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Take the train from Vigo to Madrid in 12 hours 7 minutes

If you want to travel from Vigo to Madrid by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Vigo to Madrid by train to take around 16 hours 30 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 12 hours 7 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 5 trains per day running on this route, which spans 465 km. You'll have to make 1 change along the way on your journey to Madrid. Renfe is the main rail company operating on this route. Having the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, Renfe will make your train travel experience in Spain an enjoyable one.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Vigo to Madrid start from $37.33 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Vigo to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 16h 30m to travel from Vigo to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 289 miles (465 km). There are normally 5 trains per day traveling from Vigo to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from $37.33 when you book in advance.

First train

7:31 am

Last train

9:15 pm

Departure station

Vigo

Arrival station

Madrid

Journey time

From 12h 7m

Distance

289 miles (465 km)

Frequency

5 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $37.33

Train and bus operators

Avanza, Renfe

Renfe and Alvia trains from Vigo to Madrid

You can travel from Vigo to Madrid on 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.

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.

Alvia classes from Vigo to Madrid

Compare the different travel classes offered by Alvia when traveling from Vigo to Madrid.

Onboard services on Alvia

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Vigo to Madrid.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

On Alvia trains you can take up to three pieces of baggage on board, provided that they are less than 290cm long and weigh less than 25kg in total. Strollers and instruments smaller than 30 x 120 x 38 cm are also classed as hand baggage.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

Most Alvia trains have an onboard café-bar, as well as an at-seat service with a wide selection of food and drinks.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

On board Alvia services, you can connect to PlayRenfe, a platform offering free WiFi and hours of entertainment.

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Children under 4 travel free on Alvia services with a free child's ticket. Plus, passengers under 14 get a 40% discount on their chosen tariff.

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With Alvia, folded bicycles that are less than 180cm long and are stored in a case count as hand baggage. If your bike is larger than this, it will count as special baggage and must be no larger than 120 x 90 x 40 cm - you must also detach the pedals and rotate the handlebars 90 degrees.

PetPetPets

You can take your pet with you if they weigh less than 10kg, travel in a carrier no larger than 60 x 35 x 35 cm, and have a pet ticket. In Elige Confort a pet ticket is free, while in Básico a pet ticket costs 25% of the price of a ticket.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Alvia has an assistance service for passengers with reduced mobility or a disability. To arrange assistance, you can call (+34) 900 400 555 (international calling charges may apply).

Cheap train tickets from Vigo to Madrid

The price of train tickets from Vigo to Madrid starts at $37.33 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 Vigo 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 Vigo to Madrid

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

The average journey time by train between Vigo and Madrid is 16 hours and 30 minutes, with around 5 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 Vigo and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Vigo to Madrid is 12 hours and 7 minutes.

How much does the train from Vigo to Madrid cost?

Train tickets from Vigo to Madrid can start from as little as $37.33 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 Vigo to Madrid?

No, there are no direct train services from Vigo to Madrid. Travelling from Vigo to Madrid by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Vigo to Madrid leaves at 07:31. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Vigo to Madrid leaves at 21:15. 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 Vigo and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from Vigo to Madrid cover a distance of around 289 miles (465 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to Vigo.


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