Lisbon to Madrid by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $29.95
  2. 30 day advance $105.16
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    10hr 6m
  • Distance
    505 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    10hr 10m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Lisbon to Madrid by train

Fast trains from Lisbon to Madrid take around 10 hours and 6 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 505 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Lisbon and Madrid.

1. Are there direct trains from Lisbon to Madrid?

Direct trains from Lisbon to Madrid have been found.

We usually find at least one direct train on the route from Lisbon to Madrid every weekday.

Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.

2. How long is the train journey from Lisbon to Madrid?

The Lisbon to Madrid train travel time is normally about 10 hours and 6 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Lisbon to Madrid train times and schedule?

On weekdays the only direct train to Madrid is usually scheduled to depart Lisbon around 21:25. This is the same at the weekend.

What's the Lisbon to Madrid train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Lisbon to Madrid are $29.95.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $105 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $35. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Lisbon to Madrid train tickets?

Trains for this journey usually open for booking around 5 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Lisbon to Madrid by train.

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Which train companies operate between Lisbon and Madrid?

Trenhotel is the train company that operates on the route from Lisbon to Madrid.

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Madrid to Lisbon by train

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Lusitania night train

The night train from Lisbon to Madrid is one of Europe’s longest-standing overnight rail services. For more than half a century, this train – called the Lusitania – has been a mainstay of the timetables. Today the Lusitania is the only direct train between the two capital cities on the Iberian Peninsula.

The train leaves Lisbon running in tandem with the Sud Expresso bound for France, so it initially heads north-east. The two portions of the train are separated at Medina del Campo, and the Lusitania then heads more decisively towards Madrid. The train reaches the Spanish border just after two in the morning. The border formalities of yesteryear are long gone and you won’t be disturbed at all.

Lisbon to Madrid (night train)

Take a picnic and enjoy the evening ride along the Tejo Valley before turning in for the night. The Lusitania night train makes more than a dozen stops on its way to Madrid. The final 90 minutes of the journey take in some fine scenery as the train weaves its way through the rugged Sierra de Guadarrama before dropping down steeply past El Escorial to reach the Spanish capital.

In Lisbon you can board the Lusitania at Santa Apolónia station where it starts. If you prefer, you can also join it a few minutes later when it stops at Oriente station. Arrival in Madrid is at Chamartin station in the northern suburbs of the Spanish capital.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.