There seems to be quite a lot of confusion about Maria Zambrano Station & Vialia, so here is our Easy Guide which we hope will make it clear for you. If after reading this page, if you still need some help, don’t worry, come and chat with us and thousands of others on our Facebook Page.
Maria Zambrano is a Hub, where you can travel to many different places including Madrid, Cordoba, Barcelona and Bilbao. Maria Zambrano is also on the Malaga Cercanias Line which is the ´Local Malaga Train Line´which goes as far as Alora and Fuengirola including stops to Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Malaga Airport.
The Station itself is situated inside the Vialia Shopping Centre. Just outside of the Station / Shopping Centre you also have the Malaga Metro, this particular stop is called Estación de El Perchel, (Calle Explanada de la Estación), which is handy to know if you are staying in Malaga using the Metros.
Then, just outside Maria Zambrano/Vialia, is the Malaga Bus Station, (Estación de Autobuses). As you leave the station via the main doors, as per the photo above, turn left and left again and you will find the Bus Station on your right.
Larios Shopping Centre which houses even more shops and restaurants inlcuding Primark is just a 3/4 minute walk from here, as you leave the station as above, you should see Larios in the distance over to your left.
Also, attached to Maria Zambrano / Vialia is a Barcelo 4 Star Hotel, so as you can probably understand so far, this really is a fantastic area to know about and maybe stay in if you are travelling around.
The downside is that you are still not in the City Centre, you still would need to either walk, which is about a 15 / 20 minute walk or take a taxi or bus as the Metro doesn’t go directly into the City Centre yet. At this very moment, there are lots of roadwork as they are extending the metro right now.
As you arrive at the station, if you have come via the Airport, which is just 4 stops away, it is busy, so do keep your eye on all your belongings. As you leave the station and enter the shopping centre, toilets public telephones, ticket machines and cash machines are all in this immediate area. If you are taking the Train further afield, just follow the signs and you will come too the main station area which is absolutely fantastic. Whenever we are there, we get that travel bug feeling.
There is a large information centre where you can check all destinations and buy your tickets. There is a newsagents and cafeteria next to the platforms and once through the exit doors there is a luggage scanner for people boarding the Main Line Trains and on the right there is a Unicaja ATM, luggage storage lockers and public telephones.
You will also find four of the major car hire firms here: Avis, Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz. For more information on Car Hire or to get a quick quote, click here.
Its very easy to get to Maria Zambrano by Bus from Malaga Airport. As you leave the Arrivals Hall, walk straight ahead where you will see 3 bus stops. The stop on the right should be the Express A Bus to Malaga City. Take this to Maria Zambrano Station. You can pay on the bus or you can purchase a ticket at the ticket office in front of the Arrivals Hall.
You can also take the train from Malaga Airport to Maria Zambrano. The trains run every 20minutes. As you leave the Arrivals Hall, walk straight ahead for a couple of minutes and you will see a sign for the Train Station, Renfe.
You could also jump in a taxi from the Airport, but there is a minimum charge of around 15€.
Many people ask if there is a left luggage facility at Malaga Airport. Unfortunately there isn´t, however, there is at this station, Maria Zambrano, which gives you a great opportunity to leave your luggage all day and go and explore Malaga City. If you have any questions on what to do and where to go, come and chat with us on our Facebook Page.
At Vialia there is Parking for 1,500 over 2 levels. There are lots of different offers for parking from 2 hours to 48 hours free, should you either either be going to the Cinema, Shopping or Travelling via train, you can find the offers on Parking here.
As this Shopping Centre is still quite new, there are some great features for people with reduced mobility including, special Disabled Travellers Service, toilets, parking, wheelchair hire, adapted lifts and platforms. If you require any type of assistance just go to the information desk on the ground floor. We do recommend that you have some form of identification, NIE or Passport for Wheelchair hire.
The four star Barcelo Malaga Hotel and Convention Centre can be accessed via the station. It is a brand new, modern hotel with 222 comfortable guest rooms , but we personally love the slide that runs all the way down to ground floor. Very funny seeing businessmen suited and booted coming down the slide. Staying here as a base is ideal for business travellers or for exploring Malaga City. The taxi rank and bus station are located in front of the main exit and of course trains are on hand to transport you to locations locally and further afield.
To reach the station by car from Malaga Airport drive on to Avenida de Andalucia, take a right at the El Corte Ingles roundabout, carry on straight until you reach a roundabout with the Eroski Shopping Centre and then turn left onto the Calle de la Explanada de la Estación. It is quite clearly signposted. The station will come into a view after a few minutes on the right. It is just a two minute walk from the older style Larios Shopping Centre which offers a great selection of shops.
So, to be clear Malaga Bus Station & Maria Zambrano & Vialia are all in the same area. Depending on which door you exit the Shopping Centre, the Bus Station is practically right outside. Maria Zambrano is the Station which is inside the Vialia Shopping Centre. Across the road in the short distance you will see the older shopping centre, Larios Shopping, which is home to more shops and restaurants and also Primark.
To help you further, here are the External Links to websites featuring on this page where you can go direct to the Shopping Centre to find out all the latest shops and restaurants, buy train tickets, bus tickets or even book the hotel.
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