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Train Information between Lisbon and Madrid

distanceDistance311 miles (502 km)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain providersRenfe

Trains from Lisbon to Madrid cover the 311 miles (502 km) long trip with our travel partners like Renfe. There are direct train services available.


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 Lisbon 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.

    Renfe has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your Renfe tickets between Lisbon and Madrid and when travelling by train:

    • 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 Lisbon to Madrid: Journey Details

    Train travel between the two capital cities of the Iberian peninsula, Lisbon and Madrid, is offered by a daily direct service. This daily international service departs Lisbon at 11:34 p.m. and takes just over 11 hours arriving in Madrid at 8:40 a.m. The service runs throughout the week, departing at the same time from Monday to Sunday.

    Renfe trains from Lisbon to Madrid


    Renfe is Spain's national train operator and connects the country's main points of interest. In addition, Renfe has the largest high-speed network in Europe with AVE and Alvia trains. Other Renfe train types are Altaria, Euromed and Talgo. All Renfe trains are equipped with an on-board bistro, toilets, air conditioning and many of them with Wi-Fi.

    At Omio you can easily check the Renfe timetable for your trip and book cheap Renfe tickets from Lisbon to Madrid. When booking, you can choose different classes (Tourist, Tourist Plus, Preferred and Club), the seat and the type of ticket you want (Promo, Promo+, Flexible or Round Trip). If you have a Renfe discount card, you can specify it when you buy your ticket at Omio and take advantage of many offers. For information on ticket cancellation, please visit our Help centre.

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    Taking the Train from Lisbon

    Trains from Lisbon to Madrid depart from Lisboa Estacion Oriente which can be found six miles to the north of the city centre. The station can be reached from central Lisbon via the Metro Red Line in approximately 20 minutes. By road the station can be reached in 25 minutes from the city centre.

    Getting into Madrid by Train

    The capital city of Spain is famed for its vibrant arts scene and scintillating nightlife. The city itself is characterised by medieval and Renaissance architecture with famous landmarks, the Royal Palace and the Royal Theatre high on every visitor's itinerary. Trains from Lisbon arrive in Madrid Chamartin, the city's second biggest station found to the north of the city. Metro Lines 1 and 10 link the station with central Madrid, offering a journey time to the main shopping areas of Madrid of just 20 minutes. With the only daily train arriving in Madrid from Lisbon at 8.40 a.m. travellers can easily take the metro to the centre or change to another line to reach their final destination. Alternatively travellers can take bus number 5 from Chamartin to Puerta del Sol in half an hour.

    Travel Tips

    Trains from Lisbon to Madrid
    Travel by train to Madrid easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Lisbon to Madrid.
    What are the travel restrictions for Madrid, Spain if I'm coming from Lisbon, Portugal by train?

    Travel between Lisbon, Portugal and Madrid, Spain by train is: Partially open.

    Can I enter Spain from Portugal?

    International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Portugal

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Spain from Lisbon?

    Conditions of entry:

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
    • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
    • Health screen upon arrival
    • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
    • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
    • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required

    What are the safety rules to follow in Madrid, Spain?

    All travellers in Spain must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

    • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
    • Face mask: Mandatory

    The information above was last checked on 20/09/2021. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train from Lisbon to Madrid as this information can change.

    What are the COVID-19 restrictions for my return trip to Portugal from Madrid, Spain?

    The restriction level for your return train to Lisbon, Portugal from Madrid is: Partially open.

    Is my return train into Lisbon from Madrid restricted?

    International entry is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Portugal from Madrid?

    Conditions of reentry:

    • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
    • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Portugal: Azores, Madeira
    • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing

    What are the safety rules to follow in Lisbon, Portugal?

    The government of Portugal has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

    • Social distancing required: 2 metre (s) (7 feet)
    • Face mask required: Mandatory

    Last checked on 19/09/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your train to Lisbon from Madrid closer to your date of departure here.

    How far is it from Lisbon to Madrid by train?
    The distance between Lisbon and Madrid by train is approximately 311 miles (502 km).
    What train providers go from Lisbon to Madrid?
    When taking a train from Lisbon to Madrid, you can count on Renfe for the best way to get you to Madrid. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service from Lisbon to Madrid and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Lisboa - Santa Apolonia