The cheapest times to fly from MAD to DTW are

  • January 8th to April 1st
  • April 16th to May 27th
  • October 15th to December 16th (except the week of November 26th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from MAD to DTW is early to mid May. Prices can be as high as $1410 for Friday flights during early July, or as low as $737 for Tuesday flights around early to mid May.


When to Fly to Detroit

Flying from Madrid (MAD) to Detroit, MI (DTW) will usually cost between $783 to $1339 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid May with an average ticket price of $787. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early July, with an average price of $1313. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $526 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $941 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MAD to DTW flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the MAD to DTW route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

MAD to DTW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MAD to DTW flight is priced close to the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Madrid. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.15, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Detroit, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Madrid. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $119 (11%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $931. Return trip prices are from the DTW to MAD flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from MAD to DTW can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 8 hour 9 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from MAD to DTW while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE) in Cleveland, OH

  • 95 miles (153 km) away from DTW
  • Usually 0.27% less expensive than DTW
  • 1-layover flights available

See MAD to CLE flights


Flight Hacking MAD to DTW

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from MAD to DTW — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Boston, MA (MAD > BOS > DTW)

  • Price for both tickets: $518
  • Average savings: $423 (44.98%)

See MAD to LGA flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (MAD > LGA > DTW)

  • Price for both tickets: $524
  • Average savings: $417 (44.28%)

See MAD to BOS flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (MAD > JFK > DTW)

  • Price for both tickets: $537
  • Average savings: $404 (42.9%)

See MAD to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MAD to DTW? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 22 major airlines flying this route most often: Aer Lingus, Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Finnair, Iberia, Icelandair, KLM, LOT, Lufthansa, SWISS, Tap Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines, United, Vietnam Airlines, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport to Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3978 miles or 6402 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MAD to DTW?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MAD to DTW flight is about 8 hour 9 minutes.

How many flights go between Madrid and Detroit, MI?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 52 available flights from MAD to DTW.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeMAD
Origination airport nameAdolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport

Return Airport

Destination codeDTW
Destination airport nameDetroit Metro Wayne County Airport
CityDetroit, MI
Countrythe United States


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