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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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Milan to Madrid by train

from £109.90

Avg 1 change 14hr 57m

Cuenca to Madrid by train

from £14.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 50m

Cáceres to Madrid by train

from £19.50

Avg 0 changes 3hr 26m

Cartagena to Madrid by train

from £14.50

Avg 0 changes 4hr 45m

Dijon to Madrid by train

from £104.50

Avg 2 changes 10hr 24m

Zaragoza to Madrid by train

from £20.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 19m

Bilbao to Madrid by train

from £14.00

Avg 0 changes 5hr 6m

Brussels to Madrid by train

from £128.50

Avg 2 changes 12hr 2m

Pamplona to Madrid by train

from £17.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 1m

Medina del Campo to Madrid by train

from £10.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 22m

Irun to Madrid by train

from £15.50

Avg 0 changes 5hr 37m

London to Madrid by train

from £143.50

Avg 2 changes 13hr 38m

Paris to Madrid by train

from £61.50

Avg 1 change 9hr 38m

Cordoba to Madrid by train

from £22.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 43m

Sahagún to Madrid by train

from £17.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr 18m

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Barcelona to Madrid by train

from £30.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 30m

Zamora to Madrid by train

from £19.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 29m

Tarragona to Madrid by train

from £41.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 4m

Gijón to Madrid by train

from £32.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr 34m

Castellón de la Plana to Madrid by train

from £50.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 3m

León to Madrid by train

from £15.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 10m

Almería to Madrid by train

from £17.50

Avg 0 changes 6hr 8m

Cannes to Madrid by train

from £138.00

Avg 2 changes 11hr 5m

Santiago de Compostela to Madrid by train

from £16.00

Avg 0 changes 5hr 5m

San Sebastian to Madrid by train

from £15.50

Avg 0 changes 5hr 18m

Toulouse to Madrid by train

from £74.00

Avg 1 change 6hr 52m

Narbonne to Madrid by train

from £64.00

Avg 0 changes 5hr 9m

Lyon to Madrid by train

from £69.00

Avg 1 change 8hr 26m

Figueres to Madrid by train

from £49.50

Avg 0 changes 3hr 35m

Miranda de Ebro to Madrid by train

from £76.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 22m

Perpignan to Madrid by train

from £62.50

Avg 0 changes 4hr 28m

Alicante to Madrid by train

from £18.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 8m

Ciudad Real to Madrid by train

from £23.00

Avg 0 changes 52m

Villena to Madrid by train

from £21.50

Avg 1 change 2hr 39m

Linares to Madrid by train

from £12.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 57m

Vigo to Madrid by train

from £16.00

Avg 0 changes 6hr 15m

Cambridge to Madrid by train

from £196.20

Avg 3 changes 15hr 15m

Bordeaux to Madrid by train

from £104.50

Avg 1 change 9hr 11m

Toledo to Madrid by train

from £12.00

Avg 0 changes 33m

Murcia to Madrid by train

from £13.50

Avg 0 changes 3hr 58m

Puerto Banus to Madrid by train

from £27.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 33m

Málaga to Madrid by train

from £37.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 28m

Cádiz to Madrid by train

from £35.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 59m

Tudela to Madrid by train

from £12.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 55m

Lille to Madrid by train

from £137.50

Avg 1 change 12hr 4m

Rome to Madrid by train

from £207.30

Avg 2 changes 18hr 2m

Huelva to Madrid by train

from £27.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 39m

Salamanca to Madrid by train

from £11.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 36m

Manchester to Madrid by train

from £255.00

Avg 3 changes 16hr 52m

Valence to Madrid by train

from £75.00

Avg 1 change 7hr 23m

Algeciras to Madrid by train

from £27.50

Avg 0 changes 5hr 22m

Palencia to Madrid by train

from £11.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 26m

Logroño to Madrid by train

from £16.50

Avg 1 change 3hr 24m

Ronda to Madrid by train

from £26.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 56m

A Coruna to Madrid by train

from £21.50

Avg 0 changes 5hr 37m

Benicassim to Madrid by train

from £27.50

Avg 0 changes 3hr 11m

Aranjuez to Madrid by train

from £5.00

Avg 0 changes 31m

Ashford to Madrid by train

from £145.50

Avg 2 changes 13hr 7m

Coimbra to Madrid by train

from £19.00

Avg 0 changes 8hr 8m

Valencia to Madrid by train

from £12.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 38m

Segovia to Madrid by train

from £8.00

Avg 0 changes 27m

Ávila to Madrid by train

from £11.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 29m

Amsterdam to Madrid by train

from £333.50

Avg 2 changes 14hr 45m

Alcázar de San Juan to Madrid by train

from £8.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 18m

Jerez de la Frontera to Madrid by train

from £40.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 22m

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The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

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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