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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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Avignon to Madrid by train

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Valencia to Madrid by train

from £11.50

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Valladolid to Madrid by train

from £22.50

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Jerez de la Frontera to Madrid by train

from £32.00

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Palencia to Madrid by train

from £19.50

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Ávila to Madrid by train

from £11.50

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Cartagena to Madrid by train

from £28.50

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Toulouse to Madrid by train

from £98.00

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Nîmes to Madrid by train

from £52.50

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Alcázar de San Juan to Madrid by train

from £8.00

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Ciudad Real to Madrid by train

from £25.00

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Nice to Madrid by train

from £101.50

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Milan to Madrid by train

from £128.70

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Castellón de la Plana to Madrid by train

from £30.00

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Marseille to Madrid by train

from £53.00

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Irun to Madrid by train

from £15.00

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Tarragona to Madrid by train

from £33.50

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Málaga to Madrid by train

from £35.00

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Lille to Madrid by train

from £205.50

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Benicassim to Madrid by train

from £28.00

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Salamanca to Madrid by train

from £11.00

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Jaén to Madrid by train

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Albacete to Madrid by train

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Cáceres to Madrid by train

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Coimbra to Madrid by train

from £18.00

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León to Madrid by train

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Cannes to Madrid by train

from £105.50

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Alicante to Madrid by train

from £18.50

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Oviedo to Madrid by train

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Aranjuez to Madrid by train

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Huelva to Madrid by train

from £29.00

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Seville to Madrid by train

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London to Madrid by train

from £110.00

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Santander to Madrid by train

from £14.00

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Vitoria-Gasteiz to Madrid by train

from £13.50

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Montpellier to Madrid by train

from £52.50

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Logroño to Madrid by train

from £16.00

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A Coruna to Madrid by train

from £20.50

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Almería to Madrid by train

from £26.00

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Cambridge to Madrid by train

from £335.60

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Amsterdam to Madrid by train

from £269.50

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Lisbon to Madrid by train

from £22.50

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Pamplona to Madrid by train

from £13.50

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Zaragoza to Madrid by train

from £23.50

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Brussels to Madrid by train

from £115.00

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Antequera to Madrid by train

from £36.00

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San Fernando to Madrid by train

from £34.00

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Miranda de Ebro to Madrid by train

from £13.00

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Cádiz to Madrid by train

from £33.00

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San Sebastian to Madrid by train

from £15.50

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Segovia to Madrid by train

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Toledo to Madrid by train

from £11.50

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Medina del Campo to Madrid by train

from £19.00

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Bordeaux to Madrid by train

from £144.00

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Lleida to Madrid by train

from £57.50

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Granada to Madrid by train

from £31.00

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Perpignan to Madrid by train

from £91.00

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Cordoba to Madrid by train

from £21.00

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Ourense to Madrid by train

from £22.00

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Santiago de Compostela to Madrid by train

from £15.00

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Murcia to Madrid by train

from £22.00

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Manchester to Madrid by train

from £201.50

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Lyon to Madrid by train

from £144.50

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Barcelona to Madrid by train

from £28.50

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Paris to Madrid by train

from £89.50

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