Getting Around in Malaga

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The best way to get around the city during your Malaga vacation is on foot. It's quick, it's easy, it's great exercise, and it will allow you to uncover more hidden gems than you would if you were driving around town or in a taxi. Although getting around Malaga during your Malaga trip is the best way to enjoy the city to the fullest, Malaga does have an excellent transportation system if you prefer to travel between Malaga activities and your Malaga hotel super fast or if you simply do not want to walk.

Getting Around on Foot: Just head to the historic city centre and you will be within walking distance of Malaga's major attractions such as the Picasso Museum, Malaga restaurants, nightlife, Malaga recreation such as Paseo del Parque, and more. Chances are, your Malaga hotel is located near the city centre, so if you prefer not to, you may never have to set foot on a bus during your Malaga vacation.

Getting Around by Bus: Malaga's bus system is serviced by EMT -- the Empressa Malaguena de Transportes. One ride costs 1E ($1.50US). You can purchase a bus card, good for 10 trips, for 6E ($9.30US) and you can also purchase a one-month pass for 30E ($47US), which entitles you to unlimited rides for 30 days. Malaga buses run regularly during the day and once every hour late-night. www.emtmalaga.es

Getting Around by Taxi: Taxis are plentiful in the city and the prices are just right. Short trips throughout the city of Malaga average around 5E ($8US) and the cost for a taxi ride to the airport should cost between 12E-15E ($19US-$23). Malaga taxis are usually white, so they are very easy to spot. Keep in mind that it may be difficult to hail a cab during the city's four rush hours -- 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Malaga Taxi companies include:

Municipal Taxi - +34 952 333 333

Unitaxi - +34 952 122 040

Taxi Union - +34 952 040 804

Getting Around by Train: Malaga trains are mostly available to transport passengers out of the city. Visit www.raileurope for schedules and pricing. The local train, RENFE, is made up of a single train line. This train takes passengers between Malaga and Fuengirola, with around 15 stops between the two points. The train departs every half hour between 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. www.renfe.com

Getting Around by Car: Getting around by car is the least friendly way to get around the city during your Malaga vacation. Parking can be a hassle, dealing with traffic can be stressful during any of the city's four rush hours, especially between 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., and rental cars are a frequent target for petty thieves. Even a soda can or a paper bag left on the seat can attract unwanted attention. If you would still like to rent a car during your Malaga trip, most rental car companies are located at Malaga Airport ( www.aena.es). Avis ( www.avis.es) and Hertz ( www.hertz.es) are probably the most popular options.

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June 03, 2008 change by mcburton

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