Madrid to Cadiz by train

How to take the rail journey from Madrid to Cadiz

How to take a direct train from Madrid to Cadiz.



From Madrid Atocha/Puerta De Atocha to Cadiz

Journey Summary

Travel Time
4hr 9min - 4hr 24min
Travel Information

Final Destination: Cadiz

All trains call at: Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera

3 x trains per day


Book early and save: Yes

Online bookings open: up to 6  months ahead of the travel date. depending on the time of year.

The online booking window can be shorter between late July and early October.
When looking up journeys (not travelling) between late July and early October, it's likely you won't be able to book for journeys beyond the second Sunday in December.

When looking up the journey on the renfe booking website, these direct trains are marked 'Alvia'.

Seat Reservations:

Seats will automatically be assigned when booking tickets for this journey.

Rail Pass Users:

Rail pass users will need to be pay a reservation fee prior to boarding, but these reservations cannot be booked on the ticket agent's websites.

They are also not available on the Eurail/Interrail reservation service for journeys within Spain.
The only option, other than booking them at a station in Spain, is to pre-reserve seats by calling Renfe phone sales: +34 91 232 03 20.

Pre-reserving a seat is possible up to 24 hours before a train's departure. You will receive a PNR code which you must use to pick up and pay for your reservation at a local station ticket office, making sure to show your Interrail Pass. You must collect your reservation within 72 hours. After this time the pre-reservation will expire.
Please note that a pre-reservation is not the same as a reservation. It only holds a seat for you for 72 hours.

The alternative routing:

When looking up this journey on the Renfe website (Spain's national rail operator), in addition to these direct 'Alvia' trains, it will also offer 'enlace' tickets for journeys with a change of train.

These journeys, which are shown with 1 x change of train on the renfe and Trainline websites, involve taking an AVE train from Madrid to Seville and then a MD train on to Cadiz.

The journey times can be less than 10 mins longer than these direct trains and the tickets can be cheaper.

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Renfe is the national rail operator in Spain and it has recently simplified the range of tickets it sells for express and regional train journeys in Spain.
Which is convenient as there are big savings to be made if you book ahead online.

On this journey

Journey Features

High Speed (partial journey)

Good to Know

The train which typically departs Madrid at 16:10 is faster because it is non-stop to Jerez.

A typical view from the high speed line north of Cordoba A typical view from the high speed line north of Cordoba
Look out for glimpses of the older railway which preceded the high speed line Look out for glimpses of the older railway which preceded the high speed line

These trains travel at more than 280 k/h on the high speed line between Madrid and Sevilla...

...and then switch to a conventional 'classic' line for the remainder of the journey on to Cadiz.

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