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There are 5 ways to get from Málaga to Barcelona by plane, train, bus, rideshare or car

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Fly  •  3h 16m

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

35€ - 146€

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Train  •  5h 47m

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

110€ - 200€

Bus  •  16h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Malaga to Barcelona

80€ - 110€

Rideshare  •  10h 59m

  1. Take the rideshare from Málaga to Barcelone 964.9 km

50€ - 95€

Drive  •  9h 31m

  1. Drive from Málaga to Barcelona 967.7 km

90€ - 140€

Málaga to Barcelona by train

The train journey time between Málaga and Barcelona is around 5h 47m and covers a distance of around 1112 km. The fastest train normally takes 5h 47m. Operated by Renfe AVE, the Málaga to Barcelona train service departs from Malaga Maria Zambrano and arrives in Barcelona-Sants. Typically seven trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Málaga to Barcelona train schedules

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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Málaga to Barcelona is to rideshare, which costs 50€ - 95€ and takes 10h 59m.

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The quickest way to get from Málaga to Barcelona is to fly which costs 35€ - 150€ and takes 3h 16m.

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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 Maria Zambrano and arriving at Barcelona-Sants. Services depart once 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 967.7 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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It takes approximately 3h 16m to get from Málaga to Barcelona, including transfers.

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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 Renfe AVE, depart from Malaga Maria Zambrano station.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Barcelona is to fly which takes 3h 16m and costs 35€ - 150€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 110€ - 200€ and takes 5h 47m, you could also bus, which costs 80€ - 110€ and takes 16h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Málaga to Barcelona.
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  • Distance: 769.8 km
  • Duration: 3h 16m

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

Ryanair, Vueling Airlines and Iberia fly from Málaga to Barcelona every 4 hours. Alternatively, Renfe AVE operates a train from Malaga Maria Zambrano to Barcelona-Sants once daily. Tickets cost 110€ - 200€ and the journey takes 5h 47m.

Airlines
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 230€
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Ibiza
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
30€ - 230€
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 230€
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 230€
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
60€ - 250€
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona via Bilbao
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
30€ - 230€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Malaga to Barcelona
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
29€ - 140€
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Malaga Maria Zambrano to Barcelona-Sants
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
110€ - 200€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
110€ - 150€
Promo+
120€ - 130€
Flexible
150€ - 200€
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. 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
Ave. Duration
16h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
80€ - 110€
Website
alsa.com
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 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 Renfe AVE, arrive at Barcelona-Sants station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Málaga to Barcelona is 968 km. It takes approximately 9h 31m 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 6904+ hotels available in Barcelona. Prices start at 75€ 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 bus which takes 20 min and costs 2€ - 5€.

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