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Train Information from Alicante to Madrid

distanceDistance223 miles (360 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 15 min
priceAverage train ticket price£47 (€54)
frequencyTrain frequency7 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 7 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesRenfe AVE or Renfe

Trains from Alicante to Madrid cover the 223 miles (360 km) long trip taking on average 2 h 15 min with our travel partners like Renfe AVE or Renfe. Normally, there are 7 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £35, but the average price of train tickets is £47. Travellers depart most frequently from Alicante-Terminal and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

Train companies

Renfe and AVE Alicante – Madrid

You can travel by train between Alicante and Madrid with Renfe and AVE for as low as £35. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.

Renfe
AVE

Renfe is Spain’s national train provider operating freight and passenger trains on Spain’s extensive railway network as well as international routes to neighboring France and Portugal. Renfe has a wide range of ticket types to fit your budget like the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also offers discount cards like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50 for qualified travellers. You can use these savings offers and discount cards on Omio when booking your Alicante to Madrid trip. Renfe has a vast fleet of trains with different levels of comfort, amenities and speed. The Renfe AVE trains run at high speed and serve long-distance routes, Alvia trains combine high-speed and normal speed trains serving domestic routes, Altaria serves domestic routes into southern Spain, Euromed offers domestic routes along the Mediterranean coast, Avant trains serve regional commuter routes and Trenhotel offers night train routes.

  • Average Price: £51

Renfe 's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train between Alicante and Madrid are the following:

  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended
  • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
  • Renfe has applied temporary travel conditions for ticket holders that can no longer justify their travel or don’t wish to travel with AVE, Large Distancia, Avant or Media services for trips between 29th of October and 8th of May 2021
  • Travellers may choose to get a full refund, free of charge, or be provided with a new ticket for another date free of charge.
  • Passengers traveling international routes (Renfe–SNCF) can cancel their ticket free of charge until August 29th, 2021 if it’s requested three days before the departure date.

Trains from Alicante to Madrid

Alicante to Madrid trains run on a regular, daily basis throughout the week. The route is efficient and direct, with several trains a day from Monday to Sunday, with a slightly different timetable running on a Sunday. The Alicante to Madrid train journey should take, on average, 2h30min with no changes although there are some quicker trains that will get you to the capital city in around 2h20min.

 

Alicante to Madrid Train Time: Daily Departures

Trains run between Alicante and Madrid 7 days a week, with 7 trains per day. The timetables differ slightly on a Sunday to accommodate the weekend travellers. There is one train every 2 hours or so, with the first train leaving Alicante first thing in the morning at around 7:00 a.m. from Monday to Saturday, and around 8:30 a.m. on a Sunday. The last train to Madrid leaves Alicante around 8:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and at around 9:00 p.m. on a Sunday. The train times from mid-morning to late-afternoon are the same every day, Monday to Sunday.

 

How long is the journey by train from Alicante to Madrid?

The 223 mile train journey between Alicante and Madrid is around 2h34min. Journey times vary from 2h22min to 2h45min depending on the time of day you choose to travel, with the longer journey in the middle of the morning. The routes are all direct, with no changes although the train stops at three stations en route. While there are no designated peak or off-peak travel times, it is worth doing some research into ticket prices as tickets might be more expensive for the early evening trains and trains may be busier.

 

How to find cheap train tickets from Alicante to Madrid?

One of the best ways of finding cheap train tickets to get you from Alicante to Madrid is to make sure you book in advance, as it is usually more expensive to book your ticket on the day of travel. It might be cheaper to travel during the week than it is at the weekend, especially if you are booking last-minute tickets, so it is important to be flexible on your days of travel. Try to be as flexible as possible with times of travel too, as you will find that the tickets around the middle of the day or in the late evening are cheaper than at busier times first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon. If you are between 14 and 25 years old and have a valid international student card it is possible to take advantage of a 20% discount on certain trains. Over 60s also enjoy discounts of between 25% and 40% with the purchase of Tarjeta Dorada card upon presenting your passport or ID.

 

What are the departure and arrival stations from Alicante to Madrid?

 

Departure station: Trains to Madrid from Alicante leave from the principle station - Alicante Terminal, which is situated less than a mile from the middle of the city. There is a bus stop immediately outside the station. Inside the station you can grab a coffee, buy tickets and ask for advice about cheap train tickets at the information desk in the station. While there is no stipulated time, we advise you arrive at least 15 minutes before departure to locate your train.

 

Arrival train station: Trains from Alicante arrive into Madrid Atocha Station, the main station in the city, which is approximately 2.5 miles from the centre of Madrid. There are various public transport options into Madrid city centre from the train station in the form of metro and local buses. Satisfy your hunger at one of the eating places in the station or browse the shops. Ask about low cost options to get into the city at the information desk.

 

Which train companies travel from Alicante to Madrid?

Renfe, with its extensive rail network, is the national train company of Spain and operates direct journeys between Alicante and Madrid on their AVE high-speed service. The comfortable, modern trains will ensure that your journey through the countryside is effortless and enjoyable and you can enjoy a drink and snack from the cafeteria on the train.

 

Renfe trains from Alicante to Madrid

Renfe operates direct, high speed trains on its long-distance AVE service between Alicante and Madrid. The journey, which is roughly 220 miles will take you, on average, two and a half hours with the fastest train covering the distance in around 2h20min. Renfe operates daily trains that leave Alicante regularly throughout the day. You should take into account that there is a slightly modified schedule on a Sunday with the first and last trains leaving Alicante around an hour and a half later than the weekday schedule. There are two classes of travel on the Alicante to Madrid line – Turista and Turista Plus (which has the benefit of first class seats for a lower price). You can choose from a variety of tickets – Promo, Promo+ or Flexible, but be sure to check out the ticket policy with regard to cancellations for each ticket type.

 

Alicante to Madrid Trains: Services on board

 

The Renfe AVE service runs modern trains with amenities such as Wi-Fi and a cafeteria service. On the Alicante to Madrid route there are two classes of travel  - Turista (2nd class) and Turista Plus. It is possible to travel with a small pet of no more than 22lb and the animal must be secured in their pet carrier. You can also take a folded bike or scooter on board, as long as it can be carried in a bag. Renfe offers Atendo, a free service that assists travellers with reduced mobility and those who need assistance at train entrances and exits as well as in stations.

 

Taking the Train from Alicante

Alacant-Terminal Station is located in the city centre. Cercania trains arrive at Alacant-Terminal Station from the suburbs of Alicante, as well as Elche and Murcia. A new tram service runs along the Alicante coastline as far as Benidorm. Alsa operates local and regional bus services from the city centre and towns such as Valenica, Granada and Barcelona. There is a limited night bus service in Alicante and taxis are available at the station.

Getting into Madrid by Train

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is best known for its world-class collection of art galleries, historical attractions and a very vibrant nightlife. The Museu de Prado, the Reina Sofía National Museum and Art Centre (home to Picasso's 'Guernica'), the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art and the Caixa Forum are all within a few minute's walk of each other. Other popular attractions are Plaza Mayor, Plaza Oriente with the Palacio Real and El Retiro Park.

Madrid Atocha Station is within easy walking distance of the historic centre of Madrid and is a beautiful building containing a tropical garden. From Atocha, Cercania trains run to the suburbs south of Madrid while the city centre is easily accessible by Metro and local buses, operated by EMT Madrid. Several night routes, known locally as Búhos or night owls, operate every twenty minutes. Taxi ranks are available at both entrances to Atocha.

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FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets between Alicante and Madrid cost?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train to Madrid from Alicante for as little as £35  in the next 7 days.
How much does the train from Alicante to Madrid cost on average?
If you’re looking to buy tickets for this journey in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Alicante to Madrid train prices are on average £47  one way.
What is the distance to Madrid from Alicante via train?
The Alicante to Madrid train distance is approximately 223 miles (360 km).
How long is the train between Alicante and Madrid?
On average the Alicante to Madrid train time is 2 h 15 min  covering the 223 miles (360 km) long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.
What is the departure train station in Alicante and arrival train station in Madrid?

When taking a train from Alicante, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Alicante-Terminal and Alicante San Gabriel. When you arrive in Madrid, your train can arrive in train stations including Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro.

Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Alicante-Terminal   to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

Where is the train station in Alicante? Where is the train station in Madrid?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Alicante-Terminal, which is located around 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, located 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city centre.

What train companies go from Alicante to Madrid?
For the best Alicante to Madrid train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Renfe AVE or Renfe. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services between Alicante and Madrid to compare what amenities they may offer.
Can I purchase a direct train from Alicante to Madrid?
Yes, there are 7 direct trains per day from Alicante to Madrid with Renfe or Renfe AVE, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase your train ticket.
How many trains per day are there between Alicante and Madrid?
The average number of trains departing Alicante for Madrid is 7 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When does the first train depart from Alicante to Madrid? When does the last train depart from Alicante to Madrid?
The earliest train for this journey departs from Alicante at 06: 40. The last train leaves from Alicante at 19: 15. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from Alicante to Madrid and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
How early should I book train tickets between Alicante and Madrid to score the best deals?
In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this route and save money. If you book train tickets from Alicante to Madrid within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £47 one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your train ticket from Alicante to Madrid a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Alicante
Madrid
Alicante-Terminal is the most popular Alicante railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Alicante for your journey to Madrid.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Sun: 05: 15 - 24: 00
Connections to/from station
Train lines: L1, L2, C1, C3
Bus lines: C1, C6, 06, 09