Madrid by train from Paris


No need to fly if you want see the Spanish capital...

London - Paris - Barcelona - Madrid - Barcelona - Paris - London

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Leave London on the morning train and be in Madrid by midnight. Or why not spend the night in Paris and Barcelona?

Madrid is a wonderful city and easy to reach by train. On the way there you travel through 2 of Europe's great cities, Paris and Barcelona, and also pass through some wonderful scenery. Until recently you could take an overnight Elipsos service direct to Madrid but, sadly, that was discontinued in December 2013.

You now have several new options.

You can travel to Madrid in a day from London if you wish (leave on Eurostar in the morning, take the 14.07 from Paris, the 21.00 from Barcelona and arrive in Madrid at 00.02), but this may be quite tiring, so you could stopover in Barcelona on the way there and Paris on the way back. The train from Barcelona to Madrid, on the hi-speed AVE, takes no more than 3 hours and there are frequent services.

You can also travel via Perpignan on the overnight service. You have to change at Perpignan at 7.20 in the morning but it's still a decent option.

The booking links are below each stage of the journey. If you need advice you can email us at

If you'd rather have a real human do all the work for you then we advise that you call Ffestiniog Travel where a friendly Welsh voice will guide you through all the options ( their profits go to supporting the Ffestiniog Steam railway too..) Call 01766 772 030 and quote RRS.

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Day 1

London - Paris

Day 1

Paris - Barcelona

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Days 1 - 2

Barcelona - Madrid

- by Rail

Days 2 - 4


Day 4

Madrid - Barcelona

- by Rail

Day 4

Barcelona - Paris

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Days 4 - 5


Day 5

Paris - London

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