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There are 6 ways to get from Málaga to Santander by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly, bus  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Malaga (AGP) to Bilbao (BIO) AGP - BIO
  2. Take the bus from Bilbao to Santander

$71 - $232

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Bus Interbus  •  12 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Malaga to Madrid Estación Sur Autobuses
  2. Take the bus from Madrid to Santander

$52 - $109

4 alternative options

Train via Madrid-Chamartin  •  8 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Malaga to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Santander A

$115 - $155

Train  •  8 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Malaga to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha Ave / ...
  2. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Santander A

$114 - $156

Bus  •  14 h

  1. Take the bus from Malaga to Granada Ouibus
  2. Take the bus from Granada to Santander

$56 - $105

Drive  •  9 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Málaga to Santander 616.2 miles

$110 - $170

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The cheapest way to get from Málaga to Santander is to bus which costs 45€ - 95€ and takes 14 h.

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The quickest way to get from Málaga to Santander is to fly and bus which costs 60€ - 210€ and takes 5 h 1 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Málaga to Santander. However, there are services departing from Malaga and arriving at Santander via Granada. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h.

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No, there is no direct train from Málaga to Santander. However, there are services departing from Malaga and arriving at Santander via Madrid Atocha and Madrid-Chamartin. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 4 min.

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The distance between Málaga and Santander is 752 km. The road distance is 985.9 km.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Santander without a car is to train which takes 8 h 4 min and costs 95€ - 140€.

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It takes approximately 5 h 1 min to get from Málaga to Santander, including transfers.

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Málaga to Santander bus services, operated by ALSA, depart from Malaga station.

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Málaga to Santander train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, depart from Malaga station.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Santander is to train which takes 8 h 4 min and costs 95€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 45€ - 95€ and takes 12 h 57 min.

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Map of how to get from Málaga to Santander.
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  • Distance: 469.9 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 1 min

What companies run services between Málaga, Spain and Santander, Spain?

You can take a train from Málaga to Santander via Madrid-Puerta de Atocha, Madrid Atocha, Madrid Chamartín, and Madrid-Chamartin in around 8 h 4 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Málaga to Santander via Madrid Estación Sur Autobuses, Mendez Alvaro, Avenida De America, and Madrid in around 12 h 57 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Malaga to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$40 - $250
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Spanish Railways (RENFE)

Based in Madrid, Renfe is a state-owned train operator, that connects cities across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Renfe’s extensive network means most destinations offer multiple trains a day, with the most popular routes normally offering a train each hour. Locally known as AVE, the high-speed trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. Comfort is key in a Renfe train, with seats with footrests in all three classes of travel: Standard, Club and First. Each seat has an individual light, a pull-down table and an electrical outlet for in Club and First classes. There is free WiFi for first class passengers and for those with a + Renfe card.

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Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Santander
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Santander
Ave. Duration
5 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi so you’re never bored on your journey. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. Flexibility is another highlight of an ALSA journey, with three types of tickets on offer - Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass, along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Bilbao to Santander
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Madrid to Santander
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Malaga to Granada
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Granada to Santander
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
alsa.com
Interbus
Phone
902 64 64 28
Email
info@interbus.es
Website
interbus.es
Bus from Malaga to Madrid Estación Sur Autobuses
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $55
Schedules at
interbus.es
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Malaga to Granada
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
Ouibus

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The quickest flight from Malaga Airport to Bilbao Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 30 min.

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Málaga to Santander bus services, operated by ALSA, arrive at Santander station.

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Málaga to Santander train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), arrive at Santander station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Málaga to Santander is 986 km. It takes approximately 9 h 39 min to drive from Málaga to Santander.

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Volotea, Vueling Airlines, Air Europa and Iberia offer flights from Malaga Airport to Bilbao Airport.

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Book your Málaga to Santander bus tickets online with ALSA and ALSA.

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There are 503+ hotels available in Santander. Prices start at $46 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Málaga to Malaga Airport is to train which takes 12 min and costs 1€ - 3€.

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