The new AVE high-speed rail link between Málaga and Granada opened on April 4, the first time there has been a direct rail connection between the two cities.  Previously, passengers needed to change at Bobadilla.

Two trains operate in each direction every day, with plans to introduce a third service in each direction next month.  The fast journey time of 70 minutes was enjoyed by 4,300 passengers in the first fortnight of operation.

All trains make an intermediate stop at Loja and, in the future, will also stop at the new Antequera-Centro when it becomes operational.  The service operates medium-distance Avant 104 series rolling stock with 237 seats in four carriages, travelling at a maximum speed of 250 kph.

Trains depart from Málaga at 7.40am and 6.50pm, returning from Granada at 9.25am and 8.25pm.  Fares are set at €23.10 single and €37 return, with a number of discounts available.

Renfe claimed that the opening weeks of the route avoided the circulation of over 2,800 cars on Andalucía’s roads, with a consequent saving of 57.4 tons of carbon dioxide.

Also on April 4, a third AVE service between Granada and Madrid was introduced.  It leaves Granada at 7.25pm arriving at Madrid Atocha station at 11pm with stops at Antequera-Santa Ana, Puente Genil-Herrera and Córdoba.  The new return service leaves Madrid at 7.10pm, arriving in Granada at 10.32pm.