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.
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.
From 1h 17m
55 miles (89 km)
7 trains per day
Direct trains available
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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).
In Avant's Turista Class, you'll find most seats arranged in airline-style pairs rather than around tables, air-conditioning, vending machines and accessible toilets.
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.
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.
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.
Avant has an assistance service for people with reduced mobility or disabilities, to request it contact Avant directly.
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.§
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.
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!
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.
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.
The fastest journey time by train from Málaga to Granada is 1 hour and 17 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Málaga to Granada leaves at 06:45. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Málaga to Granada cover a distance of around 55 miles (89 km) during the journey.