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About Málaga Airport

Malaga Airport is one of the oldest airports in the world and it was built in 1919 for intercity flights. At the request of the Spanish Air Force in 1937, Malaga Airport was also used as a military air base.  Malaga Airport, which has flights to almost all European cities, gained international status in 1946. Malaga Airport, which was renewed gradually in 1960, 1968 and 1991 respectively, managed to keep up with the latest technology and is among the best not only in Spain but also in the world with an average of 16 million passengers annually.

Getting to the City Center from Málaga Airport

Malaga is located on the southernmost part of not only Spain but also Europe. This city which is in the Andalusian Autonomous Community is a place where the eastern and western civilizations coincide with each other. The city, which still holds the traces of Andalusian architecture and culture even today, is located 100 km north of the Gibraltar Strait just above the Costa Del Sol i.e. Sun Beach. It is possible to encounter the name Pablo Picasso frequently in the city where this famous painter was born.

The city welcomes its guests with its wonderful beaches, temperate Mediterranean climate, easy transportation alternatives to different cities, the warmth of flamenco music and the port opening to the African continent. There are a great number of streets that are close to traffic in the city center. Because the most of the places to be seen in the city are very close to each other, you can visit these places only by walking and discover the beauties of the city without needing any means of transportation. Despite this, it is possible to enjoy the city by taking advantage of the hop on - hop off tourist buses or renting a bicycle.

Buses and trains are available as the public transportation vehicles for further distances. You can buy your ticket by paying 1 Euro for one pass or you can get daily or weekly tickets to make your travel more economical.

You should not forget that only a few bus routes operate during the later hours. From the main train station in Malaga there are high-speed train running to approximately 20 different cities. You can get your train tickets in advance from this company's website or you can obtain information only the schedules and fares of these trains.

Taxi and car rental alternatives are always available. There are a great number of car rental companies in the city center and white taxis with blue stripes at their doors are always ready for offering service.

The distance between the airport and the city center is only 8 km. There are enough alternatives to get to the city center from Malaga International Airport. The bus stop just in front of the airport and the train station just across the street are waiting for passengers who prefer public transportation. On the other hand, you can also use car rental, taxi or shuttle service alternatives considering the short distance to the city center.


You can easily get to the city center in about 15 minutes by using the express bus route 75, which departs from the airport. You can get your ticket by paying 3 Euro when you get on the bus. Do not forget that you can only pay in cash. The buses operate from 07:00 to 12:00 midnight.


When you get out of the terminal 4, you will see train station. The trains that depart every 20 minutes offer an easy alternative for the transportation to the city center. The travel lasts approximately 12 minutes.

You can get your ticket from the machine at the station by paying 3,60 Euro. An important point is that the transportation to the city center by train is provided between 06:44 am and 12:54 am. If you will arrive at the airport at late hours, there is no appropriate public transportation alternative.

Hotel Shuttle Services

In Malaga, a city commonly visited by tourists, there are hundreds of accommodation alternatives ranging from 5-star chain hotels to hostels, and most of them offer airport shuttle service. Before arriving in Malaga, you can get in contact with your hotel whether they provide this service or not. If your hotel provides airport shuttle service, you can make a reservation by providing your estimated time of arrival.


You can see the white taxis of Malaga waiting in front of the gate of the arrival terminal 3. The drivers of the airport taxis can be able to speak English. You may have to pay extra amount for your baggage in these taxis.

At the airport where two separate taxi companies operate, both companies offer service with two different tariffs. During the weekdays, they demand normal fares between 06:00 am and 10:00 pm. However, during the weekends from 10:00 pm to 06:00 am or official holidays, they demand higher fares.

You can also make a reservation to use the airport taxis. The cost is about 20 Euro but it can change depending on the traffic situation, but they will take you to the city center in about 20 minutes in a comfortable way.

Car Rental

If you want to have a comfortable and quick travel from the airport to the city center, you can consider renting a car from one of the car rental companies which will offer you many vehicle alternatives. You can see the offices of various car rental companies following the passport control at the airport. In addition, you can see these companies in the parking are. Reservation in advance is a better option for you.

Renting a car will not be the right choice in terms of transportation if you will only visit the most important places in Malaga and not planning to see nearby places or cities. Most of the places to be visited are close to each other and you can visit them by walking. If you still prefer renting a car, drive to the link road MA-23and connect to the highway M-20. It is enough to follow the exit of Malaga to reach the city center. You can reach the city center in about 20 minutes.

Shuttle Service

Malaga Airport has an advanced shuttle service system. If you want to take advantage of this service, which offers a wide range of services ranging from buses to exclusive luxury cars, you can make a reservation by learning route information from the internet. We recommend that you make a reservation in advance. These stylish and comfortable vehicles are waiting for their passengers right in front of the long-term parking area and taking you to their offices in the city center. The travel lasts an average of 20 minutes.


Renting a bicycle in the city transportation is a preferable method due to its affordable budget and practicability. However, it may not be the right option because of your baggage or the 8-km distance to the airport. This should be the one of the last options you should choose.

Last Updated: 01 Aug 2017
Getting to Málaga Airport from the City Center

Malaga attracts a great number of visitors every year thanks to its mild climate and spectacular historical places. This crowded city offers many alternatives for passengers in terms of the transportation.

Buses and trains are the two most important of these among the public transportation vehicles. Taxi and car rental alternatives come to the forefront, especially during late hours, as an alternative to buses and trains.

Walking and renting bicycles are preferred for travelling around the city, but these alternatives are inadequate for the transportation to the airport.


You can easily arrive at the airport by using the bus route 9, which runs every 30 minutes from the main bus stop next to the main railway station, just in west of the city center. If you are thinking of using the buses, you should remember that they only operate between 06:25 am – 11:30 pm.

The stop named Centro Alameda is generally the first departure stop of all bus routes. This bus stop also provides transportation to other European cities.


You can reach the airport in about 12 minutes by using the line C1 from Centro Alameda Railway Station, which is the main station and located in north of the city center. They operate every 20 minutes and start at 05:20 in the morning and end at 11:30 pm. You can get your ticket from machines at the station.

Hotel Shuttle Services

Many of the hundreds of small and large accommodation centers in Malaga offer airport shuttle service. As soon as you arrive at your hotel, you can obtain information from your hotel whether they provide this service or not. If such a service is available at your hotel and you decide to use it, you should make a reservation in advance.


Taxi is a widely-used transportation vehicle in the city. If you decide to reach the airport with the white taxis, you can make a reservation in advance. Your hotel can also help you about this issue. The travel lasts about 20 minutes and the average fare is 20 Euro. They may demand extra amount for your baggage.

Car Rental

You can consider renting a car, especially if you are planning to visit the surrounding villages and towns or cities. You can even rent a car to explore many beautiful beaches in an easy and comfortable way. You can rent your car at the airport after your plane has landed or from the car rental companies located in the city center.

Many hotels have an agreement with the car rental companies or at least they have contact information of these companies. You can ask for help from your hotel about this issue.

If you are going to rent a car during your travel, turn to the link road MA-23, recently completed, and use the exit indicated by the yellow sign on which you will see the word “Aeropuerto” meaning airport.

Airport Information

Malaga Airport is only 8 kilometers of the city center. It has also many transportation alternatives. This airport, located in Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, is also known as the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport. Malaga International Airport hosting a great number of passengers throughout the year offers all kinds of services expected from an airport.

At the airport, which has a comfortable environment, there are sufficient number of restaurants for passengers who want to eat or drink something and stores for shopping.

You can make your reservation in advance for the VIP Lounge at the airport if you don’t want to lose time when you have come here. This lounge will make your waiting duration more pleasant and comfortable, especially if you will spend a lot of time at the airport.

Last Updated: 01 Aug 2017

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You can use Federico García Lorca Airport as an alternative to Málaga Airport.

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Qatar Airways, Air Arabia Maroc, Scandinavian Airlines, Iberia, Jet2, Air Serbia, Air Europa, TAP Portugal, Etihad Airways, Aer Lingus, Royal Air Maroc, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Eurowings, Vueling Airlines fly to Málaga Airport.

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Iberia, Etihad Airways, TAP Portugal, Air Arabia Maroc, Jet2, Air Europa, Eurowings organizes direct flights from the cities of Tangier, Abu Dhabi, Lisbon, Casablanca, Manchester, Madrid, Nice, Duesseldorf to Málaga Airport.

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