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Taking the train from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano

The fastest way to travel from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano, Málaga’s principal railway station, is by high-speed AVE train. Operated by Renfe, AVE trains running between Málaga and Madrid run on the Madrid–Málaga high-speed rail line, which supports speeds of up to 300km/h. The fastest trains take just 2h 24m, while the average journey time is 3h 16m. 13 direct services depart from Madrid Atocha station per day – the first departing at 07:00 and the last at 21:25.

Situated 417km south of Madrid, Málaga makes an interesting change from the Spanish capital. You’ll go from skyscrapers to sandy beaches, from the hustle and bustle of the city to the tranquillity of the Costa del Sol. 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! Wherever you choose to visit, AVE trains will get you there in comfort, boasting air-conditioned carriages throughout and luxurious reclining leather seats in Preferente (First) Class.

Need more info? Keep reading to find today’s train timetables, journey FAQs and ticket prices. Once you’re ready to travel, use our Journey Planner above to buy your train ticket. Find the cheapest fares for your chosen day of travel and the most convenient travel times. After booking, we’ll send you a convenient eticket, which you can print at home or display on your phone.

Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano by train

It takes an average of 15h 14m to travel from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano by train, over a distance of around 259 miles (417 km). There are normally 2 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano and tickets for this journey start from €24.35 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 8h 01m
Price€24.35 - €149.25
Distance259 miles (417 km)
Frequency2 trains per day
Departure stationMadrid
Arrival stationMálaga-María Zambrano
Changes1 change
Train and bus operatorsdaibus,

Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano for sábado 6º jun. 2020. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
07:20 Madrid Atocha10:14 Málaga-María ZambranoAVE 2072 Renfe Get tickets2h 54m, direct
14:35 Madrid Atocha17:30 Málaga-María ZambranoAVE 2446 Renfe Get tickets2h 55m, 1 change
17:35 Madrid Atocha20:25 Málaga-María ZambranoAVE 2172 Renfe Get tickets2h 50m, direct
07:20 Madrid Atocha10:14 Málaga-María ZambranoAVE 2072 Renfe Get tickets2h 54m, direct
14:35 Madrid Atocha17:30 Málaga-María ZambranoAVE 2446 Renfe Get tickets2h 55m, 1 change
17:35 Madrid Atocha20:25 Málaga-María ZambranoAVE 2172 Renfe Get tickets2h 50m, direct
21:25 Madrid Atocha08:45 Málaga-María ZambranoAVE 2210 Renfe Get tickets11h 20m, 1 change
07:20 Madrid Atocha10:14 Málaga-María ZambranoAVE 2072 Renfe Get tickets2h 54m, direct
14:35 Madrid Atocha17:30 Málaga-María ZambranoAVE 2446 Renfe Get tickets2h 55m, 1 change
17:35 Madrid Atocha20:25 Málaga-María ZambranoAVE 2172 Renfe Get tickets2h 50m, direct

Renfe and AVE trains from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano

You can travel from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano 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 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.

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano

Train tickets from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano start at €24.35 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 €85.96.
lowest price found
from24.35
4 weeksin advance
avg. single price70.19
2 weeksin advance
avg. single price72.66
on the day
avg. single price85.96

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-María Zambrano 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 Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano? 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-María Zambrano take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Málaga-María Zambrano is 15 hours and 14 minutes, with around 2 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-María Zambrano by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano is 8 hours and 1 minute.

How much does the train from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano cost?

Train tickets from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano can start from as little as €24.35 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 Málaga-María Zambrano?

No, there are no direct train services from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano. Travelling from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano leave?

The first train from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano leaves at 09:29. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano leaves at 10:18. 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-María Zambrano by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano cover a distance of around 259 miles (417 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Málaga-María Zambrano to Madrid.
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 Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/06/2020. 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 01/06/2020 for travel on 05/05/2020 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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