Málaga to Madrid train

Cheap train tickets from Málaga to Madrid

Showing times and prices for 24 May

Cheapest

£75

Average

£101

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

Renfe AVE
16:58Málaga2h46 19:44Madrid
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£751One-way
Renfe AVE
04:28Málaga2h42 07:10Madrid
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£821One-way
Renfe AVE
17:58Málaga2h46 20:44Madrid
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£1001One-way
Renfe AVE
14:58Málaga2h47 17:45Madrid
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£1191One-way
Renfe AVE
14:13Málaga2h58 17:11Madrid
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£1291One-way

Train schedule Málaga to Madrid

Showing trains for tomorrow, Tuesday, 24 May
06:28Malaga María Zambrano2h42 09:10Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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08:08Malaga María Zambrano2h30 10:38Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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08:58Malaga María Zambrano2h58 11:56Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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10:28Malaga María Zambrano2h41 13:09Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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11:58Malaga María Zambrano2h37 14:35Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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13:58Malaga María Zambrano2h57 16:55Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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16:13Malaga María Zambrano2h58 19:11Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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16:58Malaga María Zambrano2h47 19:45Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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18:00Malaga María Zambrano2h45 20:45Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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18:58Malaga María Zambrano2h46 21:44Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
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Fastest train times from Málaga to Madrid

Showing times and prices for 24 May

Fastest Journey

2 h 42 m

Average

2 h 47 m

Trains per day

5

Distance

416 km

Of the 5 trains that leave Málaga for Madrid every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Renfe AVE
04:28Málaga2h42 07:10Madrid
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£821One-way
Renfe AVE
17:58Málaga2h46 20:44Madrid
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£1001One-way
Renfe AVE
16:58Málaga2h46 19:44Madrid
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£751One-way
Renfe AVE
14:58Málaga2h47 17:45Madrid
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£1191One-way
Renfe AVE
14:13Málaga2h58 17:11Madrid
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£1291One-way

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Overview: Train from Málaga to Madrid

distanceDistance257 miles (415 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 30 min
priceAverage train ticket price£77 (€87)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersRenfe or Renfe AVE

Trains from Málaga to Madrid cover the 257 miles (415 km) long route taking on average 2 h 30 min with our travel partners like Renfe or Renfe AVE. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £77, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £67. Travellers depart most frequently from Malaga María Zambrano and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

Train companies: AVE and Renfe trains Málaga to Madrid

Buy your official AVE and Renfe train tickets to Madrid from Málaga from £67 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most popular journey.

Renfe
AVE

Renfe is Spain’s national train operator offering a multitude of domestic routes and international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe is known for its range of ticket types to fit anyone’s budget, such as the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also has discount cards for qualified travellers like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50, which you can use on Omio. When you ride with Renfe, you can expect to find an impressive fleet of trains offering different levels of comfort, amenities and time needed to travel to your destination. These train types include Renfe AVE for high-speed long-distance routes, Alvia and Altaria for domestic routes in parts of Spain, Euromed for routes along the stunning Mediterranean coast, Avant commuter trains and Trenhotel night trains.

    Travel comfortably to Madrid from Málaga with AVE, Renfe's high-speed trains. When you travel on the AVE train from Málaga to Madrid, the distance to travel is 257 miles (415 km) and prices start as low as £67. Check all the AVE train timetables and find the cheapest ticket to Madrid from Málaga on Omio!

    Renfe is the main railway operator in Spain and offers a wide variety of AVE tickets perfect for your budget, such as Promo, Promo + and Flexible tickets. Renfe also offers discount cards such as the Gold Card and the + Renfe Youth 50 Card that you can add when booking your Renfe AVE ticket with Omio.

    The Renfe AVE trains are among the fastest in the world, reaching 192 mph (310 kmh) on select routes, and the AVE connects the main cities of the country in just a few hours, offering comfort and flexibility in long and medium distances. All AVE trains have a restaurant, WiFi, toilets and entertainment on board, and when you book your ticket on Omio, we offer you the possibility of choosing the seat that suits you best.

    • Average Price: £67

    Trains from Malaga to Madrid

    During the week, you will find roughly nine trains serving the distance between Malaga and Madrid. On Saturday, there are two services less, the first train running at around 09:00 and the last train at just about 19:00. The trains don’t run at regular intervals; often you will find a train departing every 1-2h, and the final train, during weekdays, departs at about 19:00, from Malaga Maria Zambrano Station.

    Malaga to Madrid Train Time: Daily Departures

    Throughout the week, the trains run roughly nine times a day, with Saturday and holidays as the exception. Sunday through Friday, you will find the trains begin running at roughly 06:30 and the latest train leaves the station at around 19:00. On Saturday, the earliest train is at approximately 09:00; however, the last train remains the same, departing at around 19:00.

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

    The journey from Malaga to Madrid can take anywhere between 2h 37min and 2h 58min. Conveniently, the train travels direct between the two cities, requiring no changeover during your travels. During your journey, why not kill some time by reading an article from Window Seat, our travel magazine covering a range of topics related to travel.

    Castle of Colomares in Malaga. Source: Shutterstock

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

    Departure train stations: Malaga Maria Zambrano is located south west of the city centre; you can find a bus stop nearby, at which a bus connects the city to the train station. The station hosts cafes, fast food and shopping facilities. You will also find cash points inside, as well as underground parking, if you plan to travel to the station by car.

    Arrival train station: Madrid-Puerta de Atocha is one of Madrid’s largest railway stations and is located in the district of Arganzuela. Within the station, you can find a number of restaurants and bars and, at the ground level, you can exit out to the taxi rank. If you would prefer to walk, the centre of the city, Puerta del Sol, can be reached by foot in 26min on average. Otherwise, the metro also connects the train station to the rest of Madrid.

    Which train companies travel from Malaga to Madrid?

    Alta Velocidad Espanola (AVE) services the trains between Malaga and Madrid and is the only train company travelling between the two cities. AVE trains can travel up to 186 mph (300 km/h), with seating for up to 347 passengers. AVE trains between Malaga and Madrid that depart at about 16:15 have the longest duration (a total travel time of roughly 3h), while their service is most often fastest for their earliest train. The train at around 06:30 takes approximately 2h 42min to reach its destination.

    Night trains Malaga

    Unfortunately, you will find no trains running later than 19:00 between Malaga and Madrid; the final train lands you at your destination at around 22:00. If you are travelling for work, you can catch the earliest train at approximately 06:30 and arrive in Madrid sometime around 09:00. If you require an earlier arrival, we would recommend either travelling the night before or travelling by bus.

    Alta Velocidad Espanola (AVE) trains from Malaga to Madrid

    AVE is one of Spain’s most popular high speed rails. Their service between Malaga and Madrid is covered in, on average, 2h 45min. The cost of travel does not vary greatly and can range from €52 to €79 (£44-66), at base rate price. This does not include the additional costs of 2nd+ class or a Choose fare. With the Turista Standard Choose fare, you pay an additional sum for a semi-refundable and semi-exchangeable train ticket. You can find out more information about AVE here, for everything you need to know.

    Trains from Malaga to Madrid: Sustainability travel

    Travelling by train between Malaga and Madrid is a more eco-conscious form of travel. Trains emit less carbon into the atmosphere than do cars or buses, and so switching your mode of transport is a good start in reducing your carbon footprint. AVE is a member of the Rail Freight Forward coalition, a European organisation aimed at decreasing the impact that freight transport is having on the planet.

    Train Malaga to Madrid: Services on Board

    The train connecting Malaga and Madrid has a number of amenities on board. Firstly, there is the option of a standard 2nd-class ticket or, for an additional fee, you can upgrade your ticket to 2nd+ class. With this, you travel in more comfort, with wider seats and extra legroom. On board the train, you will have access to free WiFi, power plugs for charging your electronics and food options. The high-speed train offers ample luggage space for its passengers, with an allowance of three pieces of luggage per person on board. In regards to pets on board, you are allowed to bring with you only one pet, and they must travel in a carrier. Bicycles are also allowed on board, but only if they are folded or dismantled and kept in a carrying case. AVE also offers an assistance service for passengers travelling with a disability or reduced mobility. This service offers assistance when getting on and off the train, with the ability to request a wheelchair if necessary. For passengers with hearing disabilities, technical aids are on standby, to aid in communication.

    How to find cheap train tickets from Malaga to Madrid?

    Cheap tickets for your journey between Malaga and Madrid can be found through the use of the Omio website. On the site, you can see which times offer the cheapest tickets, alongside which train is the fastest. If you are hoping to save money on your journey, it is helpful to book your tickets in advance. Booking early may offer you the best deals. Being flexible with train departure times and dates will also aid in saving money, so keep that in mind. You may also find that booking online will show cheaper train prices than booking at the train station.

    Tourist at Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Source: Shutterstock

    To Madrid by train—travel tips

    Madrid, the capital of Spain, offers much to explore, especially if you are a fan of both Spanish music and cuisine. In the city, you can try a tapas crawl, moving from one tapas bar to the next while enjoying their selections of cheeses and Iberian hams, accompanied with a beer or a glass of wine to wash it all down with. You can catch a flamenco show in Cardomo or other theatres, and enjoy the traditional flamenco with dinner and drinks. Culturally rich, visit Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art. Here you will find the Museo del Prado, Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. These are three of Spain’s renowned museums, each showing differing collections of work from Spain, Europe and America. If you have an interest in the Spanish monarchy, you can find your way to the Palacio Real and watch the changing of the guard, which happens every Wednesday and Saturday.

    • Visit the Rastro flea market
    • Take a ride on the Teleferico
    • Wander through El Retiro Park
    • Explore the Egyptian temple in Madrid’s city centre
    • Take a tour of Madrid’s football stadiums: Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu and the Wanda Metropolitano of Atletico de Madrid

    Travel Tips: Trains from Málaga to Madrid

    Travel by train 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.
    FAQs
    Omio customers have found the cheapest trains between Málaga and Madrid to cost as little as £67  in the next 7 days.
    In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket between Málaga and Madrid is £77  one way.
    When travelling this route you should expect the distance between Málaga and Madrid via train to be approximately 257 miles (415 km).
    On average the Málaga to Madrid train time is 2 h 30 min  covering the 257 miles (415 km) long journey, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.

    Some of the Málaga train stations to Madrid you can start your journey from include Malaga María Zambrano and Malaga-Aeropuerto. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Madrid include Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro.

    When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Malaga María Zambrano   and arriving in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

    Passengers board the train most frequently from Malaga María Zambrano, which is located around 1.9 miles (3.1 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, located 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from the city centre.

    When taking a train from Málaga to Madrid, you can count on Renfe or Renfe AVE for the best way to get you to Madrid. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service to Madrid from Málaga and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
    Yes, there are 10 direct trains per day from Málaga to Madrid. You can look to travel with Renfe AVE  without needing to change in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this journey.
    The average number of trains departing Málaga for Madrid is 10 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
    You can take the first train from Málaga to Madrid at 06: 08   or take the last train from Málaga to Madrid leaving at 19: 00. Look for the latest Málaga Madrid train timetable on Omio and book the best time to take the train for this journey.
    The price of a one way train ticket from Málaga to Madrid is on average £77 if you purchase within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train providers offering this route. In general, you can find train tickets between Málaga and Madrid available a few months in advance.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Málaga
    Madrid
    Malaga 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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    ParkingParking
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    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
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    Phone Number
    +34 902240202
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    Mon - Sun: 05: 00 - 00: 45
    Public transport options for Malaga María Zambrano
    Commuter rail lines: C1, C2
    Bus lines: 1, 3, 10, 16, 19, 24, 27, C2
    Train lines: Avant, AVE, Media Distancia

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