You should fly into Malaga rather than Madrid. You can hire a car and drive up to Ronda by hiring a car which you can pick up at the airport. Alternatively, you can get the train from the airport into Malaga Maria Zambrano train station and transfer on to the Ronda train from there - although they only run a couple of times a day. My choice though would be to hire a car, it gives you a lot more options in getting around.
Personally, unless you really want to visit Gibraltar I would give it a miss, there are lots of other wonderful places to visit in Andalucia which will keep you enthralled. Do spend a day in Malaga City if you can, its beautiful and a trip into Marbella for some beach time would be another lovely day out.
Not sure if you are hiring a car or not. Maybe if Madrid airport is more convenient than Malaga (which is the nearest to Ronda by miles) then perhaps a train ride from Madrid to Ronda could be suitable, The train is the one for Algeciras which is across the bay from Gibraltar. It normally leaves ATOCHA station in Madrid at 08.35 arriving at Ronda at 12.20 or the later train leaves at 15.05 arriving 18.51. Depending on the day of travel you can buy advance discounted fares making this journey quite economical.
In Ronda it is possible to rent a car but choice is more limited because of the size of the town. Contact the Tourist Info office for choice of rental people.
From Malaga you can use the regular approx 2 hour bus operated by Los Amarillos starting at Malaga main bus station next to Maria Zambrano rail station.
You should study the Ronda Turismo web as it also has plenty of info about travelling to Ronda and gives some car hire contacts.Edited: 09 April 2013, 14:33
The web address for Ronda Turismo is
There are 3 or 4 car hire places at the Malaga airport. We have never flown into Malaga, but have flown out a couple of times. With you getting a car in Malage you could spend some time in The Peublos Blancos, White Towns on the way to Ronda. This car hire place is surpose to be a good one, good luck and have fun. Hubie
Helle hollis, although not necessarily the cheapest car hire company is well recommended on the various car hire threads. Two members give out their owners' club membership nos. to get you 15% off (see the link below):
We've booked them for September using the code and got a great deal for 2 weeks and they do the full/full fuel policy which is great.
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