|Avg. journey time||2h 51m|
|Trains per day||13|
|Fare range||€24.00 - €147.00|
|First train departs at||06:20|
|Last train departs at||20:15|
|Fastest route||2h 28m|
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 high-speed train, with trains capable of reaching up to 330 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.
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 Málaga-María Zambrano to Madrid Atocha 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 between Málaga-María Zambrano and Madrid Atocha is 2 hours and 51 minutes and the fastest journey time is 2 hours and 28 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 19 trains per day travelling from Málaga-María Zambrano to Madrid Atocha. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
The first train from Málaga-María Zambrano to Madrid Atocha departs at 06:20. The last train from Málaga-María Zambrano to Madrid Atocha departs at 20:15. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency. There may also be less services on weekends and holidays; use our journey planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Málaga-María Zambrano to Madrid Atocha without having to change trains. There are 13 direct trains from Málaga-María Zambrano to Madrid Atocha. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.