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from London to Madrid

You can get from London to Madrid by train, bus or flight.

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To get from London to Madrid on 29 May we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

20:20London Stansted Airport2h20 23:40Madrid Barajas Airport
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23:30London33h35 10:05Madrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T4
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19:45London Heathrow Airport2h30 23:15Madrid Barajas Airport
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23:30London34h00 10:30Madrid
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20:00London Heathrow Airport16h05 13:05Madrid Barajas Airport
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Travel Information between London and Madrid

distanceDistance783 miles (1263 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or flight
priceTicket price range£16 - £58
cheapestCheapest modeFlight • £16 • 2 h 20 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £16 • 2 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiesBlaBlaCar Bus or Ryanair

Take a coach or flight to travel 783 miles (1263 km) between London and Madrid. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 20 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a flight is the best option with prices starting as low as £16. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are BlaBlaCar Bus or Ryanair among others. Travellers can even take a direct from London to Madrid.

How to Travel from London to Madrid

Passengers making the 1265-kilometre journey from London to Madrid can choose to travel by bus, train or plane. A direct flight is by far the fastest option taking around two and a half hours. Bus journeys are overnight and train journeys require changes in Paris or Lyon and Barcelona.

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What is the best way to travel from London to Madrid?

Cheapest way to travel from London to Madrid


The cheapest way to travel from London to Madrid is by flying with budget airlines. The cheapest tickets are offered by Ryanair, Air Europa, Norwegian and easyJet.


Fastest way to travel from London to Madrid


Flights are the quickest way to travel from London to Madrid.

Passengers have a choice of over 26 flights a day for the two hour and twenty five minute direct flight to Madrid from London. Services are offered by national carriers Iberia and British Airways as well as by low-cost airlines including Ryanair and easyJet. Flights depart from Heathrow Gatwick or Stansted with most carriers offering daily departures.


Most popular way to travel from London to Madrid


The most popular way to get from London to Madrid is by plane. Flights on this route are both significantly cheaper and quicker than taking the bus or figuring out a route on the train between the two cities.


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Flights from London to Madrid

Spain's capital, Madrid attracts a wide range of travellers from London every year who want to experience the sights and culture of this vibrant city. The journey from London airports to Madrid can be achieved with great flexibility thanks to the high number of flights that depart every day.

Which airlines fly from London to Madrid?

As a cultural hub and popular tourist destination, there are a large number of travel routes on offer to the city of Madrid. Roughly 30 airlines offer flights including international carriers such as Air France, Swiss, and KLM. easyJet also offers a selection of direct flights to Madrid.

How long is the flight from London to Madrid?

Direct flights like those offered by easyJet< can have passengers at their destination in as little as 2h 30 mins. Indirect flights usually only require a single change and the fastest can arrive in approximately five and a half hours. Common layover destinations include Dublin, Milan, and Edinburgh. Overnight flights extend total journey times and can take as long as 28 hours.

How many flights are there from London to Madrid?

Madrid receives as many as 250 flights from London on a daily basis, although this can reduce to 100 or so on slower days. At peak times there may be as many as 20 flights departing every hour from airports across the city. This affords travellers a high degree of flexibility when it comes to planning their schedule. easyJet offers approximately five flights a day which usually depart between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

What are the departure and arrival airports for flights from London to Madrid?

Departure airport: Airports in London that offer direct and indirect flights to Madrid include Heathrow (LHR), Luton (LTN), Gatwick (LGW), London City (LCY), Stansted (STN), and Southend-On-Sea (SEN). All London Airports can be reached by public transport including the train. Buses to most of the major airports are availble from National Express. Each airport offers a range of facilities and services including WiFi, luggage storage, and long and short-term parking options.

Arrival airport: All commercial flights from London to Madrid terminate in the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD). This facility provides disembarking passengers with a range of useful services including internet printing, car hire and children's play areas. The airport is located roughly eight miles outside the city and the city centre can be reached in a number of ways including via a 24-hour free bus service or the metro.

Travel Tips: Travel from London to Madrid

Travel 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 London to Madrid.

Is cross-border travel to Madrid, Spain from London, United Kingdom currently allowed?

Travel from London, United Kingdom to Madrid, Spain is: Partially open.

Is international entry into Madrid from London restricted?

International entry is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.

Do I need to self-quarantine upon arrival to Madrid, Spain from London?

Entry Requirements:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands

What are the COVID-19 safety measures to follow in Madrid, Spain?

The government of Spain has imposed the following measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

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

The above information was last verified on 26/05/2022. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip between London and Madrid closer to your planned date of departure here.

Am I required to self-quarantine when I return to London, United Kingdom from Madrid, Spain?

The current restriction level for returning to London, United Kingdom from Spain is: Fully open.

Am I allowed to reenter London, United Kingdom from Madrid, Spain?

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

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to London from Madrid?

  • No COVID-19 testing required
  • No quarantine required

Which rules do I need to follow in London, United Kingdom regarding COVID-19?

All travellers returning to United Kingdom must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

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

The information above was last checked on 26/05/2022. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to London from Madrid here.

How do you get from London to Madrid?

There are 2 travel options from London to Madrid: coach or flight.

What is the cheapest way to go to Madrid from London?

The cheapest way from London to Madrid is by taking a flight. You can find average ticket prices around £16 compared to other travel options to Madrid:

A flight journey is usually £42 less than a journey to Madrid by coach, which costs on average £58 for the same trip.

What is the fastest way to get to Madrid from London?

The fastest way to get to Madrid from London is by flight with an average travel time of 2 h 20 min.

There are alternative travel options to Madrid that can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Madrid by coach can take on average 26 h 20 min.

How many miles from London to Madrid would I travel?

The distance between London and Madrid is around 783 miles (1263 km).

Where do I depart from London? Where do I arrive in Madrid?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from London to Madrid:

  • Most travellers who book a plane ticket from London to Madrid depart from London Heathrow Airport to Madrid Barajas Airport.

Who can get me from London to Madrid?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from London to Madrid, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with BlaBlaCar Bus for coaches to Madrid. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for BlaBlaCar Bus London to Madrid tickets on Omio for £58.
  • Travel with Ryanair to go to Madrid by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Ryanair London to Madrid tickets on Omio for £16.

Where should I go next after I travel between London and Madrid?

Looking to extend your trip from London to Madrid? Many Omio customers who go from London to Madrid usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla. If you're looking to explore Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla from Madrid, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

How early should I purchase London to Madrid tickets online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip from London to Madrid, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets cost on average £58 one way.
  • Plane tickets cost on average £16 one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from London to Madrid online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.