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Trains from Madrid to Valencia

Imagine this – you arrive at Madrid Atocha Train Station on the edge of Madrid's city centre about 30 minutes before your train departure time, you breeze through a two-minute security bag check, you jump on an AVE high-speed train, and in around 1h 40m you’re pulling into Valencia's Joaquín ​Sorolla Train Station in the heart of the city. Sounds awesome, right? Well, we think it is!

The train slices through the mountainous countryside at speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph) as you descend from almost 700m above sea level down towards Valencia which is located right on the Mediterranean seaside. You're constantly suspended on hillsides, whooshing through tunnels, and around an hour into your journey, you'll cross the spectacular bridge across the Contreras Reservoir with views out over the vast Hoces del Cabriel Nature Reserve. You’re going to need to have your camera handy for that!

With multiple ticket options available for the budget-conscious, the flexible folk, or for those who want to treat themselves and upgrade to Preferente (First Class) which includes reclining leather seats and complimentary drinks and snacks, the AVE train from Madrid to Valencia has everything you need. Start your search for times and tickets above, or continue reading to find out more about the journey, daily timetables, how to find cheap tickets, and much more.

Pictured: Train bridge crossing the Contreras Reservoir in the Hoces del Cabriel Nature Reserve, Spain. Bridge infrastructure owned by ADIF. Photo by CFCSL.

Madrid to Valencia by train

It takes an average of 1h 49m to travel from Madrid to Valencia by train, over a distance of around 188 miles (303 km). There are normally 9 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Valencia and tickets for this journey start from €15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 40m
PriceFrom €15
Distance188 miles (303 km)
Frequency9 trains per day
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationValencia
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsAvanza, Renfe, Grupo Samar

Madrid to Valencia train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Valencia for Tuesday 11th May 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
06:45 Madrid Atocha08:38 Valencia Joaquín SorollaAVE 5270 Renfe Get tickets1h 53m, direct
09:40 Madrid Atocha11:25 Valencia Joaquín SorollaAVE 5098 Renfe Get tickets1h 45m, direct
11:40 Madrid Atocha13:28 Valencia Joaquín SorollaAVE 5110 Renfe Get tickets1h 48m, direct
13:40 Madrid Atocha15:33 Valencia Joaquín SorollaAVE 5340 Renfe Get tickets1h 53m, direct
15:40 Madrid Atocha17:22 Valencia Joaquín SorollaAVE 5150 Renfe Get tickets1h 42m, direct
16:12 Madrid Atocha18:17 Valencia Joaquín SorollaAlvia/Avant 4110 Renfe Get tickets2h 5m, direct
17:40 Madrid Atocha19:20 Valencia Joaquín SorollaAVE 5170 Renfe Get tickets1h 40m, direct
19:40 Madrid Atocha21:29 Valencia Joaquín SorollaAVE 5198 Renfe Get tickets1h 49m, direct
21:10 Madrid Atocha23:03 Valencia Joaquín SorollaAVE 5410 Renfe Get tickets1h 53m, direct
06:45 Madrid Atocha08:38 Valencia Joaquín SorollaAVE 5270 Renfe Get tickets1h 53m, direct

Renfe, AVE and Alvia trains from Madrid to Valencia

You can travel from Madrid to Valencia on Renfe, AVE and Alvia 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).

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.

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Valencia

The price of train tickets from Madrid to Valencia starts at €15 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 Valencia by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train 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 Madrid to Valencia? 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 Madrid to Valencia take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Valencia is 1 hour and 49 minutes, with around 9 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 Madrid and Valencia by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Valencia is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Valencia cost?

Train ticket prices from Madrid to Valencia can start from as little as €15 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Madrid to Valencia?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid to Valencia without having to change trains. There are 9 direct trains from Madrid to Valencia each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Madrid to Valencia leaves at 00:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Madrid to Valencia leaves at 10:40. 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 Madrid and Valencia by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Valencia cover a distance of around 188 miles (303 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Valencia to Madrid.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Valencia for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/11/2021. 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 08/21/2021 for travel on 08/21/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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