High-Speed Trains Connecting Granada with Other Cities
From 26 June 2019 six daily trains, three in each direction, connect Granada with Madrid. They offer about 2000 seats a day.
Granada is connected with Barcelona with two daily trains, one in each direction.
These high-speed trains called AVE can reach a maximum speed of 330 km per hour (over 205 miles per hour).
There will be two different models: one with 310 seats, and the other one with 359 seats.
On both routes there are stops at Antequera (Málaga) and Córdoba city, offering four daily trains per direction for these destinations.
These new high speed trains have a promotional discount for a limited time.
AVE Granada-MadridThere are 568 km (352, 93 miles) of tracks between Granada and Madrid.
The AVE train have three departures from Granada: at 7:10, 15:00 and 19:18; and three departures from Madrid: at 7:20 (7:35 on Saturdays and Sundays), 14:35 and 19:35.
It takes about 3h 05min - 3h 19min to get to Madrid from Granada. There is one stop in Antequera, which is 47 minutes away from Granada; and another stop in Córdoba, 1h 21 min away.
RENFE (train company) has launched a general sales promotion campaign for this new connection, valid until 30 June 2019 for journeys taking place between June 26 and September 15.
It costs 35 euros for the full journey to Madrid.
From 16 September 2019, the normal price for a ticket in economy class with flexible rate will be 80.30 euros one way and 64.25 euros round trip.
AVE Granada-BarcelonaThe AVE takes about 6h and 25 min from Granada to Barcelona. There is a daily train departing from Granada at 15:35, and from Barcelona at 6:50.
During the journey the train stops at: Antequera (50 minutes away from Granada), Puente Genil (1h 11 min away), Córdoba (1h 38 min away), Zaragoza ( 4h 29 min away), Lleida (5 h 16 min away), and Camp Tarragona (5h 48 min away).
RENFE has launched a general sales promotion campaign for this new connection too, valid only until 30 June 2019 for trips between 26 June and 15 September. The price is 45 euros for a ticket to Barcelona.
From September 16, the trip to Barcelona will cost 118.10 euros one way ticket with Flexible fare, and 94.50 euros round trip.
Trains to Córdoba, Zaragoza, Lleida and TarragonaThese trains are the same ones that go to Madrid and Barcelona. They stop in these cities before reaching their final destination.
RENFE has also launched a promotion campaign with tickets to Antequera for only 15 euros, Puente Genil for 19.40 euros, Córdoba for 20 euros, Zaragoza for 40 euros, Lleida for 45 euros and Tarragona for 45 euros.
Buses replacing Trains
Granada has not had a rail connection with any Spanish city since March 2015, when conventional train services were interrupted to start working on the high speed network for AVE trains.
The trains have been replaced by a bus service that connects Granada with Santa Ana train station in Antequera.
High speed trains started operating in Granada from 26 June 2019 but this bus service will continue to operate for Seville and Algeciras, since these destinations will continue to be without a rail connection with Granada.
Eight daily buses take passengers from Granada to that station, so they can get on high speed trains coming from Málaga.
You can check the schedule for those buses on RENFE web page. Simply type your destination on the search box and a list of AVE-BUS or WITH SCALE will appear on the screen with the bus schedules for the trains that will connect you with your desired destination from Antequera.
All buses depart from Granada Train Station and arrive to Santa Ana train station.
Where to Buy Train Tickets in Granada?There are three ways to buy your train tickets:
1. On the Internet, on RENFE website www.renfe.es.
2. At Granada train station, where you can pay by card or cash.
Here you can also get more information about ticket changes, refunds and bookings.
3. By telephone, calling RENFE on 902 320 320 (this is not a free call number and it could be very expensive from mobile phones).
Granada Train StationYou can find more information about car rental, locker, cafeteria and other services in Granada Train Station.
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