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Malaga - Getting There

Malaga is easy to get to by air, rail or road. It is situated on the main coastal A-7 road that links Cadiz in western Andalucia with Tarragona in Catalunia in the north of Spain. The AP-7 toll motorway also runs by the city, which is usually quieter as many refuse to pay the toll charges. The 70 km journey from Malaga to Marbella for example would cost 12.60 euros. Petrol is also expensive on the toll motorway, averaging around 3 cents more per litre, making it the most expensive in Spain.

Madrid is a 6 hour drive away on the A4/A44, and the Andalucian capital of Seville is just over 200 km away on the A-45.

Malaga Airport is situated just off the A-7 motorway, 8 km west of the city.

Avenida Garcia Morato

29004 Malaga

Tel: 952 048484

It is one of Spain's busiest airports with around 12 million passengers passing through it each year. There are currently two terminals with plans for a third, as well as an additional runway. Most flights in and out of the airport are internal flights operated by Iberia and Spanair, and holiday charter flights from northern Europe. There is also a direct flight to New York's JFK airport four times a week, which takes around 8 hours. Other global destinations connect through Madrid or Barcelona.

Travel to the city of Malaga from the airport is easy via taxi, bus or train. A regular train service runs from the airport to Malaga every half an hour. Tickets are bought inside the airport terminal and cost around 3 euros more at weekends and holidays.

A half hourly bus service is also available. The number 19 bus to the city centre costs just 1 euro.

Of course taxis are also plentiful outside the airport and charge 15 euros into the city with a 2 euro supplement after 10pm and on holidays.

Further details about the airport can be found on its website.

Travelling by train from or to Malaga is now much quicker as the AVE high speed train service has recently arrived. A train journey to Madrid now takes just 2.5 hours and costs around 80 euros. There is also a network of local trains called cercanias that link all the main areas of the Costa del Sol. All other Spanish towns and cities are linked by the national train operator Renfe and further details can be found at www.renfe.es. Trains leave from Malaga's main train station at Esplanada de la Estacion s/n, 29002 Malaga. Telephone number for information is 902 240202.

Malaga's port is also an important entrance to the city for both passengers and goods. A regular ferry service runs between Malaga and the Spanish enclave of Melilla in northern Africa.

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