Fastest journey2hr 9m
Taking the train from Madrid to Alicante is by far the best option for travelling between these two cities. Seven to 10 direct AVE or Alvia trains travel this route every day and the fastest services take just over 2 hrs. Both AVE and Alvia are very comfortable high-speed trains run by Spanish rail operator RENFE.
The journey takes in beautiful Spanish landscapes, crossing a region tourists don't often visit. The final part of the journey, from Albacete to Alicante, is along the high-speed line opened in summer 2013.
Note that not all trains to Alicante are always released at the same time. RENFE tickets are released in batches, and often the cheapest tickets are available 120 days or more in advance. If you’re having trouble finding tickets contact us and we’ll email you as soon as booking opens.
Madrid to Alicante
All trains from Madrid to Alicante serve Atocha station in Madrid. On most days, there is also an afternoon train from Madrid Chamartin to Alicante (which then stops at Atocha 25 mins after leaving Chamartin). Between Madrid Atocha and Alicante all trains stop at least once. You’ll arrive in Alicante at a station called Alacant Terminal in the local Valencian dialect, but still shown on many maps as the Estación de Madrid.
While the fastest trains on this route take little more than 2 hrs, some slower services take closer to three hours. The AVE trains are faster than the Alvia trains running from Madrid to Alicante.
Other journeys to Alacant-Terminal View all journeys to Alicante
- From Toulouse-Matabiau from £78.50
- From Barcelona from £15.50
- From Xativa from £11.50
- From Cartagena from £13.50
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