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Travelling from Paris to Madrid by train

Looking to travel from the French capital to the Spanish capital? Hop on a day train from Madrid via Barcelona and arrive in Paris in under 11 hours. Alternatively, jump on an overnight sleeper train and treat yourself to a true European train journey. Overnight sleeper trains are a unique experience – go to bed in France and wake up in Spain!

Arriving into Madrid Atocha station, you’ll be well placed to explore the Spanish capital. Take a moment to appreciate the tropical garden at the centre of Atocha – you'll be hard pressed to find a prettier station. The Royal Botanical Garden is within walking distance of the station, a great attraction for nature lovers. Continuing the royal trail, head to the Royal Palace of Madrid, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. Ready to go? Read on for train times, ticket prices and FAQs.  

Paris to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 17h 40m to travel from Paris to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 654 miles (1052 km). There are normally 4 trains per day travelling from Paris to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from €81.30 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 9h 43m
Price€81.30 - €489.10
Distance654 miles (1052 km)
Frequency4 trains per day
Departure stationParis
Arrival stationMadrid
Changes1 change
Train and bus operators

Paris to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Paris to Madrid for Sunday 31st May 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
08:12 Paris Gare de Lyon22:00 Madrid AtochaTGV INOUI 6221 SNCF Get tickets13h 48m, 3 changes
12:47 Paris Montparnasse07:28 Madrid ChamartínTGV INOUI 8541 SNCF Get tickets18h 41m, 2 changes
18:47 Paris Montparnasse19:10 Madrid AtochaTGV INOUI 8515 SNCF Get tickets24h 23m, 3 changes
08:12 Paris Gare de Lyon23:14 Madrid AtochaTGV INOUI 6221 SNCF Get tickets15h 02m, 3 changes
18:47 Paris Montparnasse19:10 Madrid AtochaTGV INOUI 8515 SNCF Get tickets24h 23m, 4 changes
10:12 Paris Gare de Lyon23:14 Madrid AtochaTGV INOUI 9713 SNCF Get tickets13h 02m, 1 change
15:12 Paris Gare de Lyon09:20 Madrid AtochaTGV INOUI 9715 SNCF Get tickets18h 08m, 1 change
18:47 Paris Montparnasse19:10 Madrid AtochaTGV INOUI 8515 SNCF Get tickets24h 23m, 4 changes
18:58 Paris Gare de Lyon19:10 Madrid AtochaTGV INOUI 6689 SNCF Get tickets24h 12m, 6 changes
10:12 Paris Gare de Lyon23:14 Madrid AtochaTGV INOUI 9713 SNCF Get tickets13h 02m, 1 change

Cheap train tickets from Paris to Madrid

Train tickets from Paris to Madrid start at €81.30 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €336.27.
lowest price found
from81.30
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price244.02
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price263.56
on the day
avg. single price336.27

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 Paris to Madrid 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Paris to Madrid? 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 Paris to Madrid take?

The average journey time by train between Paris and Madrid is 17 hours and 40 minutes, with around 4 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 Paris and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Madrid is 9 hours and 43 minutes.

How much does the train from Paris to Madrid cost?

Train tickets from Paris to Madrid can start from as little as €81.30 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.

Is there a direct train from Paris to Madrid?

No, there are no direct train services from Paris to Madrid. Travelling from Paris to Madrid by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Paris to Madrid leaves at 10:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Paris to Madrid leaves at 18:58. 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 Paris and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from Paris to Madrid cover a distance of around 654 miles (1052 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to Paris. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Paris to Madrid.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Paris to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 31/05/2020. 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 01/04/2019 for travel on 01/04/2019 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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