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To get from London to Madrid on 3 Dec we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

06:25London Stansted Airport2h30 09:55Madrid Barajas Airport
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Travel Information from London to Madrid

distanceDistance783 miles (1263 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight
fastestFastest modeFlight • £27 • 2 h 20 min
carriersPopular travel companiesRyanair

Take a flight to travel 783 miles (1263 km) to Madrid from London. Ryanair is the main travel provider operating this route. Travellers can even take a direct flight from London to Madrid.

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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.

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What are the international travel restrictions for Spain due to COVID-19 if I’m travelling between London and Madrid?

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:

  • Entry is allowed only for fully vaccinated travellers
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required

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 01/12/2021. Remember to check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations for your trip to Madrid from London 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: Partially open.

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

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

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

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival for unvaccinated travellers
  • Prebook and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 PCR tests for unvaccinated travellers
  • 10-day mandatory monitored quarantine for arrivals without a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Prebook and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken on the end of day 2 for vaccinated travellers
  • 2-day mandatory monitored quarantine for arrivals with a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) 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: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face masks: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 30/11/2021. 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 I go from London to Madrid?

Your travel option from London to Madrid includes taking a flight.

What is the fastest way to Madrid from London?

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

How far is it from London to Madrid?

You should expect to travel around 783 miles (1263 km) from London to Madrid.

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

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from London to Madrid:

  • Flights from London to Madrid most often leave from London Heathrow Airport and arrive in Madrid Barajas Airport.
Which travel operators can get me from London to Madrid?

Let Omio help you find the best company to travel with from London to Madrid:

  • You can travel between London and Madrid by flight with Ryanair. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £27 with Ryanair from London to Madrid.
Is there a way to travel directly from London to Madrid?

Yes, there is a direct route available from London to Madrid:

  • You can travel directly by plane with Air Europa.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Madrid as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Madrid from London.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip to Madrid from London?
Many of our customers who book a trip from London to Madrid often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your London and Madrid itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Madrid and any of these top destinations today!
When should I purchase a ticket to Madrid from London online to score the best deals?

Before travelling from London to Madrid, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a plane ticket is £27 one way on average for this route.

But we recommend booking London to Madrid tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.