Malaga – Costa del Sol | High-speed rail service between Malaga and Granada is on track to start in April

High-speed trains at María Zambrano station in Malaga. / migue fernandez

There will be two Avant trains in each direction per day and the journey time will be one hour and ten minutes

Malaga and Granada will be linked by a high-speed train service from April 4, just before Easter week. Rail company Renfe is now selling tickets for the new Avant services, which will be the first direct train between the two cities. The trip will take one hour and ten minutes.

There will initially be two trains a day in each direction, departing from Granada at 7:40 a.m. and 6:50 p.m. and from Malaga at 9:25 a.m. and 8:25 p.m. They will stop at Loja and, once in service, will also do so at the future Antequera-Centro station. The Avant trains will be able to carry 6,600 passengers per week.

In a second phase of this program, there will be one more train in each direction every day, according to Renfe’s contract with the Ministry of Transport. The Avant trains have four cars and 237 seats, including one adapted for people with reduced mobility, and can travel up to 250 kilometers per hour.

Avant already operates the Seville-Cordoba-Malaga and Seville-Cordoba-Granada lines in Andalusia. This new Granada-Malaga connection will cost 23.10 euros one way and 37 euros return. With different discounts available, in certain circumstances it will be possible to travel between Granada and Malaga for 8.50 euros each way.

Jose P. Rogers