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Overview: Train from London to Madrid

distanceDistance783 miles (1263 km)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day

Trains from London to Madrid cover the 783 miles (1263 km) long route taking on average 25 h 18 min with our travel partners like. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. Travellers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

Trains from London to Madrid

Passengers who are intending to travel from London to Madrid will find a service that varies in duration and frequency. There isn’t a direct route via train to Madrid from London but instead a journey that requires approximately 4 changes. Expect an average duration of 14h and travel by some of the leading train providers. All providers offer great service, as well as good onboard facilities that are accessible to all passengers.

London to Madrid Train Time: Daily Departures

Those who are seeking to reach Madrid from London will find that parts of their journey are frequent, whilst others don’t run that often. You will find that you will have to change trains on your journey, all of which change in their frequency and duration. Your starting journey to Paris Nord Station from London St Pancras Stations runs twice daily. Your train that then travels to Paris Gare De Lyon Station that runs every 15mins. Your train will then reach its next leg of the journey, reaching Barcelona-Sants Station. This journey runs once daily. Finally, when your train is due to reach Madrid-Puerta De Atocha Station, expect a frequency of one train per hour.

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

On average, you’ll find that the journey from London to Madrid averages at approximately 14h. This is with a selection of different public transport options and many changes along the journey until you reach your final destination. You should also expect them to differ in duration. You’ll commonly find that you will need to depart and change your options of transport at destinations like Paris Nord Station, Paris Garde De Lyon Station, and Barcelona-Sants Station. You can find that some of the trains run as frequently as every 15mins whereas you might only find other trains that only run once daily. There will be a selection of providers that cover this journey rather than just a singular one.

Madrid Skyline. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from London to Madrid?

Departure train station: Expect that your departure station from London to Madrid will always depart from the leading train station, London St. Pancras International. This train station sees some of the most popular and leading companies travel to and from its origin. It lies at a distance of just 2 miles (3.2km) from central London. You can easily reach the distance with a variety of buses or trains. At the station, you can find a selection of eateries, toilet facilities, ticket machines, money withdrawal points, and much more.

Arrival train station: When you’re due to arrive in Madrid with your train that has departed from London, expect that the train will arrive at Madrid Atocha Station. You’ll find that the station is on the south-eastern side of the city centre and is at a distance of just 3.7 miles (6km.) You can achieve the distance with transport like trains, buses, Metro, or even taxis. At the station, you can find ticket dispensers, ATM machines, eateries, as well as much more.

Which train companies travel from London to Madrid?

Depending on which part of the journey that you’re undertaking, expect different providers to take you the distance. They all offer different onboard facilities and all vary in their duration. Expect leading train providers like Eurostar, Renfe SNCF, Paris RER, Renfe AVE, and more. A passenger should also expect that these trains will differ in their frequency and can range from anything as quick as a train every 15mins or to just one running train per day. On average, the journey from London to Madrid averages at approximately 14h. Otherwise, the fastest train is as quick as 7mins. This is from Paris Nord Station to Paris Gare De Lyon Station with either Renfe SNCF or Paris RER. Alternatively, the longest duration of train is 6h 34mins. This is the duration of trains departing from Paris Gare De Lyon Station and arriving at Barcelona-Sants Station. This journey is usually completed by the train provider, Renfe SNCF.

Eurostar trains from London to Madrid

The Eurostar will take you on the first leg of your journey, departing from London St Pancras Station. The train will then take approximately between 2h 16mins to 2h 22mins before it reaches Paris Nord Station. Passengers can also expect this train to run twice daily. When you travel with Eurostar, expect great onboard facilities and good service from staff.

Renfe SNCF trains from London to Madrid

The provider, Renfe SNCF is extremely popular, especially on routes to Madrid from London. It offers multiple journeys on route to Madrid but passengers can commonly find that its most popular service on this route is the one that actually departs from Paris Gare De Lyon Station and arrives at Barcelona-Sants Station. The journey takes approximately 6h 34mins and runs just once daily.

Paris RER trains from London to Madrid

The provider, Paris RER, has the possibility of covering a selection of travel throughout your journey from London to Madrid but expect its most frequent service to be from Paris Nord Station to Paris Gare De Lyon Station. This journey can take from as little as 10mins or at a longer time of 17mins. The fare is reasonably priced and onboard passengers can find great service and onboard facilities.

Trains from London to Madrid: Services on Board

Depending on which provider that you are due to travel with, expect its varieties of onboard services to differ. You will commonly find that all providers are equipped with additional services for passengers with reduced mobility access. There is also additional help from staff who will help you on and offboard the train. When you’re travelling on the Eurostar, you’ll find that you can only bring 2 items of luggage, exceeding no more than the length of 85cm. Whereas Renfe trains have a weight limit of 25kg (55lbs) and a total size of 290cm. Passengers can choose from either standard or first-class tickets, depending on which part of the journey that they’re on. Although they both offer great onboard facilities, you will usually find that those who choose first-class will find more accessible facilities, especially eatery options.

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How to find cheap train tickets from London to Madrid?

Did you know that there are a number of money-saving tips that will help you save some money for your train tickets? With just a few simple clicks of a button, you can find a variety of prices. Consider preparing for your booking with suitable time in advance. If you prepare for your booking either weeks or months in advance, you’re guaranteed to find the best price for your travel.

Alternatively, why don’t you consider altering your booking dates and be flexible? If you alter the dates of your duration of stay by just a few days, you can be facing much better prices. This is usually because you’ll find that prices tend to increase on certain days of the week, especially on weekends.

Otherwise, do your research and be specific on which trains that you choose for your journey. There are many providers that cover the route from London to Madrid so perhaps consider choosing the slower trains or ones that require more connecting stops.

To Madrid by train – travel tips

No matter if you’re looking to enjoy the foodie culture of Madrid, the leading venues to enjoy the top nightlife hotspots, or whether you’re seeking to enjoy some of the top attractions, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There’s something to do in Madrid that’s enjoyable to all men, women, and children. Just some of the top attractions in Madrid include visiting the Royal Palace of Marid, El Retiro Park, Museo Nacional del Prado, Plaza Mayor, Temple of Debod, Puerta del Sol, as well as much more.

Alternatively, why don’t you consider visiting some of the top restaurants like El Social, Bricco Gourmet Madrid, Los Montes de Galicia, Cacao, Restaurante Algabía, and CEBO Madrid Restaurant?. No matter how you choose to spend your time in Madrid, you’ll be quickly anticipating your return, and Madrid will be looking forward to having you.

Travel Tips: Trains from London to Madrid

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FAQs

Am I allowed to travel by train from London, United Kingdom to Madrid, Spain?

Travel between London, United Kingdom and Madrid, Spain by train is: Fully open.

Can I enter Spain from United Kingdom?

International entry status: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom

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

Conditions of entry:

  • Entry is allowed for fully vaccinated travellers or those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands

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 16/05/2022. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train to Madrid from London as this information can change.

What COVID restrictions are there for my return journey by train to London, United Kingdom from Madrid, Spain?

Return travel from Spain to United Kingdom is: Fully open.

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to London from Madrid?

Entry into United Kingdom is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in United Kingdom from Madrid?

Requirements for reentering:

  • No COVID-19 testing required
  • No quarantine required

What are the safety rules to follow in London, United Kingdom?

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

  • Physical distance requirement: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Regional advice

Last checked on 16/05/2022. Please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to the travel date of your train to London from Madrid.

How far is it from London to Madrid by train?

The London to Madrid train distance is approximately 783 miles (1263 km).

How many hours does it take from London to Madrid by train?

On average the London to Madrid train time is 25 h 18 min  covering the 783 miles (1263 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.

Which train station in London goes to Madrid? Which train station do I come into Madrid from London?

When taking a train from London, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. 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 London Victoria   to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

Where is the London train station located? Where is the Madrid train station located?

You can find the most popular departure train station for this trip, London Victoria, located approximately 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from the city centre of London. The most popular arrival train station in Madrid, called Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, is located around 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from its city centre.

How many trains per day are there to Madrid from London?

On average, there is 1 train a day from London to Madrid. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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Madrid
London Victoria is the most popular London 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 London for your journey to Madrid.
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+44 3457114141
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Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 00: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 00 - 00: 00
Public transport options for London Euston
Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank and Charing Cross branches), Victoria
Overground lines: Watford DC
Bus lines: 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390, N5, N20, N73, N91, N205, N253
Rail lines: London North Western Railway, London Overground, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper
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ParkingParking
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Mon - Fri: 05: 00 - 01: 36 | Sat: 05: 00 - 00: 36 | Sun: 05: 30 - 01: 36
Public transport options for London Kings Cross
Underground lines: Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan, Victoria
Bus lines: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476
Train lines: Thameslink, Grand Central, Hull, London North Eastern, Gatwick Express
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WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
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Phone Number
+44 3457114141
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Ticket Office Hours
24/7
Public transport options for London Paddington
Underground lines: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith Line
Bus lines: N7, 23, 27, N27, 36, 205, N205, 332, 7, 46, A1, 18, N18
Train lines: Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express
Amenities at station
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ParkingParking
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Phone Number
+44 2078437688
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Mon - Fri: 05: 45 - 22: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sun: 08: 00 - 22: 15
Public transport options for London St Pancras International
Subway lines: Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line
Train lines: Overground line, High Speed 1, Eurostar
Bus lines: 326, 139