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Private car transfer
from Lisbon to Madrid

  • Door-to-door in 6 hours
  • From ... per seat
  • Professional driver
  • Sanitized vehicles

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Your driver will meet you at your address in Lisbon.

  • Door-to-door service
  • Help with your luggage


You’ll travel in comfort for 6 hours.

  • Optional sight-seeing
  • Clean, comfortable car
  • Professional driver
  • Bottled water
  • Child seats
  • Prepared for handicapped
  • Smoke-free
  • Pet friendly


Your driver will drop you off at your address in Madrid.

  • Door-to-door service
  • Help with your luggage
In total
  • 625 km
  • 6 hours

Visit these sights on the way

Overview: Car trip from Lisbon to Madrid

With its Portuguese, Roman, and Moorish influences over the centuries, Lisbon is a city worth exploring. After enjoying its unique blend of modern vibrancy and historical charm, you've set your sights on Madrid. Taking a car trip with Daytrip from Lisbon to Madrid adds an extra layer of adventure to your holiday.

On the road to Madrid, you'll encounter numerous sightseeing stops like Evora, Palmera, Elvas, and Merida. Unlike any other transportation option, Daytrip's local drivers can take you to these interesting sites and share handy travel insights and tips to ensure you enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience.

After you've had your fill of side quests, Madrid awaits. Daytrip's door-to-door private car service will drop you off safely in this cheerful and vibrant city. Then, it's up to you to explore the busy museums, charming historic spots, streets lined with shops, restaurants with world-class cuisine, and an unbeatable nightlife vibe. Trust us: when you visit Madrid, you'll see why the hype is real and why any other European city cannot beat Madrid's authenticity!

About Madrid

Madrid is considered to be the heart of Spain for many, especially considering it's not only the seat of the Spanish government but also the home of the Spanish royal family. This city is also far more modern than people give it credit for, but it pays homage to its roots with its many intriguing historical attractions and cultural landmarks.

Madrid is located more or less in the center of the Iberian Peninsula and is surrounded by natural parks and mountains. It is in the center of Spain, so it's easy for travelers to reach Madrid, especially from Lisbon, by flight, bus, train, or private car service like Daytrip.

Madrid is most commonly visited for its lively nightlife scene, friendly atmosphere, and incredible cuisine, but many also enjoy it because it offers many intriguing, exciting, and thought-provoking attractions that dazzle and amuse. Two prime examples of the wondrous attractions one can visit when exploring Madrid are the Royal Palace and the Plaza Mayor.

After visiting these historical attractions, it's a good idea to explore the many museums in Madrid, like the Thyssen, Reina Sofia, and Del Prado. These museums each feature collections of some of the most beautiful art in the world by famed Spanish artists Picasso, Goyo, Velazques, and Miro. So, if you're an art fan, it's best to set aside at least a half day to truly enjoy what the museums have to offer visitors.

In addition, if you're traveling for the nightlife, you won't be disappointed. No matter where you visit in Madrid, the nightlife promises to be lively, thriving, and enticing. From ancient pubs and modern bars to hole-in-the-wall restaurants, there's a scene in which everyone feels comfortable. So, don't delay; plan your visit from Lisbon to Madrid with Daytrip today!

From Lisbon to Madrid: Travel tips

There are many travel tips you need to keep in mind if you want to travel from Lisbon to Madrid, but we understand that no one wants to spend hours learning the dos and don'ts of traveling to an exciting destination. That's why we've shared three of the best travel tips you can learn that won't bore you to tears or make it feel like you're studying for a travel test.

Book private transportation with Daytrip

Although there are many ways to get from Lisbon to Madrid, it's best to consider private transportation. Riding with a private driver, you have access to far more benefits than traveling by train, flight, or bus to Madrid.

When you drive with Daytrip, you can stop and sightsee, talk with your driver about local culture, or sit back and relax while you enjoy the passing scenery. In addition, Daytrip is safe, reliable, and offers door-to-door services, so you won't need to worry about getting to a station before you can begin your adventure.

Set aside enough time

Madrid is one of the best cities in the world to visit as a walkable city, so you must set aside enough time to explore, especially if you plan to make a few stops at popular attractions and landmarks while driving from Lisbon.

We recommend planning to stay in Madrid for at least two to three days, as this will give you enough time to explore the city and visit cultural attractions and quirky shops.

Plan around siesta

After you cross the border into Spain you'll find many businesses closed for a few hours in the afternoon, including restaurants. "Siesta" (literally "nap" but more of a lunch break these days) is typically from 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. Try to be on the road at this time so your sightseeing stops aren't ghost towns when you visit!

Don't stress about tipping

Other European cities make tipping feel near mandatory, but not Madrid. Tipping is not the norm for most Spaniards, so even along the way, if you stop and sightsee, you won't really need to worry about tipping too much. So tip conservatively and keep your hard-earned money for exploring.

How to get from Lisbon to Madrid

Given the distance between Lisbon and Madrid—388 miles (624 km)—you might wonder how to get from Lisbon to Madrid. Fortunately, both cities are popular destinations, and there are numerous transportation options.

Below, we've covered a few of the best choices so that you can find a mode of transportation that best suits your needs.

From Lisbon to Madrid by bus

Numerous bus lines operate trips from Lisbon to Madrid, so you should have no issue booking a trip. Some are more expensive than others, but the most affordable are usually Carris, ALSA, Flixbus, Empresa Municipal de Transportes, or Rede Expressos. Each of these bus lines offers trips daily.

The average ticket cost from one of these bus lines is $38 but can go as high as $88. Even so, this is still cheaper than the cost of a train or plane ticket.

However, although it is affordable, traveling by bus can be frustrating and tedious, considering it might be crowded. The trip averages around six and a half hours. There are also often transfers involved, with some buses requiring up to three changes.

Flight from Lisbon to Madrid

There is a direct flight from Lisbon to Madrid, but you must first take a train, taxi, or bus to the airport. Then, after arriving in Madrid, you need to take a taxi or train and bus to the city center.

So, although the flight is only an hour and a half long, the journey can take up to four and a half hours to complete when you factor in getting to and from the airport and the 2 hours needed for check-in and security.

Flying is also more costly than it appears. For example, the flight cost alone can be about $200, and then you need to factor in the cost of bus and train tickets. Ultimately, traveling this way might not be worth it, but the choice is yours.

From Lisbon to Madrid by train

Before booking a train ticket from Lisbon to Madrid, you must be aware that train trips between these cities are commonly later in the day. Often, you will catch a train in the afternoon around noon and only arrive in Madrid late in the evening, so if an evening trip isn't what you're looking for, it might be best to consider alternative options.

In addition, Comboios De Portugal is one of the only train lines operating trips, and you will need to transfer three times and catch a Renfe Viajeros train in between to take you the rest of the way to Madrid. Unfortunately, this makes the trip time-consuming and longer than the bus. On average, the train trip will take about eight hours and 45 minutes. Tickets are also pricey.

From Lisbon to Madrid by private car

Out of all the travel options available, we recommend traveling by private car service Daytrip. This door-to-door service offers significantly less hassle for an affordable price. A one-way trip costs 131 euros per seat, and you're guaranteed a smooth, safe, reliable, and comfortable travel experience.

In addition, Daytrip isn't like public transportation because you can plan when you want to leave Lisbon. You'll also get to make sightseeing side trips if there are a few places you want to tick off your travel list along the way.

Moreover, our professional English-speaking drivers are also well-versed in the local area, so you can expect travel tips and a memorable drive since they know the roads and how to navigate them expertly.

Things to do when you get to Madrid

When traveling the distance from Lisbon to Madrid, you need to know what to see and do before you arrive, especially if you only have a day or two to explore. Fortunately, we've got you covered and have shared a few of the best things to do when you get to Madrid that are fun and exciting and unlikely to break the bank!

Cine Doré Filmoteca Española

Those who enjoy classic Spanish cinema or want a fresh cinematic experience should consider visiting Cine Doré Filmoteca Española. This chic art nouveau national film theater has been a popular Madrid attraction for over 50 years.

It's a place where you can sit and enjoy eclectic seasonal films, with everything from classical and experimental productions to auteur and films found in the Spanish National Archive being shown. There are also silent movies to enjoy in Auditorium One if you're a fan, and sometimes the cinema hosts live musical shows, so be sure to check the schedule when you plan to visit.

Juan March Foundation

If you love to explore different cultural attractions, you'll want to add a trip to the Juan March Foundation to your travel list. This cultural foundation offers something wholly unique from the rest, and it thrives on introducing visitors to lesser-known artists and alternative art that cannot be found elsewhere in the world.

No matter when you visit, expect to be dazzled and surprised as the foundation continuously displays different styles of paintings, architecture, drawings, and sculptures. In addition, although it is primarily a museum, it also hosts concerts and conferences to challenge and relax. So be sure to pop in!

Cerro del Tío Pío

If you're looking for something that's free and outdoors to do when visiting Madrid, you'll want to stop at Cerro del Tío Pío, a park with one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Spanish city, especially during sunset. So, if you have time, you should find a spot atop one of the park's hills and watch day turn into night.

When is the best time to visit Madrid?

Madrid might not have year-round sunshine like a few other European cities, but that doesn't mean you can't visit throughout the year. So if you don't care much about deal hunting and the weather, you should book a trip from Lisbon to Madrid whenever.

If you want to experience Madrid at its best, when temperatures are balmy and when the nightlife comes alive, we recommend visiting during the fall – September to November – or spring – March to May.

In addition, if you want to visit a more toned-down Madrid and want the best deals with the least amount of crowds, travel to the city during the winter months. A plus to the chilly weather is that all the shops will be open, which isn't the case during the summer when it's peak season.

Summer is generally the most popular time to visit Europe, but we'd recommend avoiding this. The crowds are out in full force, and temperatures average 89° F (31° C).

Questions & Answers about Traveling from Lisbon to Madrid

Unfortunately, there is no high-speed train from Lisbon to Madrid. The local Renfe's overnight train service takes between six and a half hours and eight hours and 45 minutes and generally requires multiple changes.
The best way to travel from Lisbon to Madrid is by private car service Daytrip. Not only are the trips affordable, but they are also convenient, comfortable, luxurious, dependable, reliable, and advantageous, considering you'll get to stop and sightsee if you so choose. Alternatively, if you're on a budget, the bus is the cheapest way to get from Lisbon to Madrid.
Generally, flying is the better choice. The train only offers evening trips and is slower than flying. With a flight, you can choose to fly in the morning if that suits your schedule better. In addition, a flight can work out faster since most flights take about four and a half hours to travel between the two cities. The downside is that they can be far more expensive than the train.

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  • English speaking*

    All Daytrip drivers speak English* as well as their native language (and sometimes additional languages too!). They'll be happy to discuss local history and culture with you, as well as answer any questions you may have. And because they speak the language, they're able to provide you with a unique opportunity to connect with local culture. *Drivers for Lite service aren't required to speak English but must meet all other standards.

  • Safety first!

    We screen all our drivers for criminal and traffic records, and personally interview each one. We also inspect their cars for safety, comfort, and reliability. All cars must be less than ten years old, in excellent operating condition, and insured as required by local law. And because our drivers are locals, they're familiar with the rules and customs of the road.

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You can cancel your booking up to 24 hours before departure and get a full refund.

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  • Cancellations: 100% refund up to 24 hours before the trip!
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If you’re traveling with children, make sure to let us know in the booking so we can get the appropriate child seats ready!


Pets are allowed (and loved)! We just need to know beforehand. You can tell us about them in the next phase of the booking.


Gratuity isn’t included or required, but if you really enjoyed your trip, you can show your driver your appreciation with an optional tip (10% is sufficient).


  • Big luggage
  • 29x21x11 inches
  • 74x53x28 cm
  • Small luggage
  • 22x14x9 inches
  • 56x36x23 cm

Each passenger is allowed to have one checked bag and one carry on. If you’re traveling with more bags or oversized luggage, you can adjust this while booking.

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Pay by credit card online, or in cash directly to your driver!

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