The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Madrid to Alicante will cost around $ 74 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 54.
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Trains per day
Of the 35 train that leave Madrid for Alicante every day 9 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 360 km distance in an average of 4h 21m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 2h 18m .
The slowest train will take 6h 19m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
3 hours 32 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||$43|
|Trains depart from:||Madrid|
|Trains arrive in:||Alicante|
|Train Companies:||Renfe AVE, Renfe|
There are daily direct trains from Madrid to Alicante, with 11 departures in the weekday and Saturday schedules. The high-speed AVE connection makes it possible to reach the Mediterranean city from the capital in just over two hours for the fastest journeys. Services operate from early morning to mid-evening. There are an additional two indirect services requiring one change. Sunday schedules offer ten direct trains from Madrid.
The Spanish state rail company Renfe provides trains to Alicante from Madrid. Trains on this route offer travelers a choice between non-stop AVE high-speed connections and slightly slower Alvia expresses, while Media Distancia operate stopping services with longer journey times, and require a change en route at Alcazar de San Juan.
The fastest AVE direct train to Alicante takes two hours and nine minutes to cover the 224-mile trip. Most AVE journeys are around two hours and 25 mins. Alvia expresses take about 30 minutes longer. The Media Distancia connections take four hours and 30 minutes in total.
Weekday timetables offer 11 direct trains to Alicante from Madrid and two indirect services. Schedules begin with an early morning departure and continue with trains approximately every hour and a half until a final connection to Alicante around 9:00 p.m. On Sundays there are no early morning trains and no indirect services.
Departure train station: Madrid Puerta De Atocha Station The main AVE terminus in the capital, Atocha Station is located on the south-east side of central Madrid, with its own stops on the Cercanias local rail network and the Madrid metro. Taxis and buses are available from the station entrance.
Arrival train station: Alicante Trains from Madrid arrive at Alicante's main rail terminus just west of the city center and about 20 minutes on foot from the seafront. There are connections from here to Costa Blanca resorts on the light railway. Buses are available at the station entrance and from nearby stops on Avenida Salamanca.