieu to Valence
Ave. Duration
1h 13m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€30 - €65
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
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 Lyon-Saint Exupery Tgv to Valence Ville
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€26 - €40
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€31 - €36
1st Class
€26 - €31
Train from Geneve to Lyon Part Dieu
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€35 - €45
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€35 - €45
1st Class
€35 - €45
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 Lyon Part Dieu to Valence Ville
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€14 - €35
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€14 - €21
Rail 1st Class
€22 - €35
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 Nîmes
Ave. Duration
13h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€45 - €60
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Nîmes to Valence France
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€11 - €14
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Blablabus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 10 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Nîmes to Valence - Centre
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€9 - €12
Website
Blablabus
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 Valence
Ave. Duration
2 days 19h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€190 - €270
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Lyon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 45m.

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

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Madrid to Valence train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, arrive at Valence Tgv Rhone-Alpes Sud station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Valence is 1126 km. It takes approximately 10h 32m to drive from Madrid to Valence.

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easyJet, Vueling Airlines, Air France and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Lyon Airport.

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