The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Madrid to Cádiz will cost around $ 102 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 76.
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4 h 5 m
5 h 55 m
Trains per day
Of the 55 train that leave Madrid for Cádiz every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 487 km distance in an average of 5 h 55 m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 4 h 5 m .
The slowest train will take 7 h 30 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
4 hours 12 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||$60|
|Trains depart from:||Madrid|
|Trains arrive in:||Cádiz|
The long trip south-west from the Spanish capital to the historic port on the Atlantic coast has been made less daunting by modern high-speed rail connections from Madrid to Cadiz. The journey can now be accomplished in just over four hours, with daily direct AVE trains connecting the two cities. Departure possibilities for trips to the coast include morning, afternoon and early evening services, with indirect journeys changing in Seville adding plenty of additional options.
Spanish national rail operator Renfe provides all the direct trains from Madrid to Cadiz using its AVE and Alvia services over the high-speed network. Some indirect connections involve taking an AVE departure from Madrid and changing to an AVE or Media Distancia train at Sevilla Santa Justa.
The fastest direct trains on the 370-mile route south-west from Madrid to Cadiz are the AVE high-speed services taking four hours and five minutes to reach the coastal city. Other AVE services take five to 15 minutes longer, while indirect connections take at least four hours and 30 minutes and usually considerably longer.
There are five daily direct trains to Cadiz from Madrid Atocha, with the schedule beginning in the early morning. There are two morning services, two afternoon trains and an early evening departure. Indirect connections requiring one change en route offer several additional daily journey options, with numerous early morning departures from Madrid to Seville for onward connections to Cadiz.
Departure train station: All trains depart from Madrid Atocha. Situated on the south-east side of central Madrid, Atocha is the main rail hub in the capital, with connections on Metro line 1 and the Cercanias local train system. The modern concourse has designer shopping outlets, florists, bakeries, a wide range of international dining options and free WiFi.
Arrival train station: Cadiz Plaza De Sevilla Station is located on the south-east side of central Cadiz, close to the bus station with public transport connections across the city and region. Passenger facilities at the station include left luggage lockers, a bar-cafe, gift shop and taxi stand.