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.
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.§
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 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Paris to Madrid is 9 hours and 43 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Paris to Madrid leaves at 10:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Paris to Madrid cover a distance of around 654 miles (1052 km) during the journey.