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There are 5 ways to get from Santander to Málaga by bus, plane, train, night bus or car

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Bus, fly  •  4h 49m

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

$72 - $233

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus  •  16h 36m

  1. Take the night bus from Santander to Burgos
  2. Take the bus from Burgos to Madrid
  3. Take the bus from Madrid Méndez Álvaro to Málaga

$60 - $108

3 alternative options

Train  •  8h 10m

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

$117 - $156

Bus  •  13h 47m

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

$70 - $107

Drive  •  9h 39m

  1. Drive from Santander to Málaga 615.2 miles

$110 - $170

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The cheapest way to get from Santander to Málaga is to night bus and bus which costs 50€ - 95€ and takes 16h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Santander to Málaga is to bus and fly which costs 60€ - 210€ and takes 4h 49m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santander to Málaga. However, there are services departing from Santander and arriving at Malaga via Granada. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13h 47m.

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No, there is no direct train from Santander to Málaga. However, there are services departing from Santander and arriving at Malaga via Madrid-Puerta de Atocha. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 10m.

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The distance between Santander and Málaga is 752 km. The road distance is 984.3 km.

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The best way to get from Santander to Málaga without a car is to train which takes 8h 10m and costs 100€ - 140€.

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It takes approximately 4h 49m to get from Santander to Málaga, including transfers.

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

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Santander to Málaga train services, operated by Spanish Railways (RENFE), depart from Santander station.

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The best way to get from Santander to Málaga is to train which takes 8h 10m and costs 100€ - 140€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 60€ - 95€ and takes 13h 47m.

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Map of how to get from Santander to Málaga.
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  • Distance: 469.9 miles
  • Duration: 4h 49m

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

You can take a train from Santander to Málaga via Madrid-Puerta de Atocha in around 8h 10m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Santander to Málaga via Granada in around 13h 47m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga via Valencia
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Train operators
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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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santander to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
renfe.com
Spanish Railways AVE
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 Santander to Bilbao
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Santander to Granada
Ave. Duration
11h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Granada to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $30
Website
alsa.com
Night bus from Santander to Burgos
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
alsa.com
Union Ivkoni
Interbus
Phone
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
$24 - $55
Schedules at
interbus.es

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The quickest flight from Bilbao Airport to Malaga Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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

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Santander to Málaga train services, operated by Spanish Railways AVE, arrive at Malaga station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santander to Málaga is 984 km. It takes approximately 9h 39m to drive from Santander to Málaga.

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

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There are 4383+ hotels available in Málaga. Prices start at $52 USD per night.

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