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Direct to Seville, or Take a Detour First?
Malaga has Spain's third largest airport and so is a common choice for visitors to Andalusia and the rest of southern Spain. From Malaga, most visitor's preferred destination is Seville, home of flamenco, bullfighting and some of the best tapas in Spain.
On this page, you'll find advice on how to get to Seville in the quickest and most convenient way possible. But why not break up your journey with stops on the way? We'll outline several suggested Itineraries from Malaga to Seville.
Malaga to Seville at a Glance
- Trains and buses take a similar amount of time, but the bus is cheaper.
- If traveling by train, consider stopping in Cordoba along the way.
- For your transfer back from Seville to Malaga, consider a Ronda transfer tour.
Travel to Seville from Malaga Airport
If you're using Malaga as a gateway to the south of Spain, it is good to know that Malaga airport has good bus and train connections, meaning you don't actually have to visit Malaga city center at all (and if you're... planning a trip round the whole of Andalusia, my advice would be to skip Malaga altogether and spend more time in the other cities).
Furthermore, the high-speed AVE train from Madrid to Seville takes the same amount of time as the Malaga to Seville journey (though it is more expensive) so there's not really any need to go to Malaga at all.
An interesting stop on the way between these two cities is Osuna, where Game of Thrones will be filming for season five.
Seville to Malaga Private Transfer with Ronda Tour
Malaga to Seville by Train and Bus
The train from Seville to Malaga takes between two and three hours and costs about 20 euros. This is the usually the quickest and most convenient way to get from Malaga to Seville.
There are regular buses throughout the day between Malaga and Seville. The journey takes two-and-a-half to four hours and costs under 20 euros.
Malaga's bus and train stations are side by side, so their location won't affect which form of transport you take. However, Seville's bus and train stations are all over the city, so check where your hotel is before you book.
You can book most bus tickets in Spain online at no extra charge. Just pay with a credit card and print out the e-ticket.
Malaga to Seville by Guided Tour
Seville is one of Spain's most impressive cities. Really, it's a vacation in itself. If you can only spare a day to visit Seville, I'd recommend taking a guided tour of Seville from Malaga.
The tour, by air-conditioned bus, leaves early in the morning from Malaga and takes you on a day trip to Seville, including a tour of the cathedral, a city tour and time to explore the city by yourself before returning to Malaga in the evening.
If you can spare the extra day, I'd recommend this Two-Day Seville City Break. You'll have to make your own way to Seville, but everything else will be taken care of once you arrive at Seville train station.
Malaga to Seville by Car
The 200km drive from Malaga to Seville takes about two-and-a-half hours, traveling mainly by the A45 and A92 highways.Continue to 2 of 3 below.
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Suggested Itineraries from Malaga to Seville
Get the Most Out of Your Day
It only takes around two hours to drive Malaga to Seville. So why not set off in the morning and visit somewhere along the way?
Malaga to Seville via Cordoba in 1 Day
Because of the high-speed train connections from Malaga to Cordoba and Cordoba to Seville, it's actually quicker to travel by train via Cordoba than to go direct.
Cordoba's main attraction is the Mezquita or Mosque-Cathedral, which is around a 25-minute walk from the train station (or take the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus). The neighborhood around here is beautiful: the Jewish quarter is one of the most popular sights in the city. Make sure you look into the little courtyards, many of which are beautifully decorated with plants.
Spend the Afternoon in Ronda: 1-Day Itinerary
A little bit more tricky than... the above itinerary via Cordoba due to the more difficult transport connections (you'll probably need to take a bus as there are few trains from Malaga to Ronda and none from Ronda to Seville).
Still, Ronda is a fantastic place to visit and if you're going to go, going en route from Malaga to Seville cuts out at least one time you'll need to take a bus.
Ronda is most famous for the gorge it sits above, as well as the old bridges that span it. It is also a good city for wine and tapas.Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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Longer Itineraries from Malaga to Seville
Spend a Day or Two in Granada
Travel from Malaga to Granada would take you a little out of your way, but not by much. The bus between these two cities takes under two hours, while the bus and train from Granada to Seville both take around two-and-a-half hours.
It is possible, though not necessarily advisable, to visit Granada in a day en route to Seville. The main two attractions in Granada are the Alhambra and the tapas (which come free with every drink in any bar in town). Arrive in time for lunch, go for tapas, and then climb the hill to the Alhambra. As long as you have booked your Alhambra tickets in advance, you'd then have the time to explore the Alhambra before taking a bus or train to Seville.
But, really, Granada deserves an extra day or two. You wouldn't want to miss the medina-like Albaicin Moorish quarter, would you?
Alternatively, before heading to Seville, go via Cordoba and get the best of Andalusia's cities into a single trip.
Take a Detour via Madrid
It might look far,... but as Madrid is on the high-speed AVE train network, traveling from Malaga to Madrid before heading back down to Seville (also on the AVE train) is much simpler than you'd think. Each journey is a mere two-and-a-half hours long.
As Cordoba is on the same train line as Malaga, Madrid and Seville (in both directions), it's easy to add the city into either leg of your itinerary.