Madrid to Lleida

Travel from Madrid to Lleida (also known as known as Lerida) is easy by train from Madrid Atocha Station. The train station boasts excellent high-speed AVE train links to connect Madrid to Lleida Station, which continues on to Barcelona. There are frequent (10-plus per day!) trains and the average journey time is about 2 hours. And because Lleida Station is located just a short walk from the city centre, you’ll be in the heart of the city in no time.

For more information on taking the high-speed AVE service from Madrid, see our guide to departing on the AVE from Madrid Atocha Station. But if you’d rather drive from Madrid to Lleida 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 Lleida Travel

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Riverside in Lleida © Jorge Franganillo/Flickr

Lleida is the capital of the province of Lleida in Catalonia. Its rich history is most evident in the old cathedral and fortress (La Seu Vella). It overlooks the city on a hill in the centre of the city. You can enjoy some of the best views of the city from the top if the cathedral’s bell tower as well as along the fortress walls. There is also a newer cathedral (La Seu Nova) a short walk away in the historic quarter. Other highlights in the city include Plaza de la Paeria, where the Town Hall is, the Episcopal Palace and Church of Sant Llorenc. The commercial area of the city centres around Sant Antoni and Carrer Major.

Best beyond Lleida

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Pyrenees near Lleida

Lleida is one the main gateways to the Spanish Pyrenees. The best places to enjoy them include Vall de Boi, Mont-Rebei Gorge and Aiguestortes y Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. The Mont-Rebei Gorge (or Congost de Mont-Rebei) is pictured at the top. Don’t forget your hiking boots! The Aiguestortes y Estany de Sant Maurici park is also popular for skiing in the winter.


The Costa Dorada is about 100kms away and features fantastic beaches such as those around Cambrils, Salou and Tarragona. For those interested in the history of the region, Tarragona is definitely worth a visit. As well as a Roman amphitheatre, it’s also close to a Roman aqueduct.

90kms southeast of Lleida, Reus Airport is the nearest airport. Barcelona Airport is also not that much further. Like Lleida Station, they are good options if you’re ending your trip here and need to return a car hire.

Top image: © Anyul Rivas/Flickr