Malaga Airport Guide

Malaga Airport Passenger Guide

We live on the Costa del Sol and use the Airport all the time, enabling us to pass our experiences and tips on to you directly.  We also have a really busy Facebook Page where you can come and chat to us and thousands of others if you have any questions or queries.

Malaga Airport has changed phenomenally over the past few years with the new Terminal 3, new railway station and a second runway.  The shopping, restaurants and general services have really improved too.

In 2017, 18,628,876 passengers passed through Malaga Airport, the past couple of years has been busier than ever on the Costa Del Sol.  You can see Malaga Airport Statistics here.

Car Hire

The most popular and easiest way, depending on which part of the Costa Del Sol you are staying in, is to hire a car.  Did you know there are over 20 car hire companies at the airport but only 8 of them are actually inside the terminal?  This could be something to take into consideration if you are travelling with young children or people that have special needs.  We provide all details of  all the car hire companies at Malaga Airport.

Private Transfers

If you don’t want to hire a car, forget the hassle of getting to your final destination and book a Private Transfer.   During the summer months, queues for taxis can be quite long, wouldn´t you rather be sunbathing than queuing?   Your driver will meet and greet you in the arrivals hall and take you and your family right to the door of your accommodation. Prepay and order any car seats/wheelchair assistance you may require.  Read more about Private Transfers at Malaga.


You can find a comprehensive list and guide to all Flights to Malaga including full details of all the major airlines that offer direct flights from the UK to Malaga.  If you want to see information for internal flights from Malaga we have also listed this information.  You can check latest routes to Malaga here.


If you are collecting friends or family you can use our Live Flight Arrivals to check if their flight is on time or running late.  You don’t want be hanging around too long especially in some of those expensive car parks!.  Also check out the best places for you to meet.  Passengers…when you land you are directed into Terminal 3.  Make sure you follow the signs and go down the escalators to the baggage reclaim (even if you only have hand luggage) as this is also the way out of the terminal for buses, taxis and trains. Read more about Malaga Arrivals.


If you are dropping someone off at the airport, you can still stop outside quickly.  We say quickly, you must NOT leave your car there! Passengers – if you have hold luggage, find your check-in desk on the screens as you enter departures.  After check-in make your way to Security.  If you only have hand luggage and boarding pass, go straight to security. Find out more about about Live Departures, Departure Lounge and also Tips on Keeping Calm through Security.

Fast Track Security

There is Fast Track Security at Malaga Airport now which is great news.  The only thing is that its not Fast Track as many may know it, where you can pay to skip the queue.  This Fast Track is only for certain passengers flying specific airlines and who hold a Business Class Card or similar.  All details on Fast Track.


There are numerous car parks at Malaga Airport and you want to be sure you are using the right one or it could cost you quite a lot!  There is the express, short-term and long-term.  Find out all information on Malaga Airport Parking here.


There are numerous options for your onward journey from the Airport.  This information page has been put together using our local experience to give you some tips and details to help you decide on whether car hire, private transfers, taxi, bus or catching a train are the best way for you to travel. All transport options from Malaga Airport. If you have any questions, you can come and chat to us on our Facebook Page.


There are numerous buses from Malaga Airport, however, if you cannot reach your destination from here, we recommend you go from Malaga Bus Station which is easily accessible by Bus or Train from the Airport.  You can go to Marbella, Estepona, Algeciras, Malaga City, Granada, Seville and some other destinations directly from the Airport.  For all information, advice, fare and links read our Complete Guide to Buses from Malaga Airport.


The trains are FANTASTIC, the only problem is that they only run as far west to Fuengirola and Alora to the east.  So anywhere further than here on the Costa del Sol, its down to buses only.  If you wish to travel further for example to Valencia or Madrid, this is possible from Maria Zambrano Train Station.    The trains are cheap, clean and efficient.  Read our Complete Guide to Malaga Airport Trains.


Taxis have changed a lot over the past few years.  They now have meters and there is the possibility of cars that can take more than 4 passengers now, but we  cannot guarantee they will be available when you arrive.  As you leave the arrivals hall, the taxi rank is just outside to the right hand side.  Taxis have a extra and minimum charge from the airport.  During busy months, it can be busy and the queues could be long so maybe think about booking a private transfer.  Here is all the information you need on Malaga Airport Taxis.

Passenger Services

Here are all the details you need as a passenger including banking and currency exchange, luggage facilities, VIP lounges and meeting rooms, tourist information, lost property, lost and left luggage, the prayer room and information on the post office at Malaga Airport. Passenger Service at Malaga.

Passengers with Reduced Mobility

More and more of you are requesting help at the airport.  Sin Barreras are the company that provide the assistance at Spanish Airports and we have heard some great stories about this service.  You do need to book in advance.  There is a large help desk just before security in Terminal 3.  Read more about Passengers with Special Needs & Mobility Problems at Malaga Airport and how to book in advance.


If you need to stay overnight near Malaga Airport, The Holiday Inn Express is the nearest hotel to the airport, its not onsite.  There is also the Hotel Ibis which is reasonably close too.  Another option is to stay in Malaga City, which is a fantastic city just 15 minutes away.  Find out more about Malaga Airport Hotel.

Telephone Numbers

We provide details of telephone numbers you may need for the airport including all the car hire companies, airlines and general airport numbers for lost property, VIP lounges, police, parking and tourist information. Malaga Airport Telephone Numbers.


The shops at the airport have changed tremendously over the past few years since the new terminal has been built.  We now have brands including Gap, Victoria Secrets and Desigual.  So, you may want to keep hold of a little bit of your spending money for the airport!   Here´s our guide to Malaga Airport Shopping.

Bars & Restaurants

Like the Shops, the Bars and Restaurants are a vast improvement on what was there a few years ago.  There  are now numerous places to sit and eat including the VIP Lounge, Dani Garcia Deli Bar, Starbucks, Burger King and many other places.  Here´s our guide to cafes, bars and restaurants at the airport.