Getting from Malaga to Seville Travel Guide
Welcome to Seville, the birthplace of Flamenco dancing and an incredibly popular destination when visiting Andalusia in the south of Spain.
The capital of the region, is known for it’s stunning architecture, a mixture of gothic and baroque churches as well as gorgeous Moorish influences and beautiful tile-works. Oh, and not to forget the Seville oranges too!
It really is easy to see why almost everyone who visits instantly falls head over heels in love this city.
But how do you get to Seville, or more specifically, how do you get from Malaga to Seville?
If you are flying into Malaga instead of Seville itself and planning on travelling between the two cities, then this guide is for you.
Below, I will outline in detail the various modes of transport available to you, to get from Malaga to Seville (or vice versa).
Visiting Seville and looking for some inspiration on what to see and do? Check out 15 Top Things to Do in Seville in 3 Days.
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Malaga to Seville Train
Journey Duration: Between 1 hour 55 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes depending on service
Rail travel in Spain is an extremely convenient and time saving way to get around most of the country. With several different types of services operated by Renfe (the Spanish rail operator), you will usually have no problem making use of only trains and other forms of public transport during your stay.
Particularly when travelling by train from Malaga to Seville, there are several departures taking place daily. Starting from as early as 06:45 am up until as late as 20:13 pm. There are approximately 11 departures taking place almost daily.
I would at this time like to point out that there are in fact two different types of services that operate on the Malaga to Seville train schedule.
The first being the much faster, high-speed AVANT service and the second being the slower MD (Media Distancia) trains.
AVANT – The AVANT trains are part of the Renfe high-speed rail services and usually cover medium distance routes. Currently there are around 6 departures on the AVANT train costing around €46.70 one-way in tourist class. The journey takes 1 hour 55 minutes with only 4 stops along the way.
MD – The slower Media Distancia train takes much longer at 3 hours 22 minutes with 11 stops on route, but is also far cheaper. Tickets on the MD trains are almost half of the AVANT prices at €24.95 one-way for a tourist class ticket.
Malaga Train Station:
When departing from Malaga to Seville by train, the trains depart from Malaga’s Maria Zambrano train station. It is only around 2 kilometres from centre of Malaga and can be easily reached via Malaga’s metro system. The closest metro station being El Perchel which is right by the train station itself.
Seville Train Station:
When arriving to and departing from Seville to Malaga, the train station you would make use of is Seville’s Santa Justa station. The station is only a short drive into the city centre too, and you can opt to either travel by bus or even consider a taxi which should cost only a couple of Euros.
Malaga to Seville by Bus
Journey Duration: Between 2 hours 30 to 4 hours depending on route
Seville is a popular option when planning a day trip from Malaga too!
Another option that you may want to consider is to make use of the Malaga to Sevilla bus service that is operated by coach company ALSA.
They operate a large route network throughout Spain, connecting several different cities, towns and locations. The service is of a good quality and comfortable, and you are also able to book online.
With regards to the Malaga Sevilla bus service, there are about 9 different departures taking place daily with the quickest journey time being 2 hours 30 minutes, usually with zero stops along the way.
The longest journey time is around 4 hours and makes 11 stops in total. So, be sure to pay attention to the times & schedule as all of this information is laid out online on the ALSA website.
The cost of a one-way ticket ranges anywhere between €5.45 (for the 4-hour bus trip) through to €24.12 for some of the faster services.
Malaga Bus Station – When making use of the Malaga Seville bus service, note that the buses will depart from either Malaga Airport or from the main bus terminal, the Estación de Autobuses de Malaga (Address – Paseo de los Tilos, s/n, 29006 Málaga, Spain).
This bus terminal is located very close by to the Maria Zambrano train station as well as the El Perchel metro station.
The dpartures from Malaga Airport also tend to pass by the Malaga bus terminal, so there is no need to go to the airport to the catch the bus if you are already located in the city centre.
When you view availability online on the ALSA site, you will see an option to view the ‘Itinerary’. Click on Itinerary and then click on the relevant name and you will see the exact location / address.
Important – Please note that there is also another bus station situated in Malaga at Avenida Manuel Augustin Heredia. But this departure point is for other routes operated by ALSA. Be sure to make your way to the correct station!
Seville Bus Station – When you arrive into or depart from Seville, it would be into and out of the Estacion de Autobuses, Plaza de Armas. The station is situated very close to Seville’s city centre (only about a kilometre away, making it 10 – 15 mins walk depending where you need to go).
Malaga Airport to Seville
Are you planning on arriving into Malaga Airport and want to make a direct onward journey to Seville? Then here I will outline exactly how to get to Seville from Malaga Airport.
Bus from Malaga Airport to Seville:
As already mentioned above, there are departures from Malaga that leave directly from Malaga Airport on the ALSA bus route between Seville and Malaga.
Currently there are two departures, one at around 11:30 am and another at 16:45 pm that both take 3 hours 15 mins in total journey time. Prices range between €19.09 to €24.12 for a one-way journey on this service.
When booking online through the ALSA site, you can stipulate Malaga Airport as your departure point, to ensure you only see these departures on the results page when searching for the Malaga Airport to Seville bus schedules.
Train from Malaga Airport to Seville:
Unfortunately, there is no direct train departing straight from Malaga Airport to Seville.
As such, you would need to make your way to the Malaga Maria Zambrano train station using other forms of public transport and then catch the Malaga to Seville train from there (as already outlined in the above section on rail travel).
Taxi from Malaga Airport to Seville:
Given that the distance between Malaga and Seville by road is around 220 kilometres (around a 2-hour 30 minutes’ drive), taking a taxi from Malaga to Seville probably doesn’t make much sense.
Since you can get other forms of transport at more or less the same journey time for much cheaper, it is not a popular option at all.
Going by Taxi-Union’s guidelines on suggested taxi tariffs between these two cities, you will likely pay anywhere between €260 – €310 or more!
Tip: If you are still insistent on taking a Malaga to Seville taxi then read up on the Malaga Airport transport page as they lay out very important tips & information on ordering a taxi at the airport.
Private Transfer from Malaga Airport to Seville
If you prefer to travel by car and looking to hire a private Malaga to Seville transfer, then I can certainly recommend the services of Welcome Pickups.
Currently for a standard sedan vehicle for 2 travellers with 1 piece of luggage each, they quote around €324 one-way.
This of course can fluctuate and it’s always best to consult their site if you are keen to book.
Driving from Malaga to Seville by Car
Journey Duration: More or less 2 hours 30 minutes
Andalusia offers up so much culture, history and certainly has a flair and charm of its own. Being blessed with so many amazing towns, cities, sites and villages to explore, it’s no wonder that planning a road trip through the region is such a popular choice for many travellers visiting.
Planning to drive from Malaga to Seville? The distance from Malaga to Seville by car is approximately 220 kilometres and should take around 2 hours 30 minutes to drive with the most logical route being on the A-45 and A-92 highways.
In Spain you will find both tolled and free motorways. Usually, the tolled roads start with the letters AP and a number – example the AP-46 motorway. Whereas, the free highways are normally only an A and a number – example the A-45.
If you are planning a road trip through the region or other parts of Spain, then have a look at this very useful Spanish road map that I found! It very clearly shows the motorway route network and indicates which are free versus those that are tolled roads. Very handy to have on file.
Renting a car
If you are still needing to rent a car for the duration of your trip, then have a look at RentalCars.com for rates & availability. We love using them as they search a wide range of different rental agencies and display available rates and terms for each provider. So, you don’t have to jump to different sites to get the best deal.
Where to stay & What to do in Seville
Wanting to add some fun experiences and tours or still need to book accommodation for your trip to Seville, Malaga or other parts of Andalusia?
Check hotel rates & availability on Booking.com here for Seville
Check hotel rates & availability on Booking.com here for Malaga
Check hotel rates & availability on Booking.com here for Andalusia
For a range of tours & activities – check availability & rates here for Seville
For a range of tours & activities – check availability & rates here for Andalusia
As you can gather from this guide, you really are spoilt for choice on how to travel from Malaga to Seville.
Whether you choose to do so by public transport (train, bus or private transfer / taxi) or by car, it should be a breeze to connect between these two cities.
If you have already completed this particular route, then I’d love to hear your feedback. How did you travel and what was your experience?
Feel free to comment and share your thoughts, tips and suggestions that I may have missed out on!