Madrid to Ronda by train

How to take the rail journey from Madrid to Ronda



From Madrid Atocha/Puerta De Atocha to Ronda

Journey Summary

Travel Information

These trains are usually scheduled to depart daily from Madrid at 08:35 and 15:05 and arrive in Ronda at 12:21 and 18:58 ; though the 08:35 departure has been temporarily suspended.

Final Destination: Algeciras

The train services on this route used to be branded 'Altaria' reflecting the fact that they travel on a high speed line for part of the journey, They don't match the speeds of the AVE and Avila trains, but they are Europe's fastest trains pulled by a locomotive on the part of the journey between Madrid and Antequera.

2 x trains per day- usually, the morning departure has been temporarily suspended.


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 between late July and early October, it's likely you won't be able to book for journeys beyond the second Sunday in December.

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.

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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

Scenic - YesHigh Speed (partial journey)
A typical view from the high speed line north of Cordoba A typical view from the high speed line north of Cordoba
The train climbs through the hills as it nears Ronda The train climbs through the hills as it nears Ronda
From the right of the train near journeys end there are sweeping views across an epic landscape From the right of the train near journeys end there are sweeping views across an epic landscape

These trains take the high speed line as far as Antequera and then switch to conventional tracks for the remainder of the journey on to Ronda.

In terms of scenery, this is a journey which saves the best to last - from the right hand side of the trains there are epic views across a dramatic landscape as the train nears Ronda.

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