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Prices explained

Prices explained

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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.

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  1. Cheapest price £15.00
  2. 30 day advance £20.50
  3. 7 day advance £35.50
  • First train
    09:15
  • Last train
    18:50
  • Avg changes
    0
  • Fastest journey
    5hr

Take the day train from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela on an Alvia service, or travel through the night on the Trenhotel.

  1. The direct trains from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela usually run three times a day. There are normally two daytime Alvia services and one overnight train with an additional daytime service on peak days. On some days, an additional midday connection is available with a change of train at Ourense. The journey takes under 6 hrs.

    The journey from the Spanish capital to Santiago de Compostela takes in two very different aspects of Spain. The train transports you from metropolitan sophistication to a city that is provincial and proud of it. Leaving Madrid, the route tunnels under the Sierra de Guadarrama. The best of the scenery is on the 3-hr section from Zamora to Ourense, where the train cuts through the hill country just north of the border with Portugal.

    Bookings for this journey go on sale three months or more in advance, which is when you'll find the cheapest tickets. However, the Spanish rail operator often releases tickets in batches, so if you're having trouble finding tickets contact us and we'll email you when booking opens.

    Madrid to Santiago de Compostela

    Madrid to Santiago de Compostela

    Generally two, sometimes three, direct high-speed Alvia trains run from Madrid Chamartn to Santiago de Compostela in the Spanish region of Galicia. There is always one train leaving Madrid in the morning, and one in the afternoon. The trains stop three to six times on the way to the Spanish pilgrimage town, including at Zamora and Ourense.

  2. The direct trains from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela usually run three times per day. There are normally two daytime Alvia services and one overnight train with an additional daytime service on peak days. On some days, an additional midday connection is available with a change of train at Ourense. The overnight journey is 8 hrs 35 mins long.

    The journey from the Spanish capital to Santiago de Compostela takes in two very different aspects of Spain. The train transports you from metropolitan sophistication to a city that is provincial and proud of it. Leaving Madrid, the route tunnels under the Sierra de Guadarrama. The best of the scenery is on the 3-hr section from Zamora to Ourense, where the train cuts through the hill country just north of the border with Portugal.

    Tickets for this journey go on sale three months or more in advance, and you'll want to book early for the cheapest tickets. However, the Spanish rail operator often releases tickets in batches, so if you're having trouble finding trains contact us and we'll send you an email when booking opens.

    Madrid to Santiago de Compostela (night train)

    Madrid to Santiago de Compostela (night train)

    The direct Trenhotel night train leaves Madrid Chamartín station in the evening and gets into Santiago de Compostela by breakfast time next morning, taking at total of 8 hrs 35 mins. The Riás Gallegos stops 8 times on its overnight journey to the Spanish pilgrimage town, including brief halts at Ávila and Ourense. Since the train continues beyond Santiago to A Coruna (on the coast), make sure you are ready to leave the train when it arrives at Santiago de Compostela.

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