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There are 6 ways to get from Nice to Madrid by plane, car, train or bus

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Fly from Nice  •  5h 11m

  1. Fly from Nice (NCE) to Madrid (MAD) NCE - MAD

€36 - €152

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Drive to Marseille, fly  •  4h 38m

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

€45 - €162

Train  •  12h 49m

  1. Take the train from Nice Ville to Marseille St Charles Tgv / ...
  2. Take the train from Marseille St Charles to Nimes Ter
  3. Take the train from Nimes to Barcelona-Sants Tgv / ...
  4. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave

€185 - €338

Bus  •  18h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Nice Airport to Madrid N738

€56 - €76

Bus via Madrid  •  22h 6m

  1. Take the bus from Niza to Madrid

€102 - €152

Drive  •  11h 53m

  1. Drive from Nice to Madrid 1251.5 km

€130 - €200

Nice to Madrid by train

The train journey time between Nice and Madrid is around 12h 33m and covers a distance of around 1348 km. The fastest train normally takes 11h 22m. Operated by TGV inOui, SNCF, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS) and others, the Nice to Madrid train service departs from Nice Ville and arrives in Madrid-Puerta De Atocha. Typically 14 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
12h 33m
Fastest train time:
11h 22m
Trains per week:
14
Cheapest price:
€148
Carbon emissions:
71 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
08:23
Last train departs at:
09:53

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Nice to Madrid train schedules

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International entry into Spain from France

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Conditions of entry into Spain from France

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test
This applies to arrivals from France
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
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  • A negative result for COVID-19 is a condition to end the quarantine obligation earlier. It is tested in quarantine on day 7
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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Spain from France.

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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 1.5 metres
  • Nationwide control measures in place
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Madrid is 112.

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

The social distance requirement in Madrid is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 112.

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

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Last updated: 16 Jun 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Nice to Madrid is to fly which costs €35 - €160 and takes 5h 11m.

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The quickest way to get from Nice to Madrid is to drive and fly which costs €45 - €170 and takes 4h 38m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Nice to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Albert 1er / Verdun and arriving at Madrid via Nice Airport. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Nice to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Nice Ville and arriving at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha via Marseille St Charles, Nimes and Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 49m.

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The distance between Nice and Madrid is 976 km. The road distance is 1251.5 km.

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The best way to get from Nice to Madrid without a car is to train which takes 12h 49m and costs €180 - €340.

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It takes approximately 5h 11m to get from Nice to Madrid, including transfers.

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

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Nice to Madrid train services, operated by TGV inOui, depart from Nice Ville station.

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The best way to get from Nice to Madrid is to fly which takes 5h 11m and costs €35 - €160. Alternatively, you can train, which costs €180 - €340 and takes 12h 49m, you could also bus, which costs €55 - €80 and takes 18h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Nice to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 975.5 km
  • Duration: 5h 11m

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

Iberia, Air France and four other airlines fly from Nice to Madrid 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a train from Nice to Madrid via Marseille St Charles, Nimes, and Barcelona-Sants in around 12h 49m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Nice to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €200
Flights from Nice to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€70 - €190
Flights from Marseille to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€45 - €470
Flights from Marseille to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €470
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Nice to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
€70 - €190
Flights from Marseille to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€45 - €470
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Nice to Madrid via Paris CDG
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€110 - €290
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Nice to Madrid via Rome
Ave. Duration
4h 39m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€140 - €380
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Nice to Madrid via Nantes
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€35 - €190
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Nice to Madrid via Lisbon
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€55 - €180
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Marseille to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€17 - €120
Train operators
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 Nice Ville to Marseille St Charles
Ave. Duration
2h 39m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€45 - €55
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
€45 - €55
1st Class
€45 - €55
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 Nice Ville to Marseille St Charles
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
€27 - €55
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€27 - €40
Rail 1st Class
€35 - €55
Train from Marseille St Charles to Nimes
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€16 - €40
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
€16 - €24
Rail 1st Class
€25 - €40
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 Nice-Ville to Marseille-Saint-Charles
Ave. Duration
2h 39m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Renfe SNCF
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€60 - €120
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
€60 - €80
Promo+
€68 - €73
Flexible
€90 - €120
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 Nice Airport to Madrid
Ave. Duration
16h 55m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€55 - €75
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 Niza to Madrid
Ave. Duration
20h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€100 - €150
Website
alsa.com

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The quickest flight from Nice Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h.

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

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Nice to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Nice to Madrid is 1251 km. It takes approximately 11h 53m to drive from Nice to Madrid.

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Vueling Airlines, Air France, Alitalia and three other airlines offer flights from Nice Airport to Madrid Airport.

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There are 1524+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at €75 per night.

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The best way to get from Nice to Nice Airport is to tram which takes 25 min and costs €2.

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