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

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Bus, fly  •  4 h 52 min

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

$72 - $233

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Bus Ouibus  •  15 h 10 min

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

$49 - $78

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Train  •  8 h 6 min

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

$118 - $157

Bus via Granada  •  13 h 47 min

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

$71 - $108

Drive  •  9 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Santander to Málaga 615.2 miles

$110 - $170

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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 13 h 47 min.

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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 8 h 6 min.

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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 8 h 6 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 52 min 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 8 h 6 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 13 h 47 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Santander to Málaga.
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  • Distance: 469.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 52 min

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 8 h 6 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Santander to Málaga via Granada in around 13 h 47 min.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $350
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Vueling Airlines
Website
vueling.com
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga via Barcelona
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$55 - $320
Volotea
Website
volotea.com
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $290
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Bilbao to Malaga via Madrid
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $370
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.

Rome2rio's guide to Spanish Railways (RENFE)
Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Santander to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
Frequency
Once 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
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $28
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Santander to Granada
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
alsa.com
Bus from Granada to Malaga
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$19 - $30
Website
alsa.com
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 Bilbao to Malaga
Ave. Duration
12 h 40 min
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
Ouibus

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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 9 h 39 min to drive from Santander to Málaga.

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

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