How to get 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 21 May we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information between Madrid and Málaga

distanceDistance257 miles (415 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£15 - £52
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £15 • 6 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • £49 • 1 h 15 min
carriersPopular travel companiesGrupo Interbus, Air Europa or Renfe AVE

Take a coach, flight or train to travel 257 miles (415 km) from Madrid to 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 coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £15. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Grupo Interbus, Air Europa or Renfe AVE among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Madrid to Málaga.

How to Travel from Madrid to Malaga

It's possible for travelers in Spainto 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.

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

Cheapest way to travel from Madrid to Malaga

Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Madrid to Malaga. Coaches traveling from Madrid to Malaga depart from Madrid's Estacion Sur De Autocoaches and take a little under 6 hours to arrive at Malaga's bus station. Approximately 9 coaches 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

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

Taking the train is the most popular way to travel from Madrid to Malaga. The train journey from Madrid to Malaga 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 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.

Travel Tips: Travel from Madrid to Málaga

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 3 ways to travel from Madrid to Málaga including taking a coach, flight or train.

The cheapest way from Madrid to Málaga is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £15 compared to other travel options to Málaga:

A coach journey is usually £34 less than a journey to Málaga by plane, which costs on average £49 for the same trip.

A coach is £37 less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Madrid to Málaga costing on average £52.

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

There are alternative travel options to Málaga that can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Málaga by coach can take on average 6 h.

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

The distance between Madrid and Málaga is around 257 miles (415 km).

The average frequency per day from Madrid to Málaga is:

  • 8 trains per day.

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

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

  • Coaches mostly depart from Madrid, Estación Sur/Gare routière Méndez Alvaro - 83 and arrive in Málaga, Puerto Málaga.
  • Flights from Madrid to Málaga most often leave from Madrid Barajas Airport and arrive in Malaga Airport.
  • Trains mostly leave from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and tend to 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 take a coach from Madrid to Málaga with Grupo Interbus. Cheap tickets can be found for £15 with Grupo Interbus from Madrid to Málaga.
  • You can travel by plane from Madrid to Málaga with Air Europa, and you can find Air Europa Madrid to Málaga tickets for £49 on Omio.
  • You can travel by train from Madrid to Málaga with Renfe AVE, and you can find Renfe AVE Madrid to Málaga tickets for £52 on Omio.
Many of our customers who book a trip from Madrid to Málaga often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Sevilla, Barcelona or Granada. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Madrid and Málaga itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Málaga and any of these top destinations today!

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

  • Coach tickets cost £15 one way on average.
  • Plane tickets cost £49 one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing £52 one way on average.

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

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