Getting around Malaga by bus is easy. Empresa Malagueña de Transportes (EMT) boasts an extensive bus network that is very reliable and safe to use.
Paying for the bus in Malaga
If you’re in Malaga for a short period of time, you can pay the driver directly for your bus journey. One ride costs 1.40€ per person (all prices in this article are correct as of November 2023).
Note that individual tickets are only valid for one ride. When changing buses, you must buy a new ticket.
If you wish to pay by card, EMT has, since summer 2022, been rolling out contactless payment on its buses. If using a foreign card to pay, a 20€ initial payment is often deducted but is usually refunded (minus the cost of your travels) within a couple of days.
For up-to-date information on prices and special rates click here.
Weekly or monthly bus passes in Malaga
If you’re in Malaga for an extended period or you’re a resident, you may want to purchase a bus pass (tarjeta transbordo, also known as a bonobus). This costs 1.90€ – a quantity that can be refunded if the card is returned in good condition within a year.
This offers much more flexibility than the aforementioned payment options and gives access to a range of discounts.
There are two main options for bus passes in Malaga:
- You can load your card with 10, 20 or 30 trips (10 trips = 4.20€), or
- You can buy an unlimited monthly bus pass (tarjeta bus mensual) for 19.95€
It’s important to note that in the first case, multiple people can use the same card and 1 trip will be deducted for each person that validates the card when getting on the bus (perfect if you’re travelling as a couple or family). In the second case, the card can only be used by one person per trip.
If you’re using a bus pass, you validate it by tapping it on the reader next to the driver. Unlike single tickets, bus passes allow free transfers between lines within one hour of the first trip.
Where to buy bus passes in Malaga
You can purchase bus passes from a large number of kiosks, tobacconists or shops (see where here).
Once you have bought a bus pass, you can top it up at the same locations.
Malaga bus routes and timetables
For those who are anxious about where to get off the bus, all of the EMT’s new fleet are equipped with screens that tell you exactly where you are.
If you prefer more old-fashioned methods, you can download and print a detailed map of all routes, as well as the bus stops on the Alameda here.
Things to look out for
- If paying in cash, note that drivers are not obliged to offer change for quantities larger than 5 euros.
- Malaga locals take queuing for the bus very seriously. When waiting at a bus stop, it is common to be asked who is last in line. Queue jumping is likely to be met with shouting!!
Daryl moved to Malaga permanently in 2014 having first fallen in love with the city on his Erasmus year. After working for many years at local expat newspaper SUR in English, Daryl gained expert knowledge in life from the perspective of foreign residents and decided to co-found Malaga Guru in 2016.