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Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price £22.50
  2. 30 day advance £23.00
  3. 7 day advance £57.00
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    10hr 30m
  1. The night train from Madrid to Lisbon is one of Europe’s longest-standing overnight rail services. For more than half a century, this train – called the Lusitania – has been a mainstay of the timetables. Today the Lusitania is the sole surviving direct train between the two capital cities on the Iberian Peninsula. It initially runs north-west from Madrid to serve Avila and Salamanca, only then turning south-west and heading more decisively for Lisbon. The train reaches the Spanish-Portuguese border just after two in the morning. The border formalities of yesteryear are long gone and you won’t be disturbed at all.

    While booking for this train sometimes opens 3 months or even more in advance, that’s far from being always the case. There are times when bookings only open a few weeks prior to travel. To get a bargain fare, book your night train journey when tickets first go on sale.


    Madrid to Lisbon (night train)

    On a moonlit night the first part of the journey on the Lusitania night train out of Madrid is exceptional as the train climbs up over the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama to reach its first stop at Avila. The train then makes a dozen further stops on its overnight journey to Lisbon. The last hour of the journey down the Tejo Valley to Lisbon in the morning has a pacific beauty about it.

    Like all night trains from Madrid, this service departs from Chamartin station in the northern suburbs of the Spanish capital. The following morning, the train stops first at the modernistic Oriente station in Lisbon and then continues to Santa Apolónia station where it terminates.

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Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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