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Taking the train from Vienna to Madrid in 26 hours 10 minutes

Thinking about taking the train from Vienna to Madrid? We've got you covered.

It usually takes around 29 hours 47 minutes to travel the 1810 km from Vienna to Madrid by train, although you can get there in as little as 26 hours 10 minutes on the fastest services. You'll normally find around 6 trains per day running on this route. You'll need to make 3 changes along the way as there aren't any direct services on this line. You can travel on this route with either TGV, AVE or Thalys. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.

Train tickets from Vienna to Madrid start from $185.98 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

Keen to book your train tickets to Madrid? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train schedule below, tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs, including first and last train times.

Vienna to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 29h 47m to travel from Vienna to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 1124 miles (1810 km). There are normally 6 trains per day traveling from Vienna to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from $185.98 when you book in advance.

First train

07:35

Last train

23:35

Departure station

Vienna

Arrival station

Madrid

Journey time

26h 10m

Distance

1810 miles (1124 km)

Frequency

6 trains per day

Changes

3 changes

Price

From $185.98

Train and bus operators

TGV Lyria, Union Ivkoni (Bus), Deutsche Bahn, OUIGO, SNCF, ÖBB, Flixbus, SBB CFF FFS, Renfe-SNCF, Renfe, ALSA, Regiojet, Trenitalia, Thalys, iryo, Meridian

Vienna to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Vienna to Madrid for Tuesday Jan 31st 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
06:35 14:45 32h 10m, 6 changes
07:15 14:45 31h 30m, 7 changes
14:35 18:45 28h 10m, 5 changes
15:15 18:45 27h 30m, 6 changes
16:35 18:45 26h 10m, 7 changes
22:35 07:50 33h 15m, 3 changes

TGV Lyria, Deutsche Bahn, OUIGO and SNCF trains from Vienna to Madrid

You can travel from Vienna to Madrid on TGV Lyria, Deutsche Bahn, OUIGO and SNCF 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.

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TGV Lyria links France to Switzerland and can travel at a maximum speed of 200 mph (320 km/h). Resulting from the collaboration between SNCF and SBB, TGV Lyria has three comfort classes on all trains. Standard (equivalent to the Second Class TGV, with comfortable seats), Standard 1ère (with more legroom and access to the SNCF show Grand Voyageur at the Gare de Lyon in Paris) and Business 1ère (available all week except Saturday, on some lines only).

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The Deutsche Bahn Group is owned by the German State and controls the majority of rail traffic in Germany as well as in many border regions of the country. Every year, Deutsche Bahn transports several million passengers and many stations in Germany are served exclusively by DB trains, including the ICE, IC and EC fleet.

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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.

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SNCF is the national train operator of France. It operates all domestic trains and routes across France, as well as international services to Spain and Germany. There are three different types of domestic trains that operate under the SNCF banner – TGV (high-speed, full-service trains that connect the major cities in France), Intercités (usually a more frequent stopping service, but with all the amenities), and TER (regional train services with basic onboard facilities).

Cheap train tickets from Vienna to Madrid

The price of train tickets from Vienna to Madrid starts at $185.98 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 Vienna 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 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.

FAQs for Vienna to Madrid

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

The average journey time by train between Vienna and Madrid is 29 hours and 47 minutes, with around 6 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 Vienna and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Vienna to Madrid is 26 hours and 10 minutes.

How much does the train from Vienna to Madrid cost?

Train tickets from Vienna to Madrid can start from as little as $185.98 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 Vienna to Madrid?

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

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

The first train from Vienna to Madrid leaves at 07:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Vienna to Madrid leaves at 23:35. 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 Vienna and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from Vienna to Madrid cover a distance of around 1124 miles (1810 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to Vienna.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Vienna to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 01/31/2023. 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 01/13/2023 for travel on 01/13/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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