Barcelona to Málaga by train

Prices explained

Prices explained

At Rail Europe we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Rail Europe searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

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  1. Cheapest Price $43.42
  2. 30 day advance $98.05
  3. 7 day advance $112.76
  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    5hr 36m
  • Distance
    769 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    5hr 51m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Barcelona to Málaga by train

Fast trains from Barcelona to Málaga take around 5 hours and 36 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 769 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Barcelona and Málaga.

1. Are there direct trains from Barcelona to Málaga?

Direct trains from Barcelona to Málaga have been found.

We usually find around 4 direct trains on the route from Barcelona to Málaga every weekday.

Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.

2. How long is the train journey from Barcelona to Málaga?

The Barcelona to Málaga train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 36 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Barcelona to Málaga train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest direct train to Málaga is usually scheduled to depart Barcelona around 06:50 and the last train is around 15:50. This is the same at the weekend.

What's the Barcelona to Málaga train price?

The earlier you book the better, and the cheapest tickets we've found for trains from Barcelona to Málaga are $43.42.

Trains departing 30 days in advance will cost around $98 while booking 7 days in advance the price is around $112. Booking on the day of travel is likely to be more expensive, so it is worth booking in advance if you can to save money.

When to book Barcelona to Málaga train tickets?

Trains in Spain usually open for booking around 4 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Barcelona to Málaga by train.

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Which train companies operate between Barcelona and Málaga?

AVE is the train company that operates on the route from Barcelona to Málaga.

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

Málaga to Barcelona by train

Other journeys to Málaga-María Zambrano View all journeys to Málaga-María Zambrano

Travel by train from Barcelona to Málaga on a direct AVE service. Or opt instead for the higher-frequency route via Madrid, with an easy change of train in the Spanish capital.


It is very easy to travel by train from Barcelona to Málaga. You can choose fast AVE services or if the timings of the direct trains don’t suit you, you’ll find several other options each day, all involving a change of train in Madrid Atocha. This adds 20 to 50 mins to the overall journey time.

The route tracks west from Barcelona into Aragon, crossing the River Ebro near Zaragoza. Then it’s a fast dash across the plains of Castilla–La Mancha, with distant views of the Madrid conurbation to your right. Your train sweeps through the rugged Sierra Morena to reach Córdoba and then continues to Málaga on Spain's southern coast.

Barcelona to Málaga-María Zambrano

High-speed AVE trains speed from Barcelona Sants directly to Málaga María Zambrano station two times a day. The trains leave in the morning and in the afternoon. The AVE services stop seven to eight times on the way, including Zaragoza, Ciudad Real and Córdoba. From Córdoba it is just another hour through the hills of Andalucía to Málaga.

AVE via Madrid

It is very easy to travel by train from Barcelona to Málaga. There are frequent connections that require just one easy change of train in Madrid.

Setting off from Barcelona the route travels west into Aragon, crossing the River Ebro near Zaragoza. Then it’s a fast dash across the plains to Madrid. After the change at Madrid, your train sweeps through La Mancha and the rugged Sierra Morena to reach Córdoba. From there it is just an hour through the hills to the coast at Málaga.

Barcelona to Madrid

Take a high-speed AVE train directly from Barcelona Sants station to Madrid Atocha. Trains that stop up to four times along the way may take 30 to 40 minutes longer. This journey along Spain's premier high-speed rail route reveals a variety of passing landscapes as you speed from Catalonia through Aragon to the Spanish heartland.

Madrid to Málaga-María Zambrano

Direct high-speed trains run from Madrid Atocha to Malága María Zambrano station. A couple of services run non-stop between the two cities, but the great majority stop at Córdoba. Some trains make up to five further stops along the way. The route is mainly served by modern AVE trains. Trains making additional stops may take up to 1 hr longer. From María Zambrano station it is an easy transfer onto suburban trains (called Cercanías) which run east to Centro-Alameda, north to Álora and along the coast to the airport and Fuengirola.

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