Madrid to Granada

You can connect from Madrid to Granada from Madrid Atocha Station via Antequera Santa Ana. There are several trains a day run by AVE from Madrid to Antequera Santa Ana. Because of construction work currently going on, Renfe has a scheduled bus service to Granada from Antequera Santa Ana. Including connection times, the service from Madrid to Granada takes around 4 hours. The Renfe bus stops at Granada Station, which is located close to the city centre.

For more information on taking the AVE service from Madrid, see our guide to departing on the AVE from Madrid Atocha Station. But if you’d rather drive from Madrid to Granada with the convenience of your own car, see our Madrid Atocha car rental guides. Many car hire suppliers also offer one-way rentals within Spain, which is worth considering if you’d rather start and finish your trip in a different location.

Best in Granada Travel

Fountain at the Alhambra Madrid to Granada | Granada Travel Guide |

One of the water fountains in the Alhambra Palace

Granada is the capital of the Granada province in Andalucia. With the Alhambra Palace, it boasts one of the best attractions in the region. And it truly is a stunning site with a majestic location on top of a hill and with the Sierra Nevada mountains for a backdrop. The Alhambra is a vast complex that is actually made up of several palaces and gardens, which include the Nazaries, Carlos V and Generalife. It’s also one of the best places to enjoy Moorish design and architecture as well as views of the city. For the best views of the Alhambra, head to the Mirador of San Nicolas.

Beyond the Alhambra, Granada is an attractive and lively city worthy of a longer visit. Albayzin and Barrio Realejo are great neighbourhoods to wander around. The city is also one of the best places in Andalucia to enjoy tapas and flamenco.


Best beyond Granada

Almuñecar | Madrid to Granada | Granada Travel Guide |

Panorama of Almuñecar beach and city

With a car, it’s easy to access many of the sites around Granada. In the province, you’ll find ancient hilltop villages such as Bubion, Valor, Capileira and Trevelez in the Alpujarras. The Sierra Nevada mountains are just an hour’s drive away. In addition to numerous hiking trails, the area is popular for skiing in the winter. And if you’re looking for a spot of beach life, beaches such as those around Almuñecar and Salobreña are about 90kms south of Granada.

Granada Airport is located 15kms west of the city and is the nearest airport. In addition to a small number of domestic flights, Granada Airport operates international routes including London, Manchester, Milan and Paris. Like Granada’s train station, the airport has car hire services and is a good location to return a car hire if you’re ending your trip here.