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Overview: Train from Madrid to Alicante

distanceDistance223 miles (360 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 29 min
priceAverage train ticket price$68 (€57)
frequencyTrain frequency7 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 7 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesRenfe AVE or Renfe

Trains from Madrid to Alicante cover the 223 miles (360 km) long trip taking on average 2 h 29 min with our travel partners like Renfe AVE or Renfe. Normally, there are 7 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as $56 (€46), but the average price of train tickets is $68 (€57). Travelers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Alicante-Terminal.

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Renfe and AVE from Madrid to Alicante trains

Buy your official Renfe and AVE train tickets from Madrid to Alicante from $56 (€46) with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most affordable journey.

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AVE

Renfe is Spain’s national train company offering a multitude of domestic routes and international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe is known for its range of ticket types to fit anyone’s budget, such as the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also has discount cards for qualified travelers like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50, which you can use on Omio. When you ride with Renfe, you can expect to find an impressive fleet of trains offering different levels of comfort, amenities and time needed to travel to your destination. These train types include Renfe AVE for high-speed long-distance routes, Alvia and Altaria for domestic routes in parts of Spain, Euromed for routes along the stunning Mediterranean coast, Avant commuter trains and Trenhotel night trains.

    Renfe has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your Renfe tickets to Alicante from Madrid and when traveling by train:

    • Cashless payments recommended
    • Online booking and check-in recommended
    • Exceptions to waive change or cancellation fees policy
    • Renfe has applied temporary travel conditions for ticket holders that can no longer justify their travel or don’t wish to travel with AVE, Large Distancia, Avant or Media services for trips between 29th of October and 8th of May 2021
    • Travellers may choose to get a full refund, free of charge, or be provided with a new ticket for another date free of charge.
    • Passengers traveling international routes (Renfe–SNCF) can cancel their ticket free of charge until August 29th, 2021 if it’s requested three days before the departure date.

    Trains from Madrid to Alicante

    A passenger train from Madrid to Alicante covers a distance of about 224 miles (360 km). The route has between 8 and 11 trains leaving Madrid for Alicante every day. Journeys between the two Spanish cities take at least two hours.

    Madrid to Alicante Train Time: Daily Departures

    Travelers from Madrid to Alicante have a range of train departure times to choose from every day. Ten trains move passengers on the route from Monday through Wednesday, and nine on Thursdays and Sundays. On Friday, 11 trains travel to Alicante from Madrid, while only eight operate on Sunday. Departures spread fairly, with intervals of about one to two hours. Most of the journeys take place in daytime. The earliest trip begins at around 7:45 a.m., while the last train leaves the Madrid terminus shortly after 9:00 p.m.

    How long is the journey by train from Madrid to Alicante?

    Journeys from Madrid to Alicante are approximately two to three hours. The fastest trains depart at around 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and cover the distance in about two hours and 20 minutes. The slowest one takes approximately two hours and 45 minutes. It leaves the station moments after 8:00 p.m. Every train from Madrid to Alicante is direct and require no changes throughout.

    What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Madrid to Alicante?

    Departure train Station: The passenger boarding point for trains from Madrid to Alicante is Madrid Puerta de Atocha. The facility is about one mile (one a half km) from central Madrid, and it serves as the primary terminus for the city's commuter, regional, and intercity trains. To reach the Atocha Station from the center of Madrid, passengers can take a four minute ride on the C1 train or Line 1 subway. The bus takes approximately six minutes from the city while pedestrians walk for about 25 minutes. Taxis to the ground level of the station are also available. The historic train shed is more than a century old. It has accessible toilets, luggage lockers, ticket machines, and waiting facilities. Bars and restaurants with outdoor tables, as well as a stunning tropical garden, make the place ideal for travelers to wait for trains. Madrid Puerta de Atocha has a ground and an upper floor dedicated to high-speed and long-distance trains to Alicante and other destinations.

    Arrival train station: Alicante Terminal, sometimes referred to as the RENFE station, is the primary railway station in Alicante. It is the endpoint of train journeys from Madrid and the beginning of Alicante suburban trains. From the train station, Alicante city center is about a mile away. Travelers can catch a bus at Salamanca 12 after walking for about 100 meters. The trip to the city by a coach takes roughly four minutes. The Luceros tram is approximately a six minute walk away, and it takes about three minutes to reach the city. Alicante Train Station has a ticket office strategically positioned at the entrance. There are several ticket machines close to the waiting platforms. Travelers can grab refreshments at the shops and bars available throughout the terminal. Ample car parks and a bus stop outside make trips to Alicante convenient.

    Which train companies travel from Madrid to Alicante?

    The company that operates trains from Madrid to Alicante is Red Nacional de Ferrocarriles Españoles (RENFE). The state-owned operator runs Renfe and Renfe AVE trains. Of the two options, Renfe AVE is faster.

    Renfe Madrid to Alicante

    One RENFE train leaves Madrid for Alicante at around noon and another one just after 8:00 p.m. every day. These long-distance trains take at least two hours and 40 minutes to reach Alicante Terminal. Services are direct and require no changes along the route.

    Renfe AVE Madrid to Alicante

    Renfe AVE is a high-speed and economical train from Madrid to Alicante. Its journeys can take as little as two hours and 22 minutes. The operator makes between six and nine trips daily with no transfers required. The first train departs from Madrid Puerta de Atocha at around 7:45 a.m. while the last one leaves the station at about 9:15 p.m.

    Madrid to Alicante Trains: Services on Board

    Renfe trains have first-class and second-class ticket options. Prices are flexible, allowing passengers to enjoy discounted rates from time to time. Travelers can bring a maximum of three pieces of luggage, which can include a folded bike. The baggage limit is 25 kg. Each passenger can travel with one pet, and the trains have a specialized service to help disabled individuals to board and disembark from trains. Those who need guide dogs are free to bring them.

    How to find cheap train tickets from Madrid to Alicante

    Travelers can secure cut-rate tickets by booking a few weeks before the journey. Sometimes, slower trips and connecting trains are more affordable. Passengers with the ability to be flexible with their travel dates may also find a discounted train from Madrid to Alicante either side of their intended travel day. Use the Omio tool to search journey options and find an affordable train.

    Train tickets from Madrid to Alicante: when to book to save $

    Time Price Savings
    1 week earlier 44 €
    2 weeks earlier 39 €13%
    3 weeks earlier 38 €16%
    1 month before 41 €7%
    2 months earlier 40 €10%
    3 months earlier 35 €26%


    Train companies often offer promotional prices and offers—by buying in advance—you can get access the best prices for trains in the U.S., Canada, and the major European railroad operators. Search on Omio to check prices and cheap train tickets from Madrid - Alicante. Easily find the most attractive rates and choose the your preferred route for your journey. Book and choose your mobile ticket: avoid the queues at the station and the added stress of printing your ticket.

    The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:

    • Buying your train ticket from Madrid - Alicante 3 weeks in advance means you can save on average up to 16% compared to the price available on the day of departure.
    • If you book a ticket Madrid - Alicante with 2 months in advance you save up to about 10% compared to the initial price.
    • By booking 3 months in advance, you could save up to 26%.
    • On Omio you can find all offers, train times and prices for train travel in Europe, the U.S., and Canada.

    Travel Tips

    Trains from Madrid to Alicante
    Travel by train to Alicante easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Madrid to Alicante.
    FAQs
    How much does a cheap train between Madrid and Alicante cost?
    Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train from Madrid to Alicante for the next 7 days starting from $56 (€46)  one way.
    How much is a train ticket to Alicante from Madrid?
    The Madrid to Alicante train ticket price is on average $68 (€57)  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this trip in the next week.
    How far is Madrid to Alicante by train?
    When traveling this route you should expect the distance between Madrid and Alicante by train to be approximately 223 miles (360 km).
    How long is a train from Madrid to Alicante on average?
    On average the Madrid to Alicante train time is 2 h 29 min  covering the 223 miles (360 km) long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
    When traveling by train from Madrid to Alicante, which train station in Madrid do I depart from and which train station in Alicante do I arrive in?

    When departing from Madrid, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro. When arriving in Alicante, you can end your journey in train stations like Alicante-Terminal and Alicante San Gabriel.

    Omio customers book a train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha   to Alicante-Terminal   most frequently for this route.

    Where is the train station in Madrid to go to Alicante? Where is the train station in Alicante located?

    Passengers board the train most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, which is located around 1.1 miles (1.8 km) away from the city center, and they get off the train at Alicante-Terminal, located 0.7 miles (1.2 km) away from the city center.

    What train providers offer a service from Madrid to Alicante?
    Take the Madrid to Alicante train with Renfe AVE or Renfe. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the journey from Madrid to Alicante as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
    How many train services per day are there between Madrid and Alicante?
    On average, there are 7 trains a day from Madrid to Alicante. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
    When can I take the first train from Madrid to Alicante? When can I take the last train for the day?
    You can take the earliest train from Madrid to Alicante at 5: 50 AM   or take the last train from Madrid to Alicante leaving at 8: 15 PM. Look for the latest Madrid to Alicante train schedules on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this route.
    How early should I purchase train tickets from Madrid to Alicante to score the best deals?
    In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train companies offering this route and save money. If you buy train tickets from Madrid to Alicante within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $68 (€57) one way. To find the best prices for this route, consider booking your train ticket from Madrid to Alicante a few months in advance.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Madrid
    Alicante
    Madrid-Puerta de Atocha is the most popular Madrid railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Madrid for your trip to Alicante.
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +34 912432343
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Sun: 10: 00 - 20: 00
    Public transit options for Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
    Metro lines: 1
    Bus lines: 10, 14, 24, 26, 32, 37, 54, 57, 59, 85, 86, 102, 121, 203
    Train lines: C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C7, C8, C10