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Madrid now has direct high-speed trains from half a dozen French cities. 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. Some of these rely on local trains (which don't need to be booked in advance), but other destinations (eg. Toledo) are served by high-speed trains where advance booking is advisable and on peak days an absolute necessity.

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Ronda to Madrid by train

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Pamplona to Madrid by train

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Tudela to Madrid by train

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Burgos to Madrid by train

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Avignon to Madrid by train

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Bilbao to Madrid by train

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Sahagún to Madrid by train

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Puerto Banus to Madrid by train

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Alicante to Madrid by train

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Antequera to Madrid by train

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San Sebastian to Madrid by train

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Lleida to Madrid by train

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Cartagena to Madrid by train

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Seville to Madrid by train

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Bordeaux to Madrid by train

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Cordoba to Madrid by train

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Segovia to Madrid by train

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Miranda de Ebro to Madrid by train

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Cannes to Madrid by train

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Rome to Madrid by train

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Dijon to Madrid by train

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Valence to Madrid by train

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Zamora to Madrid by train

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Aranjuez to Madrid by train

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Jaén to Madrid by train

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Jerez de la Frontera to Madrid by train

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Salamanca to Madrid by train

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Gijón to Madrid by train

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Milan to Madrid by train

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Marseille to Madrid by train

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Lisbon to Madrid by train

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Benicassim to Madrid by train

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Málaga to Madrid by train

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Zaragoza to Madrid by train

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Vitoria-Gasteiz to Madrid by train

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Nice to Madrid by train

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Medina del Campo to Madrid by train

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Toledo to Madrid by train

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Ciudad Real to Madrid by train

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Lyon to Madrid by train

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Toulouse to Madrid by train

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Castellón de la Plana to Madrid by train

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Logroño to Madrid by train

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Valencia to Madrid by train

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Oviedo to Madrid by train

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Huelva to Madrid by train

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Almería to Madrid by train

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Narbonne to Madrid by train

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Coimbra to Madrid by train

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Girona to Madrid by train

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Valladolid to Madrid by train

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León to Madrid by train

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Tarragona to Madrid by train

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Cáceres to Madrid by train

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Cuenca to Madrid by train

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Murcia to Madrid by train

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San Fernando to Madrid by train

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Irun to Madrid by train

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Brussels to Madrid by train

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Amsterdam to Madrid by train

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London to Madrid by train

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Paris to Madrid by train

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Manchester to Madrid by train

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Lille to Madrid by train

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