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Train & Bus Stations in Madrid

Know Where Your Bus or Train from Madrid Departs from

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Invernadero-Atocha  La estación fue remodelada por el arquitecto Rafael Moneo en 1990.
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On this page you'll find details of all of Madrid's bus and train stations, including their location and the destinations served by each station. Several of the best train journeys in Spain depart from Madrid.

For specific information about how to get from Madrid to other cities in Spain see these pages:

Bus and Train Tickets in Spain: Quick Links

The Spanish rail network is efficient and well connected, at least from Madrid. However, it can occasionally be a bit expensive compared to the bus and it isn't always quicker. Read more about Bus vs Train Travel in Spain.

Madrid's Two Main Train Stations: Atocha and Chamartin

Madrid's two main train stations, Atocha and Chamartín, are linked by the Cercanías local train service. Some routes go right through Madrid and visit both stations. There are two stops on the Cercanías line between Atocha and Chamartín at Nuevos Ministerios (which is also a major Metro interchange) and at Recoletos on Paseo de la Castellana (nearest Metro is Chueca).

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Which Train Station Do I Need?

Below are the most common destinations for traveling from Madrid with the train station you'll need, good for 2014/2015. Read more about Madrid's train and bus stations below this table.

From Madrid to...

Which Train Station?

Madrid to Barcelona

Atocha

Madrid to Bilbao

Chamartin

Madrid to Granada

Atocha

Madrid to Lisbon (Portugal)

Chamartin

Madrid to Malaga

Atocha

Madrid to Salamanca

Chamartin

Madrid to San Sebastian

Chamartin

Madrid to Santiago

Chamartin

Madrid to Segovia

Chamartin

Madrid to Seville

Atocha

Madrid to Toledo

Atocha

Madrid to Valencia

Atocha

 

Atocha Train Station

Atocha train station, more formally known as Puerta de Atocha. Close to the city center, Atocha has many of the city's most famous sights within a five-minute walk (see below).

  • Where is Atocha? At the end of c/Atocha and Paseo del Prado, about twenty minutes' walk from Sol.
    Address: Glorieta Carlos V s/n, tel: +34 902 24 02 02.
    Metro Station: Atocha Renfe on L1. Read more about the Madrid Metro
  • How to Get to Atocha
    Atocha is well connected to Madrid's bus station, airport and other train stations, and is within walking distance of central Madrid. Read more here: How to Get to Atocha Train Station
  • Where Can You Go from Atocha?
    Atocha serves most routes to the south and east of Spain. See the above table for the most popular routes in Spain. 
  • What to Do at Atocha Train Station
    At Atocha train station itself there is a little tropical garden, complete with terrapins, in the main forecourt (see picture above) as well as the Memorial to Madrid Bombings of 2003.
         Across the road from Atocha there is the Reina Sofia Art Museum, home to the Guernica, Picasso's most famous work. You can check your luggage here, so even if you're just transferring from the airport to the train station, a quick trip here is a great way to break up all that traveling. There is also El Brillante, where you can get the finest calamari baguette in the whole of Madrid. A few minutes further away is the Prado museum, Spain's most famous classical art museum.

 

Chamartin Train Station

  • Where is it?: In the north of Madrid, a few minutes walk north of Paseo de la Castellana. It is on Line 10 of the Metro. Chamartín is 6km from the airport. C/ Agustín de Foxa, s/n. tel: +34 902 24 02 02.
  • For Travel to: International services and trains to: Bilbao, Salamanca, Avila, Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Valladolid, Burgos.
  • More info on Chamartín Train Station in Madrid

Madrid Bus Stations

Spain has an extensive bus service run by a number of companies from various bus terminals, which makes booking your ticket quite difficult. Tickets can be booked from the stations, but it is often easier to use the Movelia online reservation service.

Madrid's main bus station is Méndez Alvaro. Avenida de America is also important for some northern routes. There are a couple of other bus stations but these are mainly for local routes.

Méndez Alvaro (Estación del Sur) Bus Station

  • Where is it? Méndez Alvaro is in the south of the city, a short metro ride from Atocha train station (however, it is not a direct route and if you have lots of bags it might be preferable to take a taxi). The station is also referred to as 'Estacion del Sur' (South Station).
  • For Travel to: This is Madrid's main bus station - if it isn't covered elsewhere on this page, chances are this is the bus station you want. Mainly for buses to the south, east and north-west.
  • More info on Méndez Alvaro Bus Station in Madrid

Avenida de America Bus Station

  • Where is it? In the north-east of the city. It has its own Metro station which is very well connected. The bus from the airport comes straight here.
  • For Travel to: North and north-east destinations such as Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Santander, Vitoria, Burgos. Buses to the north-west usually depart from Méndez Alvaro.

Conde de Casal Bus Station

The main Conde de Casal Bus Station, which ran the Auto Res bus company's national routes, closed on September 18 2007. All Auto Res buses that used to leave from Conde de Casal now leave from Estación del Sur on Mendez Alvaro (see above). However, the 'inter-urban' routes (to the suburbs and small towns outside of Madrid) still run from Avenida del Mediterraneo, near Conde de Casal. This includes buses to Chinchon.

Principe Pio Bus & Train Station (Paseo de Florida)

  • Where is it? To the south-west of the city - the Metro offers a shuttle service from Opera to Principe Pio. Opera is 5 minute walk from Sol. The bus station isn't in the metro station itself but just outside it, on Paseo de Florida.
  • For Travel to: Mainly local services and Segovia.

Moncloa Bus Station

  • Where is it? In the west of the city, a 10-minute walk from Plaza de España.
  • For Travel to: Mainly local services and El Escorial.

Plaza de Castilla

  • Where is it? In the north of the city, not far from Chamartin train station.
  • For Travel to: Mainly local services, including Manzanares El Real and Buitrago.

Travel Time Comparison Table

From Madrid to... Bus Train Air
El Escorial 1h 1h -
Toledo 1h15 30m -
Segovia 1h15 2h -
Salamanca 2h30 2h30 -
Valencia 4h 3h30 1h
Bilbao 4h30 6h 1h
Pamplona 4h30 3h30 1h
Cordoba 5h 2h -
Granada 5h30 6h 1h
Seville 6h 2h30 1h
San Sebastian 6h 5h30 1h30
A Coruña 7h 9h 1h
Barcelona 7h30 5h 1h
Cadiz 8h 5h -

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