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North Africa

Melilla is a Spanish autonomous city located on the northwest coast of Africa. It lies on the Cape Tres Forcas, close to the Sahara Desert, and shares a border with Morocco. The Spanish exclave port city is regularly connected with mainland Spain at three ports in Andalusia. On you can find all the information you need about ferry routes and ferry schedules from the port of Melilla to arrange the details of your trip!

Ferry schedules and ferry tickets from the port of Melilla

From the city of Melilla you can take the ferry to the ports of Málaga, Motril and Almería in southern Spain. The ferry companies that usually operate at the small port of Melilla are Baleària, Trasmediterránea and FRS.

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The port of Melilla with Moroccan mountains in the distance.

Ferry from Melilla to Málaga

The Melilla - Málaga ferry route is operated by Baleària and Trasmediterránea. The ferry trip lasts approximately 6 hours and the service is available 10 times a week on average. Normally, during summer months the ferry schedule frequency is higher. Standard tickets for the ferry crossing to Málaga start at €40.

Ferry from Melilla to Motril

The ferry crossing from Melilla to Motril is serviced by FRS and the duration of the trip is around 5h 45min. From the port of Melilla there are 6 weekly crossings to the Andalusian port. You can get a ferry ticket for €35.

Ferry from Melilla to Almería

Melilla is also connected with the port of Almería. The Melilla - Almería itinerary is normally available by Trasmediterránea and Baleària. It takes 5 to 6 hours to reach the port of Almería from Melilla and tickets start at €37. The itinerary is available 4 days a week with a total of 10 crossings on average.

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Parque de Málaga: botanical gardens in downtown Málaga by the port.

How to get to the port of Melilla?

The port of Melilla is newly renovated and despite its small size, you can find parking facilities and information kiosks in the area. The port is located in the city center of Melilla, just a 10-minute drive from Melilla Airport. You can access the port on foot from the city center or drive there. The ferry terminal serving passengers traveling to Andalusia is located on the northern part of the port by the General Macías Avenue, which starts at Plaza de España. If you’re driving into Melilla from across the border in Morocco, you can take national road N15 that leads to the town of Nador nearby and drive to the border crossing points in order to enter the city of Melilla.

Vacation in Melilla

The name Melilla means the “town of honey” according to some historians. We can't be sure this is true, but if you’re visiting the Spanish exclave, you’re in for a sweet treat! The city is part of Spain and, due to its location right next to Morocco, it is distinguished for its multicultural and multiethnic character. It is home to an abundance of historical sites like churches and museums, as well as cafés and restaurants serving delicious tapas! You can find several modernist buildings, while right above the port stands the great fortress of Melilla la Vieja, the old town, part of which has been inhabited since Phoenician times.

Ferryhopper suggests that you visit the following places and attractions in Melilla:

  • Melilla la Vieja
  • Plaza de España 
  • Parque Hernandez 
  • Parque Cándico Lobera
  • Cuevas del Conventico
  • Fuerte de Victoria Grande
  • Playa de la Hípica
  • Pinares de Rostrogordo

Tip: The Puerto Noray area by the marina is one of the liveliest parts of the city, perfect to enjoy a night-out during your holidays!

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The Faro de Melilla la Vieja lighthouse in the old town.

Where to book ferry tickets from Melilla?

On Ferryhopper you can effortlessly book tickets from Melilla to the ports of Málaga, Motril and Almería in Andalusia. Find all the information you need about ferry schedules from the port of Melilla, check Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries for available ferry crossings, compare ferry companies, and book tickets with no extra fees!

Melilla has direct ferry connections with 3 ports:

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