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Taking the train from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants

Almost 500 miles separate Barcelona and Málaga, but the speedy Spanish trains can cover all that ground in 5h 25m. You can enjoy all the comforts and luxuries of Renfe's high-speed AVE trains as you watch the scenic surroundings on the way from Málaga to Barcelona.

The trains will drop you off in the heart of Barcelona at Sants station with easy access to the Catalonian capital's most famous and popular landmarks like the Sagrada Familia and Museu Picasso. History buffs should check out the MUHBA museum too, while those looking to do some souvenir shopping or taste some local food should head to La Rambla. Read on for more information about this train journey.

Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants by train

It takes an average of 6h 31m to travel from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants by train, over a distance of around 478 miles (769 km). There are normally 17 trains per day traveling from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants and tickets for this journey start from $35.57 when you book in advance.

First train

6:28 am

Last train

8:55 pm

Departure station

Málaga-María Zambrano

Arrival station

Barcelona Sants

Journey time

From 5h 43m

Distance

478 miles (769 km)

Frequency

17 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $35.57

Train and bus operators

Renfe, ALSA

Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants train times

Check out the next trains departing from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants for Tuesday Jun 4th 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
7:58 am 2:30 pm 6h 32m, 1 change
8:17 am 3:22 pm 7h 5m, 2 changes
9:48 am 4:20 pm 6h 32m, 1 change
10:35 am 4:29 pm 5h 54m, 1 change
10:58 am 5:10 pm 6h 12m, 1 change
11:40 am 5:30 pm 5h 50m, 1 change
1:07 pm 7:30 pm 6h 23m, 1 change
1:58 pm 8:05 pm 6h 7m, 1 change
2:34 pm 8:30 pm 5h 56m, 1 change
2:55 pm 9:10 pm 6h 15m, 1 change

AVE and Renfe trains from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants

You can travel from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants on AVE and Renfe trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

AVE is Renfe's flagship high-speed service, with trains capable of reaching up to 193 mph (310 km/h). It’s one of the fastest trains in Europe and connects the main cities of Spain. Most AVE trains offer two comfort classes – Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class equivalent, with 1-1 configuration, ultra-wide seats, gourmet food and drink and lounge access). All AVE trains have air conditioning, power sockets, free WiFi and a buffet carriage serving a selection of food and drinks. There are three fares for AVE services: the cheapest but least flexible Básico fare, the Elige fare (slightly pricier but more flexible), and the Premium fare for seats in Confort Class.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It operates trains on the longest high-speed railway network in Europe, and the second-longest in the world. The country's major cities are linked up by the high-speed AVE and Avlo trains, while other long-distance routes are served by Altaria, Talgo, Alvia and Euromed trains. Renfe also operates cross-border services into neighbouring Portugal and France. Depending on which service you are travelling on, you'll usually find two classes on Renfe trains - Estándard (Standard Class) and Confort (First Class). Fare types range from the cheapest (but least flexible) Básico fare, to the more flexible Elige fares, to the Premium fare for seats in Confort carriages.

AVE classes from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants

Compare the different travel classes offered by AVE when traveling from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants.

Onboard services on AVE

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants.

LuggageLuggageBaggage

With AVE, you can travel with up to 3 pieces of baggage that do not exceed 290cm (114.1 inches) and 25kg (55.1 pounds). In total, the maximum measurements of each piece of baggage are 85 x 55 x 35cm (33.4 x 21.6 x 13.7 inches). Musical instruments also count as hand baggage as long as they do not exceed the dimensions 30 x 120 x 38cm (11.8 x 47.2 x 14.9 inches) and are stored in a case.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

If you’d like to stretch your legs and grab a coffee during your journey, AVE trains have an onboard dining car. If you’d prefer to stay in your seat, AVE staff will pass through each car with a food and drink cart.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

On AVE trains, you can take advantage of PlayRenfe – their free WiFi and entertainment pass. Giving you access to exclusive content and fast connection speeds, PlayRenfe can be downloaded from the app store on your phone. Once you’re connected, you can access the PlayRenfe portal, where you’ll find exclusive live sport, news, films and TV series.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children

Children under 3 years old travel for free with AVE, as long as they do not occupy a seat and have their free child ticket. Children from 3 to 14 years old can take advantage of a 40% discount on ticket prices.

ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes

On all AVE trains, each passenger can take one bicycle or scooter on board, as long as it’s folded and carried inside a case. Also, the pedals must be removed and handlebars turned 90 degrees. Lastly, if the sum of the dimensions of the case is less than 180cm (70.8 inches), it's considered as hand luggage. However, if it’s bigger, it will be considered as special luggage (max dimensions 120 x 90 x 40 cm or 47.2 x 35.4 x 15.7 inches).

PetPetPets

With AVE, you can travel with a pet as long as it weighs no more than 10 kg (22 pounds) and travels inside a cage or carrier that measures max 60 x 35 x 35 cm (23 x 13 x 13 inches). Your pet must have their own pet ticket, unless you’re traveling with a Premium ticket, in which case the pet ticket is free. Guide and assistance dogs travel for free.

WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

AVE offer a free assistance and care service for people with reduced mobility. To request the service, passengers should contact AVE directly.

Cheap train tickets from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants

The price of train tickets from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants starts at $35.57 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

FAQs for Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants

Want to know more about your journey from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants take?

The average journey time by train between Málaga-María Zambrano and Barcelona Sants is 6 hours and 31 minutes, with around 17 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Málaga-María Zambrano and Barcelona Sants by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants is 5 hours and 43 minutes.

How much does the train from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants cost?

Train tickets from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants can start from as little as $35.57 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants without having to change trains. There are 2 direct trains from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants leave?

The first train from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants leaves at 06:28. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants leave?

The last train from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants leaves at 20:55. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Málaga-María Zambrano and Barcelona Sants by train?

Trains travelling from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants cover a distance of around 478 miles (769 km) during the journey.


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