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

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Train  •  2h 25m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Malaga Maria Zambrano Ave

50€ - 100€

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Bus  •  6h

  1. Take the bus from Madrid Méndez Álvaro to Málaga N1158 / ...

21€ - 60€

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Rideshare  •  6h 13m

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Málaga 528.8 km

25€ - 30€

Drive  •  5h 23m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Málaga 530.2 km

55€ - 80€

Fly to Malaga  •  3h 59m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Malaga (AGP) MAD - AGP

38€ - 333€

Fly to Granada, bus  •  5h 45m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Granada (GRX) MAD - GRX
  2. Take the bus from Granada to Malaga

58€ - 264€

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The cheapest way to get from Madrid to Málaga is to rideshare which costs 25€ - 30€ and takes 6h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Málaga is to train which costs 50€ - 100€ and takes 2h 25m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid Méndez Álvaro and arriving at Málaga. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha and arriving at Malaga Maria Zambrano. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 25m.

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The distance between Madrid and Málaga is 416 km. The road distance is 530.2 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Málaga without a car is to train which takes 2h 25m and costs 50€ - 100€.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Malaga Maria Zambrano takes 2h 25m including transfers and departs every three hours.

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Madrid to Málaga bus services, operated by Interbus, depart from Madrid Méndez Álvaro station.

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Madrid to Málaga train services, operated by Renfe AVE, depart from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha station.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Málaga is to train which takes 2h 25m and costs 50€ - 100€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 21€ - 60€ and takes 6h, you could also fly, which costs 35€ - 340€ and takes 3h 59m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Málaga.
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  • Distance: 415.7 km
  • Duration: 2h 25m

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

Renfe AVE operates a train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Malaga Maria Zambrano every 3 hours. Tickets cost 50€ - 100€ and the journey takes 2h 25m. Alternatively, Interbus operates a bus from Madrid Méndez Álvaro to Málaga hourly. Tickets cost 21€ - 45€ and the journey takes 6h. Three other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
45€ - 290€
Flights from Madrid to Granada
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 300€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 190€
Train operators
Renfe AVE
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Contact Details
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Puerta De Atocha to Malaga Maria Zambrano
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
50€ - 100€
Website
Renfe AVE
Promo
50€ - 70€
Promo+
58€ - 63€
Flexible
75€ - 100€
Bus operators
Interbus
Phone
+34 (0) 902 64 64 28
Email
info@interbus.es
Website
interbus.es
Bus from Madrid Méndez Álvaro to Málaga
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
21€ - 45€
Schedules at
interbus.es
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Madrid, Madrid to Malaga
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
25€ - 35€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Granada to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
9€ - 11€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
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. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are 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 Madrid - South Station to Malaga
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
40€ - 60€
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Granada to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
11€ - 16€
Website
alsa.com
Eurolines FR

Eurolines is a network of coach companies that operate throughout Europe plus Morocco. It’s an affordable way to travel around the continent, with tickets starting at €5. All coaches have Wi-Fi, plug sockets and USBs, reclining chairs and toilets, and a standard ticket includes up to two medium suitcases plus carry-on luggage. Within France, Eurolines serves 69 destinations; including Paris, Lyon, Versailles, Nice and Bordeaux.

Contact Details
Phone
+ 33 1 41 86 24 21
Website
eurolines.fr
Bus from Granada to Malaga Estacion
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
15€ - 22€
Website
Eurolines FR
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Málaga
Ave. Duration
6h 13m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
25€ - 30€
Book at
blablacar.es

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Malaga Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Madrid to Málaga bus services, operated by Interbus, arrive at Málaga station.

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Madrid to Málaga train services, operated by Renfe AVE, arrive at Malaga Maria Zambrano station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Málaga is 530 km. It takes approximately 5h 23m to drive from Madrid to Málaga.

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Air Europa and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Malaga Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Málaga train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Madrid to Málaga bus tickets online with Omio, FlixBus and Busbud.

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There are 5148+ hotels available in Málaga. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Madrid and Málaga. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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