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Taking the train from Lisbon to Madrid

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.

Journey timeFrom 9h 25m
Price$29.04 - $270.16
Distance501km (311 miles)
Frequency1 train per day
Departure stationLisbon
Arrival stationMadrid
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsavanza_auto_res, union_ivkoni

Lisbon to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Lisbon to Madrid for Dienstag 3. Dez. 2019. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
08:1520:0810h 53m, 3 changes
21:2507:509h 25m, 1 change
21:2508:4010h 15m, direct

Renfe and Trenhotel trains from Lisbon to Madrid

You can travel from Lisbon to Madrid on Renfe and Trenhotel 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).

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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).

Cheap train tickets from Lisbon to Madrid

Train tickets from Lisbon to Madrid start at €25 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 €74.47.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price69.67
on the day
avg. single price74.47

Ahorra comprando tus billetes con la mayor antelación posible

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.§

Descubre cómo encontrar billetes de tren más baratos

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.

Consulta (¡y obtén!) los descuentos y ofertas de tren del momento

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!

Utiliza tu tarjeta de descuento al comprar tus billetes de tren

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.

§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 Lisbon 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 Lisbon to Madrid take?

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Lisbon and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Lisbon to Madrid is 9 hours and 25 minutes.

How much does the train from Lisbon to Madrid cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Lisbon to Madrid?

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.

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

The first train from Lisbon to Madrid leaves at 08:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

What's the distance between Lisbon and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from Lisbon to Madrid cover a distance of around 501km during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to Lisbon. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Lisbon 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 Lisbon to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 03/12/2019. 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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