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There are 6 ways to get from Madrid to Lisbon by bus, train, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Bus  •  8h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios Station

21€ - 70€

5 alternative options

Train  •  10h 48m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias to Badajoz 194
  2. Take the train from Badajoz to Entroncamento Re
  3. Take the train from Entroncamento to Lisboa - Santa Apolonia Re / ...

49€ - 65€

Train, night train  •  11h 13m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Principe Pio to Salamanca 18909 / ...
  2. Take the night train from Salamanca to Santa Apolónia Trenhotel Surexpreso

57€ - 76€

Rideshare  •  6h 42m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Lisbon 628.2 km

27€ - 45€

Drive  •  5h 57m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Lisbon 629 km

75€ - 110€

Fly  •  4h 9m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Lisbon (LIS) MAD - LIS

32€ - 89€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lisbon is 808 24 24 24.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lisbon is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Lisbon is 2 metres.

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Last updated: 25 Oct 2020
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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Lisbon is to rideshare which costs 27€ - 45€ and takes 6h 42m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Lisbon is to fly which costs 30€ - 90€ and takes 4h 9m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid Estacion Sur and arriving at Lisbon Sete Rios Station station. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 15m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Lisbon. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias and arriving at Lisboa - Santa Apolonia via Badajoz and Entroncamento. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 48m.

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The distance between Madrid and Lisbon is 502 km. The road distance is 629 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lisbon without a car is to bus which takes 8h 15m and costs 21€ - 70€.

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The bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios Station takes 8h 15m including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Madrid to Lisbon bus services, operated by Rede Expressos, depart from Madrid Estacion Sur station.

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Madrid to Lisbon train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lisbon is to bus which takes 8h 15m and costs 21€ - 70€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 10h 48m, you could also fly, which costs 30€ - 90€ and takes 4h 9m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Lisbon.
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  • Distance: 502.3 km
  • Duration: 8h 15m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal?

Rede Expressos operates a bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios Station 3 times a day. Tickets cost 21€ - 45€ and the journey takes 8h 15m. ALSA also services this route once daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Madrid to Lisbon via Badajoz and Entroncamento in around 10h 48m.

Airlines
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 160€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
29€ - 130€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
23€ - 120€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
25€ - 140€
Train operators
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanias to Badajoz
Ave. Duration
5h 8m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
29€ - 40€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Madrid-Principe Pio to Salamanca
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
17€ - 22€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Comboios De Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal that spans over 2700km, with trains split into three main types: regional, urban and intercity trains; international and domestic high-speed trains; and international night trains. Portugal's main stations are Santa Apolónia in Lisbon and Campanha in Porto – these connect to trains in Portugal's cities and international destinations. The Alfa Pendular, the fastest train in Portugal, is a popular travel choice, as it can run at a speed of up to 250 km/h. You can book train tickets up to 60 days in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 707 210 220
Website
cp.pt
Train from Badajoz to Entroncamento
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
12€ - 18€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
12€ - 18€
Train from Entroncamento to Lisboa - Santa Apolonia
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
7€ - 11€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
7€ - 11€
Night train from Salamanca to Santa Apolónia
Ave. Duration
7h 33m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
40€ - 55€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
40€ - 55€
Bus operators
Rede Expressos

Rede Nacional de Expressos is a cheap and convenient way to get around the country. In business since 1995, Portugal’s biggest bus operator services villages and cities across the country. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days before the date of travel, with discounted fares available via their free RFLEX Card. Most coaches have WiFi and power sockets.

Contact Details
Phone
707 22 33 44
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios Station
Ave. Duration
8h 15m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
21€ - 45€
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
Book at
rede-expressos.pt
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios
Ave. Duration
8h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
45€ - 70€
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
27€ - 45€
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Madrid to Lisbon bus services, operated by Rede Expressos, arrive at Lisbon Sete Rios Station.

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Lisbon is 1h behind Madrid. It is currently 7:12 AM in Madrid and 6:12 AM in Lisbon.

Madrid to Lisbon train services, operated by Comboios De Portugal, arrive at Lisboa - Santa Apolonia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Lisbon is 629 km. It takes approximately 5h 57m to drive from Madrid to Lisbon.

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Air Europa, easyJet, TAP Portugal and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Lisbon bus tickets online with Omio and Busbud.

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There are 11053+ hotels available in Lisbon. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Madrid and Lisbon. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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