Madrid - Spain's biggest city - and Valencia (the third largest) are among Spain's most popular destinations. Valencia has the added appeal of being the closest beach city to Madrid - perfect for escaping the intense heat of summer in the capital.
What's the Best Way to Get from Madrid to Valencia?
The high-speed train is by far the best way to get from Madrid to Valencia.
However, I highly recommend a stop in Cuenca along the way.
Madrid to Valencia by Train and Bus
The train from Madrid to Valencia takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs about 80 euros. This journey uses the new, high-speed AVE train network.
Buses from Madrid to Valencia take four hours and cost about 25 euros - a fair bit cheaper than the train though a lot slower.
Trains from Madrid to Valencia depart from Atocha train station. Buses from Madrid to Valencia depart from Mendez Alvaro bus station. Valencia's train station is in the center of town, while the bus station is on the outskirts. However, it might be the case that your accommodation will be closer to the bus station than the train station.
Madrid to Valencia by Car
Flights from Madrid to Valencia
There are regular flights from Madrid to Valencia and they can be very cheap if booked in advance.