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Madrid to Granada 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 $43.17
  2. 30 day advance $49.05
  3. 7 day advance $95.49
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    3hr 17m
  • Distance
    360 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    3hr 57m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Madrid to Granada by train

Fast trains from Madrid to Granada take around 3 hours and 17 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 360 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Madrid and Granada.

1. Are there direct trains from Madrid to Granada?

Direct trains from Madrid to Granada have been found.

We usually find around 4 direct trains on the route from Madrid to Granada every weekday.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 3 departures.

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

The Madrid to Granada train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 17 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Granada is usually scheduled to depart Madrid around 07:20 and the last train is around 19:35. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Madrid around 07:35, and the last at 19:35.

What's the Madrid to Granada train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Madrid to Granada are $43.17.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $49 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $95. 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 Granada 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 Granada by train.

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Which train companies operate between Madrid and Granada?

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

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

Granada to Madrid by train

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There are twice-daily trains from Madrid to Granada, leaving the Spanish capital at breakfast time and late afternoon. The journey takes 4 hrs 30 mins. An additional late-morning option from Madrid is just as fast, but requires one easy change of train along the way at Antequera-Santa Ana.

Madrid to Granada by train is a very scenic journey. Your train will speed through the Sierra Morena on the run south to Andalucía. In the latter part of the journey, as you approach Granada, there are beautiful views of the distant Sierra Nevada.

Bookings for the Madrid to Granada route generally open a couple of months in advance, and it’s worth booking early for the cheapest tickets. The Spanish rail operator often releases tickets in batches, sometimes up to 120 days or more in advance. If you're having trouble finding tickets, contact us and we'll send you an email when booking opens.

Madrid to Granada

Board one of the twice-daily high-speed Altaria trains that leave Madrid Atocha station for the direct run to Granada in Spain's Andalusian region. The train stops three to four times along the way, including a halt at Córdoba. The last part of the journey is a bit slower after the train leaves the dedicated high-speed line at Antequera-Santa Ana for the final run through the hills to Granada. The train station at Granada is a 20-min walk from the city centre.

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