How to Get from Madrid to Alicante

Transport from Spain's capital by high-speed AVE train

Alicante port at night
Alicante port at night. Jesus Alenda/Creative Commons

Details of how to get from Madrid to Alicante by train, bus, car and plane.

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What's the Best Way to Get from Madrid to Alicante?

The train is by far the quickest option, and it's often not too expensive either. 

The train stops in Cuenca along the way, which is a great place to break up your journey. Read more about Getting to Cuenca

How to Get from Madrid to Alicante by Train and Bus

There is a high-speed AVE train from Madrid to Alicante. The journey takes between 2h20 and 2h40 and costs anything from 25 euros to 65 euros, depending on the time of day and how far in advance you book.

You can book train tickets in Spain from Rail Europe (book direct).

The bus from Madrid to Alicante takes around five hours (sometimes as much as six-and-a-half hours). Book from ALSA.

Traveling by Car

Driving from Madrid to Alicante takes a little under four hours, on the A-3 and A-31 roads. There are tolls on parts of this route.

And What About Flights?

Iberia runs flights to Alicante from Madrid, but it is likely to be more expensive than taking the train and will take you a lot longer too.