From the heart of Spain to the coast of Portugal, Lisbon is within easy reach of Madrid by train.
It may take 10 hours and 45 minutes, but it’s direct, comfortable and takes the hassle out of travelling. No more agonising over how much luggage you can bring or setting off early for the airport. When you travel by Renfe, there’s a generous luggage allowance and WiFi on board to stay connected throughout. It’s the simplest way to transfer directly from Madrid to Lisbon.
If you’re staying central, you won’t even need to worry about taxi transfers, with the train station in the popular Barro Alto district. There are two trains a day, the first leaving at 10:19, allowing you to arrive into Lisbon just in time to sample its famous late-night entertainment and delicious custard tarts.
Further information on the Madrid to Lisbon route can be found below, be sure to check it out.
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 Madrid to Lisbon 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 and Lisbon is 11 hours and 5 minutes, with around 1 train 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 to Lisbon is 11 hours and 5 minutes.
Train tickets from Madrid to Lisbon 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Madrid to Lisbon. Travelling from Madrid to Lisbon by train will require a minimum of 3 changes.
The first train from Madrid to Lisbon leaves at 10:15. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Madrid to Lisbon leaves at 10:15. 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 to Lisbon cover a distance of around 311 miles (501 km) during the journey.