There are 5 ways to get from Madrid to Málaga by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Malaga Ave

$65 - $95

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Bus  •  6 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Málaga

$24 - $60

3 alternative options

Rideshare  •  6 h 13 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Madrid to Málaga 330.5 miles

$29 - $40

Drive  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Madrid to Málaga 331.5 miles

$60 - $95

Fly  •  3 h 2 min

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

$39 - $246

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

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Málaga is to train which costs 55€ - 80€ and takes 2 h 24 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Málaga. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha and arriving at Malaga. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 24 min.

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The distance between Madrid and Málaga is 416 km. The road distance is 530.4 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Málaga without a car is to train which takes 2 h 24 min and costs 55€ - 80€.

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The train from Madrid-Puerta de Atocha to Malaga takes 2 h 24 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Madrid to Málaga bus services, operated by Interbus Madrid-Malaga-Algeciras, depart from Madrid station.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Málaga.
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  • Distance: 259.8 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 24 min

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

Spanish Railways AVE operates a train from Madrid to Málaga hourly. Tickets cost $65 - $95 and the journey takes 2 h 24 min. Alternatively, Interbus Madrid-Malaga-Algeciras operates a bus from Madrid to Málaga every 2 hours. Tickets cost $25 and the journey takes 6 h 5 min. ALSA also services this route 3 times a day.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $420
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $320
Train operators
Spanish Railways AVE
Bus operators
Interbus Madrid-Malaga-Algeciras
Phone
+34 (0) 902 64 64 28
Email
info@interbus.es
Website
mma.interbus.es
Bus from Madrid to Málaga
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
mma.interbus.es
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 Madrid Estacion Sur to Malaga
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
alsa.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar.es
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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Madrid to Málaga
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Book at
blablacar.es

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