Learning how to use the Public Transport and figuring out the routes in a foreign country can be very confusing and overwhelming, and if you don´t know how to search in Spanish, you may not find what you are looking for.
Whilst the train only goes as far as Fuengirola, there are many buses that travel up and down the coast all day long. It may be a little confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, its a very cheap way of getting around the Costa Del Sol if you are not hiring a car.
So, here is your complete, easy guide to Public Transport & Companies here on the Costa Del Sol, Andalucia and the rest of Spain providing National & International Routes.
The Train System here is fantastic, there are Local Area Trains called “Cercanias” Malaga Cercanias is one of them and you will also find ‘Cercanias’ in all these other cities in Spain Barcelona, Bilbao, Cadiz, Madrid, Murcia / Alicante & San Sebastian.
Malaga Cercanias runs direct from Malaga Airport and you can travel to any of these stops below, as far into the Costa del Sol as Fuengirola or Inland as far as Alora. All stations are supposed to be wheelchair friendly except for Torremolinos which doesn’t have any access other than escalators or steps at the moment. From conversations on our Facebook Page, there are some stations that we have been informed are a little tricky, especially if you are on your own.
RENFE are the Mainline Train Company which includes the fantastic AVE for medium and long distance journeys. We personally travelled via AVE from Malaga to Madrid, it was a fantastic, fast, comfortable journey. Book well in advance for the best prices, otherwise it can be quite expensive. Trains are generally extremely clean, efficient and very comfortable. It’s a fabulous way of travelling.
From Malaga Airport, take the Cercanias to Maria Zambrano which is the main hub for all other destinations like Cordoba, Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao.
There are 2 Lines on the Malaga Metro, both lines connect to the station El Perchal which is the station you should go to for the main RENFE Malaga Station Maria Zambrano or Malaga Bus station. This is also home to the VIALIA Shopping Centre.
There are numerous Bus Companies that run all along the Costa Del Sol as well as Nationally and Internationally.
These are local buses that stay within the local and neighbouring areas. If you are travelling outside of your area, have a look at CTMAM website or Avanza on the links above as well.