There are 6 ways to get from Málaga to Barcelona by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  5 h 45 min

  1. Take the train from Malaga to Barcelona Sants Ave

$120 - $170

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Fly from Malaga  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Malaga (AGP) to Barcelona (BCN) AGP - BCN

$33 - $211

4 alternative options

Bus  •  16 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Malaga to Barcelona

$55 - $90

Rideshare  •  10 h 59 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Málaga to Barcelone 604.4 miles

$60 - $110

Drive  •  9 h 36 min

  1. Drive from Málaga to Barcelona 606.2 miles

$110 - $170

Bus to Granada, fly  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Malaga to Granada
  2. Fly from Granada (GRX) to Barcelona (BCN) GRX - BCN

$70 - $243

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Malaga and arriving at Barcelona. Services depart four times a day. The journey takes approximately 16 h 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Malaga and arriving at Barcelona Sants. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 45 min.

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The distance between Málaga and Barcelona is 770 km. The road distance is 969.8 km.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 5 h 45 min and costs .

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The train from Malaga to Barcelona Sants takes 5 h 45 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Málaga to Barcelona bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Malaga station.

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Málaga to Barcelona train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, depart from Malaga station.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Barcelona is to train which takes 5 h 45 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 16 h 45 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 3 h 34 min.

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The quickest flight from Malaga Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 35 min.

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Málaga to Barcelona bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Barcelona station.

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Map of how to get from Málaga to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 481.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 45 min

What companies run services between Málaga, Spain and Barcelona, Spain?

Spanish Railways AVE operates a train from Málaga to Barcelona 3 times a day. Tickets cost $120 - $170 and the journey takes 5 h 45 min. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Málaga to Barcelona 4 times a day. Tickets cost $55 - $90 and the journey takes 16 h 45 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $330
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Granada to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from Granada to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from Granada to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $270
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Granada to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from Granada to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
16 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Malaga to Granada
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Málaga to Barcelone
Ave. Duration
10 h 59 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Book at
blablacar.es

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Málaga to Barcelona train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, arrive at Barcelona Sants station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Málaga to Barcelona is 970 km. It takes approximately 9 h 36 min to drive from Málaga to Barcelona.

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Ryanair, Iberia and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Malaga Airport to Barcelona Airport.

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There are 3377+ hotels available in Barcelona. Prices start at $80 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Málaga and Barcelona. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Malaga Airport is to train which takes 12 min and costs .

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