The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Málaga to Madrid will cost around $ 127 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 107.
2 h 39 m
2 h 48 m
Trains per day
Of the 8 trains that leave Málaga for Madrid every day 8 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct trains cover the 416 km distance in an average of 2 h 48 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2 h 39 m .
The slowest trains will take 2 h 56 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.
Travel from Málaga to Madrid from $78 (€65) with Omio’s train partners Renfe and AVE! You can find the best schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the most convenient trip for you.
Renfe is Spain’s national train company operating freight and passenger trains on Spain’s extensive railway network as well as international routes to neighboring France and Portugal. Renfe has a wide range of ticket types to fit your budget like the Basic, Elige and Premium tickets. Renfe also offers discount cards like the Renfe Gold Card and +Renfe Youth Card 50 for qualified travelers. You can use these savings offers and discount cards on Omio when booking your Málaga to Madrid trip. Renfe has a vast fleet of trains with different levels of comfort, amenities and speed. The Renfe AVE trains run at high speed and serve long-distance routes, Alvia trains combine high-speed and normal speed trains serving domestic routes, Altaria serves domestic routes into southern Spain, Euromed offers domestic routes along the Mediterranean coast, Avant trains serve regional commuter routes and Trenhotel offers night train routes.
Renfe has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and traveling by train from Málaga to Madrid:
Trains in Spain are a convenient way to travel between cities, with a number of companies offering domestic and international train routes. High-speed AVE trains from Malaga to Madrid are operated by the Spanish rail company, Renfe, with approximately 12 departures throughout the day. All Malaga to Madrid trains are direct and take approximately 2½ hours to arrive in Madrid. The first train departs Malaga at 7:30 a.m., while the last leaves at 9:20 p.m. All trains traveling from Malaga to Madrid depart from Malaga's Maria Zambrano train station and arrive at Madrid's Atocha train station.
Average prices for Renfe trains from Malaga to Madrid when you book in advance
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Malaga to Madrid Trains: General Information
Travelers in Spain can offset some of the cost of Malaga to Madrid train tickets by planning ahead and booking tickets as far in advance as possible.
Based on Omio's travel data, as the table above clearly illustrates, ticket prices on Malaga to Madrid trains decrease the further they are booked in advance:
The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:
When departing from Málaga, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Malaga María Zambrano and Malaga-Aeropuerto. When arriving in Madrid, you can end your trip in train stations like Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Chamartín and Madrid Méndez Alvaro.
Omio customers book a train from Malaga María Zambrano to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha most frequently for this route.
Passengers board their train most frequently from Malaga María Zambrano and travel around 0.9 miles (1.4 km) from the city center to this train station.
Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and need to travel approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the train station to the city center in Madrid.
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