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Travel to Málaga

Flying to Málaga

Airlines offering direct flights to Málaga from the UK include British Airways, easyJet, Monarch, Norwegian and Ryanair. Cheap deals are available year-round, but you need to book well ahead for the best prices during peak times such as Easter or school summer holidays. There are no direct flights from the USA; the quickest route is to fly to Madrid and take a connecting flight from there.

Flight times

From London - 2 hours 45 minutes; New York - 10 hours (including stopover); Los Angeles - 16 hours (including stopover); Toronto - 11 hours (including stopover); Sydney - 26 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

If you’re driving to Málaga from the UK, 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. Road conditions within Málaga are generally good.

Traffic drives on the right and the minimum driving age is 18. The speed limit for cars and motorcycles is 120kph (75mph) on motorways, 100kph (62mph) on dual carriageways, 90kph (56mph) outside built-up areas and 50kph (31mph) within towns.

Valid national licences from EU countries are accepted, while nationals of other countries are advised to obtain an International Driving Permit. Third-party insurance is required and documents should be carried at all times. A Green Card is strongly recommended for all visitors and is compulsory for those from outside the EU.

Emergency breakdown services

Real Automóvil Club de España (RACE), tel: +34 900 100 992.


There are two main routes to Málaga 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.


Alsa ( runs buses from Málaga to other destinations within and beyond Spain.

Eurolines (tel: +34 902 405 040, in the UK; offers a service to Málaga from London Victoria Coach Station, changing at Area Suco Interchange (total journey time - 36 hours).

Time to city

From Madrid - 5 hours; Barcelona - 9 hours; Seville - 2 hours 20 minutes; Granada - 1 hour 30 minutes.

Travel by Rail


Trains to Málaga head to Málaga María Zambrano, Explanada de la Estacion, the city's main railway station. Spain has an excellent and efficient high-speed rail network.


RENFE (tel: +34 902 320 320; operates the Spanish rail network. High-speed AVE train services operate to Madrid and Barcelona.

The C1 (Coastal Train) light electric railway service runs from the railway station to the airport, the city centre (Alameda station) and several resorts to the west as far as Fuengirola (journey time - 50 minutes). Trains run every 30 minutes.

Journey times

From Madrid - 2 hours 20 minutes; Seville - 2 hours 30 minutes; Barcelona - 6 hours.

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Featured Hotels


Hotel Molina Lario

Opposite the Cathedral, this 4-star hotel has elegant, contemporary rooms - the best have balconies and views of the Cathedral. Amenities include an outdoor garden-terrace serving tapas, a stunning rooftop pool with late night bar and a terrace grill restaurant.

Room Mate Larios

Right on pedestrianised Calle Larios, in the heart of Málaga, this rebranded hotel, part of a chain of hotels around the world, has a light, stylish contemporary feel with spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi and an impressive roof terrace with a late night bar. Breakfast is served until a civilized midday.

Gran Hotel Miramar

Originally opened in 1926 by King Alfonso XIII, and at one time Malaga's law courts, this beautifully-restored hotel is set by the sea in the upmarket area of Caleta. The polished rooms have all the mod-cons; some have a Moorish theme or Mediterranean touches but only 25% have sea views. Amenities include a spa, a gym, a swimming pool and several restaurantsa.

Hotel Alameda

Clean, cheap and central, this hotel occupies the 8th floor of an apartment building and has obliging owners and free Wi-Fi. What it lacks in modernity, it makes up in personality, and all rooms come with private bathrooms. The views over the bullring are nigh on unbeatable too.

Hotel La Chancla

Hidden in Pedregalejo, a small fishing community in Malaga, this tiny hotel only has nine rooms but it packs a punch with its outdoor hot tub and mini sauna. Rooms are a little on the pokey side, but the views over the Alboran Sea can't be beaten. Taxis take around 10 minutes into the city centre but a stroll along the beach is the most romantic route.

Hotel Ilunion Malaga

Minutes from the city centre, and with sweeping vistas out across the Alboran Sea, Hotel Ilunion Malaga makes the most of its boardwalk location with spacious balconies and floor to ceiling windows. It also has a good indoor pool, small gym and spa, and a sauna.