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Travelling by train from Valencia to Madrid

New OUIGO service from Valencia to Madrid

From the 7th of October 2022, OUIGO started operating its new high-speed route between Valencia and Madrid! The line connects Valencia Joaquín Sorolla and Madrid Chamartín station in just 1 hour and 50 minutes. OUIGO tickets are available on Trainline from €9 for both the Madrid-Barcelona route (with stops in Tarragona and Zaragoza) and the Madrid-Valencia route. The new OUIGO trains depart from Valencia at 07:35, 10:10 and 20:00 and from Madrid at 07:20, 17:20 and 19:25.

Other trains from Valencia to Madrid

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

The train from Valencia to Madrid usually takes 1h 46m, but can take just 1h 38m 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.

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.

Why not start a search for cheap train tickets from Valencia to Madrid with us today? If you want to find out more, keep reading for FAQs and money-saving tips.

Valencia to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 2h 3m to travel from Valencia to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 188 miles (303 km). There are normally 20 trains per day travelling from Valencia to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from €7 when you book in advance.

First train

07:00

Last train

21:10

Departure station

Valencia

Arrival station

Madrid

Journey time

1h 50m

Distance

303 miles (188 km)

Frequency

20 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From €7

Train and bus operators

OUIGO, Avanza, Renfe, Grupo Samar, iryo

Valencia to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Valencia to Madrid for Tuesday 7th February 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
09:35 11:38 2h 3m, direct
11:09 13:30 2h 21m, direct
11:45 14:19 2h 34m, 1 change
11:45 13:35 1h 50m, direct
12:45 14:58 2h 13m, 1 change
12:45 14:35 1h 50m, direct
14:10 16:06 1h 56m, direct
14:45 16:38 1h 53m, direct
15:45 17:35 1h 50m, direct
16:40 18:40 2h 0m, direct

AVE, OUIGO, iryo and Renfe trains from Valencia to Madrid

You can travel from Valencia to Madrid on AVE, OUIGO, iryo and Renfe 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.

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.

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OUIGO is the low-cost brand of French rail company SNCF, who operate trains in France and Spain. In France, all seats on OUIGO are Second Class and tickets can only be purchased online. You can also pay for additional extras, such as reserving a seat in the ‘quiet area’, at-seat power sockets and extra luggage. OUIGO has been operating in Spain since May 2021, and their trains include an onboard bar and a premium class of service called OUIGO Plus.

Operating since the end of 2022, iryo is a new high-speed train company in Spain. It’s a consortium between the Spanish airline Air Norstrum and the train company Trenitalia, one of the greatest leaders in European rail transport. The first private Spanish high-speed company to operate, iryo runs high-speed services on the Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona route and connects Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia/Alicante and Madrid – Cordoba – Seville/Malaga. They are doing this all with a fleet of ETR1000 model trains that offer the highest level of comfort in Spain, with a combination of advanced propulsion and highest quality onboard services, including WiFi connection and catering service. 98% of the parts of the trains are 100% recyclable, making this trip sustainable as well!

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.

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 2 hours and 3 minutes, with around 20 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 50 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 16 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 07:00. 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 02/07/2023. 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 06/10/2023 for travel on 06/10/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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