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Travel Information from Manchester to Málaga

distanceDistance1160 miles
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range£3 - £167
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £3 • 47 h 5 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £167 • 2 h 49 min
carriersPopular travel companiesVueling

Travel 1160 miles by coach, flight, ferry or train between Manchester and Málaga. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 2 h 49 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £3. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Vueling among others. Travellers can even take a direct flight from Manchester to Málaga.

How to travel from Manchester to Malaga?

To reach Malaga from Greater Manchester you will be using a combination of taxis, trains, buses and ferries. Alternatively, you can fly between the two destinations. Spain is a top choice destination for travellers from the UK mostly around Spain's summer time being from June to September. Mostly the travellers heading to Malaga, which is a region in Spain that boasts yellow sandy beaches and is rich in entertainment and cultural activities, are holidaymakers, meaning their trips are longer stay trips. There are typically around 60 flights a week that take this route. The buses and trains mostly run hourly six days a week, while the ferry you will take operates twice a week.

What is the cheapest way to get from Manchester to Malaga?

The cheapest way to get from Manchester to Malaga is to book a combination of a bus, then a train ride and then a flight. The bus trip will take you from Rusholme Bus Station to Piccadilly Rail Station. Next, you will board a train from Manchester Piccadilly to Liverpool South Parkway. Then you will take another bus to Speke, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, where you will take the last leg of your trip and fly into Malaga.

To ensure you get the best travel deal on tickets from Manchester to Malaga, we recommend using the Omio site to get an overview of all your travel options available and their cost. Remember to be flexible with your travel dates. If you book on off-peak times for your chosen mode of transport you will get better prices. Booking in advance is always recommend to save money. Different modes of transport allow for different periods of pre-booking time. For example, you can book a plane ticket for up to one year before you fly, while you can book bus tickets up to 12 weeks in advance.

What is the fastest way to travel from Manchester to Malaga?

The fastest way to get to Malaga from Manchester is to take a taxi to the Manchester Airport and then fly directly to Malaga Airport. The flight time is approximately 3h. There a serval well-known airlines that offer this flight, and they include KLM, British Airways, Iberia, and Ryanair. Flights run from 6 :00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. You will find around 60 flights weekly and can go up to about 75 flights over the weekends. There are both direct flights and one-stop and two-stop flights that go between Manchester and Malaga. Typically you will find a 1h and 30min layover on the flights that call for a change of plane. You will make changes in Amsterdam, Paris, and London depending on the airline you choose to fly with and how many stops there are along the route.

Find the best tickets from Manchester to Malaga and book with Omio

Booking your tickets through Omio, will mean you can book the best ticket for your holiday requirements. Omio is so easy to use because you can scan through the different modes of transport that offer trips from Manchester to Malaga at a glance. If you are not familiar with the form of travel you decide on, you are welcome to head to the Omio Magazine which will help you discover helpful tips on how to travel. Another welcome element of using Omio is that you will be able to see the different service providers that are travelling along this route, which will allow you to pick your favourite company to travel with. Information will not get lost in translation, as you can book and search in your language.

Malaga Tourist. Source: Shutterstock

Trains from Manchester to Malaga

Generally train tickets are your most affordable tickets available, and this is true for this trip as well. A combination of a train ticket and a flight make this trip cheap. The best thing about booking train tickets is that there are no hidden costs, and you can book up to 12 weeks in advance to secure the cheapest ticket. People who enjoy travelling at a slower pace in a relaxing and comfy environment ofter prefer to take a train. Several train companies offer different legs of this trip. They include Northern Rail, Cross Country, Avanti West Coast and Renfe. Most trains run hourly to cover that particular leg of the trip. There are a few changes on the route, firstly you will go from Manchester Piccadilly to Oxford Station, then catch a bus to Logrono Station and end in Malaga Maria Zambrano, with one change over in Madrid-Puerta De Atocha on this last leg of your train trip.

Train travel from Manchester to Malaga with Northern Rail

The most popular choice for train travel on this route is Northern Rail, followed by Cross Country. Both providers leave from the same station being Manchester Picadilly and both arrive at Oxford Station. Some of our most favourite services offered by Northern Rail company is the free onboard wifi, the onboard catering service, their extensive help for travellers with mobility issues and their option to travel with your pets, meaning you don't have to leave your furry family out of your family vacation.

Buses from Manchester to Malaga

The bus service providers that operate along this route are Flixbus, ALSA, StageCoach Oxfordshire, National Express and Socibus. Generally, there are three changes on the bus route and your travel time will be about 4h. Depending on the leg of the trip you will find buses that run every 20min or hourly. The fastest bus company operating this route is Flixbus. When you leave manchester you will be departing from Manchester Picadilly Bus Station and will be arriving in Estación de Autobuses de Málaga, in Malaga. You can catch a train, bus or taxi to reach the city centre of Malaga and the journey averages about 9min.

Traveling by bus from Manchester to Malaga with National Express

The most popular choice for bus companies making the different legs of this trip are National Express and the Flixbus. Both companies are operating from the same bus station being Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station. National Express is a top choice because they are a household brand in and around the UK, with buses running daily all over the country. Their modern buses use GPS signals to constantly update things like location, speed and temperature on the bus during the trip.

Malaga Frigiliana. Source: Shutterstock

Flights from Manchester to Malaga

Serveral trusted airline operates flights from Manchester to Malaga. They include AirFrance, Raynair, British Airways, EasyJet and Iberia. You will be able to catch a flight every 4h to reach Malaga from Manchester and can pick either a direct flight, one-stop or two-stop trip. Ryanair is the fastest flight available as they run direct flights to complete the trip. Once you arrive at Malaga Airport, the quickest way for you to reach the city centre is by train. The train leaves the arrival terminal of the airport every 12min and runs along the C1 train route. The trip takes about 15min and operates from 6:30 a.m. till 12:30 a.m. daily.

Flying from Manchester to Malaga with Ryanair

Airfrance and Ryanair are the most popular choices of air travel companies for this trip. Both are considered the fastest flights available. However, Ryanair ticks the fastest and cheapest ticket provider. One of the most convenient services you will be privileged to when flying with Ryanair is that they have company agreements with certain services such as Hertz car rental company, and certain hotel companies, which means if you produce your plane ticket you will get special rates when picking up your pre-booked hire car, or discounts on your hotel stay.

Ferries from Manchester to Malaga

Brittnay Ferries is the only company operating this route, and you can catch this ferry that connects you from Plymouth to Santander twice a week. The trip will take you around 20h to complete.

Traveling by ferry from Manchester to Malaga with Brittany Ferries

Being the sole ferry provider for this route, Brittany Ferries are considered your first choice company to make this trip with. You are in good hands though! This company has a fleet of 8 high-speed ferries that are spacious and comfortable. Durning longer crosses such as this one, you will be able to experience the onboard live entertainment such as jazz singers and djs. The cabins available are luxurious and are available in first-class or economy class. There is a children's centre for the kids to keep busy while onboard, and the quality of the catering available is considered world-class, with personal chefs available for travellers with special dietary requirements.

To Malaga by train/ bus/ flight/ ferry—travel tips

Málaga has become a thoroughly chic city and a dynamic art district. with its extensive yellow sandy beaches that stretch for miles, the area is nicknamed the coast of the sun. A blend of modern and old school architecture makes walking through the streets a charming melting pot of different worlds. Malaga is home to many stunning botanical gardens such as Málaga Botanical Garden “La Concepción” for those visitors who enjoy long walks surrounded by nature.

Gazpachuelo Malagueño is a famous dish that you will find in the restaurants of the area. A soup originally made by the fishermen in the area was called El Palo. Originally considered a poor mans dish, it is now much more luxurious with the addition of locally caught fresh seafood like shrimps or clams. BYOKO is both a local favourite and a tourist hot spot for trying this traditional delicacy.

Travel Tips: Travel from Manchester 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 Manchester to Málaga.

Travel between Manchester, United Kingdom and Málaga, Spain is: Partially open.

Can travellers from United Kingdom enter Spain?

International entry is allowed at this time for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.

Are there rules for self-quarantine when arriving to Málaga from Manchester?

Conditions of entry into Spain:

  • Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test as either a RT-PCR performed within 72 hours prior to arrival, or an Antigen test performed within 24 hours prior to arrival
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test (certificate needed)
  • Health screen upon arrival
  • Specific entry restrictions may apply for travel to Spain: Canary Islands

Are there COVID-19 safety rules for social distancing and wearing face masks in Málaga, Spain?

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the government of Spain has imposed the following measures:

  • Physical distance requirement: 1.5 metre (s) (5 feet)
  • Face mask requirement: Mandatory

This information was last checked on 28/07/2022. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your trip between Manchester and Málaga.

Return travel to Manchester, United Kingdom from Spain is: Fully open.

Are there any travel restrictions on reentering United Kingdom from Spain?

Entry into United Kingdom is allowed for: Entry is fully open for citizens and permanent residents of Spain.

Are there requirements to self-quarantine on arrival into United Kingdom from Spain?

Requirements for reentering United Kingdom:

  • There are no current restrictions

What are the requirements for social distancing and wearing face masks in United Kingdom?

All travellers must abide by the following measures in United Kingdom to reduce the spread of coronavirus in the country:

  • Social distance: metre (s) ( feet)
  • Face masks: Regional advice

The above information about your return travel to Manchester, United Kingdom was last verified on 08/08/2022. As this information can change due to the nature of the pandemic, please check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   closer to your planned date of travel to Manchester from Málaga.

There are 4 travel options from Manchester to Málaga: coach, flight, ferry or train.

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from Manchester to Málaga. Tickets for a coach cost on average £3.

This is compared to other travel options to Málaga:

A coach is generally £165 less than a flight for the same journey. A flight costs on average £167 from Manchester to Málaga.

A coach is about £3 less than a train, which costs on average £5 for this journey.

The fastest way from Manchester to Málaga is by flight with an average journey time of 2 h 49 min.

Other travel options to Málaga from Manchester can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 47 h 5 min   of travel time.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 39 h 7 min   of travel time.

The Manchester to Málaga distance is approximately 1160 miles.

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Málaga is:

  • Around 1 coach per day.
  • 1 train per day.

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

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Manchester to Málaga:

  • Most travellers board their coach from Manchester, Coach Station and arrive in Málaga, Puerto Málaga.
  • Most travellers who book a plane ticket from Manchester to Málaga depart from Manchester Airport to Malaga Airport.
  • Most travellers who buy a train ticket from Manchester to Málaga depart from Manchester Piccadilly to Malaga María Zambrano.

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

  • You can take a flight from Manchester to Málaga with Vueling. Cheap tickets can be found for £167 with Vueling from Manchester to Málaga.

Yes, there are direct services available between Manchester and Málaga with the following travel operators:

  • You'll find direct flights with easyJet or Ryanair.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Málaga as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Manchester to Málaga.

Many of our customers who book a trip from Manchester to Málaga often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Madrid, Sevilla or Barcelona. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Manchester and Málaga itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Málaga and any of these top destinations today!

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

  • Coach tickets cost on average £3 one way.
  • Plane tickets are costing on average £167 one way.
  • Train tickets are costing £5 one way on average.

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

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