How to travel from Málaga to Madrid

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from Málaga to Madrid

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

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To get from Málaga to Madrid on Dec 05 we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:15AMMalaga Airport1h20 10:35AMMadrid Barajas Airport
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11:45AMMálaga6h15 06:00PMMadrid, Estación Sur
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09:20AMMálaga6h10 03:30PMMadrid, Estación Sur
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01:45PMMálaga6h55 08:40PMMadrid, Estación Sur
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01:30PMMalaga Airport1h20 02:50PMMadrid Barajas Airport
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Travel Information between Málaga and Madrid

distanceDistance257 miles (415 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$19 - $409
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $19 (€17) • 6 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • $409 (€370) • 1 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGrupo Interbus, Air Europa or Renfe AVE

Take a bus, ferry, flight or train to travel 257 miles (415 km) between Málaga and Madrid. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 5 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $19 (€17). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are Grupo Interbus, Air Europa or Renfe AVE among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Málaga to Madrid.

How to Travel from Malaga to Madrid

Anyone traveling in Spain from Malaga to Madrid can choose between trains, buses and flights. Trains and flights require about the same amount of time when traveling from Malaga to Madrid. Alternatively, buses are the cheapest transportation option, although the route requires 6 hours of travel time.

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

Malaga to Madrid Travel Comparison

Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

buses

€17

6:00 h

1 Day Ahead

trains

€63

2:35 h

2 Months Ahead

flight

€61

1:00 h

1 Month Ahead



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

Cheapest way to travel from Malaga to Madrid


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Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Malaga to Madrid. Buses traveling from Malaga to Madrid depart from Malaga's bus station and take approximately 6 hours to arrive at Madrid's Estacion Sur De Autobuses. Approximately 8 buses travel from Malaga to Madrid every day, with the first bus departing Malaga at 7:35 a.m. Daibus is the main bus company that travels from Malaga to Madrid.


Fastest way to travel from Malaga to Madrid


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Technically, taking a flight is the fastest way to travel from Malaga to Madrid; 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 Malaga to Madrid. Trains traveling from Malaga to Madrid depart from Malaga's María Zambrano train station and arrive at Madrid's Puerta De Atocha train station after as little as 2:35 h of traveling.


Most popular way to travel from Malaga to Madrid


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Taking the train is the most popular way to travel from Malaga to Madrid. The train journey from Malaga to Madrid is only €2 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 Malaga to Madrid by bus. High-speed Renfe trains usually depart from Malaga's María Zambrano train station and take as little as 2:35 h to arrive at Madrid's Puerta De Atocha train station. Around 11 trains travel from Malaga to Madrid every day.


How to get from Málaga to Madrid

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Málaga to Madrid, 56,33% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Málaga to Madrid and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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FAQs

You can travel from Málaga to Madrid 4 different ways: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel from Málaga to Madrid is by taking a bus with an average price of $19 (€17).

This is compared to other travel options to Madrid:

Taking a bus is about $390 (€353) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $409 (€370) for this route.

Taking a bus is usually $47 (€42) less than taking a train to Madrid, which costs on average $66 (€59) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel to Madrid from Málaga is by flight, which takes on average 1 h 5 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

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

In comparison, traveling by train can take you on average 2 h 30 min.

You should expect to travel around 257 miles (415 km) between Málaga and Madrid.

The average frequency per day from Málaga to Madrid is:

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

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Madrid from 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 when traveling from Málaga to Madrid:

  • Most travelers catch their bus from Málaga, Puerto Málaga and arrive in Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83.
  • Most travelers board their plane from Malaga Airport and arrive in Madrid Barajas Airport.
  • Most travelers who buy a train ticket from Málaga to Madrid depart from Malaga María Zambrano to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Málaga to Madrid, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Grupo Interbus can take you to Madrid by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for Grupo Interbus from Málaga to Madrid for $19 (€17).
  • Air Europa can get you to Madrid by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with Air Europa from Málaga to Madrid for $409 (€370) on Omio.
  • Travel with Renfe AVE for trains to Madrid. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Renfe AVE Málaga to Madrid tickets on Omio for $66 (€59).

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

  • You can find around 1 direct bus per day and travel with Grupo Interbus or BlaBlaCar.
  • 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 Madrid as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Madrid from Málaga.

Many of our customers traveling from Málaga to Madrid don't make Madrid their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Madrid are Barcelona, Valencia or Sevilla, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Madrid to any of these top destinations today!

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

  • Bus tickets cost on average $19 (€17) one way.
  • Plane tickets are costing on average $409 (€370) one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average $66 (€59) one way.

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

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