The arrivals area is in T3 (Terminal 3). There are still a few domestic flights that land in the old Terminal (T2) which is a few minutes walk from T3. It´s well signposted and can be easily reached by travelators, lifts and escalators.
The Terminals aren´t like Heathrow or Gatwick where you have to get a shuttle to the terminal, so don’t panic. T2 and T3 are all in the same building. You will be directed into the T3 (Malaga Terminal 3) to clear security and collect your baggage.
If you are coming from mainland Europe where the country is a member of the Schengen Agreement you don´t have to clear security, just follow the signs and you will come direct to Baggage Reclaim.
Once you have gone through passport control you need to take the escalators down to the baggage reclaim hall where there are 11 baggage reclaim carousels (9 for European Union flights and 2 for non-European Union flights) and 1 for special baggage.
Do make sure you follow the signs even if you only have hand luggage as this the way out for everyone. Many passengers do travel hand luggage only nowadays, so generally the cases come through pretty quick.
If you have young kids take care and don’t let them climb up onto the carousel. Also, do keep an eye on all your bags and belongings at this point. It´s so easy to leave your trolley and bag to grab your suitcase coming around on the carousel. Last thing….be sure you have the right case!
As you collect your Baggage there is a small last minute Duty Free Shop. This is open from 7am to 10pm Monday to Friday, Saturdays 7am to 11pm and Sundays 7am to 12.30am. There is also a Currency Exchange desk here too.
Just before going through the doors into the Arrivals Hall, there are numerous cash machines and also a desk where you can buy/rent Sim Cards and WIFI Routers.
If you are on a Golfing Holiday and want to hire or collect some equipment then ClubstoHire can be found in the Public Arrivals Area. Tots Store is no longer inside Malaga Airport, however they do have an Airport collection service.
If you are meeting someone at the airport either meet in the arrivals hall or if you have arranged to meet outside, there is a signed meeting point as you leave the Arrivals Hall just by Gambrinus Cafe.
If you have hired a car from one of the car hire companies within the Airport Terminal, as you collect your bags, you will see a big sign for Car Hire which will lead you downstairs to the Car Hire desks (don´t leave arrivals).
If you chose an Off Site Car Hire Company, then you will be given instructions on where to meet them at the time of booking and will probably be collected by one of their Shuttle Buses.
Where do you get the Shuttle Bus? As you leave Arrivals, turn right and follow the pavement around and you will come to the tunnel where all Car Parking & Car Hire Shuttles have their collection points. Keep an eye out for the Company vehicle! The same applies if using off site Car Parking.
If you have arranged a private transfer or are being met by someone, continue to the Arrivals Hall where all friends and family will be waiting, along with the Private Drivers holding signs with your names on. They may also arrange to meet you in VIPs café which is open daily from 7.30am until midnight.
Should you be catching a taxi to your destination, as you leave the Arrivals Hall, you will see all Taxis just to the right, beyond Gambrinus Cafe. For all estimated prices to various destinations, just go to our Taxis page. Taxis do have meters now, so you can clearly see the prices.
As you leave the Arrivals Hall, just in front of you will see the Ticket Office and just behind here are the Buses. There are 3 stops, one local bus to take you into Malaga City, The Direct Airport Bus to take you to Marbella, Estepona & Algeciras and the final one is for destinations a little further away.
Click the Buses link for more information about where you can travel by bus directly from Malaga Airport.
The train station is just a couple of minutes walk away. As you leave the Arrivals Hall (T3), walk straight ahead, passing the ticket office through the pedestrianised forecourt and Malaga Airport Train Station is right there.
This is the Malaga Cercanias (Local Malaga Line) which takes you as far North as Álora or as far South to Fuengirola. You can also take the train into Maria Zambrano which is the main Train & Bus Station for all other destinations like Madrid, highly recommended!