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There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Alhambra by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 48m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Granada Ave

55€ - 110€

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Rideshare  •  5h 20m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Grenade 416.2 km

16€ - 22€

6 alternative options

Bus  •  5h 8m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Granada

35€ - 47€

Bus via Madrid, Madrid  •  5h 58m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid, Madrid to Granada N1158

23€ - 27€

Drive  •  4h 22m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Alhambra 421.7 km

40€ - 65€

Fly to Granada  •  4h 28m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Granada (GRX) MAD - GRX

59€ - 372€

Fly to Malaga, bus  •  6h 37m

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

55€ - 418€

Fly to Almeria, train  •  7h 15m

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

79€ - 239€

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Alhambra is to rideshare which costs 16€ - 22€ and takes 5h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Alhambra is to train which costs 55€ - 110€ and takes 3h 48m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Madrid to Alhambra. However, there are services departing from Madrid Estacion Sur and arriving at Granada via Granada - Estación de Autobuses. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 8m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Granada. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 17m.

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The distance between Madrid and Alhambra is 360 km. The road distance is 421.7 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Alhambra without a car is to train which takes 3h 48m and costs 55€ - 110€.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Granada takes 3h 17m including transfers and departs once daily.

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

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Madrid to Alhambra train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Alhambra is to train which takes 3h 48m and costs 55€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 35€ - 50€ and takes 5h 8m, you could also fly, which costs 55€ - 380€ and takes 4h 28m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Alhambra.
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  • Distance: 360.3 km
  • Duration: 3h 48m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Alhambra, Andalusia, Spain?

Renfe AVE operates a train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Granada once daily. Tickets cost 55€ - 110€ and the journey takes 3h 17m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Madrid Estacion Sur to Granada hourly. Tickets cost 30€ - 45€ and the journey takes 4h 30m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Granada
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
55€ - 250€
Flights from Madrid to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 380€
Flights from Madrid to Almeria
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 340€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 260€
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Granada
Ave. Duration
3h 17m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
55€ - 110€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
55€ - 75€
Promo+
64€ - 69€
Flexible
85€ - 110€
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

Rome2rio's guide to Renfe Viajeros
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Almeria to Granada
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
14€ - 18€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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
Hourly
Estimated price
30€ - 45€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Aeropuerto Malaga to Granada
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
12€ - 17€
Website
alsa.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid, Madrid to Granada
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
21€ - 26€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Grenade
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
16€ - 22€
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Granada Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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

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Madrid to Alhambra train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Granada station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Alhambra is 422 km. It takes approximately 4h 22m to drive from Madrid to Alhambra.

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Iberia offers flights from Madrid Airport to Granada Airport.

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There are 1651+ hotels available in Alhambra. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Madrid and Alhambra. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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