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Madrid to Pamplona by train

The journey from Madrid to Pamplona by train is 197.24 mi and takes 3 hr 45 min. There are 9 connections per day, with the first departure at 7:35 AM and the last at 7:35 PM. It is possible to travel from Madrid to Pamplona by train for as little as $16.11 or as much as $64.45. The best price for this journey is $16.11.

Lowest Price$16.11
Journey Duration3 hr 45 min
Connection per Day9
Lowest Price$16.11
Highest Price$64.45
First Departure7:35 AM
Last Departure7:35 PM
Distance197.24 mi
CarriersAlvia, Iryo

Madrid to Pamplona Train Times

Departure date
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Take the Train from Madrid to Pamplona

Setting out on a rail excursion from Madrid, Spain's cosmopolitan capital, to Pamplona, renowned for its legendary Running of the Bulls, promises a voyage through the heart of Spanish culture and landscapes. The distance covered is approximately 197.24 mi, with the trip duration averaging 3 hr 45 min. Renfe, Spain’s national railway company, provides regular services, including high-speed AVE trains and the more leisurely Alvia services, with around 9 daily connections, ensuring travelers have ample choice for their journey. To secure the most favorable fares, sometimes as low as $16.11, early booking is recommended. Aim to arrive at the station about 30 minutes before your train’s departure for peace of mind and ease of travel.

Trains from Madrid to Pamplona are fitted with modern amenities to enhance passenger comfort. Options range from Turista (2nd class) to Preferente (1st class), with added luxuries in the latter, such as reclining seats, extra space, and meal services. The journey provides a window to Spain’s diverse geography, whisking travelers from the bustling heart of the country to the historic charm of Pamplona. Each train is designed with the traveler's convenience in mind, boasting facilities such as power outlets, refreshment services, and access to Wi-Fi in specific coaches.

The journey begins at Madrid's Puerta de Atocha or Chamartin stations, architectural wonders that stand as gateways to Spain's extensive rail network and culminates at Pamplona’s railway station, which is well connected to the city center and other local transport links.

Discover Pamplona:

  1. Witness the excitement of the San Fermín festival and its famous bull runs.
  2. Stroll through the historic old town and visit the Pamplona Cathedral.
  3. Enjoy the greenery of the Taconera Gardens.
  4. Explore the city walls and fortifications for a glimpse into its military past.
  5. Relax in the Japanese-style Yamaguchi Park.
  6. Sample traditional Navarrese cuisine in the bustling local markets.
  7. Learn about local history at the Museum of Navarra.
  8. Walk on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route that passes through the city.
  9. Discover contemporary art at the Museo Universidad de Navarra.
  10. Experience the nightlife in the vibrant Iturrama district.

Local Gastronomy in Pamplona:

  1. Indulge in Pintxos, the local small-bite delicacies, in the numerous bars of Calle Estafeta.
  2. Savor a hearty portion of Chistorra, a spicy local sausage.
  3. Try the classic Pamplonesa steak, a nod to the region's love of beef.
  4. Relish fresh asparagus and Piquillo peppers, staples of Navarra’s agriculture.
  5. Sample Roncal and Idiazabal, delicious local cheeses with a Protected Designation of Origin.
  6. Pair your meal with a glass of Navarra wine, celebrated for its rich flavor.
  7. Treat yourself to Cuajada, a traditional dessert made with sheep's milk.
  8. Enjoy a Menestra de Verduras, a mixed vegetable dish often served with local meats.
  9. Dive into the pastelerías for conventional pastries like the almond-based Goshua.
  10. End your meal with a Pacharán, an anise-flavored sloe gin from Navarra.

Excursions from Pamplona:

Surrounded by the Pyrenees and verdant valleys, Pamplona is an ideal starting point for various excursions. Visit the enchanting Bardenas Reales, a semi-desert natural region that feels worlds away. Take a trip to the historic town of Olite, where its fairytale castle transports you back in time. Wine lovers can visit the nearby La Rioja region for world-class wine tours. The captivating Basque coastline, with its dramatic cliffs and gourmet dining, is within reach for a contrasting experience to Pamplona’s inland charm. Hikers can find solace in the Pyrenees mountains, offering trails ranging from serene walks to challenging treks. Every direction from Pamplona leads to unique landscapes and experiences, inviting travelers to explore the rich diversity of Northern Spain.

Travel Tips for Pamplona:

When visiting Pamplona, immersing yourself in its cultural fabric will enrich your travel experience. Plan your visit during the San Fermín festival in July for a truly iconic event, but book accommodations early as the city fills up fast. The city offers a more relaxed atmosphere for a quieter stay outside festival times. Navigate Pamplona on foot to fully appreciate its medieval architecture and vibrant street life. The local gastronomy is not to be missed; allocate some time to indulge in tapas hopping, tasting the best Pintxos in the various bars. Pamplona’s weather can be variable, so packing layers is advisable. Additionally, learning a few Spanish or even Basque phrases can go a long way in connecting with the friendly locals. Finally, using Pamplona as a base, venture into the Navarra region to uncover its hidden gems, from lush forests to ancient monasteries.

This enticing rail journey from Madrid to Pamplona can be smoothly coordinated with the help of Virail. Leveraging their comprehensive platform allows you to find the best schedules, transportation modes, and prices to enhance your travel experience and create lasting memories of your Spanish adventure.

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Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Pamplona
Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Madrid to Pamplona.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Madrid to Pamplona, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Madrid to Pamplona.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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Price as departure date approaches

Train companies may charge higher ticket prices as the date of departure approaches. Prices in the next days can range from around $18.83 to $106.84 but may be subject to change. Our advice is to book as early as possible to potentially save up to 82% on your trip!

Best time to book cheap train tickets from Madrid to Pamplona

The cheapest Madrid - Pamplona train tickets can be found for as low as $25.40 if you’re lucky, or $49.62 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $62.29.

Find the best day to travel to Pamplona by train

When travelling to Pamplona by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

Carriers on this route

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Iryo is a Spanish high-speed train operator, founded in 2019 and serving Spain's major cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Seville, Valencia and Zaragoza. iryo operates on the national rail network in Spain, using the latest AVE high-speed trains to transport passengers at speeds of up to 310 km/h.

Alvia, operated by Renfe, is a high-speed train service in Spain. With speeds of up to 250 km/h, Alvia trains, slightly slower than the 300 km/h maximum AVE trains reach, offer comfort and amenities like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and power outlets. They seamlessly connect regional stations to major cities, ensuring efficient travel. The three train models available are Class 120, Class 130, and Class 730.

Ticket types and facilities from Madrid to Pamplona

Compare the different ticket types and the facilities provided by Iryo when traveling from Madrid to Pamplona.


The "Singular fare" offers flexibility for entrepreneurs and companies with personalized customer service from iryo assistants.
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iryo's Inicial fare provides affordable travel without compromising on comfort or service.
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Singular ONLY YOU

The "Singular Only YOU" fare is designed for entrepreneurs and companies, providing the best conditions for changes and cancellations in the ticket.
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Infinita is iryo's all-inclusive fare that offers the best travel options with flexibility and comfort.
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Facility Description

Find out more about the different facilities available onboard with each carrier on this route.

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Connect to free WiFi on iryo trains in any class. Enjoy movies, TV shows, live news, and Spotify for entertainment.
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Every seat on iryo trains comes with power sockets, and those in the Infinita and Singular Cafe class boast additional USB ports.
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On iryo trains, flexible baggage policy lets you travel comfortably with up to 3 pieces of luggage, including a piece of hand luggage. Maximum size for 2 larger pieces is 85x55x35cm, while hand luggage must be 36x27x15cm. Total weight limit is 25kg.
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iryo trains are designed for inclusivity, offering designated seats for passengers with reduced mobility and ensuring step-free access during both boarding and disembarking.
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iryo offers quality menus for all classes. Find the onboard restaurant/bar usually close to coach 2. For Infinita Class passengers, meals are served at your seat, but remember to book 24 hours in advance.
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Enjoy fresh and comfortable air on the ETR1000 train; its cutting-edge air-conditioning system refreshes the entire carriage's air in just 3 minutes, ensuring a generous 35 m3/h of fresh outside air for every passenger.
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On Iryo trains, you can bring along one disassembled bicycle or electric scooter per coach, as long as it's tucked into a bag and stays within 90x120x40cm. It's free to transport! Just keep in mind that you'll handle the loading, safekeeping, and unloading. Also, be considerate of other passengers' comfort and safety, and remember any damages caused are on you.
Services on board Iryo from Madrid to Pamplona
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Madrid to Pamplona CO2 Emissions by Train

What are the CO2 emissions from Madrid to Pamplona by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Madrid and Pamplona are 22.22kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Madrid and Pamplona? By taking the train between Madrid and Pamplona you will save 41.26kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 1.59kg compared to a bus and 28.57kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Madrid to Pamplona?
A train ticket from Madrid to Pamplona is $44.29. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $16.11.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Madrid to Pamplona?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Madrid to Pamplona is $16.11. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Madrid and Pamplona by train?
Madrid to Pamplona is 197.24 mi.
How long does the train between Madrid and Pamplona take?
Madrid to Pamplona is on average 3 hr 45 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 2 hr 32 min.
Which companies operate from Madrid to Pamplona?
The train journey from Madrid to Pamplona is covered by 2 operator(s). On Virail you can find these carriers that provide services on this route: Alvia, Iryo and Renfe - Intercity.
How many train connections per day go from Madrid to Pamplona?
Madrid to Pamplona has 9 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Madrid to Pamplona leave?
The earliest train from Madrid to Pamplona departs at 7:35 AM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Madrid to Pamplona depart?
The latest train from Madrid to Pamplona departs at 7:35 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Madrid to Pamplona in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $16.11 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
How many direct connections depart from Madrid to Pamplona?
There are on average 6 direct connection(s) from Madrid to go to Pamplona.
What's the fastest journey time between Madrid to Pamplona by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Madrid and Pamplona is 2 hr 32 min.
Is there a direct train from Madrid to Pamplona?
Yes, there is a direct train between Madrid and Pamplona.
What are the CO2 emissions for Madrid to Pamplona by train?
The train journey from Madrid to Pamplona creates 22.22kg of CO2 emissions.

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