The ultimate transportation guide between Malaga and Seville
Every year thousands of holidaymakers fly into Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP), eager to get to their hotel or rental property in Spain’s glorious Costa del Sol.
Others meanwhile use Malaga as a stepping stone to get out and explore Andalucia.
While Granada, Cordoba, Ronda, and Jerez de la Frontera are all must-see places today, we will look at how you can get from Malaga to the vibrant city of Seville.
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Located on the navigable Guadalquivir River. Seville is a city that grew rich on the back of trade with the New World yet still managed to cling onto its Moorish past.
Its colossal Gothic cathedral still dominates the city, yet its compact Old Quarter is easily explored by walking through its winding medieval lanes.
Also, Seville has excellent rail and road connections making it an easy day trip from Malaga.
Have you been wondering how to get from Malaga to Seville? If so, we will outline all the options you have below.
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Distance from Malaga to Seville
Located further inland away from the Mediterranean Sea, Seville is 131 miles from Malaga.
With the distance too short to have a direct flight, here are the three options available:
Car: With Malaga only being 131 miles from Malaga, you can drive there in 2hrs and 16mins by taking the A92 motorway.
Train: Spanish national rail operator Renfe has trains to Seville departing Malaga Maria Zambrano Station every 30 minutes.
The time it will take you can vary between 1hr 56mins to 2hrs 56mins depending on what train you take.
Please remember that tickets on the direct high-speed trains are more expensive.
The slower train involves a change of trains in Cordoba and takes an hour longer.
Bus: The least expensive option of getting from Malaga to Seville is to take the bus from Malaga central bus station, located on Paseo de los Tilos, s/n.
The United Kingdom subsidiary ALSA operates ten buses a day between Malaga and Seville, with the first bus departing Malaga at 07:00 and the last at 19:30.
All the buses are modern with air conditioning and free WiFi. The journey between Malaga and Seville by bus takes around 2hrs and 45mins and has ticket prices starting at 7.50
Selection of Day Trips from Malaga to Seville
- Visit the Real Alcazar Palace – Get guided tour here
- Seville Cathedral
- Visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus
- La Giralda Tower – Book your guided tour here.
- Walk to Plaza de España
- See a Flamenco show – Get a guided tour here.
BEST OPTION: How to get from Malaga to Seville
If you do not have a car, the best option for getting from Malaga to Seville is to take the high-speed train. – Check tickets here
Traveling from Malaga to Seville by bus is your second best option. The bus takes 45 minutes longer but is a pleasant journey non the less. – Check tickest here
From Malaga to Seville by Train
When traveling from Malaga to Seville by train, be sure to be on the platform no later than 15 minutes before the train’s scheduled departure.
Seats in tourist class are configured in a 2+2 layout while seats in (preferente) are laid out in a 2 +1 configuration.
When traveling on the AVANT trains, be aware that there is a ten-minute stop in Cordoba to allow the driver to switch ends of the train as it has to depart Cordoba on the same line that it arrived on before switching lines to Seville.
During the summer months, the trains can be packed, so to ensure you have a seat, be sure and purchase your tickets in advance on here.
Price: Prices for the AVANT high-speed train start at 37.35€. Prices for the slower trains that require a change in Cordoba start from 19.95€.
Schedule: AVANT high-speed trains depart Malaga Maria Zambrano Station at 06:43, 09:10, 14:15, 18:18, 20:13. Slower trains that require a change in Cordoba depart Malaga Maria Zambrano Station at 06:37, 06:43, 08:58, 13:21, and 17:19.
From Malaga to Seville by Bus
Avoid the 16:00 if you can as it makes 11 stops and takes four hours.
All buses between Malaga and Seville depart from the Estación de Autobuses de Málaga bus station and arrive at the Seville, Plaza de Armas Bus terminal in Seville.
Bus stations are linked with each city’s public transit network.
Like the train, the buses can be packed during the summer, so you are best to purchase your ticket in advance. – Check price tickets here.
Price: From 7.50€ to 19.24€ one way. Return fares vary but are less expensive than buying two one-way tickets.
Schedule: 09:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30, and 18:30.
From Malaga to Seville by Car
Many people vacationing in Andalucia opt to rent a car for the time they will be in Spain.
Alternatively, you can rent a car for a day from one of the rental agencies at the airport or their city center locations. – Check car rentals here.
Having a car allows you to travel at your own pace and explore areas that are difficult to reach using public transportation.
Driving from the center of Malaga, Follow C. Luis Montoto and Av. de Andalucía to the A-92 motorway.
The A-92 is a none-toll road and should, depending on traffic or road works, take around 2hr and 10mins.
From Malaga Airport to Seville
Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) is the fourth busiest airport in Spain after Madrid, Barcelona, and Palma de Mallorca.
Before the global COVID-19 pandemic, the airport handled nearly 20 million passengers a year.
Regarded as being the gateway to the Costa del Sol, you can get from the airport to the center of Malaga four ways:
By renting a car: Car rental desks are located downstairs in terminals T2 and T3. – Rent a car here.
By taxi: A Malaga city taxi rank is located outside the arrivals hall. – Check airport transfers here.
By train: Take the train from the airport’s dedicated train station.
Take line C1 and then changes for the AVANT high-speed train to Seville at Málaga María Zambrano train station in central Malaga. – Get tickets in advance here.
By bus: The journey time from the airport to Maria Zambrano bus station takes between 15 and 25 minutes depending on the time of day and costs 3.00€. – Get bus tickets here.
Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office or paid in exact cash to the driver.
The bus stop at Malaga Airport is located directly outside the arrivals terminal.
From Malaga airport to Seville by Train
Getting from Malaga Airport (AGP) to Seville by train is very simple, and if you select the AVANT train, you only need to change once in Malaga.
From Malaga Airport, take the C1 Line. Trains run every 20 minutes from 06:10 until 24:20 and cost 1.80€.
The travel time from Malaga Airport to Estación de Málaga María Zambrano is around 12 minutes. When you arrive at Malaga station, switch platforms for the train to Seville.
Price: around 40€ one way.
Schedule: Time your airport train to connect with the high-speed AVANT train to Seville. Trains depart Málaga María Zambrano at 06:43, 09:10, 14:15, 18:18, 20:13.
From Malaga airport to Seville by Bus
Both the bus stain and the rail station in Malaga are adjacent to each other.
To avoid having to walk between stations, if you plan on traveling to Seville from Malaga by bus, you might as well take the bus from the airport to the city center Malaga Bus Station.
The journey time from the airport to Maria Zambrano bus station takes between 15 and 25 minutes depending on the time of day and costs 3.00€.
The bus stop at Malaga Airport is located directly outside the arrivals terminal. You can purchase tickets in advance here.
Once at the Estación de Autobuses de Málaga bus station, change for the ALSA bus to Seville.
The direct ALSA to Seville buses are at 09:00, 14:30, 17:30, and 18:30; the journey time from Malaga to Estación Plaza de Armas bus station in Seville is 2hrs 45 mins.
Schedule: 09:00, 14:30, 17:30, and 18:30
Taxi from Malaga Airport to Seville
The easiest way to get from Malaga Airport (AGP) to Seville is to take a taxi directly outside the arrivals terminal. – Check out tickets here
The fare for a car and up to four passengers is 228€. Alternatively and slightly less expensive than taking a cab is a car service.
Using a car service has many options over a taxi. First of all, you know precisely up front how much it will cost.
Secondly, the driver will be waiting to meet you in the terminal and will help with any luggage.
Thirdly you will feel like a VIP by having a licensed and insured driver waiting at the airport for you.
Driving time from Malaga Airport to Seville is around 2hrs 16mins.
Return: Travel from Seville to Malaga
To return to Malaga from Seville, follow the above steps in reverse. On the way back to Malaga, try and stop in Cordoba if you have time.
Once the capital of Morrish Spain during the 10th Century, Cordoba was the second largest city in Europe and a leading world center of education and learning.
The multi-arched Mezquita Mosque was thought to be so beautiful that during the Reconquista was not destroyed but the conquering Christian army but left for us to enjoy today.
If you plan to visit during the summer, remember to buy bus and train tickets in advance. – Check schedules here.
Malaga and Seville are both great cities in their own right.
They offer visitors the chance to see Mediterranean Spain and, in the case of Seville, how the Golden Age made it one of the world’s most prosperous cities.
When it comes to things to do in Seville, be sure to visit the Cathedral to see the tomb of Christopher Columbus and the Moorish Alcázar Palace used as the setting for Dorne in HBO’s Game of Thrones. – Check the guided tour here.
The answer to these questions is simple, go to any of the Chiringuitos (beach bars) on Playa de la Malagueta and have grilled sardines cooked over an open fire on bamboo skewers.
There is also plenty of other things to do in Malaga, such as designer shopping on Calle Larios, a visit to the Cathedral, the Roman ruins, and the Moorish Castillo de Gibralfaro for a fantastic view of the harbor.
If you have time and fancy a day trip that is not that far away, Malaga to Marbella is close, as is the lovely seaside town of Nerja.
Travel from Seville to Granada for a vacation you won’t easily forget as well as for some of the best landscapes in Andalucia.
Also, if you need help traveling from Madrid to Seville, our guide will help you have a hassle-free trip.
Short FAQ about visiting Seville from Malaga
What is the cheapest way to get from Málaga to Seville?
The cheapest way to get from Malaga to Seville is by bus. If you have never traveled on Spain’s high-speed rail network, that in itself is a fun thing to do, and while it might cost a little more, it is well worth it.
Am I allowed to travel from Málaga to Seville?
Yes, of course, you can travel from Malaga to Seville. There are currently more restrictions to travel in Seville.
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