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How to travel from Madrid to Zaragoza by train

Want to travel from Madrid to Zaragoza by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Madrid to Zaragoza usually takes around 9h 58m to travel 170 miles (273 km). You can expect to find 2 trains per day running on this popular route. You’ll need to make 1 change along the way on this route, with around 2 trains per day running to Zaragoza. Reaching speeds of up to 193 mph (310 km/h), high-speed AVE trains connect Madrid to Zaragoza in just 4h 22m.

Train tickets from Madrid to Zaragoza are usually cheaper when you book in advance compared to buying them on the day. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.

If you’re feeling ready to book, start looking for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information on the journey to Zaragoza by train, including our timetable where you can view first and last train times.

Madrid to Zaragoza by train

It takes an average of 1h 19m to travel from Madrid to Zaragoza by train, over a distance of around 170 miles (273 km). There are normally 16 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Zaragoza and tickets for this journey start from €7 when you book in advance.

First train

06:30

Last train

20:40

Departure station

Madrid

Arrival station

Zaragoza

Journey time

From 1h 14m

Distance

170 miles (273 km)

Frequency

16 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From €7

Train and bus operators

OUIGO, iryo, Renfe, ALSA

Madrid to Zaragoza train times

Check out the next trains departing from Madrid to Zaragoza for Tuesday 28th March 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
08:30 09:45 1h 15m, direct
09:30 10:44 1h 14m, direct
10:30 11:51 1h 21m, direct
11:30 12:45 1h 15m, direct
12:25 13:47 1h 22m, direct
13:30 14:51 1h 21m, direct
14:30 15:51 1h 21m, direct
15:30 16:45 1h 15m, direct
16:30 17:51 1h 21m, direct
17:30 18:45 1h 15m, direct

AVE, OUIGO, iryo and Renfe trains from Madrid to Zaragoza

You can travel from Madrid to Zaragoza on AVE, OUIGO, iryo and Renfe 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.

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.

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OUIGO is the low-cost brand of French rail company SNCF, who operate trains in France and Spain. In France, all seats on OUIGO are Second Class and tickets can only be purchased online. You can also pay for additional extras, such as reserving a seat in the ‘quiet area’, at-seat power sockets and extra luggage. OUIGO has been operating in Spain since May 2021, and their trains include an onboard bar and a premium class of service called OUIGO Plus.

Operating since the end of 2022, iryo is a new high-speed train company in Spain. It’s a consortium between the Spanish airline Air Norstrum and the train company Trenitalia, one of the greatest leaders in European rail transport. The first private Spanish high-speed company to operate, iryo runs high-speed services on the Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona route and connects Madrid – Cuenca – Valencia/Alicante and Madrid – Cordoba – Seville/Malaga. They are doing this all with a fleet of ETR1000 model trains that offer the highest level of comfort in Spain, with a combination of advanced propulsion and highest quality onboard services, including WiFi connection and catering service. 98% of the parts of the trains are 100% recyclable, making this trip sustainable as well!

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.

Cheap train tickets from Madrid to Zaragoza

The price of train tickets from Madrid to Zaragoza starts at €7 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 Zaragoza 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 Zaragoza? 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 Zaragoza take?

The average journey time by train between Madrid and Zaragoza is 1 hour and 19 minutes, with around 16 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 Zaragoza by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Madrid to Zaragoza is 1 hour and 14 minutes.

How much does the train from Madrid to Zaragoza cost?

Train ticket prices from Madrid to Zaragoza can start from as little as €7 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 Zaragoza?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Madrid to Zaragoza without having to change trains. There are 16 direct trains from Madrid to Zaragoza 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 Zaragoza leave?

The first train from Madrid to Zaragoza leaves at 06:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Madrid to Zaragoza 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 Madrid and Zaragoza by train?

Trains travelling from Madrid to Zaragoza cover a distance of around 170 miles (273 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Zaragoza to Madrid. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Madrid to Zaragoza.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Madrid to Zaragoza for a typical week day using timetable data for 03/28/2023. 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 08/10/2023 for travel on 08/10/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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