Getting to Madrid by Train

  • Cómo llegar en tren

Madrid is the main geographical hub for rail travel in Spain. Thanks to its central location, Madrid is the hub for most of the railway services that connect the peninsula. The two main stations are Atocha and Madrid - Chamartín - Clara Campoamor, with Mid-Distance, Long Distance, High Speed and Regional trains. Renfe, a public entity that reports to the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, is the main railway operator in Spain, although the rail network has been deregulated in recent years and several private companies (OUIGO and IRYO) also offer services.

High-speed and long-distance services

Spain boasts an advanced high-speed network, amounting to almost 4,000 km, linking forty cities by AVE train, which travels at an average speed of 222 km/h (a further 18 cities are connected with Alvia trains -which combine high-speed sections with other slower sections-)

The main high-speed rail services travelling to or from Madrid are:

  • Madrid - Zaragoza - Lleida – Tarragona – Barcelona – Girona - Figueras // Around 1 hour and 20 minutes to Zaragoza, 2 hours and 10 minutes to Lleida, 2 hours 40 minutes to Tarragona and around 3 hours to Barcelona.
  • Madrid - Cuenca – Albacete - Villena - Alicante //  Alicante in 2h20min
  • Madrid – Cuenca – Requena – Valencia // Around 50 minutes to Cuenca, 1 hour and 15 minutes to Requena and1 hour and 35 minutes to Valencia.
  • Madrid – Cordoba – Antequera - Granada // Around 3 hours and 20 minutes to Granada
  • Madrid – Cordoba – Antequera - Málaga // Around 1 hour and 50 minutes to Córdoba and 2 hours and 30 minutes to Málaga.
  • Madrid – Ciudad Real – Cordoba – Seville // Around 1 hour to Ciudad Real,  2 hours to Córdoba and 2 hours and 40 minutes to Seville.
  • Madrid – Segovia – Valladolid – Palencia – Leon // Around 26 minutes to Segovia,  1 hour to Valladolid,  1 hour 20 minutes to Palencia and 2 hours to Leon
  • Madrid – Zamora - Ourense // Around 2 hours and 15 minutes to Ourense

Map of Ave and Long Distance Lines


Mid-Distance services enable passengers to reach the city from anywhere in Spain.  Regional lines connect different provinces within the same autonomous community, as well as to  adjacent ones. 

Lines departing from or arriving in Madrid are:

  • Madrid – Ciudad Real – Puertollano
  • Madrid – Toledo
  • Madrid - Segovia – Valladolid
  • Madrid - Cuenca
  • Madrid – Avila
  • Madrid – Segovia
  • Madrid – Soria
  • Madrid – Zaragoza
  • Madrid - Salamanca
  • Madrid – Valladolid - Leon
  • Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia
  • Madrid – Alcazar – Albacete – Valencia
  • Madrid – Ciudad Real – Jaen
  • Madrid – Ciudad Real – Badajoz
  • Madrid – Caceres – Badajoz

Download the Map of the Mid-Distance network


Leading private Spanish operator made up of Trenitalia, Air Nostrum and Globalvía, which operates on the 5 main high-speed corridors with 70 daily connections, whereby it is the second Spanish high-speed operator. Iryo high-speed trains run the following services:

  • Madrid-Zaragoza-Barcelona
  • Madrid-Cuenca-Valencia
  • Madrid-Cuenca-Albacete-Alicante
  • Madrid-Cordoba-Seville
  • Madrid-Cordoba-Málaga


  • Renfe low-cost train that enables passengers to travel at the best price with all of the convenience.  More than 400 places with reclining seats, sockets in each seat, a reading light, spaces for luggage and toilets for people with reduced mobility.  It runs high-speed services between Barcelona, Calatayud, Camp de Tarragona, Figueres, Girona, Guadalajara, Lleida, Madrid and Zaragoza from € 7.


International destinations

Madrid (Puerta de Atocha) – Marseilles (San Carlos): a high-speed AVE train by Renfe, departing every day on a 7-hour journey that stops at other French cities: Perpignan, Narbonne, Béziers, Montpellier, Nîmes, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence.



Coach companies run daily bus services to Madrid from cities and towns across Spain, most European countries and from north Africa.

Boasting one of the largest road networks in the world, driving to Madrid is a great option if you prefer travelling at your own pace.

  • Hop on board one the region's tourist trains and discover some magical places.

    Tourist Trains
  • Tren de la Fresa - Compartimento y pasillo
  • Dropit! 1
  • Discover the city's most popular sights and attractions, from one of Europe's largest royal palaces to the magnificent Prado Museum and Real Madrid's stadium. 

    Madrid Top 10
  • Palacio Real
  • Madrid boasts an array of public parks and gardens from Casa de Campo, Spain's largest green space, to El Retiro Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Parks and Gardens
  • Rosaleda de El Retiro © Álvaro López del Cerro


The city’s new official sightseeing and tourist travel pass.

An observation deck at 92 metres.

Our online store (in Spanish) sells artisan souvenirs.