Malaga Airport is just eight miles to the southwest of the city center and the journey should take around twenty minutes on the MA-20 in normal traffic conditions. An alternative in peak periods is to use the Avenue de Velazquez and the MA-21. This is a slightly shorter route at just seven miles but takes roughly the same amount of time to get to the city center. Malaga Train Station is just two miles from the city center via the Calle Hilera. Traffic sometimes means the journey could take fifteen minutes.
The A7 / AP7 are the main coastal highways and run east from Malaga to Almeria and all the way north to Valencia. To the west of the city it runs to the popular tourist resort of Marbella and on to Gibraltar. The AP 7, also known as the Autopista del Mediterraneo is the newer toll road, which follows essentially the same route as the A7. The other major route is the A-45, which takes you north to Cordoba. The streets of Malaga can be narrow and winding away from the major routes. Look out for the Avenue Fatima running north to south along the Guadalmedina River and Avenue de Andalucia running east to west. On-street parking can be busy but there are plenty of parking garages across the city and you can usually find a space.