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Travel from Cordoba to Mérida by train in 4 hours 28 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Cordoba to Mérida by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Cordoba to Mérida by train is 4 hours 39 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 4 hours 28 minutes. You'll usually find 3 trains per day traveling the 178 km between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change along the way as there are no direct services to Mérida. During your journey, you'll either be traveling with AVE or Renfe, as they are the main operators of services on this route.

Book train tickets from Cordoba to Mérida in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $40.13. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Cordoba to Mérida by train

It takes an average of 4h 39m to travel from Cordoba to Mérida by train, over a distance of around 110 miles (178 km). There are normally 3 trains per day traveling from Cordoba to Mérida and tickets for this journey start from $40.13 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 4h 28m


110 miles (178 km)


3 trains per day


1 change


From $40.13

Train and bus operators

Renfe, ALSA, Socibus, Avanza, iryo

Cordoba to Mérida train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cordoba to Mérida for Tuesday Apr 4th 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:20 14:13 4h 53m, 1 change
14:47 19:15 4h 28m, 1 change
14:54 19:31 4h 37m, 1 change

AVE, iryo, Renfe and Avant trains from Cordoba to Mérida

You can travel from Cordoba to Mérida on AVE, iryo, Renfe and Avant trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

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.

Operating since the end of 2022, iryo is a new high-speed train company in Spain. It’s a consortium between the Spanish airline Air Norstrum and the train company Trenitalia, one of the greatest leaders in European rail transport. The first private Spanish high-speed company to operate, iryo runs high-speed services on the Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona route and connects Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia/Alicante and Madrid – Cordoba – Seville/Malaga. They are doing this all with a fleet of ETR1000 model trains that offer the highest level of comfort in Spain, with a combination of advanced propulsion and highest quality onboard services, including WiFi connection and catering service. 98% of the parts of the trains are 100% recyclable, making this trip sustainable as well!

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.

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).

Cheap train tickets from Cordoba to Mérida

The price of train tickets from Cordoba to Mérida starts at $40.13 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

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 Mérida by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

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.

Choose a slower or connecting train

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!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Cordoba to Mérida

Want to know more about your journey from Cordoba to Mérida? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Cordoba to Mérida take?

The average journey time by train between Cordoba and Mérida is 4 hours and 39 minutes, with around 3 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.

What's the fastest journey time between Cordoba and Mérida by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cordoba to Mérida is 4 hours and 28 minutes.

How much does the train from Cordoba to Mérida cost?

Train tickets from Cordoba to Mérida can start from as little as $40.13 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.

Is there a direct train from Cordoba to Mérida?

No, there are no direct train services from Cordoba to Mérida. Travelling from Cordoba to Mérida by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Cordoba to Mérida leave?

The first train from Cordoba to Mérida leaves at 10:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Cordoba to Mérida leave?

The last train from Cordoba to Mérida leaves at 15:54. 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.

What's the distance between Cordoba and Mérida by train?

Trains travelling from Cordoba to Mérida cover a distance of around 110 miles (178 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Mérida to Cordoba.

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