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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  5h 45m

  1. Take the train from Malaga to Barcelona Sants Ave

$120 - $170

Cheapest option

Fly from Malaga  •  3h 29m

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

$33 - $210

4 alternative options

Bus  •  16h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Malaga to Barcelona Ouibus

$35 - $90

Rideshare  •  10h 59m

  1. Take the rideshare from Málaga to Barcelone 604.4 miles

$60 - $110

Drive  •  9h 36m

  1. Drive from Málaga to Barcelona 606.2 miles

$110 - $170

Bus to Granada, fly  •  6h 8m

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

$56 - $242

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The cheapest way to get from Málaga to Barcelona is to bus which costs 30€ - 80€ and takes 16h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Málaga to Barcelona is to fly which costs 28€ - 190€ and takes 3h 29m.

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

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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 5h 45m.

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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 5h 45m and costs 100€ - 150€.

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The train from Malaga to Barcelona Sants takes 5h 45m 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 5h 45m and costs 100€ - 150€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 30€ - 80€ and takes 16h 45m, you could also fly, which costs 28€ - 190€ and takes 3h 29m.

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

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 5h 45m. Alternatively, ALSA operates a bus from Málaga to Barcelona 4 times a day. Tickets cost $55 - $90 and the journey takes 16h 45m. Ouibus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $310
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Granada to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from Granada to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $290
Flights from Granada to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Mahon
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$35 - $280
Flights from Granada to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Flights from Granada to Barcelona via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $250
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Friday
Estimated price
$75 - $400
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Oviedo
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$75 - $400
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $270
Evelop
Website
evelop.com
Flights from Granada to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$45 - $330
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
16h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$55 - $90
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Malaga to Granada
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Malaga to Barcelona City Centre
Ave. Duration
15h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
Ouibus
Bus from Malaga to Granada
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Ouibus
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Málaga to Barcelone
Ave. Duration
10h 59m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Malaga Airport to Barcelona Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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

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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 9h 36m to drive from Málaga to Barcelona.

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

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Book your Málaga to Barcelona bus tickets online with ALSA and Distribusion.

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There are 3630+ hotels available in Barcelona. Prices start at $64 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 12m and costs 1€ - 3€.

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