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The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Madrid to Salamanca will cost around $ 35 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 34.
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1 h 41 m
2 h 32 m
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Of the 8 trains that leave Madrid for Salamanca every day 8 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct trains cover the 175 km distance in an average of 2 h 32 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 1 h 41 m .
The slowest trains will take 3 h 3 m 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.
|Distance||109 miles (175 km)|
|Average train duration||1 h 41 min|
|Average train ticket price||$29 (€24)|
|Train frequency||7 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 7 direct trains a day|
Trains from Madrid to Salamanca cover the 109 miles (175 km) long route taking on average 1 h 41 min with our travel partners like Renfe. Normally, there are 7 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $29 (€24), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $20 (€17). Travelers depart most frequently from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Salamanca.
Find the best trains between Madrid and Salamanca with Omio's travel partners Renfe from $20 (€17). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.
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.
Read on for COVID-19 recommendations and policies for your Renfe train ticket from Madrid to Salamanca:
There are regular direct rail connections seven days a week from the Spanish capital Madrid to the university city of Salamanca in the west of Castile-Leon, Travelers can choose from express services from Madrid Chamartin station, taking around 1 hour and 40 minutes, or slower stopping services from Madrid Principe Pio, taking a little under 3 hours. Daily departures include morning, afternoon and evening services.
Daily timetables offer connections from early morning to late evening. There are 3 morning trains from Madrid to Salamanca, 5 afternoon services, and 3 evening departures. The overnight international sleeper service from Madrid to Lisbon departs the capital in late evening and stops at Salamanca after midnight. The first Sunday service to Salamanca has a slightly later departure time from Madrid.
The quickest Alvia express trains from Madrid to Salamanca take 1 hour and 36 minutes to complete the 137-mile route west from Chamartin station. Times for Media Distancia trains from Madrid Principe Pio station range from 2 hours and 34 minutes to 2 hours and 57 minutes. The late night sleeper service takes 3 hours and 14 minutes to reach Salamanca.
Departure stations: Madrid Chamartin station is located on the north side of central Madrid, with connections from the center taking about 15 minutes on subway and Cercanias rail services. Principe Pio station is also north of the center, with connections on the subway and Cercanias network. Both stations have cafes, luggage storage lockers, ATMs, bookstores and supermarkets.
Arrival station: Salamanca station is located northeast of the center, about 15 minutes walk from the main square, with regular connections downtown on city bus route 1. The station concourse has food stores, a cafe-bar, ATMs, car rental desks and an information kiosk.
The Spanish national rail operator Renfe provides all the daily direct trains from Madrid to Salamanca. Trains operating on this route are Alvia high-speed express connections and the slower Media Distancia stopping services.
Renfe trains from Madrid to Salamanca offer a choice between three daily Alvia high-speed connections from Madrid Chamartin, departing in the morning, afternoon and evening, or seven daily Media Distancia services from Principe Pio station. Alvia trains take between one hour and 36 minutes and one hour and 41 minutes while Media Distancia services take at least an hour longer. The nightly Trenhotel service takes more than three hours.
Renfe Alvia trains on this route provide first- and second-class sections (Preferente and Turista), with a cafe-bar carriage or a refreshment trolley service. Travelers with wheelchairs can access dedicated spaces on Renfe trains, with assistance available at the departure and arrival stations. Cyclists can carry bikes on board Alvia and Media Distancia trains, subject to available space, with a small charge applicable. Pets in carriers are permitted, with a 25% ticket cost (free in Preferente class), with a maximum weight of 10 kg. Hand baggage on Renfe services is limited to a maximum of three items per passenger with a maximum total weight of 25 kg.
Surprisingly, tickets for express trains from Madrid to Salamanca cost a little less than slower services, The Omio site offers an at-a-glance guide to the price differences on trains from Madrid. Although discounts for advance booking are not a major consideration on this route, it is advisable to secure a preferred departure well in advance at popular times of the year, notably in the fall when Salamanca's students are traveling back to the city to resume their studies.
When taking the train from Madrid to Salamanca, you can choose to depart from train stations like Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro. Your journey can end in train stations such as Salamanca and Salamanca - La Alamedilla.
Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Salamanca.
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 Salamanca, located 0.4 miles (625 m) away from the city center.
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