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Travelling by train from Malaga to Madrid

Planning to travel from Malaga to Madrid by train? You've come to the right place!

The train from Malaga to Madrid usually takes 2h 45m, but can take just 2h 30m on the fastest services. You can travel direct on this route with Renfe. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi as standard.

You’ll hurtle at speeds of up to 300km/h (186 mph) during the journey. For those who want to travel in style, Renfe’s First Class offers wide reclining leather seats, plenty of legroom, free WiFi and complimentary drinks and snacks.

Arriving into Madrid Atocha station, you’ll be at the heart of the Spanish capital. The Royal Palace is just a short hop on the Cercanías metro, while the Museo Nacional del Prado and El Retiro Park are within walking distance of the station. Need more inspiration? Check out our guide to the best things to do in Madrid, including the best restaurants, parks, museums and shops to go to.

Why not start a search for cheap train tickets from Malaga to Madrid with us today? If you want to find out more, keep reading for FAQs and money-saving tips.

Málaga to Madrid by train

It takes an average of 2h 56m to travel from Málaga to Madrid by train, over a distance of around 258 miles (416 km). There are normally 15 trains per day travelling from Málaga to Madrid and tickets for this journey start from €20.30 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 30m
PriceFrom €20.30
Distance258 miles (416 km)
Frequency15 trains per day
First train06:28
Last train20:13
Departure stationMálaga
Arrival stationMadrid
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe

Málaga to Madrid train times

Check out the next trains departing from Málaga to Madrid for Saturday 21st May 2022. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
06:37 Málaga-María Zambrano10:32 Madrid AtochaIR 13901 Renfe 3h 55m, 1 change
08:58 Málaga-María Zambrano11:56 Madrid Atochaave 2093 Renfe 2h 58m, direct
10:28 Málaga-María Zambrano13:09 Madrid Atochaave 2103 Renfe 2h 41m, direct
11:58 Málaga-María Zambrano14:35 Madrid Atochaave 2123 Renfe 2h 37m, direct
13:58 Málaga-María Zambrano16:55 Madrid Atochaave 2143 Renfe 2h 57m, direct
14:15 Málaga-María Zambrano17:15 Madrid AtochaAlvia/Avant 8744 Renfe 3h 0m, 1 change

Renfe and AVE trains from Málaga to Madrid

You can travel from Málaga to Madrid 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 Málaga to Madrid

The price of train tickets from Málaga to Madrid starts at €20.30 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 Málaga to Madrid 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 Málaga to Madrid? 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 Málaga to Madrid take?

The average journey time by train between Málaga and Madrid is 2 hours and 56 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 Málaga and Madrid by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Málaga to Madrid is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

How much does the train from Málaga to Madrid cost?

Train ticket prices from Málaga to Madrid can start from as little as €20.30 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 Málaga to Madrid?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Málaga to Madrid without having to change trains. There are 10 direct trains from Málaga to Madrid each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Málaga to Madrid leaves at 06:28. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Málaga to Madrid leaves at 20:13. 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 Málaga and Madrid by train?

Trains travelling from Málaga to Madrid 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 Madrid to Málaga.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Málaga to Madrid for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/21/2022. 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 03/12/2022 for travel on 03/12/2022 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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