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Travelling by train from Madrid to Valencia

New OUIGO service from Madrid to Valencia

From 7th October 2022, OUIGO will run its high-speed service from Madrid to Valencia. Make sure you book your tickets now with Trainline if you want to snap up the cheapest fares!

OUIGO trains will depart from Madrid Chamartín station and arrive into Valencia Joaquín Sorolla station – you'll get from the capital to the Valencian coast in no time!

Other trains from Madrid to Valencia

Planning to travel from Madrid to Valencia by train? You've come to the right place!

The train from Madrid to Valencia usually takes 1h 46m, but can take just 1h 40m on the fastest services. You'll be travelling direct on this route with Renfe. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi as standard.

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 Confort (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 50m to travel from Madrid to Valencia by train, over a distance of around 188 miles (303 km). There are normally 14 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Valencia and tickets for this journey start from €7 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 40m
PriceFrom €7
Distance188 miles (303 km)
Frequency14 trains per day
First train06:45
Last train21:10
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 Monday 4th July 2022. 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 1h 53m, direct
07:40 Madrid Atocha09:20 Valencia Joaquín Sorollaave 5070 Renfe 1h 40m, direct
08:45 Madrid Atocha10:38 Valencia Joaquín Sorollaave 5080 Renfe 1h 53m, direct
09:40 Madrid Atocha11:25 Valencia Joaquín Sorollaave 5098 Renfe 1h 45m, direct
10:40 Madrid Atocha12:33 Valencia Joaquín Sorollaave 5100 Renfe 1h 53m, direct
10:55 Madrid Atocha13:10 Valencia Joaquín SorollaIC 5710 Renfe 2h 15m, 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 operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.

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 two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (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. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.

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 €7 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 50 minutes, with around 14 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 €7 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 14 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 06:45. 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 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.

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.

Our tips and tricks

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. We also believe about taking those journeys and sharing our experiences with you, so you can sit back, relax and get the most out of your trip.

Travelling on a high-speed train from Madrid to Valencia

Review by Sophie Sauze

I decided to take the train from Madrid to Valencia as it seemed to the easiest and most eco-friendly option. Renfe’s high-speed AVE trains make the trip between these two cities several times a day, the fastest journey time taking just 1h 40m and the cost can be quite cheap too!

Departing from Madrid Atocha

My train was leaving from Madrid Atocha station, located in the centre of the Spanish capital, in the Atocha district. It’s one of two main Renfe stations in Madrid and the largest station in Spain. Once inside, I was immediately struck by the striking architecture of the building and the beautiful exotic garden located in the old train hall, filled with tall palm trees and tropical plants.

There are two departure points in Madrid Atocha: Atocha-Cercanias station where commuter lines and regional trains leave from, and Puerta de Atocha station from where the high-speed AVE trains depart to Seville, Malaga, Barcelona etc – which is where I had to go to catch the train to Valencia.

Onboard an AVE train

There are two classes on AVE trains: Preferente (First Class) and Turista (Standard Class), both offer comfortable seating, power sockets and there’s WiFi on board. I was sat in Standard Class and felt very comfortable during the journey.

Arriving in Valencia

In Valencia, the train arrives at Valencia Joaquin Sorolla station, which is located just a 10-minute walk from the city centre. From there, you can easily reach the main points of interest of the city such as the El Miguelete tower, the Marques de Dos Aguas palace, or the Torres de Serrano.

Top tip

When I booked with Trainline, I opted for the fastest route (the AVE train), which covers the distance between cities in just under two hours. If you want to save a few euros, however, it’s possible to find even cheaper tickets by taking a slower regional or Intercity train.

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The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Valencia for a typical week day using timetable data for 07/04/2022. 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 09/18/2022 for travel on 09/18/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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