Going from Malaga to Madrid Train or plane?

A few months ago when I was in Madrid I decided, almost overnight, that I would spend a few days in Malaga. I was attracted to the idea of ​​doing something unplanned, but I had many doubts.

After the accommodation and the things I could do in the city, there was the big question: How do I get from Madrid to Malaga?

Be careful, it also had another drawback, I wanted to get there in a way that polluted little, that didn't take long and, if possible, that didn't cost an arm and a leg.

Yes, I know, they are all requirements that together it is not easy to achieve. But the challenge was cast.

Looking for a way to get to MalagaI learned some things that today I want to share with you.


How to get from Malaga to Madrid

If you are concerned about the environment and you really want to travel with as little pollution as possible, the train is one of the best options.

I had already told you about my 10 reasons to travel by train and I have no doubt that it is one of my favorite means of transportation.

One of the good things is that the train Malaga Madrid It's a formidable alternative, for many reasons.

5 reasons to use the train

  • It is a punctual means of transport (usually)
  • In about two and a half hours you cover a huge journey.
  • It's very comfortable.
  • There are several schedules (although some take a little longer)
  • In both cities the station is very central.

Is the train between Malaga and Madrid expensive?

This question is a bit tricky.

If you look at the initial price of a flight, for example, it will appear to be cheaper.

But keep in mind that you have to add the cost of the suitcases to the price of the flight (if you go on vacation you may take more than one); Also keep in mind that the airports are not in the center, so you will have to pay for other transportation.

About 40 euros? it seems not

At the time of writing this article, on the same date, a flight costs 87 euros Meanwhile he fast train costs 128.

It seems more expensive, but if you do the final calculation you will see that the difference is not that much.

For me, the comfort is worth it.

How long it takes?

Because it is one of the most used means of transportation, I will again make the comparison between a train and a flight.

Renfe train at Malaga station.

It is not about saying that you have to use one and not the other, but to see the convenience of each one.

The train takes longer

As you see it.

In real time from the moment you leave the station until the fast train arrives between the María Zambrano station in Malaga and the Atocha station in Madrid it takes about 2.5 hours and a half. Yes, 417 kilometers in less than 3 hours.

The plane takes a little less actually. Between taking off on one side and landing, the plane Malaga-Madrid takes 1.15 hours.

Yes, the plane takes exactly half.

And what is the catch?

When you are going to fly you don't arrive and you get on the plane and it leaves immediately.

I always estimate that I owe any local flight add about 3 hours. In this calculation I include waiting time and transfer time to and from the airports.

my personal conclusion

I know that there are many admirers of airplanes and I have no doubt that it is such a comfortable means of transportation for long distances.

the train is first

But if I'm honest with you, I always, always put the train ahead of other media.

Even if it costs me a little more money, I think the comfort that a train gives us is worth it.

In the case of Malaga-Madrid it is much more convenient because the difference in price and time is not great.

The positive of the train

  • You can get to the train almost at the time you leave.
  • You can carry suitcases and backpacks without being looked at strangely.
  • Once inside you can walk and move freely.
  • You have internet and you can use the phone.
  • If you are hungry you can go to the cafeteria.
  • The stations are very central.
  • It pollutes much less than an airplane.
  • You can see the scenery while traveling.

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