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).
Train tickets from Madrid to Lisbon start at €24.60 if purchased from 3 to 6 months in advance. Prices for train journeys from Madrid to Lisbon start at €60.55 when you book at least 28 days in advance.** Tickets usually go on sale 3 months in advance, yet in some rare cases this can be up to 6 months. For more precise information on when you can book your tickets or whether there are any promotional sales, click here.
The average journey time between Madrid and Lisbon is 10 hours and 51 minutes and the fastest journey time is 10 hours and 47 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 2 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Lisbon. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The first train from Madrid to Lisbon departs at 10:25. The last train from Madrid to Lisbon departs at 21:43. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency. There may also be less services on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid to Lisbon without having to change trains. There are 1 direct train from Madrid to Lisbon. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.