How to take the rail journey from Madrid to Cordoba

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Madrid to Cordoba by train

A variety of different train services rush down the high speed line from Madrid to Cordoba:

  • the AVE trains heading on to Malaga, Sevilla or Granada (the most frequent option)
  • the Alvila trains heading to Cadiz
  • the Inter City trains heading to Algeciras (around 20 mins slower)
  • low cost, but more basic avlo services
  • trains operated by iryo and not by the Spanish national rail operator, Renfe.

Though when looking up the journey and choosing a departure, timing and price are likely to be the key criteria.
The coaches used on most of the AVE services and all of the Alvia and Inter City services are very similar.
The iryo services are also sleek and comparatively comfortable, the same trains are used for the top tier high speed services in Italy

Routes you can take to go from Madrid to Cordoba

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

Choose one of the following options:
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Route Information

Option 1: Taking the AVE and Alvia services operated by Renfe
Station Guides
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 40min - 2hr 2min



Travel Info

Monday - Friday = 21 x trains per day
Saturday = 16 x trains
Sunday = 19 x trains

The typical service is 1-3 trains per hour.

Route Information

Option 2: taking the iryo services
Station Guides
Travel Time (approx)

1hr 40min



Travel Info

12 x trains per day

Route Information

Option 3: taking the avlo trains operated by Renfe
Station Guides
Travel Time (approx)

2hr 3mins



Travel Info

2 x trains per day

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