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Take the train from Murcia to Cartagena in 54 minutes

If you want to travel from Murcia to Cartagena by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Murcia to Cartagena by train to take around 1 hour 5 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 54 minutes on the fastest services. You’ll usually find around 12 trains per day running on this route, which spans 27 miles (43 km). There’s no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Cartagena. Renfe is the main rail company operating on this route. Having the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, Renfe will make your train travel experience in Spain an enjoyable one.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Murcia to Cartagena start from €5.35 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Murcia to Cartagena by train

It takes an average of 1h 5m to travel from Murcia to Cartagena by train, over a distance of around 27 miles (43 km). There are normally 12 trains per day travelling from Murcia to Cartagena and tickets for this journey start from €5.35 when you book in advance.

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43 miles (27 km)


12 trains per day


Direct trains available


From €5.35

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Murcia to Cartagena train times

Check out the next trains departing from Murcia to Cartagena for Tuesday 7th February 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
09:15 10:16 1h 1m, direct
10:58 12:04 1h 6m, direct
11:35 12:38 1h 3m, direct
12:07 13:35 1h 28m, direct
13:30 14:29 59m, direct
16:55 17:56 1h 1m, direct
17:10 18:13 1h 3m, direct
18:53 19:47 54m, direct
20:55 22:15 1h 20m, direct
21:30 22:30 1h 0m, direct

Renfe and Media Distancia trains from Murcia to Cartagena

You can travel from Murcia to Cartagena on Renfe and Media Distancia 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.

Renfe's Media Distancia are regional trains operated by CAF locomotives that run on medium-distance routes not covered by Avant high-speed trains. Most Media Distancia trains have one class. However, there are some that will have Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). These trains also have spaces for bicycles, and all seats are equipped with power sockets and reading lights.

Cheap train tickets from Murcia to Cartagena

The price of train tickets from Murcia to Cartagena starts at €5.35 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 Murcia to Cartagena 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 Murcia to Cartagena? 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 Murcia to Cartagena take?

The average journey time by train between Murcia and Cartagena is 1 hour and 5 minutes, with around 12 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 Murcia and Cartagena by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Murcia to Cartagena is 54 minutes.

How much does the train from Murcia to Cartagena cost?

Train ticket prices from Murcia to Cartagena can start from as little as €5.35 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 Murcia to Cartagena?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Murcia to Cartagena without having to change trains. There are 12 direct trains from Murcia to Cartagena each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Murcia to Cartagena leave?

The first train from Murcia to Cartagena leaves at 07:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Murcia to Cartagena leave?

The last train from Murcia to Cartagena leaves at 22:39. 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 Murcia and Cartagena by train?

Trains travelling from Murcia to Cartagena cover a distance of around 27 miles (43 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cartagena to Murcia.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Murcia to Cartagena for a typical week day using timetable data for 02/07/2023. 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 01/27/2023 for travel on 01/27/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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