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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 7h 52m to travel from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants by train, over a distance of around 478 miles (769 km). There are normally 7 trains per day travelling from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants and tickets for this journey start from $19.16 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 5h 47m
PriceFrom $19.16
Distance478 miles (769 km)
Frequency7 trains per day
Departure stationMálaga-María Zambrano
Arrival stationBarcelona Sants
ChangesDirect trains available
Train and bus operatorsRenfe, ALSA

Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants train times

Check out the next trains departing from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants for Tuesday May 18th 2021. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
05:30 11:37 6h 7m, 1 change
05:45 01:25 7h 40m, 1 change
08:00 02:40 6h 40m, 1 change
09:30 04:21 6h 51m, 1 change
01:35 07:22 5h 47m, direct
03:15 10:56 7h 41m, 1 change
06:00 08:20 14h 20m, 1 change

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

You can travel from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants on Renfe and AVE 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.

Renfe is the national train operator in Spain. It has the widest network of high-speed trains in Europe, linking major cities with AVE, AV-City, Avant, Alvia, and Euromed trains. Long-distance routes are served by Altaria and Talgo trains, while regional routes are operated by Media Distancia, Regional and Express Regional trains. Renfe also operates on international routes to France and Portugal. Renfe trains offer four different travel classes, depending on the train you’re travelling on – Turista (Standard), Turista Plus (Premium Economy), Preferente (Business Class) and Club (First Class).

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 four comfort classes – Turista (standard class), Turista Plus (wider, more comfortable seats), Preferente (lounge access, wide leather seats, food and drink service) and Club (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.

Cheap train tickets from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants

The price of train tickets from Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants starts at $19.16 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 7 hours and 52 minutes, with around 7 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 47 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 $19.16 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 is 1 direct train 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 01:35. 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 09:30. 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.

The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Málaga-María Zambrano to Barcelona Sants for a typical week day using timetable data for 05/18/2021. On weekends, holidays or other exceptional times, fewer services may be available. The fare range provided has been found by our customers on Trainline on 10/07/2021 for travel on 10/07/2021 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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