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Take the train from London to Madrid

Embark on a true railway adventure and take the train from London to Madrid – a journey that’s sure to leave you with a few stories to tell! This particular route may not be the fastest compared to flying, but what it does offer is incredibly scenic views from your window and a chance to mingle with the locals. What could be better?

Starting at London St Pancras, your journey will involve at least two changes (one in Paris, one in Barcelona) and a minimum journey time of 13 hours, so we’d recommend bringing plenty to entertain yourself with along the way. Alternatively, split your journey up by spending a day or two in Paris or Barcelona. If you’re worried about comfort, opt for First Class tickets and kick back in your large leather seats, with meal service at your seat. Read on for lots of useful information on the journey, including prices and FAQs.

Journey timeFrom 14h 15m
Price$158.85 - $986.39
Distance785 miles (1264 km)
Departure stationLondon
Arrival stationMadrid
Changes2 changes
Train and bus operators

London to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Madrid for Wednesday Apr 1st 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
17:01 London St-Pancras15:10 Madrid AtochaEurostar 9042 Eurostar Get tickets21h 09m, 3 changes
05:40 London St-Pancras19:55 Madrid AtochaEurostar 9080 Eurostar Get tickets13h 15m, 3 changes
07:01 London St-Pancras23:14 Madrid AtochaEurostar 9004 Eurostar Get tickets15h 13m, 3 changes
07:55 London St-Pancras07:28 Madrid ChamartínEurostar 9008 Eurostar Get tickets22h 33m, 3 changes
09:22 London St-Pancras08:50 Madrid AtochaEurostar 9014 Eurostar Get tickets22h 28m, 3 changes
09:22 London St-Pancras08:55 Madrid AtochaEurostar 9014 Eurostar Get tickets22h 33m, 2 changes
10:24 London St-Pancras08:50 Madrid AtochaEurostar 9018 Eurostar Get tickets21h 26m, 4 changes
10:24 London St-Pancras08:55 Madrid AtochaEurostar 9018 Eurostar Get tickets21h 31m, 3 changes
15:31 London St-Pancras15:41 Madrid AtochaEurostar 9036 Eurostar Get tickets23h 10m, 2 changes
17:01 London St-Pancras15:10 Madrid AtochaEurostar 9042 Eurostar Get tickets21h 09m, 3 changes

Cheap train tickets from London to Madrid

Train tickets from London to Madrid start at $158.85 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around $601.64.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price$455.89
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price$499.92
on the day
avg. single price$601.64

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from London to Madrid by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for London to Madrid

Want to know more about your journey from London to Madrid? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from London to Madrid take?

The average journey time by train between London and Madrid is 19 hours and 54 minutes, with around 7 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Madrid is 14 hours and 15 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Madrid cost?

Train tickets from London to Madrid can start from as little as $158.85 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from London to Madrid?

No, there are no direct train services from London to Madrid. Travelling from London to Madrid by train will require a minimum of 2 changes.

What time does the first train from London to Madrid leave?

The first train from London to Madrid leaves at 05:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Madrid leave?

The last train from London to Madrid leaves at 17:01. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between London and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from London to Madrid cover a distance of around 785 miles (1264 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to London.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for London to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 04/01/2020. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 04/01/2019 for travel on 04/01/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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