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Make your way from Madrid to Lisbon by train

From the heart of Spain to the coast of Portugal, Lisbon is within easy reach of Madrid by train.

It may take 10 hours and 45 minutes, but it’s direct, comfortable and takes the hassle out of travelling. No more agonising over how much luggage you can bring or setting off early for the airport. When you travel by Renfe, there’s a generous luggage allowance and WiFi on board to stay connected throughout. It’s the simplest way to transfer directly from Madrid to Lisbon.

If you’re staying central, you won’t even need to worry about taxi transfers, with the train station in the popular Barro Alto district. There are two trains a day, the first leaving at 10:19, allowing you to arrive into Lisbon just in time to sample its famous late-night entertainment and delicious custard tarts.

Further information on the Madrid to Lisbon route can be found below, be sure to check it out.

Madrid to Lisbon by train

It takes an average of 17h 22m to travel from Madrid to Lisbon by train, over a distance of around 311 miles (501 km). There are normally 2 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Lisbon and tickets for this journey start from $35.78 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 10h 45m
Price$35.78 - $79.45
Distance311 miles (501 km)
Frequency2 trains per day
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationLisbon
Changes3 changes
Train and bus operatorsUnion Ivkoni (Bus), Flixbus, Avanza

Madrid to Lisbon train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Lisbon for Thursday Jan 21st 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
10:35 Madrid Atocha20:20 Lisboa Santa ApolóniaAlvia/Avant 8100 Renfe Get tickets10h 45m, 3 changes
15:00 Madrid Chamartín14:00 Lisboa Santa ApolóniaAlvia/Avant 4145 Renfe Get tickets24h 00m, 3 changes
10:35 Madrid Atocha20:20 Lisboa Santa ApolóniaAlvia/Avant 8100 Renfe Get tickets10h 45m, 3 changes
15:00 Madrid Chamartín14:00 Lisboa Santa ApolóniaAlvia/Avant 4145 Renfe Get tickets24h 00m, 3 changes
10:35 Madrid Atocha20:20 Lisboa Santa ApolóniaAlvia/Avant 8100 Renfe Get tickets10h 45m, 3 changes
15:00 Madrid Chamartín14:00 Lisboa Santa ApolóniaAlvia/Avant 4145 Renfe Get tickets24h 00m, 3 changes
10:35 Madrid Atocha20:00 Lisboa Santa ApolóniaAlvia/Avant 8100 Renfe Get tickets10h 25m, 3 changes
15:00 Madrid Chamartín14:00 Lisboa Santa ApolóniaAlvia/Avant 4145 Renfe Get tickets24h 00m, 3 changes
10:35 Madrid Atocha20:20 Lisboa Santa ApolóniaAlvia/Avant 8100 Renfe Get tickets10h 45m, 3 changes
15:00 Madrid Chamartín14:00 Lisboa Santa ApolóniaAlvia/Avant 4145 Renfe Get tickets24h 00m, 3 changes

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Lisbon

Train tickets from Madrid to Lisbon start at $35.78 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 $73.91.
lowest price found
from$35.78
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price$57.61
on the day
avg. single price$73.91

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 Madrid to Lisbon 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 Madrid to Lisbon

Want to know more about your journey from Madrid to Lisbon? 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 Madrid to Lisbon take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Lisbon is 17 hours and 22 minutes, with around 2 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 Madrid and Lisbon by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Lisbon is 10 hours and 45 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Lisbon cost?

Train tickets from Madrid to Lisbon can start from as little as $35.78 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 Madrid to Lisbon?

No, there are no direct train services from Madrid to Lisbon. Travelling from Madrid to Lisbon by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.

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

The first train from Madrid to Lisbon leaves at 10:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Madrid to Lisbon leaves at 15:00. 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 Madrid and Lisbon by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Lisbon cover a distance of around 311 miles (501 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Lisbon to Madrid.
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 Madrid to Lisbon for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/21/2021. 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 03/16/2020 for travel on 03/26/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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