Málaga: hitchhiking and transport tips

Transport

Málaga Costa Del Sol Airport is the largest in Andalusia, situated just 8km from the city and deals with 85% of traffic to the region. There are daily flights to over 20 locations in Spain as well as international destinations especially the UK, Central Europe and the Nordic countries. There are also flights to the major Eastern European cities, North Africa, the Middle East and the US.

Malaga’s newly constructed main train station Estación María Zambrano (Calle de la Explanada de la Estación), is about a kilometre west of the city centre andis served by AVE high-speed rail, offering direct journeys to Madrid (2.5 – 3hrs)Córdoba (1hr) and Sevilla (2hrs). There are also slower, but cheaper, services on offer. Two Cercanaís commuter rail lines also service the city. One heads west, along the coast, to the airport and the tourist towns of Torremolinos and Fuengirola. The other heads north to the suburbs inland.

The Bus Station Estación de Autobuses de Málaga (Paseo de los Tilos) is located less than 50m from the train station. The biggest service provider is ALSA but there are other companies such as Eurolines. Frequent buses travel along the coast to the beach resorts as well as to Sevilla (2.5hrs) Granada (1.5 – 2hrs) Córdoba (2.5hrs) and Madrid (6hrs).

Málaga’s bus network is run by EMT Málaga and runs all over town with normal tickets costing €1.20. There is a rather useful map showing the lines and stops here.

Málaga is served by two motorways, the A-45 Autovía de Málaga connects the city to Córdoba in the north. The A-7 Autovía del Mediterráneo runs all along the southern and eastern coasts of Spain and to the west connects Málaga to Marbella and beyond, Gibraltar. To the east the motorway runs to Almería and beyond that Murcia.

Steeple and main façade of Malaga Cathedral, taken from Obispo square - Málaga, Spain (36)

Hitchhiking Out

North towards Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada

Verified by HitchHikersHandbook.comGetting out of Málaga may seem like a daunting proposition but by using the well connected public transport a lot of time can be saved. Line 2 runs directly from the city centre, north , along the River Guadalhorce, past the football stadium and all the way to the entrance to the MA-431 which is the target road for heading north. The bus stop is called San José. Simply exit the bus walk back a little to the slip road and try there. It took us about 30mins to get a ride.

South towards Marbella, Algeciras, Gibraltar, Tarifa

From the main train station take the Cercanías train to El Pinillo. Leave the train station and head north/east through the town for about 1km. Eventually you will meet the A-7 Autovía del Mediterráneo. At the end of Calle de Vicente Blanch Picot, a road that runs parallel to the motorway, you will find a tunnel that crosses the motorway and offers access Motorway Service Station Arroyo de la Miel, from where you can start hitchhiking.

written by: Jon

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