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You can get from Madrid to Málaga by train, bus or flight.
To get from Madrid to Málaga on Jan 28 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
Find all the dates and times for this journey by train, bus, and flight, .
|Distance||257 miles (415 km)|
|Available travel modes||Bus, flight or train|
|Ticket price range||$20 - $40|
|Cheapest mode||Bus • $20 (€17) • 6 h|
|Fastest mode||Flight • $25 (€21) • 1 h 15 min|
|Popular travel companies||Grupo 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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
There are 3 ways to get from Madrid to Málaga: bus, flight or train.
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.
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.
The distance from Madrid to Málaga is approximately 257 miles (415 km).
The average frequency per day from Madrid to Málaga is:
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.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Madrid to Málaga:
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Yes, there are direct services available from Madrid to Málaga with the following travel companies:
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.
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:
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.
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