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There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Sierra Nevada by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  6h 6m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Cordoba Central Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Cordoba Central to Antequera-Santa Ana A / ...
  3. Take the train from Antequera-Santa Ana to Granada Ir

$120 - $168

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Bus Ouibus  •  7h 56m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid - South Station to Granada Ouibus

$33 - $51

6 alternative options

Bus  •  6h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Granada

$47 - $72

Train, bus  •  8h 31m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías to Linares-Baeza Tlg / ...
  2. Take the bus from Estacion Linares-Baeza to Granada

$72 - $108

Drive  •  4h 50m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Sierra Nevada 284.2 miles

$50 - $80

Fly to Granada, bus  •  5h 18m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Granada (GRX) MAD - GRX
  2. Take the bus from Granada to Sierra Nevada

$86 - $321

Fly to Malaga, bus  •  7h 24m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Malaga (AGP) MAD - AGP
  2. Take the bus from Malaga to Granada

$59 - $305

Fly to Almeria, train  •  8h 10m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Almeria (LEI) MAD - LEI
  2. Take the train from Almeria to Granada

$121 - $354

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Sierra Nevada is to bus which costs 28€ - 45€ and takes 7h 56m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Sierra Nevada is to drive which costs 45€ - 70€ and takes 4h 50m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Sierra Nevada. However, there are services departing from Madrid Estacion Sur and arriving at Sierra Nevada via Granada. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 15m.

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The distance between Madrid and Sierra Nevada is 370 km. The road distance is 454.8 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Sierra Nevada without a car is to train which takes 6h 6m and costs 100€ - 150€.

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It takes approximately 6h 6m to get from Madrid to Sierra Nevada, including transfers.

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Madrid to Sierra Nevada bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Madrid Estacion Sur station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Sierra Nevada is to train which takes 6h 6m and costs 100€ - 150€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 6h 15m.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Granada Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 5m.

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Madrid to Sierra Nevada bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Granada station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Sierra Nevada.
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  • Distance: 231.4 miles
  • Duration: 6h 6m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Sierra Nevada, Andalusia, Spain?

You can take a train from Madrid to Sierra Nevada via Cordoba Central, Antequera-Santa Ana, and Granada in around 6h 6m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid to Sierra Nevada every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 4h 30m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Granada
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $420
Flights from Madrid to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $420
Flights from Madrid to Malaga via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Flights from Madrid to Almeria
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Flights from Madrid to Malaga via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Air Arabia Maroc
Website
airarabia.com
Flights from Madrid to Malaga via Tangier
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $220
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Madrid to Malaga via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $600
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Cordoba Central to Antequera-Santa Ana
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Website
renfe.com
Train from Antequera-Santa Ana to Granada
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $25
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Atocha Cercanías to Linares-Baeza
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
renfe.com
Train from Almeria to Granada
Ave. Duration
2h 23m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Granada
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Estacion Linares-Baeza to Granada
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Granada to Sierra Nevada
Ave. Duration
45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $24
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Malaga to Granada
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Madrid - South Station to Granada
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Malaga to Granada
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Ouibus

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Sierra Nevada is 455 km. It takes approximately 4h 50m to drive from Madrid to Sierra Nevada.

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Iberia offers flights from Madrid Airport to Granada Airport.

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There are 1741+ hotels available in Sierra Nevada. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Madrid Airport is to train which takes 22m and costs 1€ - 3€.

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