Embark on a true railway adventure and take the train from London to Madrid – a journey that’s sure to leave you with a few stories to tell! This particular route may not be the fastest compared to flying, but what it does offer is incredibly scenic views from your window and a chance to mingle with the locals. What could be better?
Starting at London St Pancras, your journey will involve at least two changes (one in Paris, one in Barcelona) and a minimum journey time of 13 hours, so we’d recommend bringing plenty to entertain yourself with along the way. Alternatively, split your journey up by spending a day or two in Paris or Barcelona. If you’re worried about comfort, opt for First Class tickets and kick back in your large leather seats, with meal service at your seat. Read on for lots of useful information on the journey, including prices and FAQs.
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 London 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!
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 London and Madrid is 22 hours and 31 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 London to Madrid is 14 hours and 10 minutes.
Train tickets from London to Madrid can start from as little as €186.95 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.
No, there are no direct train services from London to Madrid. Travelling from London to Madrid by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.
The first train from London to Madrid leaves at 08:04. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Madrid leaves at 17:16. 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 London to Madrid cover a distance of around 785 miles (1264 km) during the journey.