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AVE trains from Madrid to Málaga

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Málaga is 2 hours and 54 minutes, with around 7 trains per day. However, you can get there in as little as 2 hours and 33 minutes on the fastest AVE services.

Travelling at speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h) on this 258-mile (416 km) route, AVE trains will get you to Madrid in style but choosing First Class (Confort Class) will give you plenty of legroom, reclining leather armchairs, free WiFi and complimentary drinks and snacks.

Arriving into Málaga María Zambrano station, you’ll be at the heart of the Spanish coastal town. Enjoy the tranquillity of Costa del Sol, or if you can drag yourself off the beach, be sure to visit the stunning Alcazaba Castle and the Picasso Museum – after all, you’re in the city where Picasso was born!

Ready to travel? Book your tickets from Madrid to Málaga with ease using our Journey Planner at the top of the page. View the cheapest tickets and train timetables and when you book, we’ll send your ticket as a convenient eticket, which you can keep handy on your phone.

Madrid to Málaga by train

It takes an average of 3h 30m to travel from Madrid to Málaga by train, over a distance of around 258 miles (416 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Málaga and tickets for this journey start from €18 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 31m
PriceFrom €18
Distance258 miles (416 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train07:00
Last train21:00
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationMálaga
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe

Madrid to Málaga train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Málaga for Tuesday 16th August 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
07:25 09:56 2h 31m, direct
09:10 12:02 2h 52m, direct
10:15 12:55 2h 40m, direct
11:35 14:30 2h 55m, direct
13:35 16:28 2h 53m, direct
14:26 17:18 2h 52m, direct
15:35 18:32 2h 57m, direct
16:35 19:15 2h 40m, direct
17:13 19:46 2h 33m, direct
17:18 20:38 3h 20m, 1 change

Renfe and AVE trains from Madrid to Málaga

You can travel from Madrid to Málaga on Renfe and AVE 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.

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Málaga

The price of train tickets from Madrid to Málaga starts at €18 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 Málaga 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 Madrid to Málaga? 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 Málaga take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Málaga is 3 hours and 30 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 Madrid and Málaga by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Málaga is 2 hours and 31 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Málaga cost?

Train ticket prices from Madrid to Málaga can start from as little as €18 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 Madrid to Málaga?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid to Málaga without having to change trains. There are 11 direct trains from Madrid to Málaga 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 Málaga leave?

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

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

The last train from Madrid to Málaga leaves at 21:00. 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 Málaga by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Málaga cover a distance of around 258 miles (416 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Málaga to Madrid.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Málaga for a typical week day using timetable data for 08/16/2022. 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 09/21/2022 for travel on 09/21/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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