How you could get to Madrid for the Champions League final for less than £500
- 14:41, 9 MAY 2019
It's been an incredible week in the world of football as Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC get ready to face off in the Champions League Final in June.
Unsurprisingly, fans are now scrambling to get themselves to the Spanish capital even if they don't have match tickets.
In fact, Skyscanner has reported a 3015% surge in searches for flights to Madrid since Liverpool defeated FC Barcelona 4-0 and Spurs defeated AFC Ajax 3-2 to make it to the final.
Unsurprisingly, the popularity has also seen prices soar for travel the weekend of the 1st June, when the match takes place.
However, there are still ways you could get yourself to Madrid to be in the heart of the action, and although it won't be cheap there are ways of keeping your travel costs to a budget of under £500.
Your best bet is to avoid direct routes, and be prepared to face some long stopovers or multiple flights (and you will need to count a few days of annual leave to keep costs down).
We take a look at some of your options – please note the prices are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change and availability.
Fly to Valencia instead
Valencia is then just a two-hour train away from Madrid, and you can find tickets on the Trainline from £38.80pp.
Skyscanner has return flights to Valencia from £410pp, which includes an overnight stay in Zurich airport and is based on a Friday 31st May departure and a return on Tuesday 4th June.
That makes a total cost of £486.80pp based on the flights and return train journey.
Fly via Palma de Majorca
Skyscanner has return flights to Madrid from £309pp with a stop in Palma, based on a Friday 31st May departure and a return on Tuesday 4th June.
Go via Barcelona
Skycanner has return flights to Barcelona from £389pp from Liverpool departing on Friday 31st May and returning Monday 3rd June.
You can get a coach from Barcelona to Madrid from £53 each way with Busbud.com which takes approximately seven hours but will still get you to the city in time for the match.
You can also take the regional train in the morning which takes nine hours but tickets start from €34.60pp each way.
If you opt for the bus it makes for a total cost of £442pp.
Try going via Malaga
Skyscanner has return flights to Malaga from £215pp from Manchester with a stopover in Billund in Denmark, based on a Friday 31st May departure and a return on Tuesday 4th June.
From Malaga you can get a bus from £27pp with BusBud.com which takes around six hours.
You can also find direct trains from £57.38 with an approximate journey time of 2 hours and 46 minutes (there are indirect routes as well which include one change).
If you opt for the bus that makes a total cost of £242pp. If you opt for the train that makes for a total cost of £329.76pp.
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