Direct trains to connect Malaga and Granada for first time ever

Direct trains to connect Malaga and Granada for first time ever

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Renfe has announced that there will be direct trains operating between Malaga and Granada for the first time ever from April.

Malaga and Granada will soon become better connected than ever before. Although it may be surprising, there is currently no direct train connecting the two cities. However, this is about to change as Renfe has announced that it will start running trains on this route from April 4.

It will use Avant trains, which already run between Malaga and Cordoba or Seville. There will be departures from Malaga at 9.25am and 8.25pm and from Granada at 7.40am and 6.50pm. All trains will stop in Loja and also in Antequera once the high-speed station has been built there.

The journey will take just one hour and ten minutes. Theoretically, a one-way fare will cost 23.10 euros and a return trip will cost 37 euros, but Renfe will be selling a range of travel cards that are designed to help people save money.

Renfe has announced that tickets are already on sale and can be purchased at the usual point of sale, such as ticket offices, travel agencies, apps, the phone line 912320320 or at

The big challenge for Renfe will be to convince customers that it is better to travel from Malaga to Granada by train than by car, as the journey time is similar. Logically, this will depend on the number of passengers travelling and the price of fuel.

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Tamsin Brown

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