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Transfer Options from Malaga Airport to City

Malaga Costa del Sol Airport provides three transfer options to get you from the airport into the city centre of Malaga. Taxi, train and bus. All options are available directly outside terminal 3, and provide a reasonably quick transfer to the city. The most efficient option is hiring a Malaga airport taxi, which will cost approximately 28€ and will take 15 minutes. The train is a quick option, taking only 12 minutes and costing 1.80€. Finally, there is the option of a bus, which costs 3€ and takes around 20 minutes to reach the centre.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Malaga at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €28 15min 24/7 Book
Taxi €20 15min 24/7
Bus €6 20min 07:00–00:00
Train €3.60 12min 06:30–00:30

How to get from Malaga Airport to the city centre by taxi

Malaga airport taxis are located outside of the the airport’s terminal 3 at a designated rank. They are situated right in front of the terminal and therefore are hard to miss. Taxis provide multiple amounts of seats available – though it is not always guaranteed that these will be available. Taxis taken from the rank should all have meters and licences displayed.

Taxi fare from Malaga Airport to city centre

The cost of the taxi from Malaga airport is metered, so there will be a difference in rate depending on what time and day you take the taxi. As a general rule, the taxis will have a starting rate from the pick up from the airport of 5.50€, and the journey will likely cost around 20€ to the city all up.

Night-time rates for airport transits are in effect from 10:00pm-6:00am everyday, as well as on weekends and holidays – around 22€
Holy Days or Festival Days may also affect the price, and are charged at the night-time rate.

Taxi prices
Day time
Night time
15 min
15 min
15 min
15 min
20 min
9 min
37 min
120 min


Trip Duration

15 Min.

*Rates may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

There is always a taxi available at Malaga Airport.

Where do I get it from?

The taxi rank is located outside the arrivals at Malaga Airport, terminal 3.


Taxis are the most comfortable means of transport to the city, especially when the weather is warm with air-conditioning and shorter waiting times than public transport. They provide a door-to-door service and is the best option when you have a lot of luggage to take with you.

Editor’s Note

If you are travelling in large groups, in a big flight or have a lot of luggage, it is advisable to pre-book a transfer from the airport. Although the taxis are organised, special situations cannot always be catered to and queuing in the heat can be bothersome.

Useful Tips

Taxis can charge for especially large or excess luggage (0.65€ per bag).
If you are on a late flight between 12:00am - 6:00am and take a taxi, an extra 2€ may be charged.
Always ensure that the meter is running when you take a taxi, to avoid being overcharged for your transit.
The taxi stand contains an approximate price list by the rank for popular transits.

How to get from Malaga Airport to the city centre by bus

The bus station at Malaga airport is conveniently located outside the departures and provides a dedicated line from the airport to city. The line is named the Linea Express A and will take you into the centre with ten convenient stops along the route. The bus will take between 15-25 minutes to reach the centre, traffic dependent. The bus leaves every 30 minutes and operates between 7am and midnight.

How much is the bus from Malaga Airport to the city centre?

The bus fare for the city centre trip should cost 3€, tickets are available for purchase on the bus from the driver with cash.



Trip Duration

20 Min

There may be up to a 30-minute wait for the bus.

Value for Money

The bus operates between 07:00am - 12:00am, 7 days a week, and leaves every half an hour from the airport.

Where do I get it from?

The bus stop is located outside of the arrivals area of Malaga airport, at terminal 3.


Although a cheap option, the bus takes much longer than either of the other alternatives and can be busy after large flights despite luggage racks being available on it. Additionally, there can be a long wait for the bus which can be bothersome after a flight.

Editor’s Note

Although rather regular and reliable, it is always best to check online for the updated information about the bus schedule as holidays and festivals could cause changes to occur.

Useful Tips

Although there is a ticket station at Terminal 3, you can buy the ticket for the bus directly from the driver.
There are multiple bus options at the airport, some intercity. Ensure you follow the signs and take the correct bus.
There are luggage racks available on the bus from the airport for your larger luggage.

How to get from Malaga Airport to the city centre by train

Malaga airport provides a fairly new train that is a quick and easy way to reach the city centre. The train is the Line C1 from airport to city, and takes about 12 minutes to reach the centre, stopping at other good locations on it’s route. The train departs every 20 minutes between 6:30am and 12:30am daily.

How much is the train from Malaga Airport to the city centre?

The train fare is 1.80€ for a single one way ticket into the centre city. The tickets are available for purchase in the ticket hall in terminal 3.



Trip Duration

12 Min.

There can be up to a 20-minute wait for the train.

Value for Money

The train runs every 20 minutes daily between 6:30am and 12:30am.

Where do I get it from?

The train is located outside the departures area of terminal 3, alongside the taxi rank and bus stop.


Although the train is a quick and cheap option into the city, there is an additional waiting time as well as time to purchase tickets from the machine. After large flights the train can be bothersome and busy, especially with luggage.

Editor’s Note

The ticket hall located in terminal 3 is a ticket purchasing station for multiple different trains and long-distance or intercity buses. Ensure you are selecting the right ticket for your needs.

Useful Tips

The ticket machines in terminal 3 are available in English and there are staff there to assist.
When you alight the train, getting off at the last station (Centro-Alameda) is less busy and more central.
Trains also go intercity from the airport, so make sure you ask the staff if you are confused about which train to catch.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Malaga. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Malaga Airport to the city centre?

A taxi taken from Malaga Airport has a start fee of 5.50€ and is a metered journey. The total cost to the city is approximately 20€ in standard tariff.

How far is it from Malaga Airport to the city centre?

Malaga Airport is located around 13.6 km from the city centre. By car, the journey should take around 15-20 minutes, traffic dependent.

How many transfer options are there from Malaga Airport to the city centre?

There are three options of transport located at Malaga Airport; train, taxi and bus. All are located outside of terminal 3.

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