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

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Bus  •  9h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Pau to Madrid

55€ - 80€

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Bus, bus to Bilbao, fly  •  7h 31m

  1. Take the bus from Pau to San Sebastian / Donostia
  2. Take the bus from Donostia / San Sebastián to Airport Loiu Bilbao
  3. Fly from Bilbao (BIO) to Madrid (MAD) BIO - MAD

50€ - 180€

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Train  •  9h 52m

  1. Take the train from Pau to Hendaye Intercités
  2. Take the train from Irun to Madrid-Chamartin Alv / ...

59€ - 92€

Bus, train  •  11h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Pau to Tudela
  2. Take the train from Tudela De Navarra to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Alv

63€ - 83€

Drive  •  5h 55m

  1. Drive from Pau to Madrid 609.4 km

65€ - 100€

Train to San Sebastian, fly  •  5h 27m

  1. Take the train from Pau to Hendaye
  2. Fly from San Sebastian (EAS) to Madrid (MAD) EAS - MAD

64€ - 220€

Train to Toulouse, fly  •  7h 32m

  1. Take the train from Pau to Toulouse Matabiau
  2. Fly from Toulouse (TLS) to Madrid (MAD) TLS - MAD

60€ - 177€

Train, bus to Pamplona, fly  •  8h 15m

  1. Take the train from Pau to Hendaye
  2. Take the bus from Hendaya to Pamplona
  3. Fly from Pamplona (PNA) to Madrid (MAD) PNA - MAD

70€ - 294€

Train to Bordeaux, fly  •  8h

  1. Take the train from Pau to Bordeaux St Jean
  2. Fly from Bordeaux (BOD) to Madrid (MAD) BOD - MAD

68€ - 261€

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The cheapest way to get from Pau to Madrid is to bus which costs 55€ - 80€ and takes 9h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Pau to Madrid is to train and fly which costs 60€ - 220€ and takes 5h 27m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Pau and arriving at Madrid. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 9h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Pau to Madrid. However, there are services departing from Pau and arriving at Sol via Hendaia, Irun and Chamartin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 52m.

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The distance between Pau and Madrid is 425 km. The road distance is 609.4 km.

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The best way to get from Pau to Madrid without a car is to bus which takes 9h 45m and costs 55€ - 80€.

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The bus from Pau to Madrid takes 9h 45m including transfers and departs once daily.

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Pau to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Pau station.

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Pau to Madrid train services, operated by SNCF, depart from Pau station.

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The best way to get from Pau to Madrid is to bus which takes 9h 45m and costs 55€ - 80€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 55€ - 95€ and takes 9h 52m.

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Map of how to get from Pau to Madrid.
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  • Distance: 424.7 km
  • Duration: 9h 45m

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

ALSA operates a bus from Pau to Madrid once daily. Tickets cost 55€ - 80€ and the journey takes 9h 45m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Pau to Madrid via Hendaye, Hendaia, Irun, Irun, Madrid-Chamartin, and Chamartin in around 9h 52m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from San Sebastian to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 170€
Flights from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 170€
Flights from Toulouse to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
50€ - 190€
Flights from Pamplona to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 240€
Flights from Bordeaux to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 250€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 160€
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Toulouse to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Friday
Estimated price
23€ - 110€
Flights from Bordeaux to Madrid
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday
Estimated price
22€ - 100€
Train operators
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 Pau to Hendaye
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
18€ - 40€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
18€ - 26€
Rail 1st Class
27€ - 40€
Train from Pau to Toulouse Matabiau
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
26€ - 55€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
26€ - 40€
Rail 1st Class
35€ - 55€
Train from Pau to Bordeaux St Jean
Ave. Duration
2h 24m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
28€ - 60€
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
28€ - 40€
Rail 1st Class
40€ - 60€
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-Chamartin
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
35€ - 45€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Tudela De Navarra to Madrid-Puerta De Atocha
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
23€ - 29€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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 Pau to Bordeaux St Jean
Ave. Duration
2h 11m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
45€ - 55€
Website
Oui.SNCF
2nd Class
45€ - 55€
1st Class
45€ - 55€
Bus operators
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 Pau to Madrid
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 80€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Pau to Tudela
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Hendaya to Pamplona
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
9€ - 13€
Website
alsa.com
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).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Pau to San Sebastian / Donostia
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
10€ - 13€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Transportes Pesa
Phone
+34 (0) 900 12 14 00
Email
atencionaclientes@pesa.net
Website
pesa.net
Bus from Donostia / San Sebastián to Airport Loiu Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
9€ - 17€
Schedules at
pesa.net

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The quickest flight from San Sebastian Airport to Madrid Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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Pau to Madrid bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Madrid station.

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Pau to Madrid train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, arrive at Madrid-Chamartin station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Pau to Madrid is 609 km. It takes approximately 5h 55m to drive from Pau to Madrid.

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Iberia offers flights from San Sebastian Airport to Madrid Airport.

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