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León to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 4h 07m to travel from León to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 179 miles (288 km). There are normally 3 trains per day travelling from León to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from €14.90 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 10m
Price€14.90 - €163.85
Distance179 miles (288 km)
Frequency3 trains per day
Departure stationLeón
Arrival stationMadrid
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operators

León to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from León to Madrid for Friday 29th May 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:10 León09:07 Madrid ChamartínAVE 4078 Renfe Get tickets1h 57m, direct
07:50 León10:15 Madrid ChamartínAlvia/Avant 4088 Renfe Get tickets2h 25m, direct
12:15 León14:36 Madrid ChamartínAVE 4128 Renfe Get tickets2h 21m, direct
13:36 León15:52 Madrid ChamartínAlvia/Avant 4110 Renfe Get tickets2h 16m, direct
14:36 León18:03 Madrid ChamartínRegional Exprés 18214 Renfe Get tickets3h 27m, 1 change
17:35 León19:40 Madrid ChamartínAVE 4178 Renfe Get tickets2h 05m, direct
18:47 León23:10 Madrid ChamartínRegional Exprés 12100 Renfe Get tickets4h 23m, 1 change
00:12 León08:55 Madrid ChamartínTrenhotel 921 Renfe Get tickets8h 43m, 2 changes
00:12 León09:21 Madrid Príncipe PioTrenhotel 921 Renfe Get tickets9h 09m, 1 change
08:40 León10:37 Madrid ChamartínAVE 4288 Renfe Get tickets1h 57m, direct

Renfe, AVE, AV-City and Alvia trains from León to Madrid

You can travel from León to Madrid on Renfe, AVE, AV-City 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 has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, linking major cities with AVE, AV-City, Avant, Alvia, and Euromed trains. Long-distance routes are served by Altaria and Talgo trains, while regional routes are operated by Media Distancia, Regional and Express Regional trains. Renfe also operates on international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe trains offer four different travel classes, depending on the train you’re travelling on – Turista (Standard), Turista Plus (Premium Economy), Preferente (Business Class) and Club (First Class).

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 four comfort classes – Turista (standard class), Turista Plus (wider, more comfortable seats), Preferente (lounge access, wide leather seats, food and drink service) and Club (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.

Designed to complement its AVE high-speed service, Renfe’s AV-City trains usually offer cheaper fares than the AVE. The trains have two comfort classes available – Turista (standard) and Turista Plus (wider, more comfortable seats and extra legroom). All trains have air conditioning and WiFi on board, and most also have a buffet carriage serving food and beverages.

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 León to Madrid

Train tickets from León to Madrid start at €14.90 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 €46.80.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price40.61
on the day
avg. single price46.80

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 León 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 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between León and Madrid is 4 hours and 7 minutes, with around 3 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 León and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from León to Madrid is 3 hours and 10 minutes.

How much does the train from León to Madrid cost?

Train tickets from León to Madrid can start from as little as €14.90 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 León to Madrid?

Yes, it is possible to travel from León to Madrid without having to change trains. There are 1 direct train from León to Madrid. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from León to Madrid leaves at 06:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from León to Madrid leaves at 15:50. 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 León and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from León to Madrid cover a distance of around 179 miles (288 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to León. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from León 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 León to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 29/05/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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