Public transport in Malaga has come under fire for requiring children to pay for a standard ticket as soon as they turn 3. From that age upwards, the only other option for parents is to opt for the student or family cards.
Malaga’s Transport Company (EMT) offers a wide variety of discounts for different groups. Students, pensioners and unemployed or disabled people are guaranteed an average discount of 40 per cent.
However, parents are left with very few options for their young children. The student card offers unlimited trips for €27 per month and the family ‘pack’ offers two cards for €290 each for the whole year, both costly choices.
Other Spanish cities are leading by example, as Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca offer free transport for registered children under 16. In Madrid, children up to 7 years old can travel for free, while in Seville and Valencia the age limit goes up to 12. In 2018, Ibiza hit the headlines for becoming the first Spanish city to provide free public transport for everyone under 18.