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Travelling from Granada to Madrid by train

More than 200 miles separate the Spanish cities of Granada and Madrid, but you can zip between them in just three hours on a Renfe train, swapping the city's southern scene for its capital and enjoying some beautiful scenery along the way.

Arriving in the energetic, vibrant city of Madrid, your options are endless. Grab some tapas at one of the city's many bars, catch a game at the Bernabéu Stadium, admire the works of the Spanish masters at the Prado Museum, or simply set off in a random direction and make your own memories.

Want to learn more about the train journey from Granada to Madrid? Scroll down the page and you’ll find plenty of useful information, including train times, ticket prices and FAQs.

Granada to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 3h 34m to travel from Granada to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 223 miles (360 km). There are normally 6 trains per day travelling from Granada to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from $23.23 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 18m
PriceFrom $23.23
Distance223 miles (360 km)
Frequency6 trains per day
First train06:40
Last train17:20
Departure stationGranada
Arrival stationMadrid
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe, ALSA

Granada to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Granada to Madrid for Sunday Oct 24th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
06:40 Granada10:27 Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 8475 Renfe Get tickets3h 47m, 1 change
08:15 Granada11:56 Madrid AtochaAVE 3931 Renfe Get tickets3h 41m, 1 change
13:20 Granada16:55 Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 8525 Renfe Get tickets3h 35m, 1 change
15:46 Granada19:11 Madrid AtochaAVE 2167 Renfe Get tickets3h 25m, direct
17:20 Granada21:17 Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 8575 Renfe Get tickets3h 57m, 1 change
19:27 Granada22:53 Madrid AtochaAVE 2197 Renfe Get tickets3h 26m, direct
06:40 Granada10:27 Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 8475 Renfe Get tickets3h 47m, 1 change
07:14 Granada10:32 Madrid AtochaAVE 2077 Renfe Get tickets3h 18m, direct
08:15 Granada11:41 Madrid AtochaAVE 3931 Renfe Get tickets3h 26m, 1 change
13:20 Granada16:55 Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 8525 Renfe Get tickets3h 35m, 1 change

Renfe, AVE and AV-City trains from Granada to Madrid

You can travel from Granada to Madrid on Renfe, AVE and AV-City 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.

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.

Designed to complement its AVE high-speed service, Renfe’s AV-City trains usually offer cheaper fares than the AVE. The trains have two comfort classes available – Turista (standard) and Turista Plus (wider, more comfortable seats and extra legroom). All trains have air conditioning and WiFi on board, and most also have a buffet carriage serving food and beverages.

Cheap train tickets from Granada to Madrid

The price of train tickets from Granada to Madrid starts at $23.23 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 Granada to Madrid 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 Granada to Madrid

Want to know more about your journey from Granada to Madrid? 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 Granada to Madrid take?

The average journey time by train between Granada and Madrid is 3 hours and 34 minutes, with around 6 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 Granada and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Granada to Madrid is 3 hours and 18 minutes.

How much does the train from Granada to Madrid cost?

Train tickets from Granada to Madrid can start from as little as $23.23 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 Granada to Madrid?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Granada to Madrid without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Granada to Madrid each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Granada to Madrid leave?

The first train from Granada to Madrid leaves at 06:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Granada to Madrid leave?

The last train from Granada to Madrid leaves at 17:20. 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 Granada and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from Granada to Madrid cover a distance of around 223 miles (360 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to Granada.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Granada to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 10/24/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 05/15/2021 for travel on 05/15/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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