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Travel by train from Valencia to Madrid

Picture this – you arrive at Valencia's Joaquín ​Sorolla Train Station in the heart of the city about 20-30 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 Madrid Atocha Station right on the doorstep of Madrid’s city centre.

Yeah, that's a real thing! Now you can go and close that plane comparison site tab because the train journey from Valencia to Madrid is the best option in every way!

The train flies through the mountainous countryside at speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph) as you make your way towards Madrid. The journey is incredibly scenic as you climb to almost 700m above sea level to reach Madrid from the seaside, so you're constantly suspended on hillsides, whooshing through tunnels, and around 25-30 minutes into your journey you'll cross the spectacular bridge across the Contreras Reservoir with views out over the vast Hoces del Cabriel Nature Reserve. Make sure you have your camera handy for that!

Getting off at Madrid Atocha station, you’ll be at the heart of the Spanish capital. The Royal Palace is just a short hop on the Cercanias metro, while the Museo Nacional del Prado and El Retiro Park are within walking distance of the station. Need more inspiration? Check out our guide to the best things to do in Madrid, including the best restaurants, parks, museums and shops to go to.

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 Valencia to Madrid has everything you need. Start your search for times and tickets above, or continue reading to find out more about the journey, 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.

Valencia to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 1h 49m to travel from Valencia to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 188 miles (303 km). There are normally 9 trains per day travelling from Valencia to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from €15 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 40m
Price€15 - €161.50
Distance188 miles (303 km)
Frequency9 trains per day
Departure stationValencia
Arrival stationMadrid
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsGrupo Samar, Avanza, Renfe

Valencia to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Valencia to Madrid for Saturday 27th Feb 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:13 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla09:06 Madrid AtochaAVE 5069 Renfe Get tickets1h 53m, direct
08:00 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla09:47 Madrid AtochaAVE 5081 Renfe Get tickets1h 47m, direct
09:40 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla11:20 Madrid AtochaAVE 5091 Renfe Get tickets1h 40m, direct
12:21 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla14:29 Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 4111 Renfe Get tickets2h 8m, direct
14:10 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla15:48 Madrid AtochaAVE 5141 Renfe Get tickets1h 38m, direct
15:10 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla17:03 Madrid AtochaAVE 5149 Renfe Get tickets1h 53m, direct
17:00 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla18:47 Madrid AtochaAVE 5171 Renfe Get tickets1h 47m, direct
19:10 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla20:50 Madrid AtochaAVE 5191 Renfe Get tickets1h 40m, direct
21:10 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla22:57 Madrid AtochaAVE 5211 Renfe Get tickets1h 47m, direct
07:13 Valencia Joaquín Sorolla09:06 Madrid AtochaAVE 5069 Renfe Get tickets1h 53m, direct

Renfe, AVE and Alvia trains from Valencia to Madrid

You can travel from Valencia to Madrid 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 Valencia to Madrid

The price of train tickets from Valencia to Madrid 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.
lowest price found
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price52.60
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price53.62
on the day
avg. single price65.76

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 Valencia 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 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 Valencia 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 Valencia to Madrid take?

The average journey time by train between Valencia and Madrid 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.

How fast does the train from Valencia to Madrid travel?

AVE high-speed trains from Valencia to Madrid can travel at speeds of up to 193 mph (310 km/h). The fastest journey time from Valencia to Madrid by train is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

How much does the train from Valencia to Madrid cost?

Train ticket prices from Valencia to Madrid 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 Valencia to Madrid?

Yes. There are 9 direct Renfe trains that travel from Valencia to Madrid each day with an average journey time of 1 hour and 49 minutes.

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

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

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

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

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

Which train companies operate between Valencia and Madrid?

All trains travelling from Valencia to Madrid are operated by Renfe – the national train operator in Spain.

Are there security checks on trains from Valencia to Madrid?

Yes. When boarding the train from Valencia to Madrid, all passengers must pass through a security control point for a ticket and baggage check before departure. This is a requirement on all trains in Spain and the check-point usually closes two minutes before the train is due to depart.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to Valencia.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Valencia to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 27/02/2021. 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 22/02/2021 for travel on 03/08/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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