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So you have landed at Malaga and your holiday has started but, how, where and what buses to 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. If your destination isn´t via one of these buses, and you must travel by bus, then we recommend you travel to Malaga Bus Station via the A Express Bus or the train to Maria Zambrano and then taking a bus from there.
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), 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 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, but 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.
Remember – winter and summer timetables change and we do advise you to check the website direct.
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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 for bus 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.
Some of 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 just 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 these 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. For all details on these buses, timetables and prices go to the direct ALSA Website.
This Service has been cancelled. However, you can take the train from Malaga Airport direct to Torremolinos and Benalmádena.
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