Jaén to Córdoba: Complete Transport Guide from a Local [2023]

Are you planning to travel from Jaén to Córdoba?

In that case, you have landed in the right place.

I am a local resident on Costa del Sol and have traveled on this route myself, so this article will give you all the details and practical tips to make your planning easier and faster.

Let’s check the best options for this route.

Jaén to Córdoba Travel Options

Here is a quick glance view of your transport options for this route, followed by details on each option available:

  • Jaén to Córdoba by Car: 1 hour 20 mins drive
  • Jaén to Córdoba by Bus: no connections
  • Jaén to Córdoba by Train: 1 hour 35 mins, tickets from 10 euros one way
  • Jaén to Córdoba by Taxi: 1 hour 20 mins, 140 euros
Cordoba cathedral, spain

The Distance from Jaén to Córdoba

The distance from Jaén to Córdoba is approximately 108 km.

1. Jaén to Córdoba by Car

The easiest drive from Jaén and Córdoba is via A-306, which will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes, depending on the traffic. See the route outline on the map below.

According to the map, there should not be any toll roads on this way to Jaén, but it’s a good idea to have some spare cash with you in the car in case you encounter some.

Renting a Car in Jaén

If you haven’t rented a car yet, or thinking about getting it straight from the airport when you arrive, I can highly recommend checking Discover Cars.

Their award winning website works as a price comparison platform, sourcing quotes from local car rental companies and displaying all the options in an easy-to-understand interface.

It allows you to quickly scan the details of the policies, so there are no unpleasant surprises when you pick up your car.

Click the button below to get a quick quote for your journey.

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Parking in Córdoba, Spain

If you’re staying in the old town of Córdoba (the Jewish Quarters ‘Juderia’), it’s very likely you will struggle to find a free parking spot, unless your hotel or apartment where you stay offers it.

I recommend taking this into account before you book your place – having a parking space will save you a lot of headaches when navigating the city.

To explore Córdoba, you don’t really need a car – you can walk pretty much anywhere.

If you need to use public parking, I have added a map with all the options available marked below.

2. Jaén to Córdoba by Train

The train is by far my favourite public transport in Spain. The trains are very affordable, modern and run very frequently.

I took the train option for this route and it was pretty easy and fast.

There are up to 5 departures per day, I have listed the current schedule below. Please remember that these are subject to change. You can check them anytime at Renfe website.

  • 5.40 am departure from Jaén – 7.12 am arrival in Cordoba
  • 6.35 am departure from Jaén – 8.10 am arrival in Cordoba
  • 2.30 pm departure from Jaén – 4.10 pm arrival in Cordoba
  • 4.56 pm departure from Jaén – 6.37 pm arrival in Cordoba
  • 6.32 pm departure from Jaén – 8.07 pm arrival in Cordoba

The journey duration for this trip is 1 hour 35 mins on average. The trains are direct and there are only 3 to 4 stops on the way.

Alcazar in Cordoba, Spain

Train Tickets

The train tickets start from 10 euros one way, for the most basic one. The tickets are nonrefundable and you can’t change your travel time either.

You can book this journey directly through Renfe website or use Trainline, which you might be more familiar with (linked below).

Once you get your ticket, you will show it at the entrance to the train and they might also check it on the train. On this trip they did.

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Córdoba Train Station

Córdoba’s train station is located in the heart of the city, not far away from the historic center. The official address is: Gta. Tres Culturas, s/n, 14011 Córdoba.

Córdoba’s Train station is well-serviced with cafes, small restaurants, souvenir shops, kiosks and even a Renfe office.

There are public toilets available at the end of the station, and they do luggage scans before you enter the platform. They also check your tickets before you enter the platform.

There are a few places where you can buy food and refreshments for your trip. Two big displays announce all the departures and arrivals for the trains. The station also has self-service ticket machines where you can also purchase train tickets.

There are no left luggage storage options, but you will find those at a bus station nearby.

Cordoba, Spain

3. Jaén to Córdoba by Bus

As far as I can see, there are no buses available between Jaén and Córdoba, possibly thanks to the well-established train connection.

Neither of the national bus companies (Alsa or Avanza) service this route.

Juderia Cordoba, Spain

4. Jaén to Córdoba by Taxi

If you want a private transfer between the cities, I recommend getting a price quote from Get Transfer.

I have used them a number of times and they always provide great value, especially if there are more passengers sharing the price of the journey.

For this trip, the estimate is around 140 euros, but the price will depend on the date of travel, how far in advance you book and other conditions. You can also request a kid’s car seat with this service, and choose the type of car you want to travel in.

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Jaén to Córdoba: Frequent Questions

Here are some frequent questions for this route.

How to get from Córdoba to Jaén?

The easiest way to get from Córdoba to Jaén is by driving – the ride will take around 1 hour and 20 minutes.

How much time do you need in Córdoba?

If you would like to see the highlights, I would recommend spending one full day in Córdoba.

Final Words

Did you find everything you needed to know?

I certainly hope so.

If there is something specific you would like to know, feel free to leave a comment below or ask the question in my private Facebook group.

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Southern Spain Travel Planning Guide

Is it safe to drive in Spain?

YES! The roads in Southern Spain are generally in very good condition, with modern highways connecting the biggest cities. To rent a car, I highly recommend Discover Cars, which will get you the best deals on your car rental for your trip.

WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT — Southern Spain has a well-established and modern network of trains and buses. To get the cheapest bus or train tickets, take a look at Omio to find the timetables and prices.

DAY TRIPS — If you don’t like the hassle of using public transport, local travel companies offer many day trip options from almost all the destinations in Southern Spain. You can check them out here.

WHERE SHOULD I BOOK MY ACCOMMODATION?

BOOKING.COM — I have been using booking.com for all my trips in Spain and abroad, and have never had any negative experiences. Their reviews are very accurate and you get the best deals even on apartments, not just hotels.

ARE THERE LUGGAGE STORE OPTIONS IN THE CITIES?

YES — If you would like to leave your luggage behind to explore the city on your last day, before heading to the airport, you can use Radical Storage service, which lets you book luggage storage options in almost all the destinations in Southern Spain.

DO I NEED TO BUY A LOCAL SIM CARD FOR THIS TRIP?

YES – You can, of course, use your own card if you have roaming data available. If you want to avoid surprising extra charges from your operator, you can use a service like Airalo, where you can buy digital packs for e-sim cards, avoiding the hassle of sourcing local physical sim cards and extra roaming charges anywhere you go.

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