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Train Information to Paris from Madrid

distanceDistance652 miles (1052 km)
frequencyTrain frequency1 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain companiesRenfe-SNCF

Trains from Madrid to Paris cover the 652 miles (1052 km) long journey with our travel partners like Renfe-SNCF. Normally, there is 1 train operating per day, including direct services available. Travelers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Paris Gare de Lyon.

Trains from Madrid to Paris

There are on average one to three daily trains from Madrid to Paris, with there being approximately 10 trains that operate between these two cities during the week. When booking this journey, you will find that every train requires passengers to make one transfer, which usually occurs in Barcelona. The trip will generally take around 10 hours in total, depending on how long your transfer is. When you arrive in Paris, there are many famous sights for you to see and explore, including Sacre Coeur, the Eiffel Tower, and the Pompidou Museum.

Which train companies travel from Madrid to Paris?

There is one primary train company that offers journeys from Madrid to Paris, which is known as Renfe, a Spanish high-speed rail service that is known for being one of the biggest transport providers in the country. When you book a train between these two cities with Renfe, you can plan on having one transfer during your journey.

Renfe trains from Madrid to Paris

Renfe operates on average one to three daily trains that run between Madrid and Paris, with the total being approximately 10 trains offered per week. Journeys between these two cities are not direct, so plan on having one transfer during your voyage, with this usually taking place in Barcelona. While the duration of the journey varies depending on how long your transfer is, you can plan on the average length being approximately 10 hours. The train type that is used is generally high-speed that is meant for long distances, as it is an international trip. Trains between these two cities always have the same departure and arrival stations, which are Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and Paris Gare de Lyon. With this company’s ticket policy, it is possible to cancel your reservation up to 24h before departure and pay just a 10% cancellation fee. If you choose to cancel your ticket within 24h of your departure, you will instead have to pay a 50% cancellation fee. Depending on your ticket type, you may be able to change your itinerary at no additional cost, or for a small fee.

Train Madrid to Paris: Services on board

When you book a train ticket with Renfe, there are two primary ticket classes that are offered: First and Second Class. While Second Class provides travelers with standard services and facilities, such as luggage storage and access to the train’s food car, First Class will give you additional legroom. All passengers on board are able to take advantage of the train’s free Wi-Fi. Each passenger can bring up to three pieces of luggage on the train with them, in addition to any personal items that they can fit in overhead storage or underneath their seat. It is also possible to bring musical items with you, in addition to bicycles and scooters, as long as they can be folded and placed inside of a cover. Whether you can bring an unfolded bike with you depends on the type of train that you will be taking and how much space is available. It is possible to bring a small pet with you, such as a dog, cat, or rodent, but the animal must be kept in a carrier cage for the duration of your trip. To do this, you must reserve your pet a special ticket in advance, but these tickets are free. If you have a disability or limited mobility and you need assistance during your travels, make sure to contact Renfe in advance of your departure. An employee will then be assigned to help you board the train, store your luggage, and disembark. All trains have several different services and facilities for handicapped passengers, including wheelchair-accessible doors and restrooms.

Madrid to Paris Train Time: Daily Departures

There are between one and three daily trains that depart Madrid and arrive in Paris, with the total being approximately 10 trains that travel between these two cities per week. There is generally at least one train that departs early in the morning, in addition to one or two trains that leave either in the late morning or the early afternoon. This timetable remains the same during both weekdays and weekends, but it might differ on holidays, with fewer journeys being offered.

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

While the length of your trip may vary due to how long your transfer is, you can plan on the entire journey taking approximately 10 hours. It is not possible to book a direct train between Madrid and Paris, so you will have one transfer during your voyage. The peak travel time is generally in the morning.

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

Departure train station: Your train will depart from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha. This train station is in the northeast part of the city and can be reached from the city center by taking the local metro to the Quintana station, which will take you approximately 30 minutes. Make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of your train’s departure. In the station, you will find a variety of services and facilities for passengers, including public toilets, shops to purchase refreshments for your journey, and unlimited access to free Wi-Fi.

Arrival train station: Your train will eventually arrive at Paris Gare de Lyon. Paris Gare de Lyon can be found in the southeast part of the city, and you can take metro lines 1 and 14 to go to the city center, which is approximately a 20-minute commute. Like at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, the train station is equipped with public restrooms, shops to purchase food and travel essentials, and free Wi-Fi.

How to find cheap train tickets from Madrid to Paris?

There are a few tricks that can help you to find cheap train tickets from Madrid to Paris. If you can, try to be as flexible as possible with your travel dates and times, as this will make it easier to find a low cost voyage. Booking your journey well in advance is also an easy way to grab the cheapest tickets possible.

Travel Tips

Trains from Madrid to Paris
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Are there COVID-19 travel restrictions for trains to Paris from Madrid?

Travel between Madrid, Spain and Paris, France by train is: Partially open.

Can I enter France from Spain?

International entry status: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in France from Madrid?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Health declaration required
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be placed under state quarantine

What are the safety rules to follow in Paris, France?

All travelers in France must observe these coronavirus safety measures:

  • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 12/3/21. Remember to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your train between Madrid and Paris as this information can change.

What is the restriction level for the return leg of a round trip journey from Paris, France to Madrid, Spain?

The current restriction level for your return trip by train from Paris to Madrid is: Partially open

Are there any international entry restrictions on returning to Spain from France?

Reentry to Spain is allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of France

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in Spain from Paris?

What are the requirements?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Pre-arrival Health Control Form (FCS) required

What are the safety rules to follow in Madrid, Spain?

The government of Spain has imposed these measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Physical distance: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

Last checked on 12/3/21. We do our best to keep this information up to date, but regulations can change so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your train to Madrid from Paris here.

What is the distance to Paris from Madrid by train?
You should expect to travel around 652 miles (1052 km)  to Paris from Madrid by train.
Which train station from Madrid to Paris do I depart from? Which Paris train station from Madrid 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 Paris, you can end your route in train stations like Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris Gare du Nord and Paris Gare de l'Est.

Omio customers book a train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha   to Paris Gare de Lyon   most frequently for this route.

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

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this journey, called Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, is located 1 mile (1.6 km) from the city center of Madrid.

The most popular arrival train station, Paris Gare de Lyon, is located 1.3 miles (2.1 km) away from the city center of Paris.

What train companies offer a service from Madrid to Paris?
Take the Madrid to Paris train with Renfe-SNCF. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the route from Madrid to Paris as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many trains per day are there to Paris from Madrid?
On average, there is 1 train a day from Madrid to Paris. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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 Paris.
Amenities at station
Phone Number
+34 912432343
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