Madrid to Huelva

Travel from Madrid to Huelva is easy by train from Madrid Atocha Station. There is one daily direct service from Madrid to Huelva Station on the Alvia trains. The journey takes around 3 hours and 50 minutes. You can also reach Huelva from Madrid by changing trains at Seville Santa Justa Station first. There are several trains from Madrid to Seville with connections to Huelva. Journey times are around 4 to 5 hours including the connection time in Seville. Once you’ve arrived in Huelva, the city centre is just a kilometre north of the train station.

If you’d rather drive from Madrid to Seville with the convenience of your own car, see our Madrid Atocha car rental guides. Many car hire suppliers also offer one-way rentals within Spain, which is worth considering if you’d rather start and finish your trip in a different location.

Best in Huelva Travel

Huelva is the capital and biggest city of the Huelva province in Andalucia. Situated between the Odiel and Tinto estuaries, Huelva is an important port city. Whilst it’s a comfortable base for visitors exploring the surrounding area, the city itself doesn’t have a lot of tourist attractions. The best views of the city can be enjoyed from El Conquera, a hill in Moret Park in Huelva’s city centre. The views from El Conquero also take in the Odiel estuary and surrounding marshes.

Best beyond Huelva

Greater Flamingos in Doñana National Park | Madrid to Huelva | Huelva Travel Guide | Madrid-Atocha.com

Greater Flamingos in Doñana National Park © Vince Smith/Flickr

Beaches in Spain’s Costa de la Luz are easily accessible from Huelva. Typical beaches are sandy and backed by sand dunes and pine forest. Between Huelva and Portugal, you’ll find the best beaches around Punta Umbria, Isla Cristina and Isla Canela. And to the east of Huelva, there are more fantastic beaches around Mazagon, Rompeculos and Matalascañas.

Doñana National Park is also to the east of the city. Designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the park is a maze of lakes, marshes and pine forest. Stretching to the coast, the park also has sand dunes and beaches, which extend to Matalascañas. The area is also home to wildlife including Greater Flamingos, Iberian Lynx and Spanish Imperial Eagle. Access is to the park is at El Acebuche.

Historic towns nearby include El Rocio with its impressive Hermitage (pictured at the top) and Aracena, a lively old market town that boasts a medieval church and castle ruins.

Seville Airport is the nearest airport. Like Huelva Station, it’s a good location to return a car hire if you’re ending your trip here.