Malaga is well connected by train, car and bus with the main cities of Spain. Also the Malaga airport receives flights from all points of Spain and abroad, especially from United Kingdom, central and northern Europe.
If you are travelling from UK, there are many direct flights from the main cities so you don´t have to take any other transport.
Train services. Malaga by train.
The arrival of the AVE to Malaga was a jump of quality and an immediate impact in the tourism, because it allows to be communicated with the main points of the country in a few hours. From Madrid it offers the best value for money, because although the travel by car is cheaper, the comfort of the AVE is unrivaled. From Barcelona, the airplane alternative is better and faster.
María Zambrano Train Station.
The María Zambrano station is a 10 minute walk from the city center, making it a perfect point of arrival. The only drawback is the high price of the tickets, so you have to be very attentive to the promotions and offers available on the Renfe website (*).
The main routes to Malaga by train are:
- Madrid – Málaga: 2 h. 20 min. (AVE).
- Barcelona – Málaga: 6 h. (AVE).
- Sevilla – Málaga: 2h. (AVANT).
- Valencia – Málaga: 4h. 30 min. (AVE)
(*) As a general rule, train tickets go on sale 62 days in advance, so if we want any offer we must control these margins. In special periods: summer, holy week or Christmas, does not usually apply and go on sale when Renfe decides, without a fixed rule.
Malaga by bus.
Good choice for tight budgets. It has a wide connection with the capitals of Andalucía, the towns of the province and with other important cities like Madrid.
The bus station (located in Paseo de los Tilos) is located a few meters from the María Zambrano station and the Vialia shopping center.
Get to Malaga by car.
A good option, especially if you are traveling in a group, maybe if you travel alone is not the best one. If you travel to Malaga for 1-2 days the car will not need it, for longer stays and for excursions can be interesting.
The distances from the main cities are:
- Madrid – Málaga: 550 km.
- Barcelona – Malaga: 1000 km.
- Sevilla- Málaga: 200 km.
- Granada – Málaga: 125 km.
- Bilbao – Málaga: 920 km.
Get to Malaga by plane.
It is a good alternative to others, because the airport is near and very well communicated with the center of the city. You can find good prices from Madrid or Barcelona with just 1 month in advance.
Check out our article on how to get from Malaga Airport.