Trains to Madrid

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Madrid train stations

The Spanish capital city of Madrid lies right in the centre of the country and, like any major hub, its gravity draws everything that’s best in the surrounding area towards it. Madrid has the most exciting international art galleries, the most wide-open and beautiful parks, the most dignified of Renaissance and Baroque architecture, as well as nightlife that’s legendary and tapas bars on every street corner. This is, undoubtedly, a lively and fascinating city! As a result, it attracts people with its magnetism, and many of these visitors use one of its two main railway stations — Estación de Madrid-Atocha in the south or Estación de Chamartín in northern Madrid. Madrid-Atocha station is the primary commuter hub with regional and inter-city trains from the south of the country, plus AVE and high-speed trains arriving from all over Spain. Chamartín train station mainly serves the north of the country, and it also has a mix of high-speed inter-city trains, as well as suburban services.

Madrid-Atocha train station

Madrid-Atocha is the largest of the Madrid train stations and also one of its architectural landmarks. In reality, a complex of rail terminals, it is made up of the Madrid-Atocha Cercanías (commuter services) and Madrid Puerta de Atocha station, plus the Atocha Renfe metro station. The old Atocha station was refurbished in the wrought iron style in the early 20th century by architect Alberto de Palacio Elissagne, in collaboration with Gustave Eiffel. Inside, travellers will find themselves in an arched greenhouse space filled with plants and fountains, much like an inner-city park. There are 15 platforms in total. The station serves both local and regional Renfe-run services, such as the AVE inter-city high-speed service, and the Avant and Alvia local services on the Puerta de Atocha side. That’s in addition to the Renfe-operated Alaris, Medium Distance and Talso services on the Atocha-Cercanías side. The journey from Barcelona to Madrid-Atocha takes 2h30mins on the Renfe AVE inter-city service, and the journey from Malaga (in the south) takes 2h20mins. There are bus stations and taxi ranks right outside the station, and the metro station is inside.

 

Address

Glorieta del Emperador Carlos V, s/n, 28045 – Madrid

Ticket Office Hours
Monday to Sunday: 05:30am - 10:30pm

 

Madrid-Chamartín train station

The second of the two Madrid train stations is Madrid-Chamartín. It is a huge, modern, red-brick edifice, built in the 1970s, with vaulted arches soaring over a main hall and platforms serving a total of 21 different routes. It accommodates a mix of inter-city high-speed trains from the AVE service, as well as local and commuter services. Commuters and tourists alike use the popular Valladolid service, which takes 1h00mins. This busy route is provided by several different Spanish train operators, including AV City, Avant, and MD. The journey up through Spain to Santiago de Compostella, in the north-west, is just over 5h00mins. The direct route is operated by Alvia, or a combination of Alvia and Intercity can be used for a journey with one change at Ourense. City buses and taxis go from outside the station, and it has its own metro stop, linking it to the rest of the city’s underground network.

 

Address

 C / Agustín de Foxa, s/n, 28036 – Madrid

Ticket Office Hours
Monday to Friday (except holidays): 06:10am - 10:10pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 06:30am - 10:10pm

 

Top routes from Madrid

Arrival stationDurationServiceTrains per day
Barcelona2h 30m6:10 - 21:3019
Seville2h 30m7:00 - 21:2518
Paris9h 43m6:10 - 21:256
Málaga-María Zambrano2h 20m7:35 - 21:2515
Toledo32m6:50 - 21:5013
Lisbon10h 47m9:15 - 21:432