Almeria is in the southeast of Spain, at the eastern end of Andalusia, and a is popular for its unspoiled beaches and relatively low number of tourists.
Read on for details of how to get from Madrid to Almeria by various forms of transport.
The Best Way to Get from Madrid to Almeria
There is little difference between the bus and train times for travel between these cities, though the bus is much cheaper.
If you don't want to consider a stop en route (the best would be Seville), you might be best off flying.
Stops en Route
As the crow flies, there is nothing of interest between Madrid and Almeria.
Almeria is on the direct train line from Seville, via Granada, so both cities are worth considering first. As Seville is connected to Madrid by the high-speed AVE train, you might do better to start there and visit Granada and the Almeria afterward. If you want to miss out Seville and go straight to Granada, take note that you will actually spend more time traveling this way.
There is no direct train from Malaga to Almeria, so a detour via this city is not advisable.
Flights from Madrid to Almeria
There are flights from Madrid to Almeria - book well in advance for the cheapest fares.
Madrid to Almeria by Bus and Train
There are regular buses throughout the day between Madrid and Almeria. The journey takes seven hours and costs about 25 euros. The train from Almeria to Madrid takes about 6h30 and costs about 45 euros.
Buses from Madrid to Almeria depart from Mendez Alvaro bus station.
Trains from Madrid to Almeria depart from Atocha train station.
Madrid to Almeria by Car
The 550km journey from Madrid to Almeria takes about six hours. Consider stopping off in Jaen or Granada along the way. Alternatively, from Granada head to Malaga and then follow to coast to Almeria.