To assess the characteristics of the management of patients with migraine who present to the emergency department (ED) with a migraine attack. Retrospective, observational study analyzing demographic, clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic characteristics of patients with migraine diagnosis presenting to ED for a migraine attack between 2016 and 2019. We reviewed the clinical records of 847 cases. 82.2% were women with mean age of 34.9 years. 87.2% had episodic migraine and 12.2% chronic migraine. 62.3% (528/847) had taken analgesics before visiting the ED [non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (300/528; 56.9%) and triptans (261/528; 49.5%)]. 25.4% (215/847) received blood testing and 6.4% (55/847) received cranial CT. Medication was administered in 77.2% cases (654/847). The median time-to-treatment was 70 min (IQR 42-120). NSAIDs (81%, 530/654), antiemetics (43.1%, 282/654) and metamizole (39% 255/654) were the most used. Triptans were administered in 7 cases (1.1%) and opioids in 84 (12.8%). At discharge, preventive treatment was prescribed or modified in 8.2% of cases (69/839) and triptans were prescribed in 129 cases (15.3%). 70.5% (592/839) were instructed to follow-up with their primary care provider (PCP), 21.5% (181/839) with a general neurologist and 7.9% (66/839) with a headache specialist. The majority of migraine patients were not receiving the recommended acute migraine-specific medication, both in the outpatient and in the ED setting, being especially remarkable the rare use of triptans in the ED. Furthermore, we found an elevated use of urgent complementary tests, mainly blood tests.