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Madrid now has direct high-speed trains from half a dozen French cities, but that list is set to grow in 2016 and beyond. Most passengers coming from the north (including travellers from London and Paris) route through Barcelona (which is just 2 hrs 30 mins away from Madrid on the fastest trains). London to Madrid by train is feasible in a long day – it takes just under 14 hours.

Most long-distance rail services to and from Madrid run from Atocha station (referred to in some timetables and on many maps as Puerta de Atocha). This is the jumping-off point for the high-speed trains to Alicante, Barcelona, Córdoba, Málaga, Seville, Valencia and Zaragoza. A second station at Atocha, called Atocha Cercanías, serves local trains and a few long-distance services to western Spain. Another major rail station is Chamartín in the northern suburbs of Madrid. It is the departure point for journeys to Bilbao, Salamanca, San Sebastián, Irun and cities in Galicia. All night trains from Madrid leave from Chamartín. These include the overnight sleeper services (branded Trenhotel) to Lisbon, Vigo and Santiago de Compostela.

Spain’s bustling capital is a place for Bourbon style, serious culture, sport aplenty and some of Europe’s best bars and cafés. As the hub of Spain’s impressive high-speed rail network, devotees of Spanish rail travel inevitably return to Madrid time and time again. It’s a wonderful city, a place that deserves a week or more, but even an overnight stay is enough to catch the flavour of Madrid. Do it once, and you’ll be hooked.

There are many superb day trips from Madrid by train. Favourites include Toledo, El Escorial, Ávila and Segovia.

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Barcelona to Madrid by train

from £29.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 30m

Lisbon to Madrid by train

from £21.50

Avg 0 changes 10hr 6m

London to Madrid by train

from £164.50

Avg 2 changes 13hr 38m

Bilbao to Madrid by train

from £13.50

Avg 0 changes 5hr 6m

Ourense to Madrid by train

from £17.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr 27m

Cordoba to Madrid by train

from £26.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 43m

Almería to Madrid by train

from £21.00

Avg 0 changes 6hr 8m

Santiago de Compostela to Madrid by train

from £15.00

Avg 0 changes 5hr 5m

Toulouse to Madrid by train

from £86.50

Avg 1 change 7hr 4m

Tarragona to Madrid by train

from £28.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 4m

Granada to Madrid by train

from £37.50

Avg 1 change 4hr 13m

Girona to Madrid by train

from £38.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 19m

Valence to Madrid by train

from £86.00

Avg 1 change 7hr 23m

Málaga to Madrid by train

from £29.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 28m

Paris to Madrid by train

from £89.50

Avg 1 change 9hr 38m

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Valencia to Madrid by train

from £11.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 38m

Albacete to Madrid by train

from £13.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 25m

Zaragoza to Madrid by train

from £19.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 19m

Salamanca to Madrid by train

from £11.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 36m

Avignon to Madrid by train

from £66.50

Avg 0 changes 7hr

Ciudad Real to Madrid by train

from £13.00

Avg 0 changes 52m

Lyon to Madrid by train

from £89.00

Avg 1 change 8hr 26m

Perpignan to Madrid by train

from £49.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr 28m

Seville to Madrid by train

from £21.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 20m

Marseille to Madrid by train

from £18.00

Avg 0 changes 7hr 40m

Alicante to Madrid by train

from £17.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 8m

Burgos to Madrid by train

from £11.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 28m

León to Madrid by train

from £13.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 10m

Valladolid to Madrid by train

from £19.00

Avg 0 changes 59m

Pamplona to Madrid by train

from £21.50

Avg 0 changes 3hr 1m

Ronda to Madrid by train

from £31.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 56m

Toledo to Madrid by train

from £12.00

Avg 0 changes 33m

San Sebastian to Madrid by train

from £15.00

Avg 0 changes 5hr 18m

Montpellier to Madrid by train

from £66.50

Avg 0 changes 6hr 11m

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