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Travelling by train from Malaga to Granada

Planning a day trip from Malaga to Granada by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Malaga to Granada usually takes 3h 44m, but can take just 1h 39m on the fastest services. You'll need to make one change along the way during your journey, travelling with Renfe.

You can now travel from Malaga to Granada with Avant high-speed trains, making your journey even quicker (1h 10m) with only one stop in Loja. There will be 4 services per day, 2 departing from Malaga at 09:25 and 20:25 and 2 departing from Granada at 07:40 and 18:50. On board, you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and, on most services, free WiFi as standard.

Arriving at Granada station, you’ll be only a few minutes away from the city’s main sites like the vibrant Plaza Nueva square and the iconic Alhambra palace-fortress.

So what are you waiting for? Search for cheap train tickets from Malaga to Granada in our Journey Planner today, or keep reading for FAQs and money-saving tips.

Málaga to Granada by train

It takes an average of 1h 55m to travel from Málaga to Granada by train, over a distance of around 55 miles (89 km). There are normally 7 trains per day travelling from Málaga to Granada and tickets for this journey start from £18.40 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 1h 17m


55 miles (89 km)


7 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £18.40

Train and bus operators

Renfe, ALSA

Málaga to Granada train times

Check out the next trains departing from Málaga to Granada for Saturday 10th June 2023. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
15:32 Málaga-María Zambrano16:57 GranadaAlvia/Avant 8835 Renfe Get tickets1h 25m, direct
15:38 Málaga-María Zambrano17:35 Granadaave 2163 Renfe Get tickets1h 57m, 1 change
20:25 Málaga-María Zambrano21:42 GranadaAlvia/Avant 8855 Renfe Get tickets1h 17m, direct
06:17 Málaga-María Zambrano10:18 GranadaIR 35901 Renfe Get tickets4h 1m, 1 change
08:54 Málaga-María Zambrano10:42 Granadaave 2093 Renfe Get tickets1h 48m, 1 change
09:35 Málaga-María Zambrano10:53 GranadaAlvia/Avant 8815 Renfe Get tickets1h 18m, direct

Renfe and Avant trains from Málaga to Granada

You can travel from Málaga to Granada on Renfe and Avant 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 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.

Able to reach speeds of at 155 mph (250 km/h), Avant trains operate short and medium distance high-speed services. These trains are intended to cover journeys within the same autonomous community or in two neighbouring communities. For this reason, trains generally don’t offer catering services and travel less than 125 miles (200 km). They have two types of comfort classes – Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class).

Avant classes from Málaga to Granada

Compare the different travel classes offered by Avant when travelling from Málaga to Granada.

Onboard services on Avant

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Málaga to Granada.


With Avant, you can take up to 3 pieces of luggage, as long as they do not exceed 290 cm and 25 kg in total. On Avant trains, pushchairs and instruments smaller than 30 x 120 x 38 cm are also considered hand luggage.

RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

If you’d like to stretch your legs, most Avant trains have a café carriage, and in case you’d prefer to stay in your seat, a mobile bar service.


Avant trains do not offer Wi-Fi, but you can watch the films or documentaries that are broadcast in each carriage.

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Children up to 3 years old travel for free as long as they don’t occupy a seat, but they will need a free child ticket. Children between 3 and 14 years old have a 40% discount on the general price.


You can take your bike or skateboard if it is folded, travels inside a cover and is less than 180 cm in total. If the dimensions exceed 180 cm, it will be considered special luggage and must travel with the pedals removed, the handlebars turned 90 degrees and dimensions less than 120 x 90 x 40 cm.


Your pet can accompany you as long as it weighs less than 10 kg, travels with a pet ticket, doesn’t occupy a seat and is inside a carrier (max dimensions 60 x 35 x 35 cm). The ticket price is 25% of the standard ticket price, except in first class, which will be free.

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Avant has an assistance service for people with reduced mobility or disabilities, to request it contact Avant directly.

Cheap train tickets from Málaga to Granada

The price of train tickets from Málaga to Granada starts at £18.40 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 to Granada 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.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Málaga to Granada? 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 to Granada take?

The average journey time by train between Málaga and Granada is 1 hour and 55 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 and Granada by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Málaga to Granada is 1 hour and 17 minutes.

How much does the train from Málaga to Granada cost?

Train ticket prices from Málaga to Granada can start from as little as £18.40 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Málaga to Granada?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Málaga to Granada without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Málaga to Granada each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Málaga to Granada leave?

The first train from Málaga to Granada leaves at 06:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Málaga to Granada leave?

The last train from Málaga to Granada leaves at 20:25. 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 and Granada by train?

Trains travelling from Málaga to Granada cover a distance of around 55 miles (89 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Granada to Málaga. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Málaga to Granada.
The information provided is calculated based on scheduled train services for Málaga to Granada for a typical week day using timetable data for 06/10/2023. 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 07/22/2023 for travel on 07/22/2023 and for adult tickets in economy, discount cards and coach journeys excluded.

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