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Cheap train tickets and times from Barcelona to Málaga

Showing times and prices for Jun 26


Fastest Journey

5 h 57 m


7 h 53 m

Trains per day



769 km

Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to start from $99 with an average ticket price of $107.

The fastest train from Barcelona to takes 5h 57m in comparison to an average duration of 7h 53m and covers a distance of 769 km.

75 trains that leave Barcelona for every day with 1 travelling directly.

Barcelona Sants
11:42PMMálaga María Zambrano
1 transfer
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Barcelona Sants
11:42PMMálaga María Zambrano
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Barcelona Sants
08:23PMMálaga María Zambrano
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Barcelona Sants
11:42PMMálaga María Zambrano
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Barcelona Sants
11:42PMMálaga María Zambrano
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Overview: Train from Barcelona to Málaga

distanceDistance477 miles (769 km)
durationAverage train duration6 h 21 min
priceAverage train ticket price$126 (€110)
frequencyTrain frequency2 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there is 1 direct train a day
carriersTrain companiesAVE, iryo, Renfe AVLO or Renfe AVE INT

Trains from Barcelona to Málaga cover the 477 miles (769 km) long trip taking on average 6 h 21 min with our travel partners like AVE, iryo, Renfe AVLO or Renfe AVE INT. Normally, there are 2 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $126 (€110), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $57 (€50). Travelers depart most frequently from Barcelona Sants and arrive in Málaga María Zambrano.

Train companies: AVE, iryo and Renfe AVLO from Barcelona to Málaga trains

AVE, iryo and Renfe AVLO trains will get you from Barcelona to Málaga from $57 (€50). With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

AVE offers excellent high-speed train services in Spain, including the route between Barcelona and Málaga. Omio, as an official Renfe AVE partner, shows you AVE train schedules so you can choose the fastest and cheapest Barcelona to Málaga train ticket. The distance between Barcelona and Málaga on AVE is approximately 477 miles (769 km) and prices start as low as $57 (€50) on Omio.

Renfe AVE has a wide variety of ticket types with special offers such as Promo, Promo + and Flexible tickets. If you are a regular Renfe customer, you can apply discount cards such as the Gold Card and the + Renfe Youth 50 Card at Omio when purchasing an AVE ticket.

The AVE trains are the most popular from Renfe, with the most schedules throughout the day. Their trains offer a restaurant, WiFi, bathrooms, entertainment on board and, most importantly, the highest speed to reach your destination. As one of the fastest trains in the entire world, AVE trains reach speeds up to 192 mph (310 kmh) on select routes and connect the main Spanish cities in just a few hours. Reserve your AVE tickets with Omio today!

AVE from Barcelona to Málaga train information:

  • Average Duration: 6 h 21 min
  • Cheapest Price: $57
  • AVE frequency: 2 a day

Trains from Barcelona to Malaga

There is a daily train operating the route from Barcelona to Malaga in Spain. It runs once a day on the high-speed train, on every day of the week. The journey is direct and doesn’t require any train changes along the way. It takes about 5h 56min to cover the approximately 477 miles (769 km) between Barcelona and Malaga. Omio also offers more frequent trains from Barcelona to the city of Granada, about 78 miles (125 km) northeast of Malaga.

Barcelona to Malaga Train Time: Daily Departures

There is just one train a day offered for the route from Barcelona to Malaga. This same route is available Sunday through Saturday. It’s on the Spanish high-speed train and takes more or less 5h 56min to get to Malaga. This train from Barcelona to Malaga departs at around 3:50 p.m., arriving in Malaga at about 9:46 p.m. There are also three more route options offered, every day except Mondays, that arrive in the city of Granada, instead of Malaga. On Mondays, there is only one alternative route to Granada from Barcelona.

How long is the journey by train from Barcelona to Malaga?

The train from Barcelona is direct and doesn’t require changing trains at any point before arriving in Malaga. The total duration of this journey adds up to about 5h 56min, covering a distance of more or less 477 miles (769 km). The route is operated by one of the Spanish railway’s high-speed trains. The alternative options offered that arrive in Granada, instead of Malaga, take from about 6h 52min to 9h 22min. This time difference depends on the number of changes the train makes before arriving at the final destination.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Barcelona to Malaga?

Departure train station: The trains for this route depart from the Barcelona-Sants Train Station. This Barcelona train station is located about 2.5 miles (4 km) southwest of the city center. There is a complete public transportation system in the city of Barcelona that can get you to the train station from any part of the city. From downtown it can take you more or less 15min to get to Barcelona-Sants by metro. The Barcelona-Sants Train Station offers a variety of dining options as well as shops and travel information points.

Arrival train station: The arrival station in Malaga is the Malaga Maria Zambrano Train Station. This Malaga train station is located out of the downtown area, just about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the historic city center. It’s possible to get to the center by public transportation or even walking. The Malaga metro system can get you downtown in under 15min, and walking can take more or less 20min. The Malaga María Zambrano Train Station has multiple restaurants, car rental agencies, various stores and even a movie theater.

Malaga Plaza Tourist. Source: Shutterstock

Which train companies travel from Barcelona to Malaga?

The company operating the trains from Barcelona to Malaga is the national Spanish railway system, the RENFE. The RENFE has both standard long-distance trains as well as high-speed trains. In this case, the trains going from Barcelona to Malaga are the RENFE AVE high-speed trains. These high-speed trains make the journey from Barcelona to Malaga in about 5h 56min and are direct, not requiring passengers to change trains before arriving in Malaga. The alternative routes to the area near Malaga, offered by Omio, arrive in Granada and they are also operated by RENFE AVE. These alternative routes, however, do have changes along the way.

RENFE trains from Barcelona to Malaga

The RENFE trains operating the routes from Barcelona to Malaga are run by the RENFE AVE high-speed trains. These high-speed trains cover the distance of about 477 miles (769 km) in just about six hours. There is one RENFE AVE train, available through Omio, making the direct trip from Barcelona to Malaga. It departs every day of the week at around 3:50 p.m. from the Barcelona-Sants train station and is the fastest way to get from Barcelona to Malaga by train. It stops in seven train stations throughout Spain before arriving in the Malaga Maria Zambrano Train Station.

Train Barcelona to Malaga: Services on Board

Traveling on the RENFE AVE train from Barcelona to Malaga, you are offered two different classes. You can choose to travel in either Second Class or Second+ Class. The difference between these two classes is that Second+ offers wider seats and extra legroom. When traveling on RENFE AVE trains you’re permitted 3 baggage items that cannot exceed 55 lbs (25 kg) in total.

Folded bicycles in a cover are considered hand luggage as long as the sum of the dimensions doesn’t exceed 71in (180 cm). If your bicycle doesn’t fold or is larger, you may book a spot for your bicycle, paying a fee. Pets are also allowed to travel with you on your trip with RENFE AVE as long as the animal is in a pet carrier or cage and does not weigh over 22 lbs (10 kg). When purchasing your RENFE AVE ticket you may specify that you request a ticket for a wheelchair accessible seat. The RENFE AVE trains have accessible areas, as well as ramps to help board the trains.

How to find cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Malaga?

The main way of finding affordable train tickets is by booking in advance. If you avoid purchasing tickets at the last minute, it’s more likely that the prices will be more affordable. Among other ways of saving money, if you have flexible dates it will be easier to pick and choose the train options that are more affordable, without being limited to specific departures.

When booking in advance, the trips from Barcelona to Malaga seem to be more expensive traveling on Friday. If you have the flexible dates mentioned previously, avoid traveling on this day for more affordable rates. In this case, there aren’t any other options throughout the day to choose from, or routes with stopovers that could make the trip less expensive.

Malaga Port Biker. Source: Shutterstock

To Malaga by train—travel tips

Malaga is a Spanish city located on the southern coast of the country, called the Costa del Sol. Malaga is known for its sunny and warm weather as well as its Andalusian southern charm. While you’re in Malaga there are a few sights you have to see. For instance, there is the Alcazaba of Malaga, a medieval Moorish fortress with beautiful sea views.

Within the historic center of Malaga, you’ll find the ancient Roman Theater of Malaga and the Renaissance architecture of the Cathedral of Malaga. The city of Malaga is also known as the birthplace of the famous Spanish artist, Picasso. In the city center there is the Picasso Museum Malaga, a museum of his art collection in a converted palace.

Out of the downtown area of Malaga, up on a hill there is the Gibralfaro Castle overlooking the city and the Mediterranean Sea. Being on the coast, you can also spend the day at the beach and enjoy some of the classic southern fish and seafood dishes. For example, try a typical dish of fried fish, “fritura malagueña" or roasted sardines called “espeto".

Return trains from Malaga to Barcelona are also available.

Deutsche Bahn trains from Barcelona to Malaga


Deutsche Bahn is the main railroad company in Germany. On average, about 40,000 train journeys are made in Germany every day. A special feature of Deutsche Bahn is its wide range of ticket types—make savings with offers such as the Sparpreis ticket or apply discount cards with the BahnCard. Check whether you can also use them on the DB route from Barcelona to Malaga. You can find information on ticket cancelation in our Help Center.

DB has different types of trains such as the ICE (Intercity Express), IC (Intercity), EC (Eurocity), RE (Regional Express) and RB (Regionalbahn) on its railroads, which differ in terms of comfort and travel time. While restrooms, for example, are part of the standard equipment, other offers such as an on-board restaurant or Wi-Fi access are only available on certain trains. With Omio you can easily check the Deutsche Bahn timetable for your journey from Barcelona to Malaga and book cheap DB tickets. More information on rail travel in Germany and Europe.

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FAQs: Trains from Barcelona to Málaga

FAQs: Travel by train from Barcelona to Málaga easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Barcelona to Málaga.
Cheap train tickets from Barcelona to Málaga can start from as little as $57 (€50) when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Barcelona to Málaga is $126 (€110); however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The average journey time by train from Barcelona to Málaga is 6 h 21 min   to travel the 477 mile (769 km) long route, with around there are 2 trains per day. Journey times can vary on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Barcelona to Málaga leaves at 6: 35 AM. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Barcelona to Málaga leaves at 2: 15 PM.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Barcelona to Málaga without having to change trains with AVE. There is 1 direct train from Barcelona to Málaga each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to Málaga. Take the fast train with iryo from Barcelona to Málaga.
Take the Barcelona to Málaga train with AVE, iryo, Renfe AVLO or Renfe AVE INT. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the route from Barcelona to Málaga as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

When departing from Barcelona, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Barcelona Sants, Barcelona and Passeig de Gràcia station. When arriving in Málaga, you can end your trip in train stations like Málaga María Zambrano, Malaga Airport and Malaga Centro Alameda.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Barcelona Sants, which is located around 1.4 miles (2.3 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Málaga María Zambrano, located 2 miles (3.3 km) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month to travel from Barcelona to Málaga by train is November.
You have options as you can travel to Málaga from Barcelona 3 different ways: train, bus or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Barcelona and Málaga

Barcelona Sants is the most popular Barcelona railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Barcelona for your trip to Málaga.
Amenities at station
Phone Number
+34 934956020
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sun: 06: 00 - 22: 00
Public transit options for Barcelona Sants
Metro lines: L3, L5
Bus lines: A1, A2
Train lines: AVE, Alvia, Euromed, Talgo, Trenhotel, TGV, Avant, Intercity, R1, R2, R2 Nord, R2 Sud, R3, R4, RG1, R11, R12, R13, R14, R15, R16, R17

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