Madrid to Córdoba by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest Price $73.56
  2. 30 day advance $54.46
  3. 7 day advance $71.44
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    1hr 40m
  • Distance
    297 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    1hr 51m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Madrid to Córdoba by train

Fast trains from Madrid to Córdoba take around 1 hour and 40 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 297 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Madrid and Córdoba.

1. Are there direct trains from Madrid to Córdoba?

Direct trains from Madrid to Córdoba have been found.

We usually find around 32 direct trains on the route from Madrid to Córdoba every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 28 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Madrid to Córdoba?

The Madrid to Córdoba train travel time is normally about 1 hour and 40 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Madrid to Córdoba train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Córdoba is usually scheduled to depart Madrid around 06:20 and the last train is around 21:25. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Madrid around 07:00, and the last at 21:25.

What's the Madrid to Córdoba train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Madrid to Córdoba are $73.56.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $54 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $71. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Madrid to Córdoba train tickets?

Trains in Spain usually open for booking around 4 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Madrid to Córdoba by train.

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Which train companies operate between Madrid and Córdoba?

More than one train company operates on the route from Madrid to Córdoba, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • AV City
  • AVE
  • Altaria
  • Alvia
  • Intercity

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Córdoba to Madrid by train

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Travelling by train from Madrid to Córboba is simple. Frequent trains speed between the two cities. The AVE trains and Alvia services are the fastest, while Avant and Altaria services are slightly slower.

This is part of Spain’s very first high-speed rail route. Heading south from Madrid, you’ll see Toledo away to the right. The route then cuts through the Toledo Hills and, a little later, slices through the rugged Sierra Morena.

Madrid to Córdoba Central

Catch a direct high-speed train from Madrid Atocha to Córdoba Central station. Most trains run non-stop between the two cities. Some make up to three stops along the way, including Ciudad Real, the capital of the Spanish province of Castilla-La Mancha. Trains are frequent and comfortable and most are AVE or Alvia services. The Avant and Altaria trains that also travel the route are only about 20 mins slower than the fast AVE or Alvia services.

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Child and youth passengers

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Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.