The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Madrid to Alicante will cost around £ 52 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 51.
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2 h 16 m
2 h 28 m
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Of the 9 trains that leave Madrid for Alicante every day 9 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct trains cover the 360 km distance in an average of 2 h 28 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2 h 16 m .
The slowest trains will take 2 h 51 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Distance||223 miles (360 km)|
|Average train duration||2 h 16 min|
|Average train ticket price||£44 (€50)|
|Train frequency||8 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 8 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Renfe AVE or Renfe|
Trains from Madrid to Alicante cover the 223 miles (360 km) long journey taking on average 2 h 16 min with our travel partners like Renfe AVE or Renfe. Normally, there are 8 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £44, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £34. Travellers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Alicante-Terminal.
Find the best trains from Madrid to Alicante with Omio's travel partners AVE and Renfe from £34. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.
AVE offers excellent high-speed train services in Spain, including the route from Madrid to Alicante. Omio, as an official Renfe AVE partner, shows you AVE train timetables so you can choose the fastest and cheapest Madrid to Alicante train ticket. The distance from Madrid to Alicante on AVE is approximately 223 miles (360 km) and prices start as low as £35 on Omio.
Renfe AVE has a wide variety of ticket types with special offers such as Promo, Promo + and Flexible tickets. If you are a regular Renfe customer, you can apply discount cards such as the Gold Card and the + Renfe Youth 50 Card at Omio when purchasing an AVE ticket.
The AVE trains are the most popular from Renfe, with the most timetables throughout the day. Their trains offer a restaurant, WiFi, toilets, entertainment on board and, most importantly, the highest speed to reach your destination. As one of the fastest trains in the entire world, AVE trains reach speeds up to 192 mph (310 kmh) on select routes and connect the main Spanish cities in just a few hours. Reserve your AVE tickets with Omio today!
If you want to enjoy the sunshine of the Costa Blanca, it's easy to take trains from Madrid to Alicante. Spanish national rail operator Renfe provides around one direct train every hour throughout the week, as well as indirect services with a change in Albacete. The direct journey time is only 2 hours 47 minutes, the earliest trains leave at 7:45 a.m., and the final train of the day leaves Madrid at 7:20 p.m.
All trains leaving Madrid for Alicante depart from Atocha Station. Atocha is a transport hub, and is well connected to every suburb of Madrid. To get to the station, simply take Metro Line 1 to Atocha Renfe station. Bus number 19 also stops at Atocha, and runs from Plaza de Catalunya at the centre of Madrid. If you are transferring from a flight at Barajas, you can catch trains from Madrid to Alicante by taking Metro Line 8 and changing at Nuevos Ministerios, then Cuatro Caminos. The Metro runs from 6:00 a.m. until 1:30 a.m., so should be available to catch any trains.
Alicante was once a thriving Moorish city, but nowadays it is famous as the gateway to the beaches of the Costa Blanca region. The city itself has historical attractions aplenty - from the Castle of Santa Barbara to the excellent Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. The Old Town is also filled with atmospheric tapas bars patronised by the town's large student population. Alicante station is just north of the city centre, around 2 kilometres from the seafront. From there, you can catch local buses to hostels and hotels in the town centre, or transfer to Alsa coaches to the resorts of the coast.
When taking a train from Madrid, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro. When you arrive in Alicante, your train can arrive in train stations including Alicante-Terminal and Alicante San Gabriel.
Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Alicante-Terminal.
Passengers board the train most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, which is located around 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Alicante-Terminal, located 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city centre.
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