The average journey time by train between Granada and Madrid is 5 hours and 4 minutes, with around 7 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.
More than 200 miles separate the Spanish cities of Granada and Madrid, but you can zip between them 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.
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).
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.§
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.
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!
For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.
The average journey time by train between Granada and Madrid is 4 hours and 57 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Granada to Madrid is 3 hours and 9 minutes.
Train tickets from Granada to Madrid can start from as little as €26.05 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Granada to Madrid without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Granada to Madrid. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Granada to Madrid leaves at 07:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Granada to Madrid leaves at 20:28. 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.
Trains travelling from Granada to Madrid cover a distance of around 224 miles (360 km) during the journey.