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There are 6 ways to get from Madrid to Lisbon by bus, train, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Bus via Lisboa - Oriente  •  6h 18m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Lisbon Oriente Sofia Central Bus Station - Lisbon Oriente

5 alternative options

Bus  •  8h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios

Train, night train  •  11h 33m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Salamanca Alv
  2. Take the night train from Salamanca to Santa Apolónia Sud Expresso

Rideshare  •  6h 42m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Lisbon 628.2 km

Drive  •  5h 57m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Lisbon 629 km

Fly  •  4h 4m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Lisbon (LIS) MAD - LIS
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International entry into Portugal from Spain

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain
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Allowed for: Citizens and permanent residents of EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vatican

Restricted for: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe

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Conditions of entry into Portugal from Spain

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Portugal: Azores, Madeira
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from Spain
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Portugal: Azores, Madeira
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions
  • Entry is allowed only for essential reasons
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, Qatar, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vatican
  • 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Portugal

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Considerations leaving from Spain

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering Portugal from Spain.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted
  • Regional restriction measures in place
  • Further restrictions may be implemented at short notice
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Lisbon is 808 24 24 24.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Lisbon is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Lisbon is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 808 24 24 24.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Spain from Portugal.

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Last updated: 21 Dec 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Lisbon is to bus via Lisboa - Oriente which costs €20 - €27 and takes 6h 18m.

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The fastest way to get from Madrid to Lisbon is to fly. Taking this option will cost €21 - €130 and takes 4h 4m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid Estacion Sur and arriving at Lisbon Sete Rios. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Lisbon. However, there are services departing from Sol and arriving at Santa Apolónia via Madrid-Chamartin and Salamanca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 33m.

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The distance between Madrid and Lisbon is 502 km. The road distance is 629 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lisbon without a car is to bus via Lisboa - Oriente which takes 6h 18m and costs €20 - €27.

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It takes approximately 6h 18m to get from Madrid to Lisbon, including transfers.

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Madrid to Lisbon bus services, operated by Rede Expressos, depart from Madrid Estacion Sur station.

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Madrid to Lisbon train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Madrid-Chamartin station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Lisbon is to bus via Lisboa - Oriente which takes 6h 18m and costs €20 - €27. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs €21 - €130 and takes 4h 4m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Lisbon.
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  • Distance: 502.3 km
  • Duration: 6h 18m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal?

Union Ivkoni operates a bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Lisbon Oriente once daily. Tickets cost €19 - €26 and the journey takes 6h. Alternatively, TAP Portugal, Ryanair and three other airlines fly from Madrid to Lisbon hourly.

Airlines
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €300
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€35 - €270
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€27 - €170
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€30 - €240
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€20 - €130
Train operators
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
+34 91 232 03 20
Email
comunicacion@renfe.es
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Salamanca
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€17 - €22
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Comboios De Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal that spans over 2700km, with trains split into three main types: regional, urban and intercity trains; international and domestic high-speed trains; and international night trains. Portugal's main stations are Santa Apolónia in Lisbon and Campanha in Porto – these connect to trains in Portugal's cities and international destinations. The Alfa Pendular, the fastest train in Portugal, is a popular travel choice, as it can run at a speed of up to 250 km/h. You can book train tickets up to 60 days in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 808 109 110
Email
apoiocliente@cp.pt
Website
cp.pt
Night train from Salamanca to Santa Apolónia
Ave. Duration
7h 33m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €55
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
€40 - €55
Bus operators
Union Ivkoni
Phone
02/989 0000
Website
union-ivkoni.com
Bus from Madrid Mendez Alvaro Estacion Sur to Lisbon Oriente
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€19 - €26
Website
Union Ivkoni
Rede Expressos

Rede Nacional de Expressos is a cheap and convenient way to get around the country. In business since 1995, Portugal’s biggest bus operator services villages and cities across the country. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days before the date of travel, with discounted fares available via their free RFLEX Card. Most coaches have WiFi and power sockets.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 21 75 24 524
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Lisbon Sete Rios
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€22 - €28
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
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rede-expressos.pt
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
6h 42m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€29 - €50
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 15m.

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Madrid to Lisbon bus services, operated by Rede Expressos, arrive at Lisbon Sete Rios station.

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Lisbon is 1h behind Madrid. It is currently 10:08 in Madrid and 09:08 in Lisbon.

Madrid to Lisbon train services, operated by Comboios De Portugal, arrive at Santa Apolónia station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Lisbon is 629 km. It takes approximately 5h 57m to drive from Madrid to Lisbon.

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Ryanair, Air Europa, easyJet and two other airlines offer flights from Madrid Airport to Lisbon Airport.

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There are 3748+ hotels available in Lisbon. Prices start at €87 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Madrid and Lisbon. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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