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Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 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 £44.00
  2. 30 day advance £52.50
  3. 7 day advance £75.00
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    2hr 20m
  1. 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. A dozen trains each day speed between the two cities. Almost all services on this route are premium AVE trains; just one early-morning train from Madrid (weekdays only) is a slower Avant service.

    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.

    You'll find the cheapest tickets when booking opens, generally open about four months in advance of travel. This can vary, so if you're having trouble finding tickets contact us and we'll email you when booking opens.


    Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano

    Direct high-speed trains from Madrid Atocha to Malága María Zambrano station run 10 times a day. 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 that reach Málaga in 2 hrs 30 mins. 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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