Fastest journey4hr 35m
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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Image credits: Alhambra, Granada, Spain Elena Shchipkova