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Travelling from Madrid to Valencia by train

New OUIGO service from Madrid to Valencia

From 7th October 2022, OUIGO will run its high-speed service from Madrid to Valencia. Make sure you book your tickets now with Trainline if you want to snap up the cheapest fares!

OUIGO trains will depart from Madrid Chamartín station and arrive into Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station – you'll get from the capital to the Valencian coast in no time!

Other trains from Madrid to Valencia

Taking a trip to the east coast of Spain and need more information on how to get from Madrid to Valencia by train? Look no further! 

Usually, the train journey from Madrid to Valencia takes around 1h 49m but can take just 1h 40m on the fastest AVE services. As there are direct trains available from Madrid to Valencia, you don’t need to worry about changing along the way. 

Imagine this – you arrive at Madrid Atocha station on the edge of the city centre about 30 minutes before your departure time and breeze through a two-minute security bag check. Then, you jump on an AVE high-speed train, and in around 1h 40m, you’re pulling into Joaquín Sorolla station in the heart of Valencia. Sounds awesome, right? Well, we certainly think so! 

On this route, the train slices through the mountainous countryside at speeds of up to 186 mph as you descend from almost 700m above sea level down towards Valencia, which is located right on the Mediterranean seaside. Make yourself comfortable as you’re constantly suspended on hillsides, whooshing through tunnels, and around an hour into your journey, you’ll cross the spectacular bridge across the Contreras Reservoir with views out over the vast Hoces del Cabriel Nature Reserve. Make sure you’ve got your camera ready! 

With multiple ticket options available, you’re guaranteed to the find the right AVE train for you. If you want to treat yourself, upgrade to Preferente (First Class) and take advantage of reclining leather seats, as well as complimentary drinks and snacks.  

Once you’ve arrived at Joaquín Sorolla station, you can start exploring Valencia. There’s plenty to see and do in this vibrant city, including an essential trip to the iconic Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (The City of Arts and Sciences). For more inspiration, take a look at our guide to the ideal weekend in Valencia.  

Keen to get started? Search for cheap train tickets from Madrid to Valencia in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information, continue reading to find out more about the journey, daily timetables, how to find cheap train fares and more.

Madrid to Valencia by train

It takes an average of 1h 48m to travel from Madrid to Valencia by train, over a distance of around 188 miles (303 km). There are normally 12 trains per day traveling from Madrid to Valencia and tickets for this journey start from $7.28 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 40m
PriceFrom $7.28
Distance188 miles (303 km)
Frequency12 trains per day
First train07:40
Last train21:10
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationValencia
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsAvanza, Renfe, OUIGO, Grupo Samar

Madrid to Valencia train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Valencia for Tuesday Oct 11th 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
07:45 09:38 1h 53m, direct
08:40 10:25 1h 45m, direct
09:40 11:33 1h 53m, direct
09:55 12:10 2h 15m, direct
10:40 12:20 1h 40m, direct
13:05 14:58 1h 53m, direct
14:40 16:22 1h 42m, direct
16:10 17:52 1h 42m, direct
16:40 18:20 1h 40m, direct
18:40 20:29 1h 49m, direct

AVE, OUIGO, Renfe and Alvia trains from Madrid to Valencia

You can travel from Madrid to Valencia on AVE, OUIGO, Renfe and Alvia trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

AVE is Renfe's flagship high-speed service, with trains capable of reaching up to 193 mph (310 km/h). It’s one of the fastest trains in Europe and connects the main cities of Spain. Most AVE trains offer two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class equivalent, with 1-1 configuration, ultra-wide seats, gourmet food and drink and lounge access). All AVE trains have air conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a buffet carriage serving a selection of food and drinks. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.

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OUIGO is the low-cost, high-speed train service operated by the French national train company SNCF. Despite having only one class on board, OUIGO trains offer the same comfort as Second Class seats on TGV trains, although OUIGO tickets are only available to purchase online. To make your journey as smooth as possible, arrive at least 30 minutes before departure and bear in mind that there's an additional fee for bringing a suitcase with you, having a seat with power sockets and travelling with a stroller/buggy.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.

Renfe's Alvia services combine high-speed tracks with lower speed sections, reaching speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h) on international lines and 125 mph (200 km/h) on conventional lines. These trains connect the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante with the other main Spanish cities. Alvia offers two types of classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). The latter has wider seats, carriages with fewer seats, offers complimentary food and drinks, free newspapers, and access to parking and Club meeting rooms.

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Valencia

The price of train tickets from Madrid to Valencia starts at $7.28 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

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 Valencia 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 guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train 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.
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FAQs for Madrid to Valencia

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

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Valencia is 1 hour and 48 minutes, with around 12 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 Valencia by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Valencia is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Valencia cost?

Train tickets from Madrid to Valencia can start from as little as $7.28 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 Valencia?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid to Valencia without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Madrid to Valencia each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Madrid to Valencia leaves at 07:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Madrid to Valencia leaves at 21:10. 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 Valencia by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Valencia cover a distance of around 188 miles (303 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Valencia to Madrid.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Valencia for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/11/2022. 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 11/22/2022 for travel on 11/22/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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