How to travel from Málaga to Madrid

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Travel Information between Málaga and Madrid

distanceDistance257 miles (415 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain, bus or flight
priceTicket price range$22 - $40
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $22 (€19) • 6 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $40 (€34) • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesInterbus, Air Europa or AVE

Travel 257 miles (415 km) by train, bus or flight from Málaga to Madrid. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are Interbus, Air Europa or AVE among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Málaga to Madrid.

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from Málaga to Madrid

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

Our recommendation
bus

The best way to travel from Málaga to Madrid is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

Grupo Interbus
11:15AM6h30
Málaga
05:45PMMadrid, Estación Sur de Autobuses
$221One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
Grupo Interbus
11:15AM6h30
Málaga
05:45PMMadrid, Estación Sur de Autobuses
$221One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
Air Europa
08:35AM1h10
Malaga Airport (AGP)
09:45AMMadrid Barajas Airport (MAD)
$791One-way
0 transfers
Other options
Renfe AVE
08:58AM3h10
Málaga María Zambrano
12:08PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
$491One-way
0 transfers
iryo
08:09AM2h49
Málaga María Zambrano
10:58AMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
$471One-way
0 transfers
Renfe AVLO
10:48AM3h15
Málaga María Zambrano
02:03PMMadrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes
$521One-way
0 transfers
Grupo Interbus
01:45PM6h55
Málaga
08:40PMMadrid, Estación Sur de Autobuses
$221One-way
0 transfers
Grupo Interbus
11:15PM6h45
Málaga
06:00AMMadrid, Estación Sur de Autobuses
$221One-way
0 transfers
Grupo Interbus
11:45PM8h35
Málaga
08:20AMMadrid, Estación Sur de Autobuses
$221One-way
0 transfers
Air Europa
09:05PM1h15
Malaga Airport (AGP)
10:20PMMadrid Barajas Airport (MAD)
$791One-way
0 transfers
Air Europa
05:00PM1h15
Malaga Airport (AGP)
06:15PMMadrid Barajas Airport (MAD)
$931One-way
0 transfers
Iberia Express
09:10AM1h15
Malaga Airport (AGP)
10:25AMMadrid Barajas Airport (MAD)
$1051One-way
0 transfers

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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


cheap

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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All travel companies: Airlines and Train from Málaga to Madrid

Find the best journey from Málaga to Madrid with Vueling Airlines, Iberia Express and Air Nostrum. Comparing schedules and prices and booking the most popular route has never been easier with over 1000 travel companies on Omio.

Iryo is a new brand from railway operator ILSA operating in Spain since 2022. Iryo uses Frecciarossa 1000 trains which are modern, can travel at up to 360km/h and have a minimal environmental impact. Iryo’s Frecciarossa trains have different classes, all of which come with free unlimited WiFi, power sockets, toilets and an onboard entertainment portal where you can watch films and TV series. The main classes are: Infinita Class, Singular Café Class, Singular Class, Inicial Class. These new trains take 2 hours and 30 minutes to travel between Madrid and Barcelona. They depart from Madrid Atocha and Barcelona Sants stations, and stop in Zaragoza along the way. Iryo services also cover Madrid, Cuenca, Valencia, Alicante, Córdoba, Seville and Málaga.

    Vueling is one of Spain’s leading low-cost airlines where you can choose between Basic, Optima or Time Flex tickets for your next travel between Málaga and Madrid.

      FAQs: Travel from Málaga to Madrid

      FAQs: Travel to Madrid 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 Málaga to Madrid.
      FAQs

      There are 3 options to travel from Málaga to Madrid including taking a train, bus or flight.

      The cheapest way to get from Málaga to Madrid is by taking a bus with average ticket prices of $22 (€19) compared to other travel options to Madrid:

      Taking a bus costs $18 (€16) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $40 (€34) for the same trip.

      A bus is $3 (€2) less than a train with an average ticket price of $24 (€21) from Málaga to Madrid.

      The fastest way from Málaga to Madrid is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h 10 min.

      There are alternative travel options to Madrid that take longer:

      Bus takes on average 6 h 30 min.

      Getting to Madrid by train takes 2 h 44 min on average.

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

      The average frequency per day from Málaga to Madrid is:

      • 8 buses per day.
      • Around 11 trains per day.

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

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

      • Buses mostly depart from Malaga, Estación de Autobuses and arrive in Madrid, Estación Sur de Autobuses.
      • Flights mostly depart from Malaga Airport and arrive in Madrid Barajas Airport.
      • Trains from Málaga to Madrid most often leave from Málaga María Zambrano and arrive in Madrid-Puerta de Atocha-Almudena Grandes.

      The following travel companies offer services from Málaga to Madrid:

      • Travel with Interbus, BlaBlaCar, Alsa, Alsa Supra or FlixBus to go to Madrid by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Interbus Málaga to Madrid tickets on Omio for $22 (€19).
      • Travel with Air Europa, Iberia Express, Air Nostrum, Iberia, Vueling Airlines, Alitalia or Royal Air Maroc for flights to Madrid. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Air Europa Málaga to Madrid tickets on Omio for $40 (€34).
      • Travel with AVE, iryo or Renfe AVLO for trains to Madrid. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for iryo Málaga to Madrid tickets on Omio for $24 (€21).

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

      • Direct buses with Interbus or FlixBus with 1 direct bus per day.
      • Direct train available with AVE or iryo 11 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 who book a trip from Málaga to Madrid often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Barcelona, Valencia, Seville or Paris. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Málaga and Madrid itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Madrid and any of these top destinations today!
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