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Trains from Cádiz to Madrid

On the southern coast of Spain lies historic Cádiz, known for its beautiful Cathedral and traditional watchtowers for spotting nearby ships. From Cádiz, you can travel to Madrid in just over 4 hours on Renfe’s high-speed AVE trains. And when you arrive, exploring the magnificent Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace are just the tip of the iceberg.

Direct high-speed trains with Renfe are the fastest way to get to Madrid from Cádiz. You arrive straight in the centre of Madrid so you don’t need to worry about airport transfers, you don’t need to pack and sort your liquids and you can bring as much luggage along as you like. Ready to travel to Madrid? Use our Journey Planner to book cheap tickets or scroll down for helpful route information.

Cádiz to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 5h 51m to travel from Cádiz to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 303 miles (487 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Cádiz to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from €22.55 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 4h 12m
PriceFrom €22.55
Distance303 miles (487 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train05:40
Last train20:40
Departure stationCádiz
Arrival stationMadrid
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsSocibus, Renfe

Cádiz to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cádiz to Madrid for Thursday 7th July 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
05:40 Cádiz10:32 Madrid AtochaIR 13001 Renfe 4h 52m, 2 changes
06:40 Cádiz11:09 Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 2075 Renfe 4h 29m, direct
06:45 Cádiz11:15 Madrid AtochaIR 13003 Renfe 4h 30m, 1 change
07:55 Cádiz13:09 Madrid AtochaIC 694 Renfe 5h 14m, 1 change
09:40 Cádiz14:17 Madrid AtochaIR 13007 Renfe 4h 37m, 1 change
12:20 Cádiz16:36 Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 2135 Renfe 4h 16m, direct

Renfe and Alvia trains from Cádiz to Madrid

You can travel from Cádiz to Madrid on Renfe and Alvia 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.

Renfe's Alvia services combine high-speed tracks with lower speed sections, reaching speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h) on international lines and 125 mph (200 km/h) on conventional lines. These trains connect the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante with the other main Spanish cities. Alvia offers two types of classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). The latter has wider seats, carriages with fewer seats, offers complimentary food and drinks, free newspapers, and access to parking and Club meeting rooms.

Cheap train tickets from Cádiz to Madrid

The price of train tickets from Cádiz to Madrid starts at €22.55 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 Cádiz 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.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Cádiz and Madrid is 5 hours and 51 minutes, with around 15 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 Cádiz and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cádiz to Madrid is 4 hours and 12 minutes.

How much does the train from Cádiz to Madrid cost?

Train ticket prices from Cádiz to Madrid can start from as little as €22.55 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Cádiz to Madrid?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Cádiz to Madrid without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Cádiz 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 Cádiz to Madrid leave?

The first train from Cádiz to Madrid leaves at 05:40. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Cádiz to Madrid leaves at 20:40. 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 Cádiz and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from Cádiz to Madrid cover a distance of around 303 miles (487 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to Cádiz.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cádiz to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 07/07/2022. 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 02/16/2022 for travel on 02/16/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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