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, metro, 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.
The metro network has two lines and runs every day between 6:30 am and 11 pm. On Fridays and the eve of public holidays, this service is extended until 1.30 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
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.
The single metro ticket costs €1.35. If you wish to combine the use of metro and bus, you can opt for the "Tarjeta Monedero" (prepaid card). With this, each trip works out at €0.82 on the metro line and €0.66 if you're transferring from a bus. The most convenient 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
Although the historic centre is mostly pedestrianised, you can also explore Malaga on a sightseeing bus. The adult ticket costs €18, children aged up to 15 pay €10, 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.