How to Get from France to Madrid in Spain

Travel from Paris, Bordeaux and Nice to the Spanish capital

Madrid airport transfer bus
••• As the Madrid airport transfer bus pulls away, this is the first sight you'll have of Madrid. Image: (c) Damian Corrigan

France and Spain are commonly visited together. There are great connections between southwest France and the Basque Country in northern Spain (particularly to San Sebastian), as well as between Paris and Barcelona. But if you want to get straight to the Spanish capital, read on.

Flights from France to Madrid

Flights from France tend to be especially cheap, even by European standards, with prices often starting from as low as ten euros. Check out which French airports have flights to the Spanish capital:

  • Paris
    • There are flights from various Paris airports, so shop around for the best deal and check the connections from your Paris hotel before you book.
  • Marseille
  • Toulouse
  • Bordeaux
  • Lyon
  • Rennes
  • Biarritz

The Best Way to Get from Madrid to Paris

If you're looking for the quickest way to get between Spain and France's capital cities, a plane makes the most sense. But there is so much between the two cities that you should see that it would be a shame to fly.

The best connection between France and Spain is actually from Paris to Barcelona, which now has the high-speed AVE train to connect the two cities for a stress-free connection between the two cities.

Madrid to Paris Suggested Itinerary

Via Barcelona: The most obvious itinerary would be to take the train from Madrid to Barcelona. The high-speed AVE train will carry you between the two cities in under two-and-a-half hours.

But there are plenty of stops you can add on the way to Barcelona: via Cuenca and Valencia is the most obvious choice. Check out my page on Madrid, Barcelona (and Valencia) Suggested Itineraries).

You can then take a train straight from Barcelona to Paris, or make stops in France en route.

Via the Basque Country: If you don't want to go via Barcelona, the other way to the French-Spanish border is via San Sebastian. Your next steps are covered in this article: How to Get from San Sebastian to France, but the main thing to know is that there are no direct trains from San Sebastian - you need to get to the French border and take your train from the border town of Hendaye.

Paris to Madrid by Plane

There are regular cheap flights from Paris to Madrid. If you book far enough in advance, this will be your cheapest and quickest option. Compare Prices on Flights from Madrid to Paris.

Paris to Madrid by Train and Bus

The train from Paris to Madrid takes nine-and-a-half hours and costs about 110 euros, with a change in Barcelona. The train leaves from Paris Gare de Lyon and arrives at Madrid Atocha.  Read more about Train Stations in Madrid.

Book from Rail Europe or Renfe.

The bus from Paris to Madrid takes 17 hours and costs about 80 euros, which is slower, less comfortable and more expensive than the train. Book from ALSA. The bus departs from both Mendez Alvaro and Avenida de America bus stations. Read more about Bus Stations in Madrid.

Paris to Madrid by Car

The 1,200km journey from Paris to Madrid takes about 12 hours by car. Travel on the A10, A630, A63, A8, AP-1 and A1. Note that some of these roads are toll roads.

How to Get from Nice to Madrid by Train and Bus

Trains from Nice to Madrid cost about 30 euros and take about an hour. Book your train here: Book European Train Tickets.

The bus from Nice to Madrid takes two to three hours and costs about 10 euros. Book though ALSA.

How to Get from Nice to Madrid by Car

It takes about one-and-a-half hours to drive from Nice to Madrid. Note that some of the roads are toll roads.

Further information: Compare Prices on Car Hire in Spain

How to Get from Bordeaux to Madrid by bus, train, plane, and car.

How to Get from Bordeaux to Madrid by Train and Bus

There's no direct train from Bordeaux to Madrid.

Book trains here: Book European Train Tickets.

The bus from Bordeaux to Madrid takes about 11 hours and costs 50€ to 60€ euros. Book though ALSA.

How to Get from Bordeaux to Madrid by Plane

There are flights from Bordeaux to Madrid but they are very expensive.

How to Get from Bordeaux to Madrid by Car

It takes about seven hours to drive the 700km from Bordeaux to Madrid. Take the A63, N10, A63, A-8, AP-1, E-5 and A-1. Note that some of these roads are toll roads.

Further information: Compare Prices on Car Hire in Spain