Head to Andalucia's vibrant capital for nightlife, shopping, and plenty of absorbing historical attractions. Visiting Málaga could hardly be easier from Cordoba. Just catch the train from Cordoba station to Málaga-María Zambrano, and you can be there in no time. Whether you're headed to a La Liga fixture, a music festival or the beach, catching trains is definitely the best way to go.
Thre are 11 direct services daily to Málaga, and the route is served by high-speed AVE trains. The fastest train to Málaga-María Zambrano will reach the station in around 50 minutes. And with on-board WiFi and comfortable seating guaranteed, it's easily the best transport method.
Málaga is always worth a visit. Close to the station you'll find the CAC, one of Spain's leading contemporary art galleries. Just north, visitors will find the captivating Museum of Popular Costumes, while MAUS showcases the city's lively street art scene. Add in Moorish ruins and a music scene that attracts fans from across southern Spain, and it's hard to resist Málaga. If you're ready, use our Journey Planner above to book your train tickets!
Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.
AVE is Renfe's flagship high-speed service, with trains capable of reaching up to 193 mph (310 km/h). It’s one of the fastest trains in Europe and connects the main cities of Spain. Most AVE trains offer two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class equivalent, with 1-1 configuration, ultra-wide seats, gourmet food and drink and lounge access). All AVE trains have air conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a buffet carriage serving a selection of food and drinks. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.
Able to reach speeds of at 155 mph (250 km/h), Avant trains operate short and medium distance high-speed services. These trains are intended to cover journeys within the same autonomous community or in two neighbouring communities. For this reason, trains generally don’t offer catering services and travel less than 125 miles (200 km). They have two types of comfort classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class).
Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Cordoba to Málaga-María Zambrano by booking early.§
Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.
On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Cordoba and Málaga-María Zambrano is 1 hour and 1 minute, with around 13 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The fastest journey time by train from Cordoba to Málaga-María Zambrano is 49 minutes.
Train tickets from Cordoba to Málaga-María Zambrano can start from as little as $18.38 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Cordoba to Málaga-María Zambrano without having to change trains. There are 13 direct trains from Cordoba to Málaga-María Zambrano each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Cordoba to Málaga-María Zambrano leaves at 06:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Cordoba to Málaga-María Zambrano leaves at 20:29. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.
Trains travelling from Cordoba to Málaga-María Zambrano cover a distance of around 84 miles (135 km) during the journey.