Train from London to Malaga

 
Beachfront at Malaga
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Overview

Route: London to Malaga via Paris and Barcelona
Journey time: from around 21 hours
Journey highlights:

The trip requires an overnight stay in Barcelona (we recommend Barcelona, though you could break the journey earlier in Paris and take the train all the way to Malaga the following day)... after the Eurostar to Paris, you then cross the city to Gare de Lyon and then whizz down through France to Barcelona to stay overnight (a little tapas perhaps?) then catch the morning train to Malaga.

 

Detailed itinerary

Option 1: via Paris and Barcelona

Sample itinerary: Take the morning Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord then cross Paris to Gare de Lyon to catch the train down to Barcelona. Spend the night in Barcelona then catch the 08.30 high-speed AVE train from Barcelona Sant, which arrives in to Malaga at 14:24.
Price: From £295 return
Leg 1:

London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord in the heart of Paris. Don't forget check-in time for Eurostar is at least 30 mins before departure.

First train departs 0540 (Mon-Fri), 0618 (Sat), 0819 (Sun).

Last train departs 2001 (Mon-Sat), 2031 (Sun).

Frequency of service: 18 trains Mon-Thur, 20 trains Friday, 22 on Saturday, 17 on Sunday.
Operator:

Eurostar

Journey time: From 2 hrs 16 mins
Transfer

A relatively quick train trip from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon. From the Eurostar platform, turn left, walk down the stairs and follow the signs for RER ligne D (which will be signposted 'direction' 'Melun', 'Malesherbes' or 'Corbeil Essonnes'). It's just 2 stops from Gare de Nord to Gare de Lyon and takes a little over 10 minutes (plus there's a short 5 minute walk to the connecting TGV departure platforms), but we recommend you leave at least 50 minutes for the entire transfer.

Short hop

Transfer time: Allow 50 minutes.
 
Book a hotel near Gare du Nord
 
 
Book a hotel near Gare de Lyon
 
Leg 2:

Paris Gare de Lyon to Barcelona

Train departs Paris Gare de Lyon at 1407 and arrives in Barcelona Sants at 20.33

Frequency of service: Daily
Operator:

TGV

Journey time: approx 6hrs 30 mins
Transfer

Stay overnight in Barcelona

Transfer time:
 
Book a hotel near Barcelona Sants station
 
Leg 3:

Barcelona Sants to Malaga

08.30 high-speed AVE train from Barcelona Sant, which arrives in to Malaga at 14:24.

Frequency of service: Daily
Operator:

AVE

Journey time: just under 6 hrs
Destination Bienvenido a Málaga
 
Book a stopover hotel near Málaga Maria Zambrano
 

Your route to Malaga

The lines on the map are for illustrative purposes only - they don't show the exact route taken by the train.

 

Through-fare tickets

>> You can now buy a 'through-fare' ticket from over 300 UK rail stations to London that connect with Eurostar departures to Europe. These tickets cut the cost of the journey from your local station to London when used in conjunction with a Eurostar ticket. See: Through-fare tickets connecting with Eurostar

Changing Stations

The key to travelling by train to Europe is to plan the most convenient connections. Here's our guide to how to change stations within the key hub cities of Paris, Brussels and Lille for onward connections to the rest of Europe.

>> How to Change Train Stations in Paris, Brussels and Lille