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  1. Cheapest price £204.50
  2. 30 day advance £315.00
  3. 7 day advance £464.00
  • First train
    06:57
  • Last train
    20:31
  • Avg changes
    3
  • Fastest journey
    22hr 35m

It is easy to travel by train from London to Málaga. The fastest option uses an overnight train through France, but you can also travel entirely by day - with a night stop at Montpellier (or elsewhere in Languedoc-Roussillon or Catalonia). Select your preferred route on one of the two tabs below.

  1. The journey by train from London to Málaga starts with a late afternoon Eurostar run from London St Pancras to Paris. You then board an overnight train from Paris to Perpignan in the south of France, where you’ll arrive early the following morning. In Perpignan you’ll have a stop of just over three hours – so there will be time for breakfast and a wander around town. It’s worth travelling light if you want to take the chance to stroll around Perpignan. There is no place to leave luggage at the station.

    Stage three of the journey is on a high-speed Spanish AVE train from Perpignan to Madrid, where you connect onto another AVE service for the final leg of the journey to Málaga.

    The route described here gets you from London to the south of Spain in about 24 hours, without any overnight stop along the way. If you want to find this route on Loco2, set your preferred departure time at 17:00 and select Perpignan as your ‘via’ point with a stop of 3 hrs 30 mins in that city.

    If you don’t fancy the idea of a night on board a train and making such a long journey without a break, then consider our alternative route from London to Malaga with an overnight stop in Montpellier.

    Booking for this journey generally opens about three months in advance of travel, but this can vary. If you’re having trouble finding tickets contact us and we’ll email you as soon as booking opens.

    London to Paris

    London to Paris

    Board a Eurostar service from London to Paris. There are upwards of 15 trains to Paris from London each day with departures at least hourly from the beautifully restored station at St Pancras in London. The fastest trains speed to Paris in just 2 hrs 16 mins, with slower services taking up to 20 mins longer to reach the Gare du Nord in Paris. The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.

    Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.

    Paris interchange

    Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Austerlitz

    When you get off the train at Paris Gare du Nord, look for the Métro on the lower level, which can be accessed via stairs or lift. Follow signs to Metro line 5 and take a train in the direction of Place d'Italie. There are 9 stops between Gare du Nord and Gare d'Austerlitz, which usually takes around 30 minutes so we recommend you leave at least an hour for your transfer.

    If you arrive at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Métro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.

    Paris to Perpignan (night train)

    Paris to Perpignan (night train)

    On almost every evening of the year, an overnight train pulls out of Austerlitz station in Paris bound for Perpignan and the resorts of the Côte Vermeille. The Intercités de Nuit train to Perpignan takes about 9 hrs 30 mins, making about eight stops along the way. You’ll have a choice of a reclining seat or a couchette on this journey. We strongly recommend paying the slightly higher fare for a couchette for that extra bit of overnight comfort.

    Perpignan to Madrid

    Perpignan to Madrid

    The daily direct AVE train leaves Perpignan for Madrid Atocha station at about 11 each morning. There are several additional connections each day, all requiring an easy change of train at Barcelona Sants station. From Perpignan the train tracks south towards the Pyrenees, cutting through the mountains in the Perthus Tunnel. Then it’s high-speed lines all the way to Madrid. The most important city along the route is Barcelona. The direct train from Perpignan makes five intermediate stops on its journey to Madrid.

    Madrid to Málaga

    Madrid to Málaga

    Direct high-speed trains from Madrid Atocha to Malága María Zambrano station run 10 times a day. A couple of services run non-stop between the two cities, but the great majority stop at Córdoba. Some trains make up to five further stops along the way. The route is mainly served by modern AVE trains that reach Málaga in 2 hrs 30 mins. Trains making additional stops may take up to 1 hr longer. From María Zambrano station it is an easy transfer onto suburban trains (called Cercanías) which run east to Centro-Alameda, north to Álora and along the coast to the airport and Fuengirola.

  2. It is easy to travel from London to Málaga by train. Some travellers make the entire journey in around 24 hours, but our advice is to take time and stop off along the way. With a mid-morning start from London, you can be in Montpellier just after 7 pm. Then continue the following morning to reach Málaga by early evening. There are plenty of other good options for that overnight stop. If you prefer to cover more distance on the first day, then you might think of Béziers, Perpignan, Girona or even Barcelona for the overnight stop.

    The journey falls naturally into four stages. You start with a high-speed run on Eurostar to Paris, where you’ll need to change stations for the onward journey on a French TGV service. That will speed you to Montpellier (or whichever city you have chosen as your preferred overnight stop). The third part of the journey takes you to Madrid Atocha station where you can catch the AVE service to Málaga.

    On such a long journey, there are always multiple options. If you don’t mind a shortish overnight stop in Barcelona (just under 10 hours), you can avoid Madrid by taking a direct Barcelona to Málaga service which allows a total travel time from London to Málaga of under 26 hours. Not bad, as that figure includes the overnight stop.

    If it’s important to you to keep moving, your best bet is to leave London late afternoon, connecting in Paris onto the overnight service to Perpignan, where you’ll arrive at breakfast time the following morning. After a three-hour stop, the journey continues via Madrid to Málaga.

    We describe here the route with an overnight stop in Montpellier. Booking for this journey generally opens about three months in advance of travel, but this can vary. If you’re having trouble finding tickets contact us and we’ll email you as soon as booking opens. The total fare from London to Málaga is generally hardly affected by your choice of city to break the journey.

    London to Paris

    London to Paris

    Board a Eurostar service from London to Paris. There are upwards of 15 trains to Paris from London each day with departures at least hourly from the beautifully restored station at St Pancras in London. The fastest trains speed to Paris in just 2 hrs 16 mins, with slower services taking up to 20 mins longer to reach the Gare du Nord in Paris. The first part of the journey from London sweeps through Thameside landscapes and rural Kent to reach the Channel Tunnel. Little more than an hour after leaving London you'll already be in northern France, tracking south through Flanders fields towards Paris.

    Remember to factor in at least half an hour for Eurostar's airline-style baggage check prior to boarding your train. There is a luggage and body scan and you'll be asked to show your passport. There are no restrictions on taking liquids on board Eurostar trains.

    Paris interchange

    Paris interchange: Paris Nord to Paris Lyon

    When you alight from the train at Gare du Nord look for signs to the Metro and RER. Once you've bought a ticket follow the signs to 'RER D', direction 'Melun' or 'Malesherbes'. So long as you're heading in the right direction, all the trains on this line stop at Gare de Lyon. The actual train journey takes around 10 mins with just one stop on the way at Châtelet-les-Halles. Upon alighting from the RER train at Gare de Lyon, follow the signs to the mainline station. The signs read 'Accès aux trains Grandes Lignes'. The whole journey from the concourse at Gare du Nord to the mainline departure platforms at Gare de Lyon will normally take about 40 mins but we recommend leaving at least 50 mins.

    If you are arriving at Gare du Nord from London, bear in mind that you can buy Paris Métro tickets at the Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras and on board the Eurostar train. Similarly, passengers arriving at the Gare du Nord on Thalys trains from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands can buy Metro tickets on the train (at the Thalys Bar). Although universally referred to as Métro tickets, they are in fact valid on RER trains too.

    Paris to Montpellier

    Paris to Montpellier

    There are 10 direct fast TGV trains each day from Paris to Montpellier, with up to 3 extra services on peak travel days. Services depart from the Gare de Lyon in Paris, stopping at Nîmes along the way and sometimes also at the TGV station in Valence. Arrival in Montpellier is at Saint-Roch station, from where it is just a short walk into the city centre.

    Montpellier to Madrid

    Montpellier to Madrid

    There is just one direct AVE train each day from Montpellier to Madrid, leaving Montpellier Saint-Roch in the morning. It takes under seven hours and makes seven stops on its journey of just under 1000 kilometres. There are a number of additional services requiring just one easy change of train in Barcelona. It is a pleasant journey along the Languedoc coast to Perpignan, beyond which the train dives under the Pyrenees to reach the Spanish province of Catalonia. Barcelona is the first major city in Spain, from where it’s a high-speed dash south-west to Madrid where arrival is at Atocha station.

    Madrid to Málaga

    Madrid to Málaga

    Direct high-speed trains from Madrid Atocha to Malága María Zambrano station run 10 times a day. A couple of services run non-stop between the two cities, but the great majority stop at Córdoba. Some trains make up to five further stops along the way. The route is mainly served by modern AVE trains that reach Málaga in 2 hrs 30 mins. Trains making additional stops may take up to 1 hr longer. From María Zambrano station it is an easy transfer onto suburban trains (called Cercanías) which run east to Centro-Alameda, north to Álora and along the coast to the airport and Fuengirola.

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