Malaga to Cordoba Train: Tickets & Travel Tips [2024]

Malaga to Cordoba Train: Tickets & Travel Tips [2024]

Are you planning to travel from Malaga to Cordoba by train?

In that case, you’re at the right place! I have made this journey by train myself, and in this article, I have added all the practical tips and useful details that will save you a lot of hassle and time while planning your trip!

If you don’t have time to read the whole article and only want to get your train tickets, click the link below where you will find the cheapest tickets for your travel dates.


Malaga to Cordoba Train Transport Guide

Malaga has really good train connections to Cordoba, with a number of trains leaving Malaga Maria Zambrano daily. The trains are very comfortable and convenient to use, and you can buy your tickets online in advance.

In this article, you will find everything you need to plan your journey!

Malaga to Cordoba Train Tickets

There are several different price points available for train tickets from Malaga to Cordoba. The train fare is not static and changes depending on the season, the type of connection and the availability of the trains.

In general, the trains with longer travel time, booked far in advance (a few weeks) or those in the off-peak times tend to be cheaper.

The train to Cordoba is serviced by the national rail company – Renfe, which operates the standard trains and then also the Renfe AVE trains.

The basic price for a single ticket is just under 30 euros per person. To check tickets for your travel dates just click the link below and enter your journey details.

Each train option is showing your price, journey duration also the price for an upgrade to first class!


Malaga to Cordoba Train Times

The trains from Malaga to Cordoba run from 6.30 am until around 8.45 pm nearly every day.

There are on average 15 train connections per day, I have added a sample schedule below, but you will get the most accurate time by using the link below and entering your journey details.

Train Times Malaga To Cordoba

Here is an example of a schedule (taken from a spring timetable):

  • 6.28 am – arrival in Cordoba 7.20 am (travel time 52 mins)
  • 6.43 am – arrival in Cordoba 7.48 am (travel time 1hr 5 mins)
  • 8.58 am – arrival in Cordoba 10.01 am (travel time 1hr 3 mins)
  • 9.10 am – arrival in Cordoba 10.15 am (travel time 1hr 5 mins)
  • 10.28 am – arrival in Cordoba 11.20 am (travel time 52 mins)
  • 11.30 am – arrival in Cordoba 12.19 pm (travel time 49 mins)
  • 11.58 am – arrival in Cordoba 12.47 pm (travel time 49 mins)
  • 1.58 pm – arrival in Cordoba 3.00 pm (travel time 1hr 2 mins)
  • 2.15 pm – arrival in Cordoba 3.20 pm (travel time 1hr 5 mins)
  • 2.35 pm – arrival in Cordoba 3.35 pm (travel time 1hr)
  • 4.13 pm – arrival in Cordoba 5.17 pm (travel time 1hr 4 mins)
  • 4.28 pm – arrival in Cordoba 5.32 pm (travel time 1hr 4 mins)
  • 4.58 pm – arrival in Cordoba 5.58 pm (travel time 1hr)
  • 6.02 pm – arrival in Cordoba 6.54 pm (travel time 52 mins)
  • 6.18 pm – arrival in Cordoba 7.20 pm (travel time 1hr 2 mins)
  • 6.58 pm – arrival in Cordoba 7.50 pm (travel time 52 mins)
  • 8.00 pm – arrival in Cordoba 9.09 pm (travel time 1hr 9 mins)
  • 8.13 pm – arrival in Cordoba 9.18 pm (travel time 1hr 5 mins)
  • 8.45 pm – arrival in Cordoba 9.34 pm (travel time 49 mins)

Travel Time

The travel time varies depending on which connection you take, as some of the trains stop more often than others. All of these trains are direct trains, with no change required.

The shortest travel time is 49 minutes and the longer trains are 1 hr 9 minutes.

Mezequita Cathedral in Cordoba, Spain (Andalusia)
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Malaga to Cordoba Train Facilities

The trains are modern and well equipped, with toilets, plenty of space for luggage storage and even sockets next to your seats.

The bigger trains also tend to have a restaurant carriage in the middle.

Boarding the Train

After you purchase your train tickets, there is no need to print them – all you need is the QR code from the PDF ticket. You can save it on your phone and show it at the train station.

For most train journeys, the rail companies require that you present your ID together with your ticket, so don’t forget to bring it with you when you board the train.

As you arrive in Malaga Maria Zambrano, you can head straight to the gates in the middle section of the station. Right in front of it is a security scan where you place your luggage for scanning and pass through the airport-style security gate.

After that, they will check your tickets at the booth by the entrance to the platform and you’re free to board the train.

Malaga Maria Zambrano Station

If you have spare time in Malaga, there is plenty to do in the station.

The train station has many clothing shops, restaurants, cafes and even a big supermarket. Right at the center is a kiosk with magazines and books, with a small selection also in the English language. There are also small gift shops and free toilets.

Malaga Train Station

Cordoba Train Station

The train station is a decent size with similar facilities to Malaga, although not as many. There is a taxi rank outside of the station.


Cordoba Monument Tickets

Before you get to Cordoba, don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance – some of the most stunning places like the famous Mosque-Cathedral tend to sell out a few days in advance, so planning ahead is a must!

Here are all the tickets you need for your trip!


Most Popular Cordoba Experiences

If you’re staying in Cordoba for more than one day, here are some of the most popular activities and experiences you shouldn’t miss!


Malaga to Cordoba Trains: Frequent Questions

How far from Malaga to Cordoba?

The distance between Malaga and Cordoba is roughly 160 km.

How to get from Malaga airport to Cordoba by Train?

There are no direct train connections between Malaga Airport and Cordoba. You need take the commuter C-1 train from Fuengirola and get off at Malaga Maria Zambrano Station. In there, you change for the train to Cordoba.

How long is the train journey from Malaga to Cordoba?

On average the journey takes around an hour.

Is there a train from Malaga airport to Cordoba?

No, there is no direct train. You need to take the commuter C-1 train to Malaga Maria Zambrano and get on Cordoba train there.

What is faster train or bus Cordoba to Malaga?

Definitely a train – it’s roughly half the journey time compared to bus, with total travel time around 1 hour.

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Lucia has been living on Costa del Sol since 2020, and through her love of photography and travel, she has been documenting the best places to see in Southern Spain and uncovering hidden gems only known to locals. All the articles on Viva La Vita are written based on personal experience and local expertise.

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