Málaga is the second-largest city in Andalusia, the capital of its region and the largest southernmost city in Europe, so getting to and from it isn’t much of a problem at all. It has an international airport 8km southwest of the centre, a couple of large train stations and an efficient bus station running to all parts of the region. The metro is one of the best in the country, forgetting the fact that the city centre itself is extremely pedestrian-friendly. Getting in and around Málaga is no bother whatsoever.
Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport
Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport is an international airport just southwest of the city centre, a modern aerodrome with plenty of facilities for passengers arriving or departing. This is the busiest airport in Andalusia so expect plenty of hustle and bustle, and try not to leave things too tight if you are heading away from the Costa del Sol. To get to the airport, the easiest way is to get the train from Maria Zambrano or Centro Alameda. If you are arriving and looking to get to the centre, simply walk out of arrivals and head in a straight line, past the bus stops and taxis, into the red station building. Ticket machines are immediately on your right and have English options available.
Málaga María Zambrano
Málaga María Zambrano is the main train station in the city and can be found right in the centre, with plenty of high-speed connections to Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and the surrounding areas. There are a number of shops and other facilities in the modern station, although prices do jump a little here. During high season it is absolutely recommended to buy your tickets in advance.
Estación de Autobuses de Málaga
Malaga’s main bus station is found just around the corner from María Zambrano train station, which is always a boon. There isn’t a huge amount here but it certainly gets the job done, with a load of platforms sending buses all around the region. A small cafe opens early, so that is your best bet for coffee or water if you’re getting a bus before 7am. Some very friendly homeless people take shelter here overnight, so don’t be surprised to see plenty of people huddling up under sleeping bags in the early hours. Always, always, always buy your ticket in advance.
The abundance of tourism means that many taxi drivers take advantage of early nerves to rip off visitors, especially those picking up taxis outside the airport, train and bus stations. The easiest way to avoid this is to book in advance or use the efficient and cheap public transport system. Uber is available in Málaga, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Public transport in Málaga is actually pretty impressive, which is always a pleasure to type. The city has a two-line metro that covers much of the centre and a number of spots to the southwest (tickets are available from machines at the stations), and there are always plans to extend the network. Buses also traverse the city, with a single ride costing €1.30. Rechargeable tickets are available from the tourist offices and a number of kiosks.
Port of Málaga
Málaga’s port has undergone some serious reconstruction and renovation in recent times, and is now one of the most popular Spanish ports for cruise ships having a jolly old time in and around the Mediterranean. There are also frequent ferries to Melilla, and a once-a-week service to Tangier in Morocco.