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

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Fly from Paris Orly  •  5h 10m

  1. Fly from Paris Orly (ORY) to Madrid (MAD) ORY - MAD

42€ - 152€

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Fly from Paris CDG  •  5h 29m

  1. Fly from Paris CDG (CDG) to Madrid (MAD) CDG - MAD

46€ - 178€

Train via Barcelona  •  10h 39m

  1. Take the train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants Tgv
  2. Take the train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Ave

146€ - 237€

Train  •  15h 9m

  1. Take the train from Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2 to Hendaye Tgv
  2. Take the train from Irun to Madrid-Principe Pio 18014 / ...

157€ - 210€

Bus  •  16h

  1. Take the bus from Paris to Madrid 793

55€ - 140€

Rideshare  •  14h 32m

  1. Take the rideshare from Paris to Madrid 1268.3 km

80€

Drive  •  11h 52m

  1. Drive from Gare Montparnasse to Madrid 1265.6 km

140€ - 210€

Paris to Madrid by train

The train journey time between Paris and Madrid is around 9h 59m and covers a distance of around 1700 km. The fastest train normally takes 9h 31m. Operated by Renfe SNCF and Renfe AVE, the Paris to Madrid train service departs from Paris Gare De Lyon and arrives in Madrid-Puerta De Atocha. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Paris to Madrid train schedules

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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.

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Last updated: 11 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Paris to Madrid is to fly which costs 40€ - 160€ and takes 5h 10m.

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The quickest way to get from Paris to Madrid is to fly which costs 40€ - 160€ and takes 5h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Paris and arriving at Madrid. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 16h.

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No, there is no direct train from Paris to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Paris Gare De Lyon and arriving at Madrid-Puerta De Atocha via Barcelona-Sants. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 39m.

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The distance between Paris and Madrid is 1053 km. The road distance is 1265.6 km.

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The best way to get from Paris to Madrid without a car is to train via Barcelona which takes 10h 39m and costs 140€ - 240€.

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It takes approximately 5h 10m to get from Paris to Madrid, including transfers.

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

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Paris to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe SNCF, depart from Paris Gare De Lyon station.

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The best way to get from Paris to Madrid is to fly which takes 5h 10m and costs 40€ - 160€. Alternatively, you can train via Barcelona, which costs 140€ - 240€ and takes 10h 39m, you could also bus, which costs 55€ - 140€ and takes 16h.

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Map of how to get from Paris to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 1052.9 km
  • Duration: 5h 10m

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

Air France, Air Europa and four other airlines fly from Paris to Madrid hourly. Alternatively, you can take a train from Paris Bercy to Madrid via Barcelona-Sants in around 10h 39m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Paris Orly to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 320€
Flights from Paris Orly to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 330€
Flights from Paris CDG to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 190€
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Paris Orly to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 320€
Flights from Paris Orly to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 330€
Flights from Paris CDG to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 150€
Flights from Paris CDG to Madrid via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
4h 45m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
40€ - 150€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Paris Orly to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 230€
Flights from Paris CDG to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 250€
Flights from Paris CDG to Madrid via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
75€ - 250€
Air France
Website
airfrance.com
Flights from Paris Orly to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 1500€
Flights from Paris CDG to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
75€ - 250€
Transavia France
Website
transavia.com
Flights from Paris Orly to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
90€ - 180€
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Madrid via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
90€ - 290€
Flights from Paris CDG to Madrid via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
75€ - 250€
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Madrid via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
140€ - 310€
Air Algérie
Website
airalgerie.dz
Flights from Paris Orly to Madrid via Algiers
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
230€ - 600€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Paris CDG to Madrid
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
40€ - 110€
Train operators
Renfe SNCF
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Train from Paris Gare De Lyon to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
6h 34m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
85€ - 120€
Website
renfe-sncf.com
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
60€ - 120€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
60€ - 85€
Promo+
70€ - 75€
Flexible
90€ - 120€
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 Paris Montparnasse 1 Et 2 to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
110€ - 160€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
110€ - 140€
1st Class
130€ - 160€
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 Irun to Madrid-Principe Pio
Ave. Duration
8h 9m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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 Paris to Madrid
Ave. Duration
16h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 70€
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 Paris Gallieni to Madrid
Ave. Duration
16h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
95€ - 140€
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Paris to Madrid
Ave. Duration
14h 32m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
80€
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blablacar.co.uk

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The quickest flight from Paris Orly Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 55m.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Paris to Madrid is 1266 km. It takes approximately 11h 52m to drive from Paris to Madrid.

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Air France, Air Europa, Air Algérie and three other airlines offer flights from Paris Orly Airport to Madrid Airport.

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Book your Paris to Madrid bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and Busbud.

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There are 5774+ hotels available in Madrid. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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

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The best way to get from Paris to Paris CDG Airport is to train which takes 38 min and costs 5€ - 9€.

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