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Train travel from Madrid to Granada 

Working out your travel plans from Madrid to Granada? Make your way by train and you’ll be transported over in just over three hours on the daily direct services. Renfe’s high-speed AVE trains are kitted out with air-conditioning, free WiFi and power sockets. Settle into the comfortable seats and enjoy the views without having to worry about traffic or directions. Treat yourself by upgrading to Club (First Class) and you’ll get more space to stretch out.

Granada’s train station is well located for access to the city’s main sites. Hop on a bus or walk over to the city centre in just 20 minutes. Here, you’ll find a stunning 16th-century cathedral, the vibrant Plaza Nueva square and the iconic Alhambra palace-fortress.

Keen to find out more? Scroll down for all the FAQs and train times for this route from Madrid to Granada.

Madrid to Granada by train

It takes an average of 5h 53m to travel from Madrid to Granada by train, over a distance of around 223 miles (360 km). There are normally 5 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Granada and tickets for this journey start from $18.69 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 17m
PriceFrom $18.69
Distance223 miles (360 km)
Frequency5 trains per day
First train07:00
Last train18:35
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationGranada
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe, ALSA

Madrid to Granada train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Granada for Sunday Aug 1st 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
07:00 Madrid Atocha11:45 GranadaAVE 2070 Renfe Get tickets4h 45m, 1 change
11:35 Madrid Atocha14:52 GranadaAVE 2112 Renfe Get tickets3h 17m, 1 change
14:35 Madrid Atocha17:52 GranadaAVE 2146 Renfe Get tickets3h 17m, direct
17:35 Madrid Atocha21:55 GranadaAVE 2172 Renfe Get tickets4h 20m, 1 change
20:30 Madrid Atocha10:23 GranadaAVE 2202 Renfe Get tickets13h 53m, 1 change
08:00 Madrid Atocha11:45 GranadaAVE 2080 Renfe Get tickets3h 45m, 1 change
11:35 Madrid Atocha14:52 GranadaAVE 2112 Renfe Get tickets3h 17m, 1 change
14:35 Madrid Atocha17:52 GranadaAVE 2146 Renfe Get tickets3h 17m, direct
17:35 Madrid Atocha21:55 GranadaAVE 2172 Renfe Get tickets4h 20m, 1 change
19:35 Madrid Atocha10:23 GranadaAVE 2192 Renfe Get tickets14h 48m, 1 change

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

You can travel from Madrid to Granada 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 Madrid to Granada

The price of train tickets from Madrid to Granada starts at $18.69 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 Madrid to Granada 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 Madrid to Granada

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

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Granada is 5 hours and 53 minutes, with around 5 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 Madrid and Granada by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Granada is 3 hours and 17 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Granada cost?

Train tickets from Madrid to Granada can start from as little as $18.69 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 Madrid to Granada?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid to Granada without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Madrid to Granada each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Madrid to Granada leaves at 07:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Madrid to Granada leaves at 18:35. 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 Madrid and Granada by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Granada 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 Granada to Madrid.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Granada for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/01/2021. 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 01/01/0001 for travel on 01/01/0001 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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