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Travelling from Valencia to Madrid by train

The average journey time by train between Valencia and Madrid is 1 hour and 48 minutes, with around 9 trains per day. However, the fastest AVE services operated by Renfe can get you there in as little as 1 hour and 38 minutes.

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 less than 2 hours 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!

Covering a distance of around 188 miles (303 km), 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 700 metres 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 Cercanías 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 First Class (or Clase Confort in Spanish), 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.

Valencia to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 1h 46m to travel from Valencia to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 188 miles (303 km). There are normally 11 trains per day travelling from Valencia to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from €7 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 38m
PriceFrom €7
Distance188 miles (303 km)
Frequency11 trains per day
First train07:10
Last train21:10
Departure stationValencia
Arrival stationMadrid
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsAvanza, Renfe, Grupo Samar

Valencia to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Valencia to Madrid for Tuesday 8th February 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
06:10 08:00 1h 50m, direct
06:40 08:20 1h 40m, direct
06:55 08:47 1h 52m, direct
08:40 10:20 1h 40m, direct
09:40 11:32 1h 52m, direct
13:10 14:48 1h 38m, direct
14:10 16:03 1h 53m, direct
16:05 17:45 1h 40m, direct
17:05 18:57 1h 52m, direct
18:10 19:50 1h 40m, 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 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 Valencia to Madrid

The price of train tickets from Valencia to Madrid 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 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 46 minutes, with around 11 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 Valencia and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Valencia to Madrid is 1 hour and 38 minutes.

How much does the train from Valencia to Madrid cost?

Train ticket prices from Valencia to Madrid 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 Valencia to Madrid?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Valencia to Madrid without having to change trains. There are 11 direct trains from Valencia to Madrid each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Valencia to Madrid leaves at 07:10. 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 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 Valencia and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from Valencia to Madrid 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 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 02/08/2022. 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 08/08/2022 for travel on 08/08/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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