Jump on a high-speed AVE train and travel from Seville to Cordoba in just over 40 minutes. That’s the perfect amount of time to enjoy a glass of sangria on the train. Why travel in a car when you can relax in a modern, air-conditioned Renfe train? Upgrade to Confort Class for extra-wide leather seats and access to the food and drink service.
After a short journey you’ll arrive into Cordoba Station. Grab a quick bite or a drink before heading off to take in the sights. The Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba encapsulates the region’s fascinating history – once a Mosque but reclaimed by Catholic rulers in the 13th century. Next to the Mosque-Cathedral you’ll see the Roman Bridge of Cordoba, which dates back even further. Feeling inspired? Keep reading to find useful journey info, including a review of the journey by a trusted travel writer.
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.
Able to reach speeds of at 155 mph (250 km/h), Avant trains operate short and medium distance high-speed services. These trains are intended to cover journeys within the same autonomous community or in two neighbouring communities. For this reason, trains generally don’t offer catering services and travel less than 125 miles (200 km). They have two types of comfort classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class).
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 Seville to Cordoba 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!
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The average journey time by train between Seville and Cordoba is 46 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Seville to Cordoba is 42 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Seville to Cordoba can start from as little as €7.05 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 Seville to Cordoba without having to change trains. There are 15 direct trains from Seville to Cordoba each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Seville to Cordoba leaves at 07:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Seville to Cordoba leaves at 18:20. 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 Seville to Cordoba cover a distance of around 74 miles (119 km) during the journey.
If you're looking to get from Seville to Cordoba in Spain, the train is by far the best option. The route is served by frequent trains from early morning to late at night, and there are several different options to choose from depending on your budget. Renfe, Spain's national train operator, gives you the option of travelling on three different services along this route – AVE (high speed trains with several different classes and onboard catering options available), AV City (travels at the same speeds as the AVE trains – 200 to 250 km/h, but has no onboard catering facilities or Executive/Business Class), or Media Distancia (stopping service for smaller towns between Seville and Cordoba).
I was travelling with friends on a budget and were heading to La Feria de Cordoba (The Fair of Cordoba), an annual event popular with locals and Spanish tourists filled with endless amounts of local cuisine, festivities and amusement rides. We had some free time up our sleeves, so we chose the cheaper option and travelled on the Media Distancia train. The journey itself took 1h 22m, and although it took a bit longer than the high-speed trains, we still rocketed from Seville to Cordoba at speeds up to 160 km/h, according to the screens mounted to the roof in our carriage.
The train left from Sevilla Santa Justa Estacion (Seville Santa Justa Station), which is Seville's main train station located about a 25-minute walk from the city centre. The station is huge and modern and has loads of shops, cafes, car hire kiosks, a pharmacy and much more. There are also toilets, a staffed ticket office, cash machines, a taxi rank and connections to local bus services. There's also an airport shuttle bus stop directly outside the main entrance next to the ticket office, which is great if you're connecting to or from the airport to a train service (€4 flat fare to and from the airport in about 15-20 minutes, paid to the driver).
The train hits the jets almost immediately as you leave the station, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of Seville and out into the vast fields and farms in no time. On the right-hand side just after the city limits, you'll sweep past a huge field filled with yellow daffodils, followed by endless rows of orange and lemon trees that make you want to ask the driver to stop so you can get out and pick some yourself. In the second half of the trip, you'll stop at about 4 or 5 small towns/stations along the way to Cordoba (you'll breeze past these if you're on an AVE or AV City train). You'll shortly arrive at Cordoba Central Station, which is about 15-20 minute walk from the tourist centre and town plaza.
The Media Distancia train was modern, air-conditioned, and had comfy reclining seats with two power sockets at each. There were toilets in every carriage and overhead baggage racks to store your small bags, and there were also luggage racks at the end of the carriage to store your suitcases.
Michael is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.