Explore a Spanish fairy-tale by travelling from Zaragoza to Madrid. The capital of the Aragon region has so much to offer: discover stunning historical sites, take a walk along the river at dusk, and sample its deliciously comforting cuisine. There’s plenty of opportunity for romance and relaxation, so it’s only right you bring some balance to your trip and top it off with a trip to Madrid, because why not?
With a travel time of only one and a half hours, you can explore two sides of Spanish culture for an authentic taste of la vida loca when you travel by train. Forget cramped cars and airport terminals, rub shoulders with locals and visitors alike and travel in style with Renfe’s high-speed trains, one of the fastest in Europe. Take on the best of Spain, read our useful journey information below!
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.
OUIGO is the low-cost brand of French rail company SNCF, who operate trains in France and Spain. In France, all seats on OUIGO are Second Class and tickets can only be purchased online. You can also pay for additional extras, such as reserving a seat in the ‘quiet area’, at-seat power sockets and extra luggage. OUIGO has been operating in Spain since May 2021, and their trains include an onboard bar and a premium class of service called OUIGO Plus.
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 Zaragoza 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 Zaragoza and Madrid is 1 hour and 26 minutes, with around 11 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 Zaragoza to Madrid is 1 hour and 19 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Zaragoza to Madrid can start from as little as €5.55 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 Zaragoza to Madrid without having to change trains. There are 11 direct trains from Zaragoza to Madrid each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Zaragoza to Madrid leaves at 07:36. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Zaragoza to Madrid leaves at 21:45. 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 Zaragoza to Madrid cover a distance of around 170 miles (273 km) during the journey.