How to travel from Madrid to Málaga

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from Madrid to Málaga

You can get from Madrid to Málaga by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Madrid to Málaga on Dec 09 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

06:35AMMadrid Barajas Airport1h15 07:50AMMalaga Airport
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431One-way
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01:00PMMadrid, Estación Sur6h10 07:10PMMálaga
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171One-way
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09:00AMMadrid, Estación Sur6h10 03:10PMMálaga
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11:00AMMadrid, Estación Sur6h35 05:35PMMálaga
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171One-way
06:00PMMadrid, Estación Sur6h10 12:10AMMálaga
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Travel Information from Madrid to Málaga

distanceDistance257 miles (415 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$19 - $129
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $19 (€17) • 6 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $129 (€117) • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGrupo Interbus, Air Nostrum or Renfe AVE

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 257 miles (415 km) between Madrid and Málaga. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Grupo Interbus, Air Nostrum or Renfe AVE among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Madrid to Málaga.

How to Travel from Madrid to Malaga

It's possible for travelers in Spain to journey from Madrid to Malaga by train, plane or bus. The fastest route is traveling via train while traveling by bus is the slowest. Although flight time is only around 1 hour, city transfers, check-in and security times add up to require 3.5 hours of travel time for the total journey.

Trains from Madrid to Malaga | Buses from Madrid to Malaga | Flights from Madrid to Malaga

Madrid to Malaga Travel Comparison

Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

buses

€17

5:50 h

1 Day Ahead

trains

€54

2:20 h

2 Months Ahead

flight

€51

1:05 h

1 Month Ahead



What is the best way to travel from Madrid to Malaga?

Cheapest way to travel from Madrid to Malaga


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Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Madrid to Malaga. Buses traveling from Madrid to Malaga depart from Madrid's Estacion Sur De Autobuses and take a little under 6 hours to arrive at Malaga's bus station. Approximately 9 buses travel from Madrid to Malaga every day, with the first bus departing Madrid at 7:00 a.m. Daibus is the main bus company that travels from Madrid to Malaga.


Fastest way to travel from Madrid to Malaga


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Technically, taking a flight is the fastest way to travel from Madrid to Malaga; however, when traveling to and from Malaga and Madrid's airports is taken into consideration taking a high-speed Renfe AVE train is actually the fastest way to travel. Both Iberia and Air Europa offer direct flights from Madrid to Malaga. Trains traveling from Madrid to Malaga depart from Madrid's Puerta De Atocha train station and arrive at Malaga's María Zambrano train station after as little as 2:20 h of traveling.


Most popular way to travel from Madrid to Malaga


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Taking the train is the most popular way to travel from Madrid to Malaga. The train journey from Madrid to Malaga is only €3 more expensive than flying on average while also being faster when travel time to and from Malaga and Madrid's airports is taken into consideration. Alternatively, taking a high-speed AVE train is at least 3 and a half hours faster than traveling from Madrid to Malaga by bus. High-speed Renfe trains usually depart from Madrid's Puerta De Atocha train station and take as little as 2:20 h to arrive at Malaga's María Zambrano train station. Around 11 trains travel from Madrid to Malaga every day.


How to get from Madrid to Málaga

The Best Way According to our Users

If you want to travel from Madrid to Málaga there are several options available to you. For this route, however, 50,90% of our customers choose the bus as their preferred method of transportation. Nowadays, traveling by bus is a relaxing and entertaining experience. Most bus companies offer different on-board services; ranging from "welcome drinks" to free wi-fi or personal entertainment. For this reason, the bus is often chosen as the best way to get from Madrid to Málaga. Bus companies normally offer comfortable journeys for reasonable prices, and if you choose to travel on a night bus you can even save the money of one night in a hotel. For that reason, the bus is most likely the cheapest way to get to your destination.

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Travel Tips: Travel from Madrid to Málaga

Travel Tips: Travel to Málaga easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Madrid to Málaga.
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There are 4 travel options from Madrid to Málaga: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Málaga is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $19 (€17) compared to other travel options to Málaga:

Taking a bus is about $110 (€100) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $129 (€117) for this journey.

Taking a bus is usually $56 (€51) less than taking a train to Málaga, which costs on average $75 (€68) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel from Madrid to Málaga is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 10 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 6 h.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 2 h 26 min   of travel time.

The distance is approximately 257 miles (415 km) from Madrid to Málaga.

The average frequency per day from Madrid to Málaga is:

  • Around 1 bus per day.
  • Around 9 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route from Madrid to Málaga as scheduled services by bus, ferry, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Madrid to Málaga:

  • Buses mostly leave from Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83 and tend to arrive in Málaga, Puerto Málaga.
  • Flights mostly leave from Madrid Barajas Airport and tend to arrive in Malaga Airport.
  • Trains from Madrid to Málaga most often leave from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arrive in Malaga María Zambrano.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Madrid to Málaga:

  • You can travel between Madrid and Málaga by bus with Grupo Interbus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $19 (€17) with Grupo Interbus from Madrid to Málaga.
  • You can travel by plane between Madrid and Málaga with Air Nostrum, and you can find Air Nostrum Madrid to Málaga tickets for $129 (€117) on Omio.
  • You can travel between Madrid and Málaga by train with Renfe AVE. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $75 (€68) with Renfe AVE from Madrid to Málaga.

Yes, there are direct services available from Madrid to Málaga with the following travel companies:

  • You can travel directly by bus with Grupo Interbus or BlaBlaCar with 1 direct bus per day.
  • You can take a direct train with Renfe AVE with 9 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Málaga as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Málaga from Madrid.

Your trip from Madrid to Málaga doesn't have to end in Málaga. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like Sevilla, Barcelona or Granada. If you’d like to add Sevilla, Barcelona or Granada to your Madrid to Málaga tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Málaga today!

Before traveling from Madrid to Málaga, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket costs $19 (€17) one way on average for this trip.
  • A plane ticket costs $129 (€117) one way on average for this route.
  • A train ticket is costing on average $75 (€68) one way for this journey.

But we recommend booking Madrid to Málaga tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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