You will find the bus stop straight in front of you outside arrivals on the side of the road where there are a couple of shelters with seats. You will also see a ticket office in the left hand corner of the arrivals forecourt where you should purchase your tickets for the journey.
You can book tickets in advance at www.avanzabus.com (but be warned it's not an easy website to use and I prefer to purchase tickets on the day).You will notice that single fares can vary by as much as €3,00. The higher charge is for "Directo" buses which are non-stop and use the toll road (and pay charges) rather than the slower coast road. The difference in journey time can be quite significant: eg the non stop from Marbella Bus Station to Malaga City takes 50 minutes while the slower bus which stops at Fuengirola, Benalmadena and Torremolinos takes one hour and 35 minutes!
There is a non-stop bus which goes into Marbella Bus Station or you can opt for the Express A75 which goes into Malaga City with a number of stops on the way. There are also buses from the airport to a number of other destinations including Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Seville and Granada.
You can also get connections to most Costa del Sol resorts (inland and on the coast) from the bus station at Marbella with Avanzabus or Alsa (national buses).
Trains from Malaga Airport travel as far as Fuengirola in one direction (stopping at Torremolinos and Fuengirola) and Malaga City in the other.
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The Airport Bus goes direct to Marbella Bus Station via the fast Toll Road. The journey time is 45 minutes and it costs €8,30 single fare which is about the same as the toll road charge during the summer months.
It is good value for money, and to give you some idea with a cost comparison: the bus (€8,30) and taxi into Puerto Banus from Marbella Bus Station (€14,00) is still a lot cheaper than the €70 taxi fare if there are less than four of you travelling in the party.
In winter only one bus operates nearly every 2 hours so you may have to wait a long time. In the summer the buses are more frequent but you may not get on as they can get very busy. So you need to make sure you join the queue as soon as you have your tickets and not wait until the last minute.
Alternatively if you don't mind travelling to Malaga City Bus Station there is a direct service and indirect service to Marbella Bus Station from there.
For the Malaga airport bus you can no longer pay the driver but must get your ticket from an office outside the arrivals hall. As you come out on to the forecourt you will see a meeting point directly in front of you and the ticket office is to your left in the corner. To stop the scramble which often happens as passengers prefer to get seats at the front of the bus, both tickets offices at Malaga and Marbella now issue tickets with the seat numbers on, so check this before you get on board.
I have just been on a bus when the driver sent passengers without tickets back to the office and then not waited for them to get back! It is also good if you have some change as you will hold up the queue if you try and pay using €50 notes!
At Marbella Bus Station you buy a ticket from the ticket office inside the bus terminal. There is also cofee shop/snack bar inside the building and a taxi rank down the steps to your left outside the terminal.
At time of writing the times below are correct but please check the current timetables as they are prone to change from time to time.
Remember - winter and summer timetables change.
|Departures from Malaga Airport||Departures from Marbella|
1st Oct - 30th June
1st July-30th Sept
1st Oct - 30th June
1st July -30th Sept
The Malaga City Bus A75 stops outside Terminal 3 on arrivals forecourt road, opposite the transportation hub. It goes right into Malaga City. The first bus leaves the airport at around 07:00 on most days and the last bus leaves around midnigh. It has a journey time of approximately 15-25 minutes depending on the time of day. The single fare is €3,00 and you an pay the driver on the bus cash only).
It makes following stops: Malaga-Airport: Paseo del Parque (Plaza del General Torrijos)-Alameda Principal-Avenida Andalucía-Héroe de Sostoa --Héroe de Sostoa (María Zambrano railway station)-, Avenida de Velázquez (level with Puerta Blanca)-Airport.
The first bus leaves the airport at 07:00 and they run at regular intervals until the last bus departs at 24:00.
The first bus from Malaga City Centre is at 06:25 and the last one is at 23:30.
More information at: www.emtmalaga.es
The M-128 bus to Benalmadena and Torremolinos terminates at the Flatotel in Torrequebrada, A single ticket costs €3,55.
Timetable: To the Airport : from 09:00 to 17:15 (from Monday to Friday) and from 07:00 to 17:15 (Saturday, Sunday and holidays).
To Torremolinos-Benalmádena: from 09:00 to 20:45 (from Monday to Friday) and from 08:00 to 16:15 (Saturday, Sunday and holidays).
Frequency: between 1 and 2 hours.
Length of the journey: 30 minutes to Torremolinos and 50 minutes to Benalmádena.
For more information and route details visit www.ctmam.es
There is a direct bus route to Granada. Stops: T3 arrivals forecourt road, opposite the transportation hub.
The connections to Granada departs from the airport at 10:45, 11:00, 11:30, 16:00, 18:30 and 20:45 with a journey time of 2 hours 30 minutes. The fare is €11,43 single or €22,86 return.
The buses from Granada depart at 13:15, 16:00 and 18:30
For more detailed timetable information visit: www.alsa.es
Stops: T3 arrivals forecourt road opposite transportation hub.
Journey duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes. Single fare: €10.70. Does not run frequently (two trips per day from airport at 11:30 and 18:50) so best option might be to get the non stop bus to Marbella Bus Station and get a connection from there.
Timetable can be found at www.ctsa-portillo.com or Information telephone: +34 902 143 144
Stops: T3 arrivals forecourt road, opposite the transportation hub.
A single ticket costs €19,80.
Journey time: 1 hour and 55 minutes.Information telephone: 902 020 052
Timetable can be found at www.ctsa-portillo.com
Stops: Opposite the cargo terminal.
A single ticket costs €1.65 .
Destinations Santa Amalia: from 7.00 to 22.00 (from Mondays to working Saturdays) and from 7.30 to 13.30 (Sundays and public holidays).
Frecuency: each hour and a half (Mondays to working Saturdays) and each 3 hours (Sundays and public holidays).
Timetable at: www.ctmam.es