Fancy combining a city break with some time by the sea? Well, you can do just that when you take the train from Madrid to Alicante. The high-speed AVE trains operated by Renfe offer a speedy cross-country service, taking you from Madrid to Alicante in just 2h 20m. This route makes getting to the coast so much easier than flying and it saves you time, too. Plus, you don’t need to worry about luggage space or restrictions on liquids. Sun lotion in your hand luggage, no problem.
In Alicante, you’ll enjoy the warm climate in summer, especially at Playa de San Juan. But it is not all about the beach. You can also climb to Castillo de Santa Barbara to appreciate the views and visit the archaeological museum to learn more about the area. Find your next train from Madrid to Alicante in our Journey Planner above.
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.
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.
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 Madrid Atocha to Alicante Terminal 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 Madrid Atocha and Alicante Terminal is 4 hours and 27 minutes, with around 5 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 Madrid Atocha to Alicante Terminal is 2 hours and 35 minutes.
Train tickets from Madrid Atocha to Alicante Terminal can start from as little as €19.25 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 Madrid Atocha to Alicante Terminal without having to change trains. There are 4 direct trains from Madrid Atocha to Alicante Terminal. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Madrid Atocha to Alicante Terminal leaves at 07:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Madrid Atocha to Alicante Terminal leaves at 21:10. 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 Madrid Atocha to Alicante Terminal cover a distance of around 222 miles (358 km) during the journey.