Lisbon and Madrid are two great capitals separated by more than 500km. With daily train services available from city centre to city centre, it’s the most direct way to travel.
Arriving into the pulse of the city by train, you don’t have to wait for luggage to arrive, or lengthy transfers from the airport. What’s more, with Trenhotel you can leave Portugal at night and arrive in Spain in the morning without having to change – choose your Turista, Preferente or Gran Confort cabin, relax and save on both travel time and accommodation.
For those conscious about their environmental footprint, it’s also a more sustainable way to transfer between the capitals. Take the train and you’ll be using much less C02 in the process than you would by car or plane.
Taking nine and a half hours on direct services, you’ll be in the Spanish capital just in time for breakfast. For further information on the route, including train times and trip reviews, all you need to do is read on.
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).
The Trenhotel is Renfe's night train service, which serves national and international routes in Portugal. The trains offer three classes with different levels of comfort for the beds and seats – Turista (Second Class), Preferente (First Class) and Gran Confort or Gran Clase. There are six different Trenhotel routes – Galicia (Barcelona – Vigo), Rosalía de Castro (Barcelona – A Coruña), Rías Gallegas (Madrid – Pontevedra), Atlántico (Madrid – Ferrol), Lusitania (Madrid – Lisbon) and Surexpreso (Irun – Lisbon).
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 Lisbon to Madrid by booking early.§
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.
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!
Take a look at Tarjetas de descuento Renfe 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.
The average journey time by train between Lisbon and Madrid is 10 hours and 11 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Lisbon to Madrid is 9 hours and 25 minutes.
Train tickets from Lisbon to Madrid can start from as little as €25 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Lisbon to Madrid without having to change trains. There are 1 direct train from Lisbon to Madrid. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Lisbon to Madrid leaves at 08:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Lisbon to Madrid leaves at 21:25. 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.
Trains travelling from Lisbon to Madrid cover a distance of around 501km during the journey.