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Taking the train from Cordoba to Madrid

Getting from the south of Spain to the capital is a lot easier than you might think on board a high-speed train. Without any lengthy check-in procedures or tiring security lines, Renfe’s AVE trains can take you from Cordoba to Madrid in less than two hours.

You'll step onto the platform in Madrid feeling refreshed and ready to explore, mere minutes away from the city's most iconic sights and landmarks. Art and culture lovers will want to head over to the Royal Palace and Prado Museum, with Madrid also offering plenty of opportunities for shopaholics and foodies too. Read on to learn more about this train journey - we've got helpful information below, including train times and FAQs.

Cordoba to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 1h 47m to travel from Cordoba to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 184 miles (296 km). There are normally 12 trains per day travelling from Cordoba to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from €21.25 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 44m
Price€21.25 - €107.80
Distance184 miles (296 km)
Frequency12 trains per day
Departure stationCordoba
Arrival stationMadrid
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorssocibus

Cordoba to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Cordoba to Madrid for Wednesday 15th Jul 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:29 Cordoba09:15 Madrid AtochaAVE 2061 Renfe Get tickets1h 46m, direct
08:07 Cordoba09:52 Madrid AtochaAVE 2273 Renfe Get tickets1h 45m, direct
08:38 Cordoba10:29 Madrid AtochaAVE 2077 Renfe Get tickets1h 51m, direct
11:29 Cordoba13:17 Madrid AtochaAVE 2101 Renfe Get tickets1h 48m, direct
11:56 Cordoba13:40 Madrid AtochaAVE 2113 Renfe Get tickets1h 44m, direct
15:06 Cordoba16:55 Madrid AtochaAVE 2143 Renfe Get tickets1h 49m, direct
15:29 Cordoba17:15 Madrid AtochaAVE 2141 Renfe Get tickets1h 46m, direct
16:56 Cordoba18:41 Madrid AtochaAVE 2163 Renfe Get tickets1h 45m, direct
18:10 Cordoba20:03 Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 2365 Renfe Get tickets1h 53m, direct
18:29 Cordoba20:17 Madrid AtochaAVE 2171 Renfe Get tickets1h 48m, direct

Renfe, AVE, AV-City and Alvia trains from Cordoba to Madrid

You can travel from Cordoba to Madrid on Renfe, AVE, AV-City 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 has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, linking major cities with AVE, AV-City, Avant, Alvia, and Euromed trains. Long-distance routes are served by Altaria and Talgo trains, while regional routes are operated by Media Distancia, Regional and Express Regional trains. Renfe also operates on international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe trains offer four different travel classes, depending on the train you’re travelling on – Turista (Standard), Turista Plus (Premium Economy), Preferente (Business Class) and Club (First Class).

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 four comfort classes – Turista (standard class), Turista Plus (wider, more comfortable seats), Preferente (lounge access, wide leather seats, food and drink service) and Club (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.

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.

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 Cordoba to Madrid

Train tickets from Cordoba to Madrid start at €21.25 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you're booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €62.10.
lowest price found
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price57.79
on the day
avg. single price62.10

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 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 guide to check when European train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap 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 Cordoba 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 Cordoba to Madrid take?

The average journey time by train between Cordoba and Madrid is 1 hour and 47 minutes, with around 12 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 Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Cordoba to Madrid is 1 hour and 44 minutes.

How much does the train from Cordoba to Madrid cost?

Train tickets from Cordoba to Madrid can start from as little as €21.25 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 Madrid?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Cordoba to Madrid without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Cordoba to Madrid. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Cordoba to Madrid leaves at 07:29. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Cordoba to Madrid 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.

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

Trains travelling from Cordoba to Madrid cover a distance of around 184 miles (296 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Madrid to Cordoba.
Average prices for adult tickets in economy. Discount cards and coach journey excluded. Prices are based on searches made by our customers over the past 6 months. "14 days in advance" includes days 13 and 15. / The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Cordoba to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 15/07/2020. 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 13/07/2020 for travel on 20/02/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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