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Malaga City Train Station

Malaga - Maria Zambrano Railway Station  © Michelle Chaplow
Malaga - Maria Zambrano Railway Station

Malaga City train station

Malaga - María Zambrano train Station opened in 2007 as a Vialia sponsored station on the site of the 1863 station. It is situated on Explanada de la Estación in the South West of the City Centre. It is next door to the Bus station, approximately 2 km from the Malaga port and 9 km from Malaga Airport. Malaga Airport is connected to the station via Cercania services. The station has eleven tracks , Numbers 1 to 5 standard guage tracks for the AVE service, 7 and 8 the iberian broad guage tracks for the medium and long distance services. Line 9 goes to the port, lines 10 and 11 at the underground level for the Cercanias (local) service.

Timetables and Tickets

Below are a selection of the AVE train routes from Malaga - María Zambrano train station. Click on the buttons to take you through to one of our partner's sites, input your dates and check the timetables and tickets for your trains.

Arrival and departure info

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The station actually has a four star hotel inside, (Hotel Barcelo Vialia) it also has a VIP lounge, check-in facilites, car hire offices, a travel centre, underground parking, and tourist information centre. You can also find an ATM machine, cafes, bars, a taxi rank and its very own commercial and leisure centre with a host of retail shops.. The station is entirely accessible. 

Left Luggage lockers
Small locker: 3,10 € per day
Medium locker: 3,60 € per day
Big locker: 5,20 € per day
Opening Times: 07.00 hrs - 23.00 hrs, 365 days a year.

Shopping Centre

Within the station there is a 30,000 square feet of shopping centre, which offers no less than 121 different stores, including a cinema with ten separate theatres. As the station is open every day, most of these shops are even open on a Sunday.


There is a 10minute drop off bay at the front of the station which is often full at peak times.

There is a large  24hr car park under the station managed by Saba which is very convenient for those taking trains as it is about five minutes from car to train.  The cost is at 0,030756 € per minute or 1,85 € per hour which is expensive if you will be away for any time.  A 24hr discount is available only if purchased at time of arrival. AVE Club or Preferente train tickets include first 24hr (single) or 48hr (return).   A 15 minute free allowance is available for short stay pick up and frop off.  An alternative is to park outside the city centre near the airport and enjoy a transfer service, and meet and greet on return. This is particularly attractive if  leaving the car more than a day. Car park with transfer to Malaga train station.

Services & Destinations

There are a number of services that operate from Malaga Train Station:

AVE high speed train.

  • Madrid to Málaga from 2 hrs 30 min, every 60-120 mins, stops at Cordoba, Antequera and Puente Genil
  • Barcelona to Málaga  from 5 hrs 40 min, two services daily, stops at Tarragona, Zaragoza, Cordoba, Puente Genil and Antequera.

Fast Long Distance  

  • Malaga to Valencia from 4hrs 30min, one service on Fridays and Saturdays, stops at Antequera Santa Ana, Puente Genil-Herrera, Cordoba, Puertollano, Cuidad Real, Cuenca Fernando Zobel, Valencia Juaquin Sorolla.

Fast Medium Distance







Regional Trains

  • Malaga to Sevilla from 2hrs 30 mins, five trains daily stoppping at  Alora, Las Mellizas, El Chorro, Bobadilla, Pedrera, Osuna, Marchena, Dos Hermanas, San Bernardo, Seville Santa Justa.
  • Malaga to Ronda 2hrs, one per day, stopping at  Cartama,  Pizarra,  Alora, La Mellizas,  El Chorro, Bobadilla, Campillos, Almargen, Ronda.
Buy your Train Tickets Online for any of the above routes. Andalucia and Spanish train tickets online in English language. Obtain either eTicket by email or paper tickets by post. Includes seat reservation when available.

Local Trains

For information on trains from Malaga Airport click here.


Local Bus

Local bus route numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 10, 12, 16, 19, 24 and 27 stop in from of the station. The main Malaga bus station is next door to the train station.


Opening Hours - 6:00 to 23:00 daily.

Tel: 902 240 202 / 902 432 343



The original station was the terminus of the 'Sociedad del Ferrocaril de Malaga a Cordoba' inaugurated in September 1862 by Reina Isabel II and the two buildings either side of todays main concourse are preserved from this time. The  original ornate iron and glass 1863 facade by Antonio Arriate was removed and as protected work in 2004 and is intended to be re-erected in a nearby location.  Major reconstruction works were carried out from 2004 to 2007 to coincide with the arrival of the AVE service. The present concourse is where the original platforms and train lines used to be.

From 2007 until 2011 the station was officially called 'María Zambrano' and Malaga was added back into the name and the main station sign in 2011. Works are currently underway to create the iinterchange between the El Perchel metro station, the Malaga María Zambrano train station, the Cercanias lines, and the adjacent bus station. 




Address: Explanada de la Estación, S/N, 29002 Málaga