Whenever I am asked if people should hire a car or not when booking their flights and accommodation to Marbella, my answer is nearly always yes! Marbella stretches from Calahonda to San Pedro which is a long way and that´s if the Hotel or Apartment where you are staying have been honest about its location! We know people that have been staying in Estepona but hought they had booked Marbella!
Marbella itself is a good 40 minute drive from Malaga Airport. Taxis can cost anything from 75 to 100euros depending where you are staying and time of travelling. Most taxis can also only take up to 4 people, so if you are a family of 5, then you may even have to take 2 taxis. Then double the price for the return journey and you may find you are not far off the price of hiring a car.
If you are people who really dont enjoy driving on the other side of the road and know that once you are at your destination you will just relaxing, knowing shops and restaurants are closeby and you dont mind forking out for taxis when you need, then don´t put yourself under the stress of hiring a car.
If you are arriving with kids, most of the theme parks and things to do are further away, Elviria, Torromolinos, Benalmadena etc These days can work out really expensive especially paying for taxis on top. The train only goes as far as Fuengirola. In Marbella you can only rely on buses or taxis, that´s it!
Driving from the airport really is quite easy once you know how. If you are on the N340 with the sea on your left you know you are driving towards Marbella, Esptona, Gibraltar. If the sea is on your right, you are driving towards Malaga, Nerja etc.
I would recommend taking the Insurance Waiver as driving / parking in Marbella can sometimes be a little, well, hazarderous. People do park close and open their doors on yours. In busy streets, you may find people even sitting on your car. Driving is also an experience and would recommend to take it easy, and always expect the unexpected!
Above all, if you arrive in Marbella and only need to hire a car for a couple of days, below are a couple of car hire companies left here in Marbella but you can also get a cheap car hire quote here.
Avda Ricardo Soriano 38 Marbella
Telephone: 0034 952 863 113
Fax Number:0034 952 826 919
Avda Arias Maldonado 4 Marbella
Telephone: 0034 952 773 191
Fax Number: 0034 952 775844