There are 7 ways to get from Málaga to Barcelona by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  5h 47m

  1. Take the train from Malaga Maria Zambrano to Barcelona-Sants Ave

110€ - 200€

Cheapest option

Fly from Malaga  •  3h 51m

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

36€ - 465€

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Bus  •  14h

  1. Take the bus from Malaga Estacion to Barcelona Sants 232

40€ - 65€

Bus via Barcelona El Prat Airport Terminal 1  •  17h 6m

  1. Take the bus from Malaga to Barcelona Airport-Prat T1

83€ - 114€

Rideshare  •  10h 59m

  1. Take the rideshare from Málaga to Barcelone 967.5 km

50€ - 95€

Drive  •  9h 36m

  1. Drive from Málaga to Barcelona 970.2 km

100€ - 150€

Bus to Granada, fly  •  6h 22m

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

53€ - 215€

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The cheapest way to get from Málaga to Barcelona is to bus which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 14h.

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The quickest way to get from Málaga to Barcelona is to fly which costs 35€ - 470€ and takes 3h 51m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Malaga Estacion and arriving at Barcelona Sants. Services depart twice daily, and operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 14h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Malaga Maria Zambrano and arriving at Barcelona-Sants. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 47m.

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The distance between Málaga and Barcelona is 770 km. The road distance is 970.2 km.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Barcelona without a car is to train which takes 5h 47m and costs 110€ - 200€.

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The train from Malaga Maria Zambrano to Barcelona-Sants takes 5h 47m including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Málaga to Barcelona bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, depart from Malaga Estacion station.

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Málaga to Barcelona train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Malaga Maria Zambrano station.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Barcelona is to train which takes 5h 47m and costs 110€ - 200€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 40€ - 65€ and takes 14h, you could also fly, which costs 35€ - 470€ and takes 3h 51m.

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Map of how to get from Málaga to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 769.8 km
  • Duration: 5h 47m

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

Renfe AVE operates a train from Malaga Maria Zambrano to Barcelona-Sants twice daily. Tickets cost 110€ - 200€ and the journey takes 5h 47m. Alternatively, Eurolines FR operates a bus from Malaga Estacion to Barcelona Sants twice daily. Tickets cost 40€ - 65€ and the journey takes 14h.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
35€ - 180€
Flights from Granada to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 220€
Flights from Granada to Barcelona via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
40€ - 220€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Every day
Estimated price
65€ - 270€
Flights from Granada to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
70€ - 270€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
23€ - 150€
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Website
renfe.com
Train from Malaga Maria Zambrano to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
110€ - 200€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
110€ - 150€
Promo+
120€ - 130€
Flexible
150€ - 200€
Bus operators
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

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Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Malaga Estacion to Barcelona Sants
Ave. Duration
14h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
40€ - 65€
Website
Eurolines FR
Bus from Malaga Estacion to Granada
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
16€ - 23€
Website
Eurolines FR
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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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 Airport-Prat T1
Ave. Duration
16h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
75€ - 110€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Malaga to Granada
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
12€ - 18€
Website
alsa.com
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Malaga to Granada
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
9€ - 12€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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
50€ - 95€
Book at
blablacar.es

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

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Málaga to Barcelona bus services, operated by Eurolines FR, arrive at Barcelona Sants station.

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Málaga to Barcelona train services, operated by Renfe 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, Iberia and Vueling Airlines offer flights from Malaga Airport to Barcelona Airport.

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Book your Málaga to Barcelona train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Málaga to Barcelona bus tickets online with Omio and Busbud.

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There are 3453+ hotels available in Barcelona. Prices start at 87€ 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 shuttle which takes 30 min and costs 9€ - 300€.

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