While flying is always a popular option, there are lots of cool ways to get to Madrid. Let’s check them out.
Getting to Madrid from the UK and other parts of Europe by car can be a lot of fun. From the UK, motor approaches to Spain are across France via expressways. The most popular border crossing is east of Biarritz, which is about a six-hour drive from the Spanish border.
The train journey from London to Madrid take at least a day, with a change in Paris. Eurostar takes three hours from London Waterloo to Paris Gare du Nord. A direct train departs daily from Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris for Madrid, a trip that takes about 14 hours. Trains arrive at Atocha Station in the city centre, and overnight travel on the Elipsis train from Paris is comfortable and inexpensive.
Bus travel to Madrid is possible, but not popular. Coach journeys take two or three days, with services provided by Eurolines from London’s Victoria Station. Other coach services operate regularly from major capitals of Western Europe to Madrid, from which bus connections can be made to Seville.
Most people visiting Madrid arrive by airplane at Barajas International Airport, which is eight miles to the northeast of the city limits. Barajas International serves as the main hub of Iberia Airlines and other airlines, and is the main gateway to the Iberian peninsula from Europe, America and the rest of the world.
From the UK, major cross-channel ferries connect Dover and Folkestone with Dunkirk. Newhaven is connected with Dieppe and Portsmouth with Roscoff. One of the fastest crossings is by hovercraft from Dover to Boulogne or Calais, which takes about 30 minutes. The Channel Tunnel also links Folkestone and Calais in about an hour.