These two cities in Southern Spain each have their own charms and attractions. Seville is famed for its ornate castles and cathedrals, while Málaga is renowned for its gorgeous Costa del Sol beaches and luxury resorts. You can travel between these cities in less than two hours on board Renfe trains.
The comfortable, speedy, reliable trains will drop you off in the heart of Málaga, minutes away from the city's best beaches, ready to feel the soft sands beneath your feet and gaze out on the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean. Still not convinced? Scroll down for more details on the journey, including train times and FAQs.
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).
Renfe's Media Distancia are regional trains operated by CAF locomotives that run on medium-distance routes not covered by Avant high-speed trains. Most Media Distancia trains have one class. However, there are some that will have Turista (Second Class) and Preferente (First Class). These trains also have spaces for bicycles, and all seats are equipped with power sockets and reading lights.
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 Seville to Málaga 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!
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 Seville and Málaga is 2 hours and 18 minutes, with around 16 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 Seville to Málaga is 1 hour and 53 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Seville to Málaga can start from as little as €24.95 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 Seville to Málaga without having to change trains. There are 8 direct trains from Seville to Málaga each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Seville to Málaga leaves at 06:43. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Seville to Málaga leaves at 19:43. 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 Seville to Málaga cover a distance of around 98 miles (157 km) during the journey.
Renfe’s Avant trains cover the Seville to Malaga route. Reaching speeds of 250 km/h with a journey time of 1h 50m, these trains only have one class (Turista) and feature vending machines with food and drinks instead of a dining carriage.
Leaving from Jerez de la Frontera, I reached Sevilla-Santa Justa train station at 17:25. After getting off the train, I quickly found an information screen which showed that the Avant train bound for Málaga-María Zambrano was departing from platform 6. All the information at the station was provided in both Spanish and English. Once at the platform, I had to go through security checks.
Right after boarding the train, Renfe’s staff encouraged us not to make phone calls in the quiet carriage but rather use the space between the carriages to do so.
There are two types of carriage on Avant trains – Turista and Turista Plus. Seats are laid out so that you can either sit alone or with a group, depending on your preference. The seats in the Turista Plus carriage are made of leather, are a bit wider than the normal ones and don’t have power sockets, unlike the AVE, Media Distancia (middle distance) and Alvia trains. They all had reclining tables and footrests.
Avant trains offer basic onboard services, such as air-conditioning, information screens and music channels. The Avant train serving the route to Malaga doesn’t have WiFi.
After stopping at Cordoba, Puente Genil-Herrera and Antequera-Santa Ana train stations, I arrived at Malaga María-Zambrano train station at 19:45, 5 minutes before the expected time. The experience was thoroughly enjoyable and an efficient way to extend my holiday in the south of Spain.
Origin: Sevilla-Santa Justa
Destination: Málaga-María Zambrano
Train stops: Cordoba, Puente Genil-Herrera, Antequera-Santa Ana
Departure time: 17:55
Arrival time: 19:50
Service: Renfe Avant
Train: Avant 8175 (Serie 104)
Maximum speed: 250 km/h
Seat: 8A (Window)
Jaime is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.