Malaga to Madrid by Train

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Cheap train tickets from Málaga to Madrid

Showing times and prices for 22 Apr

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Málaga to Madrid is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
iryo
20:302h49
Málaga María Zambrano
23:19Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
£361One-way
0 changes
2nd Cheapest
iryo
15:342h50
Málaga María Zambrano
18:24Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
£381One-way
0 changes
iryo
12:402h50
Málaga María Zambrano
15:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
£401One-way
0 changes
iryo
11:352h49
Málaga María Zambrano
14:24Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
£431One-way
0 changes
iryo
18:452h49
Málaga María Zambrano
21:34Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
£451One-way
0 changes

Train timetableMálaga to Madrid

Showing trains for tomorrow, Monday, 22 April
Renfe AVE
07:333h10
Málaga María Zambrano
10:43Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
Renfe AVE
08:052h44
Málaga María Zambrano
10:49Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
iryo
08:092h49
Málaga María Zambrano
10:58Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
Renfe AVE
08:583h10
Málaga María Zambrano
12:08Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
Renfe AVLO
10:483h15
Málaga María Zambrano
14:03Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
iryo
11:352h49
Málaga María Zambrano
14:24Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
Renfe AVE
11:582h50
Málaga María Zambrano
14:48Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
iryo
12:402h50
Málaga María Zambrano
15:30Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
Renfe AVE
14:073h08
Málaga María Zambrano
17:15Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
iryo
15:342h50
Málaga María Zambrano
18:24Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
Renfe AVE
15:553h02
Málaga María Zambrano
18:57Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
Renfe AVE
17:003h00
Málaga María Zambrano
20:00Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
Renfe AVE
17:572h50
Málaga María Zambrano
20:47Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
iryo
18:452h49
Málaga María Zambrano
21:34Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
Renfe AVE
20:003h08
Málaga María Zambrano
23:08Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes
iryo
20:302h49
Málaga María Zambrano
23:19Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
0 changes

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Train times from Málaga to Madrid

Showing times and prices for 22 Apr

Fastest Journey

2 h 44 m

Average

2 h 57 m

Trains per day

16

Distance

416 km

Of the 16 trains that leave Málaga for Madrid every day 16 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Renfe AVE
08:052h44
Málaga María Zambrano
10:49Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
£851One-way
0 changes
2nd Fastest
iryo
08:092h49
Málaga María Zambrano
10:58Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
£591One-way
0 changes
2nd Fastest
iryo
11:352h49
Málaga María Zambrano
14:24Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
£431One-way
0 changes
2nd Fastest
iryo
20:302h49
Málaga María Zambrano
23:19Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
£361One-way
0 changes
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iryo
18:452h49
Málaga María Zambrano
21:34Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
£451One-way
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Overview: Train from Málaga to Madrid

distanceDistance257 miles
durationAverage train duration2 h 38 min
priceAverage train ticket price£43 (€47)
frequencyTrain frequency11 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 11 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesAVE, Renfe AVLO or iryo

Trains from Málaga to Madrid cover the 257 miles long route taking on average 2 h 38 min with our travel partners like AVE, Renfe AVLO or iryo. Normally, there are 11 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £43, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £16. Travellers depart most frequently from Málaga María Zambrano and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes.

Train providers: AVE, Renfe AVLO and iryo trains Málaga to Madrid

Find the best trains from Málaga to Madrid with Omio's travel partners AVE, Renfe AVLO and iryo from £15. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.

Iryo is a new brand from railway operator ILSA operating in Spain since 2022. Iryo uses Frecciarossa 1000 trains which are modern, can travel at up to 360km/h and have a minimal environmental impact. Iryo’s Frecciarossa trains have different classes, all of which come with free unlimited WiFi, power sockets, toilets and an onboard entertainment portal where you can watch films and TV series. The main classes are: Infinita Class, Singular Café Class, Singular Class, Inicial Class. These new trains take 2 hours and 30 minutes to travel between Madrid and Barcelona. They depart from Madrid Atocha and Barcelona Sants stations, and stop in Zaragoza along the way. Iryo services also cover Madrid, Cuenca, Valencia, Alicante, Córdoba, Seville and Málaga.

Málaga to Madrid train information with iryo:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 44 min
  • Cheapest Price: £15

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The Málaga to Madrid Train

Want to find the best tickets for the Málaga to Madrid train? Well, look no further! Omio has pulled together the most up to date and important information for you to plan your journey from Málaga, the sunny city of Andalusia to Madrid, the capital of Flamenco. Our easy guide covers everything from the train stations in Málaga and Madrid, high-speed trains, the fastest routes, train providers, how to book tickets, train schedules, as well as travel tips for your time in Spain.

A sunset view over Malaga. Source: Shutterstock

How to find cheap train tickets from Málaga to Madrid?

Booking in advance is your best chance to secure a cheaper ticket as an earlier booking can be up to 20% cheaper. If you can be flexible, you can also look for dates and times that are outside of peak travel hours to get a better deal. Look for connecting trains, which may be slower, but are cheaper than direct trains. Omio compares the prices of different train providers at different times on any given date and allows you to choose the cheapest available option. You can also download the Omio app and get notifications for offers and discounts from different train providers.

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The Omio booking pages have been designed to give you a quick and easy snapshot of the best tickets available. Once you’ve purchased your ticket, you’ll have everything sent to your phone with no need to print. What’s more, you can also enjoy live journey updates, meaning you'll be notified of any platform changes or delays, and we’ll send you a reminder when it's time to set off. If you need any help along the way, there’s a dedicated helpline to make your journey as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible. Explore your train options on Omio from the comfort of your home or on the go.

Train providers from Málaga to Madrid

The leading train company operating the route is run by Renfe, Spain’s state owned rail company. The fastest journey is operated by their fleet of AVE trains, which is the high-speed train service from Málaga to Madrid. Most passengers who travel this route prefer the train to other modes of transportation due to its ease, comfort and high speed – taking travels direct from city centre to city centre. The AVE trains are fully renovated to allow maximum comfort. Additionally, these high-speed trains are all direct with no need to get off and change along the way. From time to time, Renfe AVE offers discounts for their travellers. To keep up to speed with the latest deals, download the Omio app to get alerts direct to your phone.

Travel first class on trains from Málaga to Madrid

When travelling with Renfe you’ll have the option to choose between three different ticket types. Each ticket type is priced according to the flexibility of the ticket, the level of comfort and service you’ll receive onboard.

  • Básico (Basic) ticket: these are the cheapest tickets on the standard coaches. Passengers will receive all benefits of travelling on standard including plenty of legroom, WIFI, luggage storage and power sockets. Básico tickets cannot be exchanged or cancelled for a refund. Add-ons can be bought however, and these include seat selection for €5 extra, or bringing a pet for an extra €10.
  • Elige (the Pick and mix) ticket: these tickets can be tailored to your needs. Elige ticket holders have more flexibility with exchanging or cancelling their tickets or even changing the ticket holder. The Elige ticket also gives the option to travel on Elige ESTÁNDAR (with standard seats) or Elige CONFORT (with XL comfort seats). Add-ons include seat selection, travelling with pets, or a box of food delivered to your seat for an extra €7.50
  • Prémium (Premium) ticket: these tickets offer full first class comfort and flexibility. The perks of travelling with this ticket includes XL comfort seats, unlimited free changes to your ticket, a full refund if you cancel your ticket 7 days in advance, and if you miss your train simply hop on the next one for free. The Prémium includes all add-ons including seat selection, taking pets, food service to your seat.

How long is the journey by train from Málaga to Madrid?

Almost all trains from Málaga to Madrid are direct route trains with one or no transfers in a day. The sole train provider is the AVE Company, owned by Renfe. The trains are high-speed trains and the fastest takes just 1h 48 min, while the average journey time is 2h 30 min. The slowest high-speed train travels for an average of 3 h and will usually include more stops. The distance covered is 258 miles (416 km).

Daily departures from Málaga to Madrid

The earliest AVE train departs at around 6:20 a.m. from Málaga for Madrid. The last train departs at around 7:00 p.m. The trains depart at a frequency of about 45 min on weekdays and change over the weekends and holidays. If there are events going on in Madrid, then there may be a higher frequency of departures. As schedules can change depending on the weekday or time of year, it’s best to check in on the Omio site which offers live timetables and up-to-date schedules for train departures.

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Train arriving at the train station in Madrid. Source: Shutterstock

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Málaga to Madrid?

Departure train station:the station in Málaga is Málaga María Zambrano railway station. The railway station is a 17 min walk from the city centre. There are also plenty of options to take a taxi or a bus to the market centre, which is just 3 to 5 min away. The rail station operates a shopping mall, a lounge, luggage storage, ATMs and toilets.

Arrival train station:the station is called Madrid Puerta de Atocha train station. This station is popular for its beautiful historic setting blended with a tropical garden next to a modern terminus. The station features a lost luggage area and luggage lockers with long-term and short-term storage options. It also offers several food and shopping concessions, ATMs, currency exchange services, and a waiting area. There are several washrooms, baby changing facilities, and water fountains. Travellers can get to the station by foot from the city centre. Alternatively, they can get taxis or private transfers. Travellers can also hop on the metro with line 2 providing services to and from the station.

What’s the latest train from Málaga to Madrid

An evening train departs from Málaga at around 7:00 pm and arrives in Madrid at 9:40 p.m. If you plan to travel later in the night, there are options to travel by bus. However if you would prefer not to take a longer journey, it’s worth considering the early morning high-speed train can still arrive at the destination earlier than a night bus.

Sustainable travel with the Málaga to Madrid trains

Trains are by far the most sustainable and greenest means of travel. Their emissions only represent about two percent of the transport sector emissions. They also have a low energy consumption, which equals a tenth of the fuel used by small cars and aircraft. Trains have the ability to occupy minimal space in the environment and at the same time offer the most spacious areas to passengers onboard. Trains have a long lifetime and can go for up to 50 years without the need to re-invest in spare parts and non-renewable energy.

Services on board trains from Málaga to Madrid

AVE has first and second-class cars. First-class cabins have extra comfort seats which recline for relaxing or napping. There are footrests and leg rests for each passenger as well. Each seat has a power outlet and a table and offers more space and fewer passengers, making it quieter overall. The second classes are great in terms of economy. The seats are comfortable, have a power outlet, come with a work table, and include Wi-Fi.

Trains are also equipped with a buffet car, which offers seasonal menus, a children’s menu, and a variety of drinks. The trains also provide free Wi-Fi onboard for travellers’ entertainment. Renfe trains allow a maximum of three luggage items per traveller. The measurement limit is 33x21x13 inches (85x55x35 cm), and the weight limit is 50 lbs (25 kg). Pets are allowed on board with a ticket and as long as they are on a leash. Renfe trains are wheelchair accessible with designated areas for wheelchairs, step-free boarding equipment, and adapted services.

Boaters in the Park del Retiro in Madrid. Source: Shutterstock

Travel tips: exploring Madrid

If it's your first time travelling to Madrid, rest assured you are about to visit one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in Spain. It just so happens to be one of the most affordable too. Plus there’s a bit of something for everyone. If you love history, visit the Plaza Mayor, the temple of Debod, and the Almudena Cathedral, or simply walk through the Palacio Real and its gardens to enjoy the city's beauty. If you love food, drink and music Madrid has a vibrant nightlife with plenty of restaurants serving regional and national dishes (plus the tapas in Madrid is to die for). Finally, you can choose to relax at Retiro Park at the end of a busy day sight-seeing. The weather in Madrid is generally favourable, it has mild winters and hot summers.

  • Visit the royal palace of madrid
  • Take a city tour
  • Visit the Bernabeu Stadium
  • See the live flamenco live show
  • Take a day tour to toledo

You can discover more about things to do in Madrid with the Omio magazine.

FAQs: Málaga to Madrid train

FAQs: Travel by train from Málaga to Madrid easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Málaga to Madrid.
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Cheap train tickets from Málaga to Madrid can start from as little as £16 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Málaga to Madrid is £43; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The average journey time by train from Málaga to Madrid is 2 h 38 min   to travel the 257 mile long route, with around there are 11 trains per day. Journey times can vary on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Málaga to Madrid leaves at 06: 33. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Málaga to Madrid leaves at 20: 18.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Málaga to Madrid without having to change trains with AVE or iryo. There are 11 direct trains from Málaga to Madrid each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to Madrid. Take the fast train with iryo from Málaga to Madrid.
For the trip from Málaga to Madrid you can take a train with AVE, Renfe AVLO or iryo. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services from Málaga to Madrid on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 20: 18.

When departing from Málaga, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Málaga María Zambrano and Malaga Airport. When arriving in Madrid, you can end your journey in train stations like Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Atocha Cercanias.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Málaga María Zambrano, which is located around 2 miles (3.3 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes, located 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month for a train from Málaga to Madrid is February.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel between Málaga and Madrid including taking a train, coach or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Málaga and Madrid

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Málaga María Zambrano is the most popular Málaga railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Málaga for your journey to Madrid.
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Phone Number
+34 902240202
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 05: 00 - 00: 45
Public transport options for Málaga María Zambrano
Commuter rail lines: C1, C2
Bus lines: 1, 3, 10, 16, 19, 24, 27, C2
Train lines: Avant, AVE, Media Distancia
Malaga AirportParkingATMTaxisAccessibility
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
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AccessibilityAccessibility
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