Travel to Málaga

Flying to Málaga

Flights to Málaga are served by a number of different airlines from the UK such as British Airways, Aer Lingus, Monarch and Thomson Flights. Cheap flights to Málaga are also available, thanks to budget carriers such as easyJet and Ryanair. If you’re looking for cheap flights to Málaga, avoid peak holiday seasons such as summer and Easter.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 30 minutes.

Travel by road


If you’re driving to Málaga from Britain, your can take a ferry to Bilbao or Santander, which cuts down on road mileage and driver fatigue but is usually more expensive and takes longer than driving through France. The distance to Málaga from these two seaports is 953km (596 miles) and 937km (586 miles) respectively.

The Spanish drives on the right hand side of the road. A full UK driving license is required and should include the photo ID. Road conditions in Málaga are generally good. Within the city, the speed limit is 50kph (31mph).

* The speed limit on motorways in Spain has temporarily been reduced to 110kph (68mph). The new limit will remain in effect until the end of June 2011 at the earliest. The slowdown is intended to save energy in response to the surge in oil prices sparked by the unrest in Libya and elsewhere in the Arab world.

Emergency breakdown service:

Spanish Royal Automobile Club (RACE) (tel: 902 404 545;


There are two main routes to Malaga from Madrid and Barcelona: the E5 comes in from the north from Madrid, and the E15/A7 runs along the east coast from Barcelona. If you are driving from southern Portugal in the west, take the A92 and N331 while the E15 provides access from Gibraltar. Be wary when driving along the N340 Costa del Sol road, as it can become congested.


Eurolines (tel: 0871 781 8178; offers a service to Málaga from London Victoria Coach Station. The total journey time is around 36 hours.

Travel by rail


Trains to Málaga head to Málaga María Zambrano, Explanada de la Estacion (tel: (95) 236 0202), the city's main railway station.


The Spanish rail network is operated by RENFE (tel: 902 240 202; A high speed AVE train services operates to Madrid.

The C1 (Coastal Train) light electric railway service runs from the railway station to the airport and several resorts to the west as far as Fuengirola (journey time - 50 minutes). Trains run every 30 minutes. It normally runs right into the city centre (Alameda station) but this is currently closed for works as part of the new Metro development.

Journey times:

To London via Paris and Madrid – 27 hours; to Madrid – 2 hours 30 mins.