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Travel from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid by train in 3 hours 7 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid by train is 5 hours 47 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 3 hours 7 minutes. You'll usually find 10 trains per day traveling the 283 km between these two destinations. Direct trains are usually available every day on the route to Madrid. This route is served by Renfe, Spain's main rail operator. You're likely to be traveling on one of their high-speed trains – AVE, Avlo, Avant, Alvia or AV-City – or a regional Media Distancia, Regional or Express Regional train during your journey.

Book train tickets from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $19.92. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 5h 47m to travel from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 176 miles (283 km). There are normally 10 trains per day traveling from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from $19.92 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 7m
PriceFrom $19.92
Distance176 miles (283 km)
Frequency10 trains per day
First train07:40
Last train19:00
Departure stationVitoria – Gasteiz
Arrival stationMadrid
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe, ALSA

Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid for Saturday Dec 3rd 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
07:40 Vitoria – Gasteiz11:28 Madrid-Chamartín-Clara CampoamorIR 18010 Renfe Get tickets3h 48m, 1 change
10:43 Vitoria – Gasteiz14:31 Madrid - Atocha CercaníasAlvia/Avant 4086 Renfe Get tickets3h 48m, 1 change
10:43 Vitoria – Gasteiz13:56 Madrid-Chamartín-Clara CampoamorAlvia/Avant 4086 Renfe Get tickets3h 13m, direct
14:17 Vitoria – Gasteiz18:00 Madrid-Chamartín-Clara CampoamorAlvia/Avant 622 Renfe Get tickets3h 43m, 1 change
15:57 Vitoria – Gasteiz19:43 Madrid-Chamartín-Clara CampoamorIR 18014 Renfe Get tickets3h 46m, 1 change
16:31 Vitoria – Gasteiz21:12 Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 621 Renfe Get tickets4h 41m, 1 change

Renfe, Alvia and Media Distancia trains from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid

You can travel from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid on Renfe, Alvia and Media Distancia 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.

Renfe's Media Distancia are regional trains operated by CAF locomotives that run on medium-distance routes not covered by Avant high-speed trains. Most Media Distancia trains have one class. However, there are some that will have Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). These trains also have spaces for bicycles, and all seats are equipped with power sockets and reading lights.

Cheap train tickets from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid

The price of train tickets from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid starts at $19.92 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 Vitoria – Gasteiz 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 Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid

Want to know more about your journey from Vitoria – Gasteiz 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 Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid take?

The average journey time by train between Vitoria – Gasteiz and Madrid is 5 hours and 47 minutes, with around 10 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 Vitoria – Gasteiz and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid is 3 hours and 7 minutes.

How much does the train from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid cost?

Train tickets from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid can start from as little as $19.92 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 Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid leave?

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

What time does the last train from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid leave?

The last train from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid leaves at 19:00. 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 Vitoria – Gasteiz and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid cover a distance of around 176 miles (283 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to Vitoria – Gasteiz.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Vitoria – Gasteiz to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 12/03/2022. 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 08/28/2022 for travel on 08/28/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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