Imagine arriving at a unique train station, a train station like Madrid Atocha that is also a botanical garden. A glimpse of tropical rainforest greets you when you step off your train from Murcia to Madrid. With several departures a day, some of which are direct, and journey times from just three and a half hours, making the journey by train between these two cities is as easy as a stroll in the forest.
Forget about long motorway drives, lengthy check-in times or motorway tolls, your high-speed AVE train has every comfort while your journey is stress-free. Read a book or admire the Spanish scenery as you whizz through it at speeds that can reach 300 km/h (186 mph).
There are multiple ticket choices at different prices, while upgrading to Confort (First Class) offers even more comfort and complimentary snacks. All carriages have leather seats, toilets, power sockets and plenty of space for your luggage. And, when you arrive you only have to step out of Madrid Atocha Station to find the Reina Sofia, Thyssen-Bornemisza National and Prado art galleries literally on the doorstep. Check out the FAQs below and start searching for train times and tickets now.
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 Alvia services combine high-speed tracks with lower speed sections, reaching speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h) on international lines and 125 mph (200 km/h) on conventional lines. These trains connect the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante with the other main Spanish cities. Alvia offers two types of classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). The latter has wider seats, carriages with fewer seats, offers complimentary food and drinks, free newspapers, and access to parking and Club meeting rooms.
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 Madrid 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 by train between Murcia and Madrid is 4 hours and 10 minutes, with around 7 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Murcia to Madrid is 3 hours and 9 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Murcia to Madrid can start from as little as €18.75 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Murcia to Madrid without having to change trains. There is 1 direct train from Murcia to Madrid each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Murcia to Madrid leaves at 05:41. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Murcia to Madrid leaves at 20:09. 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.
Trains travelling from Murcia to Madrid cover a distance of around 218 miles (351 km) during the journey.