How to travel from Madrid to Cartagena

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from Madrid to Cartagena

You can get from Madrid to Cartagena by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Madrid to Cartagena on Mar 24 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:25AMMadrid Barajas Airport1h10 08:35AMAlicante Elche Airport
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08:30AMMadrid, Estación Sur5h20 01:50PMCartagena
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07:45AMMadrid, Aeropuerto Barajas T46h05 01:50PMCartagena
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05:30PMMadrid, Estación Sur5h45 11:15PMCartagena
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12:30PMMadrid, Estación Sur6h35 07:05PMCartagena
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Travel Information from Madrid to Cartagena

distanceDistance242 miles (390 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus or flight
priceTicket price range$41 - $66
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $41 (€36) • 5 h 40 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $66 (€57) • 1 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesAlsa or Air Europa

Travel 242 miles (390 km) by bus or flight to Cartagena from Madrid. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 5 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $41 (€36). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Alsa or Air Europa among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or flight from Madrid to Cartagena.

Travel Tips: Travel from Madrid to Cartagena

Travel Tips: Travel to Cartagena 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 Cartagena.

There are 2 travel options from Madrid to Cartagena: bus or flight.

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Cartagena is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $41 (€36) compared to other travel options to Cartagena:

Taking a bus is usually $25 (€22) less than taking a flight to Cartagena, which costs on average $66 (€57) for the same trip.

The fastest way to get to Cartagena from Madrid is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 5 min.

Other travel options to Cartagena can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 5 h 40 min.

Cartagena is approximately 242 miles (390 km) away from Madrid.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Madrid to Cartagena:

  • Buses most often depart from Madrid at Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83 and arrive in Cartagena at Cartagena, Estación de Autobuses.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Madrid to Cartagena:

  • You can travel from Madrid to Cartagena by bus with Alsa. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $41 (€36) with Alsa from Madrid to Cartagena.
  • You can take a flight from Madrid to Cartagena with Air Europa. Cheap tickets can be found for $66 (€57) with Air Europa from Madrid to Cartagena.

Yes, there are direct routes from Madrid to Cartagena with the following travel companies:

  • You can travel directly by bus with Alsa or Alsa Supra.
  • You can travel directly by plane with Air Nostrum, Air Europa or Iberia.

Direct services to Cartagena tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your journey.

Many of our customers traveling from Madrid to Cartagena don't make Cartagena their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Cartagena are Murcia, Alicante or Valencia, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Cartagena to any of these top destinations today!

Before traveling from Madrid to Cartagena, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket for this journey is costing $41 (€36) one way on average.
  • A plane ticket costs $66 (€57) one way on average for this route.

But we recommend booking Madrid to Cartagena tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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