Fastest journey2hr 20m
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.
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Madrid to Málaga
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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