Main city of the Costa del Sol and home to one of Spain’s busiest airports, Malaga is too often dismissed simply as a transport hub.
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But the birthplace of Picasso has one of the loveliest Old Towns in Andalusia, stand-out Mediterranean beaches, and is the only city outside France with a Pompidou Centre.
Flying to Malaga
The focal point of Spain’s Costa del Sol is Malaga, one of the country's busiest cities. Arrive at Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport and you’ll be nine miles (14km) from the city centre and the Andalusia Technology Park (Parque Tecnológico), Malaga’s answer to Silicon Valley. That means flights from London City Airport to Malaga have you covered if you're visiting on business, but the route is also perfect if you just want to fly to Malaga without a lengthy connection to an airport outside London. So you can take a flight from London to Malaga with minimum hassle. Here's what you need to know about getting there from London City Airport.
Flying from London City Airport to Malaga: Q&A
Take a look at our answers to the most common questions about flights from London City Airport to Malaga, and find out more about flying to the Costa del Sol's de facto capital.
How long is the flight from London to Malaga?
It takes three hours to fly from London City Airport to Malaga, a flight that’s made easier by the convenience of London City Airport’s proximity to London’s major stations and central areas. Catch the DLR from Bank and you’ll reach the airport in under 20 minutes. Buses connect the airport with the city and various resorts along the coast, but hiring a car can be a good idea. Book your car hire with LCY.
How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to Malaga?
You can usually choose from at least six direct flights from London City Airport to Malaga each week. Flights leave at convenient lunchtime time slots during the week, and on Fridays there is an extra late-night flight to get you to Malaga in time for a long weekend break. Take a look at our LCY–AGP timetable for more specific, up-to-date information on flight times.
What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and Malaga?
Iberia and British Airways are the most common airlines flying from London City Airport and Malaga. Both offer economy fares, but British Airways also offers business class flights, should you wish to travel in extra comfort and use the lounges at Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport and London City Airport.
Practical information about flying from London to Malaga
You'll need your passport to travel from London to Malaga, and if you're planning to hire a car, make sure you have a valid photocard driving licence with you. From March 2019 you may also need an International Driving Permit (IDP) – make sure you're certain about exactly what you need before you travel.
What to expect in Malaga
Despite its mixed cultural heritage and exciting changes in gastronomic trends there’s one thing you can be (fairly) sure of here. The sun will almost definitely be shining. The city of Malaga is one of Spain’s sunniest, and as well as impressive architecture and festivals that detail the area’s rich past, there’s a tradition of good eating here too. Informal dining is, and always has been, incredibly popular here. Pop into a beachside chiringuito for small plates and good wine, or tour the local tapas bars for tiny tastes of local cuisine. There’s a culture of extreme outdoor activities here too. Go rock climbing, hiking in the Rio Chillar or book onto water sports excursions of all kinds to make the most of the great weather. Then, upgrade your evening by heading to one of the city’s exclusive rooftop terraces for cocktails and watch the sun go down.