Car Hire, Buses, Trains, Taxis and Private Transfers
So you’ve booked your flights which is the first step for your holiday and the next thing is to work out which is the best way to transport you and your party to your onward destination.
Basically there are six options: someone is picking you up - in which case you're sorted: you catch public transport, giving you the choice of a bus or train: you travel by taxi: pre-book a private transfer or hire a car.
We live on the Costa del Sol so hopefully the tips we have given you below will make it easier for you to decide what’s the best option for you.
Click on the link in each section to take you into a page providing more detailed information (timetables, fares, etc) on the method of transport.
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If you are staying in a remote part of the Costa del Sol or plan to do some exploring while you’re here, hiring a car is by far the best option.
Not only does it often work out to be the cheapest solution, but it gives you the flexibility to go out whenever you want and the freedom to turn off the tourist track and find some secluded beaches and remote villages.
You can book your car in advance and stipulate any extras like baby seats that you need to be fitted. This cuts out a lot of the paperwork when you arrive as you just need to take your driving licence and credit card used to make the booking to the relevant desk to collect the vehicle.
There are over 20 firms at the airport, but not all of them are based in the terminal buildings and some are a 5-10 minute shuttle bus ride away. This is not always made clear on the website, so to help you choose which agency best meets your needs we have provided details of firms based in the terminal buildings and those located on the approach road
Private transfers are the only way to travel as far as I’m concerned. There is not a lot of difference in price between booking a private transfer and taking a taxi and the benefits far outweigh any extra cost.
You can book and pay for your private transfer in advance. You provide your flight details at the time of booking so the company can track your flight and ensure that a driver is waiting for you in the arrivals hall to escort you to a waiting vehicle to take you to your onward destination – no waiting for buses or queuing in a taxi rank!
You can order a baby seats at the time of booking which will be fitted in the vehicle when it is sent to collect you.
There are always plenty of taxis waiting at the ranks at Malaga Airport.
Most are now metered and some have the charges printed in a book, so make sure you get a quote before you set off for your journey as the drivers do not always point to the right price!
Most of the Taxis are only licensed to carry up to a maximum of four passengers (including children). Also under Spanish law they are not obliged to carry baby seats so you will be asked to carry the infant on your lap in the back seat.
You have choice of several buses. Three stop outside the arrivals hall at the Terminal 3.
Two go into the bus station (one is an express the other stops many times) into the bus station in Malaga City centre which is next to the Maria Zambrano mainline railway station.
The drawback is that there are no direct buses from the airport to nearby resorts along the coast like Benalmadena, Calahonda, La Cala or Fuengirola, but you can catch a train which goes as far as Fuengirola.
There is an express coach which goes without stopping to and from Marbella Bus station which is on the outskirts of the town.
The bus which stops outside the cargo terminal and is the Malaga-Santa Amalia Line 135 (Alhaurin de la Torre)
There is also a direct bus route from Malaga Airport to Granada.
If you want to get to resorts further along the coast including Puerto Banus, San Pedro, Estepona, . Duquesa, Sotogrande or Gibraltar you need to get a bus or train into Malaga bus station or catch the express coach into Marbella and connect from there.
The new underground station is in T3. The trains run frequently into the Maria Zambrano Station in Malaga which operates high speed Renfe trains to places like Madrid and Seville.
In the other direction you can get a local cercanias train to Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. The journey time from the airport to Fuengirola is approximately 35 minutes.
The drawback here is that you can only get as far as Fuengirola by train and there is no service to resorts like La Cala, Calahonda, Mijas, Riviera del Sol, Marbella, Puerto Banus, San Pedro, Estepona and Sotogrande.