Malaga is a well-connected city. Within the urban area and in the nearby suburbs, Malaga’s city buses, commuter trains and the city-bicycle hire service will take you efficiently from point A to B. Malaga is also currently testing its new Metro lines, although these are not open to the public yet.
On a national scale, Malaga connects to Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and many other major Spanish cities via long-distance trains and coaches. Internationally, Malaga links with the outside world through its busy international airport.
Malaga Airport (IATA code: AGP, OACI code: LEMG), officially known as Malaga-Costa del Sol airport and sometimes called Pablo Picasso Airport, is situated at 8 km southwest of Malaga's city centre.
The centre of Malaga can be reached rapidly from the airport by train, bus or taxi.
The taxi journey may cost around €20 (the fare depends on the time, day of the week, public holidays, and the various service supplements). The C-1 local railway system takes you to the centre in 12 minutes, and the ticket costs €1.80. The journey on the Airport Express (Line 75) bus takes around 15 minutes and costs €3.
There are high-speed trains (AVE) from Malaga to Madrid (taking about 2 and a half hours), Cordoba, Puente Genil, Antequera, Zaragoza, Tarragona, and Barcelona. It is also connected with other major Spanish cities by means of long- and medium-distance railway lines.
The city also has a modern and centrally located railway station, the Malaga-Maria Zambrano station, located beside the intercity and international coach station. The station is also the access point for the local railway lines that go to the airport, and to destinations throughout the province such as Torremolinos, Benalmádena and Fuengirola. There are also various city bus lines which run to the station from different parts of the city.
Malaga is linked via road with the rest of the Iberian Peninsula by means of the A-45 and A-92 motorways. The A-45 connects to the A-4 (Autovía del Sur), which goes on to Madrid. The other connections and main roads in the country feed into the A-92, which runs through the whole of Andalusia.
The A-45 enters Malaga through Ciudad Jardín, and continues on into the city centre. Another option is to take the east and west ring roads if your destination is in some other part of the city.
Road connections with the other population centres along the coast are on the A-7 (Autovía del Mediterráneo) motorway which runs along the whole of the coastline in the province of Malaga.