Madrid to Málaga 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 $30.42
  2. 30 day advance $60.83
  3. 7 day advance $77.81
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    2hr 20m
  • Distance
    417 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    2hr 38m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Madrid to Málaga by train

Fast trains from Madrid to Málaga take around 2 hours and 20 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 417 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Madrid and Málaga.

1. Are there direct trains from Madrid to Málaga?

Direct trains from Madrid to Málaga have been found.

We usually find around 14 direct trains on the route from Madrid to Málaga every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 11 departures.

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

The Madrid to Málaga train travel time is normally about 2 hours and 20 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Málaga is usually scheduled to depart Madrid around 07:20 and the last train is around 21:20. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Madrid around 07:35, and the last at 21:20.

What's the Madrid to Málaga train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Madrid to Málaga are $30.42.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $60 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $77. 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 Málaga 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 Málaga by train.

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Which train companies operate between Madrid and Málaga?

AVE is the train company that operates on the route from Madrid to Málaga.

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

Málaga to Madrid by train

Other journeys to Málaga-María Zambrano View all journeys to Málaga-María Zambrano

AVE or Avant

Travelling by train from Madrid to Málaga is remarkably simple - and much faster since the opening of the Córdoba to Málaga high-speed line in 2007. All services on this route are premium AVE trains.

Running south from Madrid, the route then cuts through the Toledo Hills and, a little later, sweeps through the rugged Sierra Morena to reach Córdoba. From there it is just another hour through the hills of Andalucía to the coast at Málaga.

Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano

Direct high-speed trains run from Madrid Atocha to Malága María Zambrano station. A couple of services run non-stop between the two cities, but the great majority stop at Córdoba. Some trains make up to five further stops along the way. The route is mainly served by modern AVE trains. Trains making additional stops may take up to 1 hr longer. From María Zambrano station it is an easy transfer onto suburban trains (called Cercanías) which run east to Centro-Alameda, north to Álora and along the coast to the airport and Fuengirola.

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