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How much time to get from Madrid Airport to Madrid train station? Can Madrid-Malaga tickets be used for a later train if we miss it?

Hi - We (family of 6) are flying in to Madrid on Saturday June 2 at 7.40 AM and taking the AVE to Malaga. my question is two hours enought time to get off the flight, through customs and to get to the train station (to catch the 9.35am), or should we book the 10.30. if we book the ealier and miss it, what happens or if we book the later and arrive early can we catch the earlier. we are traveling on rail passes. Thanks in advance! Bianca
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) April 04, 2012 16:23
    Hi Bianca,

    The time it takes to get from the gate to the train station can depend on several factors. I would recommend allowing a time that is comparable to the amount of time it would take to travel through a typical major U.S. airport. It is also recommended that you allow at least an additional hour to get through customs, if arriving from overseas.

    To commute from the Madrid Barajas Airport into the city of Madrid, you would take Line C-1 of the local Cercanías train network to the Atocha Cercanías station. Atocha Cercanías is adjacent to the Puerta de Atocha station, where trains to Malaga depart from. Therefore, you would just walk between the stations. The Cercanías trains from the airport to Atocha Cercanías depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day and take about 26 minutes in duration. You would just pay to board these Cercanías trains locally upon arrival.

    You would purchase tickets and check schedules for trains from Madrid to Malaga by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on our homepage and entering the route.

    The trains from Madrid to Malaga are high-speed 'AVE' trains, and these trains do require reservations. If a particular train requires reservations, then the reservation is automatically included with any ticket purchase for that train, and the ticket would not be able to be used for any train other than the train the ticket was booked for. Tickets for trains in Spain are non-exchangeable, so you would not be able to exchange your ticket for an earlier or later train along the route.

    You can view the rules for a particular fare by clicking on the 'View' button that's listed along with each fare shown when you pull up the results of your search. You would then click 'Read More' next to the options under where it says 'Ticket Flexibility'.

    I would recommend considering the above factors when you determine how much to time to give yourself to get out of the airport and then into city. To be safe, I would recommend booking a 10:30 am departure out of Madrid rather than a 9:30 am departure.
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  • I want to take a train to Pamlona from Madrid. I'll be flying into Madrid airport next year. How many kilometers? Is there a bus, train, or subway stop at the airport that will get me to the train station?

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    • Jeff (Official Rep) June 26, 2013 21:46
      Hi,

      To commute from the Madrid Barajas Airport into the city of Madrid, you would take Line C-1 of the local Cercanías train network to the Atocha Cercanías station. Atocha Cercanías is adjacent to the Puerta de Atocha station, where trains to Pamplona depart from. Therefore, you would just walk between the stations. The Cercanías trains from the airport to Atocha Cercanías depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day and take about 26 minutes in duration. You would just pay to board these Cercanías trains locally upon arrival.

      You would purchase tickets for trains from Madrid to Pamplona (high-speed 'Alvia' trains) by clicking on 'Find Fares & Schedules' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. Generally, trains in Spain can only be booked within 60 to 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel falls outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 60 or 90 days to get an idea of cost and view schedules when searching the route on our website.

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  • Is this information about getting from Madrid airport to Atocha station still accurate (is 4 years old above)?
    • Hi Mike,

      Yes, the information above is still accurate regarding the commute between the Madrid Barajas Airport and the Madrid Atocha station.

      Additionally, if you'll be purchasing a ticket for a connecting train to elsewhere in Spain, it would be valid on C-1 of the Cercanías from the airport to Atocha. The Cercanías transfer would just have to be done within 3 hours of your departure out of Atocha. You would just have to take your ticket to the ticket window and they'll give you what you need to cover you on the Cercanías.
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  • Hi! I`m travelling by train from Madrid to Valladolid. How much time do I need to get from Madrid airport to the trainstation? And which are the best ways to do this?

    -Tonje
    • Jeff (Official Rep) February 11, 2019 18:39
      Hi Tonje,

      You would purchase tickets from Madrid to Valladolid by searching the route under 'Book Train Tickets' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. From Madrid to Valladolid, there are regional or Alvia trains.

      Trains in Spain can only be booked once within 60-90 days of an intended departure date. If your intended departure falls outside of this time frame, you would use an earlier date (a date within the next 60 days from now) just to get an idea of the ticket costs and schedules in the meantime.

      Trains to Valladolid depart from the Chamartin station in Madrid city proper. To commute from the Madrid Barajas Airport to the Madrid Chamartin station, you would take Line 1 of local Cercanías rail network. Cercanías Line 1 trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride from the airport to the Chamartin station only takes about 11 or 12 minutes. To take the Cercanías, you would just pay locally upon arrival.

      At the airport itself, the time it takes to get from the gate to the trains can depend on several factors. I would just recommend allowing a time that is comparable to the amount of time it would take for you to walk through a typical major North American airport and retrieve luggage. It is also recommended that you allow an additional hour to get through customs if your flight is arriving from overseas.

      When deciding on a departure, just be sure to also factor in the frequency and duration of the Cercanías trains to Chamartin.
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