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So you have landed at Malaga Airport, but how, where and what buses do you take? Well, as soon as you leave the arrivals hall, you will see a Ticket Office, and just behind here are 3 Bus Stops. The Alsa Ticket Office is open from 8.15am – 2.15pm and then again from 3pm to 6.30pm. The Avanza Bus Office is open from 8am to 8pm. If your destination isn´t via one of these buses, then we recommend you travel to Malaga Bus Station via the A Express Bus or the train to Maria Zambrano and then take a bus from there.
These are the only destinations you can get to directly by bus from Malaga Airport
This bus takes you from Malaga Airport to Malaga City Centre, stopping at 10 bus stops along the way. The total journey time is around 15 – 25 minutes depending on time of day and traffic. It costs just 3€ and you can pay the driver direct. The stops are, Malaga Airport, Aeroclub, Agenda de Velázquez, La Hoz (Mercado de Huelin), Ayala (Los Arcos), Avenida Explanada de la Estación (Estación FFCC Train Station), Estación Autobuses (Bus Station/Maria Zambrano), Avenida de Andalucía (Correos), Alameda Principal (Sur), Paseo del Parque (Plaza de la Marina) and finally, Plaza del General Torrijos (City Centre).
There is a bus around every 20 – 25 minutes from 7am until midnight. For exact bus timetables, tickets and prices go direct to www.emtmalaga.es
This route takes around 45 minutes and costs from 6.15€ to 8.20€ plus booking fees for a single fare. It´s great value for money although you still may need another bus, catch a taxi, or ask someone to pick you up to take you to your final destination. If you are a family of 4 or 5, for a little more, it would be probably worth taking a taxi or a private transfer.
In winter months buses operates roughly every 2 hours, so depending on the time you land, you could be waiting a while. In the summer the buses are more frequent, although you could wait up to an hour still. They do get busy, so make sure you buy your ticket in advance online www.avanzabus.com (although the website can be a little tricky at times), or you can buy direct from the Ticket Office, which is just outside the Arrivals Hall.
To stop the scramble which often happens as passengers prefer to sit at the front of the bus, both tickets offices at Malaga and Marbella now issue tickets with the seat numbers. We have personally travelled by this bus and have seen the bus driver send passengers without tickets back to the ticket office and then driven off. So make sure you buy your ticket in advance. We also advise you to have some change or smaller notes than a 50€. From Marbella Bus Station, you must also purchase your ticket before boarding the bus. Marbella Bus Station has a coffee shop / snack bar, toilets, lockers and Taxi Rank.
You can buy your tickets online, at the ticket office or by phone. There is now also Mobile Boarding, so no need to print your ticket. When you book online, you will receive an SMS with all your details to show the driver.
Remember – There are Winter & Summer Timetables. Please do check direct with Bus Website for exact times.
This bus route costs from 8.70€ to 10.70€ plus booking fees and takes around 1 hour 15 minutes. During winter months there are only a couple of services a day which increases to around 7 a day during the summer months. For timetables, prices and tickets Malaga Airport to Estepona go direct to the Portillo Avanza Website. If the bus times are no good for you we would suggest going to Malaga Bus Station, via the Express A Bus or train to Maria Zambrano first and then taking a bus to Estepona.
This bus route costs from 8.65€ to 17.30€ plus booking fees and takes around 1 hour 55 minutes. Once again, during the winter months there are only a couple of services a day, increasing during the busy summer months. Once again, for tickets, prices, timetables and more information go direct to the website Portillo Avanza Website. If the bus times are no use to you we would recommend taking a bus from Malaga Bus Station which you can get to via the Express A Bus or train to Maria Zambrano.
As you will see, these routes are quite limited, for example to Granada there are around 7 buses a day, Almeria 1 bus a day, Almuñecar 1 bus a day (2 during peak periods), Nerja, 1 bus a day during peak months, Seville 2 buses a day and Córdoba 1 bus a day.
If you do need to travel to any of these locations but the times do not suit, we recommend going to the main bus station at Maria Zambrano, either via the A Bus (as per above) or the train from Malaga Airport and then a bus from there.
You can buy tickets online, at the ticket office or by phone. You can board the bus with either your book reference number, show you SMS for mobile boarding or with your printed ticket.
For all details on Timetables, Prices, Luggage, Pets, Bikes or people travelling with Reduced Mobility, the website has all the information you need. Go direct to ALSA Website.
Please note this bus does not stop at the Airport Terminal. You would need to walk to the main road (San Isidro) to take this bus. Just ask any member of staff at the airport who we are sure will direct you to the correct place. You can find all details of times and other stops on this line here Malaga M-135 Bus Line
This Service has been cancelled. However, you can take the train from Malaga Airport direct to Torremolinos and Benalmádena.
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