Sitting on Spain’s coast, this sunny route from Valencia to Malaga takes you from one coast to another, with the 4-hour journey delivering you to the Costa del Sol. The perfect way to see the sea in two uniquely different ways, anyone who wants to combine a quintessential beach break with a bit of city slicking will love this trip. Renfe’s AV-City trains will carry you from coast to coast, with air-conditioning and Wi-Fi included as well as food carriages on most services to keep you refreshed.
Go from old to new, starting with the stunning Valencia Cathedral and Central Market, one of the oldest markets in Europe, with delicious treats across hundreds of stalls. Modern marvels include the awe-inspiring architecture of City of Arts and Sciences, a park that holds the city’s museums and aquarium. Malaga awaits, where the world-famous sandy beaches offer the perfect place to soak up some sun, but where history and culture can still be enjoyed. Come face to face with Picasso’s masterpieces or step into history at the city’s Roman theatre. Enjoy some maritime merriment in Spain, start by checking out our journey information below!
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 Valencia 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 Valencia and Málaga is 7 hours and 15 minutes, with around 8 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 Valencia to Málaga is 4 hours and 33 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Valencia to Málaga can start from as little as €38.80 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Valencia to Málaga. Travelling from Valencia to Málaga by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Valencia to Málaga leaves at 07:13. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Valencia to Málaga leaves at 21:10. 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 Valencia to Málaga cover a distance of around 291 miles (468 km) during the journey.