Full of history and brimming with energy, Málaga it’s not just the cheap booze and fantastic weather that keeps tourists returning every year.
Approximate flight time: 2 hours 40 minutes (total distance 1099 miles)
No of flights per week: 25
Airlines that fly direct: Jet2.com, Ryanair and TUI
No. of Airports in Málaga: Málaga Airport
Seasons: High = March - May; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Birmingham Airport is a great choice for anyone flying from the UK. With a wide selection of shops, restaurants and places to rest, we’ve got all the facilities to ensure your journey is as comfortable as can be.
The airport is very accessible whichever way you want to travel. If you’re driving, you’ll find several carparks to choose from, all of which are easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via the courtesy shuttle bus. Book a carpark space online in advance and save up to 50%.
If you prefer to take public transport, you will find bus services running directly to the airport and to Birmingham International Airport train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station that takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
Whether you want to do some window shopping, or you’ve left some bits to the last minute, the terminal has a huge range of shops for you to browse. Check out World Duty Free for great savings, grab a magazine and a bag of sweets for the plane from WHSmith, and even get some new jewellery at Pandora or Accessorize.
There’s also a selection of great cafés, bars and restaurants for you to relax and enjoy a tasty meal before you fly. If you’ve booked an early morning flight, you’ll find plenty of coffee shops like Costa and Caffé Nero. Frankie & Benny’s is perfect for kids, and there’s even a Wetherspoons if you want to kick start your holiday with a pint.
We’ve got five airport lounges where you can enjoy complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views before you fly.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page.
Arriving at Málaga Airport
Málaga Airport has three terminals, but all have the same exit point and are widely considered as a single terminal. The train is a great way to travel from the airport to the city centre. Taking the train to Málaga city centre takes 11 minutes and costs just €1.80. Trains run every 20 minutes from approximately 7am to 9pm and less frequently outside this time.
Once you come out the exit at Málaga Airport you will see signs for buses, trains and the taxi rank. Whichever mode of transport you choose, onward travel is easy and convenient.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Málaga
Málaga is compact and history-packed, with most of the city’s attractions within a small area. You can easily travel between them all on foot and avoid public transport and taxis altogether.
Málaga’s warm Mediterranean climate is what keeps people coming back for more. Long, hot, dry summers mean the city enjoys approximately 300 days a year of sunshine! Winters are mild and sometimes rainy.
Spanish is the only language spoken by many, particularly the older generation. However, most younger people learn English at school and you will find that many locals speak at least a little English.
Culture in Málaga
Málaga often gets overlooked by visitors to the Costa del Sol – it shouldn’t be. It’s by far the most cultural city along this stretch of coastline. As the city where Pablo Picasso, one of Spain’s best-loved artists, was born, Málaga has both history and culture to offer its visitors.
‘Siestas’ exist – most people know the Spanish lunch break as siesta time and it’s a big deal. Most people travel home during the hottest hours of the day to enjoy a big lunch in their cool homes (many then have a short 15-30-minute nap). Siestas usually last from 2pm till 5pm, so you will find many shops and businesses closed during this time.
When you think of Spain, one of the first things that springs to mind is tapas. Small in size but full of flavour, tapas offer diners the chance to explore countless dishes without feeling stuffed. Bar hop and graze on tapas along the way, making sure you wash your dishes down with a glass of fruity sangria.