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Trains to Granada

Granada is famous for its Moorish heritage, and most particularly for the Alhambra complex. Real devotees of Granada often assert that this is by far the finest city in all of Spain. It is certainly remarkable, well-deserving of a stay of two or three days. The Alhambra is just the start - and even that is much more than merely one palace. It is a huge complex stretching from the old Alcazaba fortress through the royal palaces to the shady gardens of the Generalife. On the far side of the River Duoro from the Alhambra is the Albaicín Quarter. Granada is made all the better by its setting; it lies in the shadow of the magnificent Sierra Nevada.

Reaching Granada by train can be tricky, and it's not always fast as the city is rather tucked away off the main rail routes. Several regional trains each day shuttle between Granada and Almería on the coast, serving Guadix along the way.

Links to Madrid are less satisfactory. New for 2019 is a useful once-daily direct Talgo train from Madrid to Granada, which started running in December 2018. This train follows a scenic route though the Sierra Morena, taking 5 hrs 15 mins to reach Granada from the Spanish capital. If the timings of the direct train don't suit, there's a Renfe shuttle bus which connects Granada with Antequera-Santa Ana in just 90 minutes, from where there are high-speed AVE trains to not just Madrid but also to Barcelona, Valencia and Málaga.

However, changes are afoot. A new fast railway line linking Granada with the high-speed network at Antequera is nearing completion. When it opens in late 2019 (or early 2020), it will make Granada much more accessible by train. A travel time of under three-and-a-half hours from Madrid to Granada is on the cards. With the opening of that new link, Granada will have direct trains again to many other cities in Andalucía, including regular departures for Seville.

Until the new line opens, combined rail-road tickets to Granada via Antequera are a safe option; they can be purchased here on our site.

Travel to Granada by train from anywhere in the UK or across Europe.

Barcelona to Granada by train

from $40.69

Avg 0 changes 6hr 25m

Madrid to Granada by train

from $29.07

Avg 0 changes 3hr 17m

Seville to Granada by train

from $35.53

Avg 0 changes 3hr 11m

Córdoba to Granada by train

from $16.79

Avg 0 changes 1hr 27m

Málaga to Granada by train

from $25.19

Avg 1 change 2hr 5m

Valencia to Granada by train

from $65.24

Avg 1 change 5hr 8m

Antequera to Granada by train

from $66.53

Avg 0 changes 1hr 30m

Pedrera to Granada by train

from $19.38

Avg 0 changes 1hr 55m

Ronda to Granada by train

from $23.90

Avg 0 changes 2hr 31m

Guadix to Granada by train

from $12.27

Avg 0 changes 1hr 4m

Almería to Granada by train

from $23.90

Avg 0 changes 2hr 23m

Paris to Granada by train

from $136.94

Avg 1 change 20hr 32m

Toledo to Granada by train

from $55.55

Avg 1 change 4hr 14m

Dos Hermanas to Granada by train

from $33.59

Avg 0 changes 2hr 58m

Algeciras to Granada by train

from $71.05

Avg 0 changes 4hr 15m

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.