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from Madrid to Málaga

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

Our recommendation

To get from Madrid to Málaga on Jan 28 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:25AMMadrid Barajas Airport1h15 08:40AMMalaga Airport
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$711One-way
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10:00AMMadrid6h00 04:00PMMálaga
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$201One-way
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07:20AMMadrid Barajas Airport1h25 08:45AMMalaga Airport
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$771One-way
10:00PMMadrid6h30 04:30AMMálaga
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$201One-way
06:30PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha2h28 08:58PMMalaga María Zambrano
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$911One-way

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Fri
Jan 28
$91Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$71Iberia Express
Sat
Jan 29
$71Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$71Iberia Express
Sun
Jan 30
$81Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$36Air Europa
Mon
Jan 31
$61Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$47Air Europa
Tue
Feb 1
$61Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$36Air Europa
Wed
Feb 2
$71Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$36Air Europa
Thu
Feb 3
$61Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$36Iberia Express
Fri
Feb 4
$71Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$36Iberia Express
Sat
Feb 5
$61Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$71Iberia Express
Sun
Feb 6
$61Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$36Iberia Express
Mon
Feb 7
$61Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$71Iberia Express
Tue
Feb 8
$40Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$36Iberia Express
Wed
Feb 9
$35Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$36Iberia Express
Thu
Feb 10
$51Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$36Iberia Express
Fri
Feb 11
$61Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$36Iberia Express
Sat
Feb 12
$51Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$71Iberia Express
Sun
Feb 13
$51Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$36Iberia Express
Mon
Feb 14
$51Renfe AVE
$20Grupo Interbus
$36Iberia Express
Tue
Feb 15
$40Renfe AVE
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Wed
Feb 16
$40Renfe AVE
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Travel Information to Málaga from Madrid

distanceDistance257 miles (415 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight or train
priceTicket price range$20 - $40
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $20 (€17) • 6 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $25 (€21) • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGrupo Interbus, Iberia or Renfe AVE

Travel 257 miles (415 km) by bus, flight or train between Madrid and Málaga. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 15 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $20 (€17). The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Grupo Interbus, Iberia or Renfe AVE among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Madrid to Málaga.

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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

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FAQs

How do I get from Madrid to Málaga?

There are 3 ways to get from Madrid to Málaga: bus, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way to get from Madrid to Málaga?

The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Málaga is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $20 (€17) compared to other travel options to Málaga:

Taking a bus is usually $4 (€4) less than taking a flight to Málaga, which costs on average $25 (€21) for the same trip.

Taking a bus is about $20 (€17) less than taking a train, which costs on average $40 (€34) for this journey.

What is the quickest way from Madrid to Málaga?

The fastest way to get to Málaga from Madrid is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 15 min.

Other travel options to Málaga can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a bus requires on average 6 h   of travel time.

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

What is the distance from Madrid to Málaga?

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

How many services a day are there from Madrid to Málaga?

The average frequency per day from Madrid to Málaga is:

  • 8 trains a day.

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

When traveling to Málaga from Madrid, where do I depart from Madrid and where do I arrive in Málaga?

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

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

Which travel companies can get me from Madrid to Málaga?

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

  • You can take a bus from Madrid to Málaga with Grupo Interbus. Cheap tickets can be found for $20 (€17) with Grupo Interbus from Madrid to Málaga.
  • You can take a flight from Madrid to Málaga with Iberia. Cheap tickets can be found for $25 (€21) with Iberia from Madrid to Málaga.
  • You can take a train from Madrid to Málaga with Renfe AVE. Cheap tickets can be found for $40 (€34) with Renfe AVE from Madrid to Málaga.

Can I travel directly to Málaga from Madrid?

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

  • You'll find 8 direct trains per day with Renfe AVE.

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 from Madrid to Málaga.

Where else should I travel to after my journey from Madrid to Málaga ends?

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!

How far in advance should I book my Madrid to Málaga one way ticket online to get the best deals?

When planning your trip from Madrid to Málaga, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Bus tickets cost on average $20 (€17) one way.
  • Plane tickets are costing $25 (€21) one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost $40 (€34) one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Madrid to Málaga online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.