Walking is the best option for exploring the historic centre of Malaga, as it has numerous streets reserved for pedestrians only. There are also public buses, taxis and a range of different transport options for sightseers that will enable you to move around the city and successfully negotiate the narrow winding streets in the old quarter.
How to get around
The city bus is the best way to get around Malaga. This service normally operates from 6:30 am until 11 pm, although the timetables and frequencies vary depending on the line. What's more, there are three night buses that operate daily from 11:30 pm through to approximately 6 am.
Taxis can be found every day at any time. They are white with the city crest, a blue line and their licence number on the side. You can hail them in the street when they have the green light on, and they can also be found at taxi ranks located at the busiest points in the city, such as bus and railway stations and central squares. There are also radio taxi services available which you can call to request a taxi to pick you up wherever you want. Rates are displayed inside the taxis and comprise the minimum fare, flag-down charge, kilometre charge and other extras such as night service, public holidays, and station or airport service.
For getting to places near Malaga like Torremolinos, Benalmádena and Fuengirola, there are various intercity buses that make the trip every day. Another option is the suburban train, which runs from 6 am to 11:30 pm approximately.
The most convenient option
How much does transport cost?
A single ticket for the bus costs €1.30, or else you can buy a 10-trip Tarjeta Transbordo transfer card costing €8.30. It can be used by more than one person, and allows free line changes within a one-hour time period, and is valid for all the urban bus lines except the airport bus. The tickets can be bought directly from the bus driver, whereas the cards can be purchased in tobacconists ('estancos') and at newspaper kiosks.
Another option is the Malaga Card for tourists, which includes preferential admission to the main monuments and allows the use of the Sightseeing Bus. It is valid for 24 hours and costs €35.
A single ticket for the intercity bus costs between €1.50 and €3.15, depending on the number of zone changes you make. There are also prepaid cards available from the Malaga Transport Board (these can be topped up and customised depending on the trip you make most frequently and whether you change lines), which offer a substantial discount off the price of a single ticket. If you're taking the train, the Renfe local rail ticket costs between €1.70 and €3.50 depending on the number of zones in the journey; while the price of the 10-trip pass ('bonotren') ranges between €11.70 and €24.55.
Which is the best option?
If you're planning on making several journeys or if you're travelling in a group, then you should purchase a Tarjeta Transbordo; transfer card, or a prepaid card, as these offer substantial savings compared to single tickets and are transferable, meaning they can be shared by more than one person.
Other ways of getting around
You can also see Malaga by taking the sightseeing bus which runs to some of the most interesting places in the city such as the cathedral, La Malagueta and the Alcazaba fortress. The adult ticket costs €17, children aged up to 15 pay €8.50, and under fives travel free. The ticket is valid for 24 hours. Another option is to take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage (with a duration of about 45 minutes), or rent a bicycle, motorbike or segway.