Living in Cordoba
Córdoba is the third city of Andalusia by both size and population, after Sevilla and Malaga. Today it is a medium-sized city, whose historic center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. Ten years earlier, in 1984, the Mosque of Cordoba had been awarded the same title. It was nominated for the European Capital of Culture 2016, and it was a finalist to represent Spain. Also the Fiesta de los Patios was designated Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in December 2012.
Córdoba is a very pleasant and welcoming city, where you can enjoy the street life and its lively nightlife, thanks to its Mediterranean climate. A city with history, with many traditions and festivals, where you can immerse yourself in the Cordoba environment.
You can get all sorts of information on the city's website Cordoba Tourism.
Check our Córdoba City Guide
Getting to Cordoba
From Madrid airport
If arriving to the airport is Madrid-Barajas, Madrid-Barajas, to continue the trip to Córdoba, it is necessary to travel into Madrid to get a train there, or another option is to get a bus that goes directly from the Madrid-Barajas airport to Córdoba. The company that is in charge of this route is called Socibus. The ticket fare is around 17 euros each way.
From the Madrid airport, you may go in taxi, metro, or bus:
- Taxi: The official taxi stops can be found at the terminal exit. The taxi ride lasts about 30 minutes, depending on traffic at that hour, and costs about 30€, which includes all of the extra fees like leaving the airport and handling luggage. We recommend that you get the taxi at the official stops and that you do not accept the deals that can be offered to you inside the terminal.
- Metro: The Madrid Metro goes from the Barajas airport to the Atocha train station. The metro station can be found in Terminal 2 (for people arriving at Terminals 1, 2, and 3) and in Terminal 4 of the airport. Trains run every day from 06:00 a.m. until 01:15 a.m.
- Bus: The bus that goes from Madrid to Plaza de Colon (nº 89) leaves from "Llegadas (Arrivals)" in both terminals and circulates fairly frequently (10 - 15 minutes).
Once in Madrid, if you want to take the train to Córdoba, you should head towards the Atocha Station. The train ride takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. The train schedule and prices for different Madrid-Córdoba trains can be found on their webpage Renfe. You may also buy your tickets here in advance.
From Malaga airport
The Malaga airport is located about 6.5 kilometres (4 miles) south of the city. You can get to the city by bus, train or taxi.i.
- Train: Trains go from the Málaga airport to the Málaga train station every day, from 07:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The trip from Málaga to Córdoba by train takes about one hour.
- Bus: Buses run every 30 minutes from 06:30am to 00:00 midnight every day. There are bus stops in both terminals of the Málaga airport. During its route towards the centre, the bus makes a stop at the bus station, which is very close to the train station.
- Taxi: There are official taxi stops in both terminals.
From Seville airport
From the Seville airport there is a bus that runs every 30 minutes daily and goes towards the city centre. One of the stops made is to the Santa Justa train station.
Trains heading towards Córdoba leave from the Santa Justa station. The trip from Seville to Córdoba lasts about 40 minutes.
Getting to the Cordoba Campus
You may use different means of transport to get to the Cordoba Campus:
- Public transport (lines 2 and 5, Dr. Julián R. Martín stop). You may find information about bus lines and real-time bus tracking at the webpage Aucorsa (Córdoba's Urban Buses).
- By car or taxi.
- Walking. The distance between the areas where students usually live and the Universidad Loyola campus are not very long.