GETTING AROUND MALAGA BY TRAIN
Malaga is a city that has a magnificent network of public transport. The train is managed by RENFE (here and throughout Spain) and whenever you want to consult routes, prices or buy tickets, the best option is to do it directly from their website.
The main train station in Malaga is called Maria Zambrano. It shares the location with the shopping center called Vialia. From here you can take the Cercanías train, to visit some of the towns in the province of Malaga. You can also take the long-distance and regional trains, that connect with other cities in Spain. Here we explain everything to you in detail:
- Cercanías train. The closest stop to the centre is called “Alameda-Centro” and drops you off on the main avenue of the city, just 5 minutes from the historic center. This train has two lines: line C1 that connects the center of Malaga with the entire coast until Fuengirola, making 15 stops in total. The C2 line that connects the center with some towns in the interior until Álora (this line is important for those who want to visit El Caminito del Rey). View map.
- Long-distance and Regional trains: they all depart from the main station of Malaga. For destinations such as Antequera, Cordoba, Seville, Madrid and Valencia you can go with AVE, which is the high-speed train. Here you can check prices and schedules.
GETTING AROUND MALAGA BY BIKE
The City Council of Malaga has a free bicycle service available for citizens and visitors during the first 30 minutes. In order to use the bicycles, you need to have a card. You can request for it in the main bus station, after paying €5- for insurance, a deposit of €5,- and giving your bank account number in case you exceed the time. Throughout the city there are different stations to pick up or leave the bikes.
For visitors who stay for a short period, the best option to rent a bike. You can rent one and the price is €10,- a day. It is a very comfortable city to use this vehicle as it has a bike path and the city is totally flat. Do not forget to bike along the beautiful promenade of the Malagueta beach!
GETTING AROUND MALAGA ON FOOT
Currently the entire area of downtown Malaga is pedestrianized and makes it a very comfortable area for visitors. All the historical monuments are located in the same area, and they are all close to each other, so they can be visited in a pleasant walk. The main hotels, the museums and the tapas bars are all in the same zone. You can see our map to see the location of the main points of interest.
GETTING AROUND MALAGA BY BUS
- In the city
There is a large bus network in the city of Málaga. You will recognize the city buses because they have the acronym “EMT” on them and are blue and white. The price of a trip is €1,30 but -if you plan to use the bus more often, you can buy the 10-trips card for €8,45, which can be used by different people. Here you can check the lines and their schedules. The bus service is usually available from 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., extending some lines on weekends or holidays. In addition, in Malaga there are three night services that go through the center, you can check it here.
The bus line that connects the airport with the city center is the A and costs €3,– per trip. From the city center, the bus stop is on Avenida de la Alameda Principal.
- Outside Málaga
If you are thinking about visiting other nearby towns such as Marbella, Nerja, Mijas or Torremolinos, you can do it by bus. For other cities and most of the nearby towns, the departure is from the main bus station that is next to the María Zambrano train station, both about 20 minutes walk from the center.
Here you can check the schedules and routes of the bus station.
Important note: there are destinations like Nerja in which the bus passes through the “Muelle de Heredia” station. It is located very close to the center, right at the foot of the ferris wheel. Here you can check the location.
MALAGA AIRPORT (AGP)
The Costa del Sol is one of the main tourist destinations since the ‘60s. Thanks to this situation, Malaga, a cozy city and in full development, has one of the most important airports in the country and is the main airport in Andalusia.
The airport is located just 8 km from the center. It is very well connected by bus (line A), by suburban train (line C1, direction Malaga) or taxi.
When leaving the airport through “exit” you will find the bus stop and on your right you will find the taxis. The train stop is in front of the one of the bus but you have to cross the street. It is indicated by a large red letter “C”.
In this post you can find more information on How to go from Malaga airport to the city center?
Tip: if you are evaluating the possibility of renting a car, you will find the best prices at the airport.
TAXIS OF MALAGA
Malaga taxis’ are white, the green light at the top will indicate if they are free. All taxis have taximeter and charge a night time and/or airport fee.
Rates 2018. Indicative prices.
|Aeropuerto – Malaga Centro: €20-30||Malaga – Mijas: €40|
|Malaga – Nerja: €60||Malaga – Benalmadena: €30|
|Malaga – Torremolinos: €20||Malaga – El Caminito del Rey: €65|
|Malaga – Fuengirola: €35||Malaga – Estepona: €80|
|Malaga – Marbella: €65||Malaga – Cordoba: €165|
You can not get lost in the metro in Malaga! There are only two lines in operation and a total of 17 stations so it is very easy. Line 1, the red line, which connects the entire university area, the City of Justice, the Clinical Hospital with El Perchel. And line 2, the blue one, which communicates the Palacio de los Deportes and the neighborhoods of the east coast of Málaga such as Puerta Blanca, El Torcal, Huelin and El Perchel.
Both lines have the station of Perchel in common, where the main train station of Málaga is, the main bus station and the Shopping Center Larios. El Perchel station is also the closest stop to the center of the city, it would be about 15 minutes walking. Currently, the Málaga metro continues to expand its services. It is expected that in the coming years the works, that will take the metro to the city center, will be completed.
The price of a single ticket is €1,35. If you buy a vouchers the trip costs €0,82. The trains runs about every 10 minutes. And the schedule is from Monday to Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.. Friday and the eve of holidays from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.. Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sundays and holidays from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m..