Getting Around, Malaga Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain)
One of the largest resorts on Spain's southern coastline, Malaga offers a range of travel and transport options, which are both convenient and inexpensive. Most people travelling to Malaga arrive at the nearby Malaga Airport (AGP), which contains modern facilities and is close to many resorts and towns.
Although much of Malaga is well-pedestrianised, with one of the easiest ways to travel around the city centre being by foot, buses are readily available, together with a number of taxi ranks. Taxis in Malaga often congregate outside of main hotels and shopping centres, and are easy to locate. Many visitors to Malaga often choose to rent a car, taking advantage of the independence and flexibility that this type of transport offers.
Malaga Airport (AGP) / Arriving by Air
Address: Avenida Garcia Morato / Avenida de Velazquez (MA-21), Malaga, 29004, Spain
Tel: +34 952 204 84 84
The main gateway to the Costa del Sol is Malaga Airport (AGP)
, which stands just 8 km / 5 miles to the southwest of the city centre. Malaga Airport is home to a number of ground transport options, including buses, hotel shuttles, taxis and car hire, all of which offer an inexpensive way to travel into Malaga. One of the most important airports in the country, Malaga Airport (AGP) provides regular flights to over 100 different international destinations and major Spanish airports, serving numerous holiday makers travelling to both Malaga and nearby resorts along the Costa del Sol. The airport's main airlines include Air Berlin, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, Easy Jet, Lufthansa, Ryanair and Virgin Airlines.
Malaga Airport (AGP) Guide
A large selection of car rental transport companies are available at Malaga Airport (AGP) and present one of the most popular ways to travel into the city. Many notable car hire firms have desks at the airport and small cars are usually the best value for money. The main car rental transport companies at Malaga Airport (AGP) include Avis Auto Rental, Budget Rent-a-Car, National Rent-a-Car, Europcar and Hertz. Renting a car in Malaga also provides the freedom to explore the city's suburbs, coastline and neighbouring towns with ease, many of which are connected by major roads and fast highways, with most routes being well sign posted.
Buses and Coaches
Tel: +34 952 350 061
The bus station in Malaga stands along the Paseo de los Tilos, around 1 km / 0.5 miles to the southwest of central Malaga. Regular buses travel along the coastline to many prominent Spanish locations, including buses to Seville
(two and a half hours), Granada
(up to two hours), Cordoba (two and a half hours), Antequere (less than one hour), Ronda (two hours), and Madrid
(six hours). Bus transport in Malaga is both convenient and extremely affordable, with a number of additional long-distance bus / coach services travelling to locations in neighbouring France
, and also Germany
Tel: +34 952 360 202
The city's main train station is the Malaga RENFE, which stands along the Explanada de la Estación, close to the bus station. Speedy Talgo 200 trains travel from Malaga to Madrid in less than five hours, although cheaper Intercity train transport is available, with the journey from Malaga to Madrid lasting around six and a half hours, departing in the morning. Many other Malaga trains travel to a range of Spanish cities and towns, including Seville (two and a half hours), Cordoba (two and a half hours), Granada via Bobadilla (two and a half hours), Ronda (one and a half hours) and Barcelona
(around 13 hours). Train fares are generally priced according to the time and length of the journey.
Boats and Ferries
Trasmediterránea operates regular ferries which travel from Malaga to nearby Melilla, a piece of Spanish land located on North Africa's Mediterranean coast, alongside Morocco
. Ferries run between mid-September to mid-June, with the scenic journey lasting around seven and a half hours.
A selection of taxis are located outside of the airport's arrivals hall and travel into the city centre. The journey from the airport into Malaga city centre by taxi lasts around 20 minutes. Further designated taxi ranks can be found around central Malaga, and taxis can also be flagged down from the street, displaying a green light when available for hire.