Puerto Banus is situated between Marbella and San Pedro. If you´re here on holiday, then you just have to visit. It´s beautiful to walk along with all the super yachts, designer shops and it´s particularly nice when the sun is shining. By night it gets a bit wild. It´s a great place to go to if you´re looking to party. You can read a bit more about Puerto Banus here on Wikipedia.
From Malaga Airport to Puerto Banus, it´s around 60km. When booking hotels or apartments please check the location on Google Maps to be sure it is in Puerto Banus, because some people may use the words “Puerto Banus” and it´s actually in San Pedro or even Estepona! Also, when booking flights, you might be tempted to buy those cheap late night flights, but if you’re planning on taking public transport, please note that it all stops at midnight.
If travelling with your family, hiring a car is the best solution. A return journey from Malaga Airport to Puerto Banus by taxi probably won´t be far off the price of hiring a car for a week, you can get a quote here. Tips! Don´t go for the smallest car because you don’t want to have any luggage on show and make sure there´s aircon! We know there are many people don’t like driving abroad, but with Google Maps and all these other apps for directions, it really couldn’t be easier. Here’s some driving tips which might help. If you´re staying in an apartment in Puerto Banus, ask about parking at your accommodation before hiring a car.
Unfortunately the train only runs as far as Fuengirola. Read more about Malaga Airport train here. So you could take the train to Fuengirola and then a bus to Puerto Banus, but you might be better waiting for the direct bus to Marbella as mentioned below.
If your only option is bus, then there is a direct bus from Malaga Airport to Marbella Bus Station which is 8km away from Puerto Banus. So you would then need to take another bus, taxi or have someone pick you up. You can see the timetable and prices for the direct Malaga to Marbella bus here plus all the website links for buses along the Costa Del Sol.
As you leave the arrivals hall you will see the taxi rank over to the right. It´s a 60km journey so don’t expect much change from around 100€. Prices will vary depending on number of passengers, luggage, day of the week and time of day. You can see rough Malaga Airport Taxi prices here. There are meters in the taxis now, so please make sure they are on. Another piece of advice is not to start unpacking in the taxi, especially at night. We receive many emails from people losing items and sadly never getting them back.
Private transfers are great as it´s all booked up in advance and paid for. The driver will meet you in the arrivals hall and take you directly to your destination. You can also book child seats if you need. Click here for all info on Malaga Airport Private Transfers or get a quote here.
This is a great option of you´re travelling alone at night as the buses do not run 24 hours. By booking a shared transfer it´s all paid for upfront. It won´t be the quickest route though as you will be dropping people off along the way. They will also drop you at the nearest hotel to where you are staying. Read more about Malaga Shared Transfers or get a quote here.
Puerto Banus is a fantastic area with great shopping from high street to designer, a cinema, casino, lots of fantastic restaurants, cafes, bars and many nightclubs. If you can´t find what you´re looking for here, then come and join us in our Facebook Group, The Costa Del Sol Travel Forum and ask us a question.
Right in the centre of Puerto Banus there´s Hotel PYR, Benabola, Park Plaza and Melia Marbella Banus. Then there’s also Andalucia Plaza H10, Blue Bay, Sisu and Gran Hotel Guadalpin. Which one you choose depends on you, your budget and what you want from your holiday. If you’re coming in the summer and want to party, then one of these hotels is perfect. If you´re looking for a nice, quiet, relaxing time away, then maybe look at other areas. Have a browse at Puerto Banus Hotels on Booking.com
If you’re not hiring a car and need to take a bus, you can find the local Puerto Banus Bus Lines here. Other bus companies that run along the coast include Avanza Portillo and Alsa. We have lots more information about Costa Del Sol Buses here. If you need to call a taxi the official company is Taxisol 0034 952 774488. There’s also Uber here now.
If you love shopping then you will LOVE Puerto Banus. Firstly, there is a huge El Corte Ingles which sells everything you can imagine and has all the top fashion brands on the ground and first floor. Then there’s Marina Banus which has Zara, H&M, Massimo Dutti and lots more top high street names. If you love designer shops then you have to walk along the front line of Puerto Banus where you will find Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Todds just to name a few.
If you love markets, then you must not miss the Puerto Banus Market on Saturday mornings. It starts at Centro Plaza and goes all the way down by the Bullring to the roundabout where La Sala is. A fantastic market selling everything from clothes to fruit and veg. There are different markets everyday along the Costa Del Sol. You can read all about the Costa Del Sol Markets here and find their exact locations.
The Cinema in Puerto Banus is now called Teatro Goya. They have many films in English and Spanish, and it´s really good value. If driving, park in the carpark in the centre of Puerto Banus and you will receive 3 hours free parking when show your parking ticket at time of purchasing your cinema tickets.
Looking for a casino? There´s Marbella Casino at the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel, just across the main road from Puerto Banus and can be accessed via the tunnel.
If you’re staying in Puerto Banus make sure you ask about parking at your accommodation. Pay & Display is valid from 9am until 2.30pm and then again from 4.30pm till 8.30pm Monday to Friday and until 2.30pm on Saturdays. El Corte Ingles has parking from 10am to 10pm. If you have an El Corte Ingles Card and spend over 35€ you get 2 hours free, otherwise it´s around 2.40€ per hour. There is Parking in Marina Banus and a huge car park under the centre of Puerto Banus. Avoid the car park just before TGI´s and also the one near the entrance to Puerto Banus as these are really expensive!
There are so many restaurants to choose from in Puerto Banus. If you’re coming over in the summer then we advise you book in advance. Some of our personal favourites for a quick bit of lunch are Picasso, Casa Blanca (next to McDonalds), Txoko in El Corte Ingles and also the Hot Bao restaurant. For more personal recommendations come and join The Costa Del Sol Travel Forum on Facebook.
If you read all the gossip magazines, you will see many of the stars from Reality TV programs like TOWIE and Made In Chelsea at one of these all day beach club parties. Be prepared to spend big because these are not cheap days out! Dress To Impress!
If you´re looking for more of a relaxed beach bar, then here are just a few recommendations along the beach in Puerto Banus. These are situated from the Marbella end to the San Pedro end of Puerto Banus. We have linked directly through to their Facebook Pages so you can read for yourself what everyone is saying. We love Astral Beach Bar in the evenings and the food in Espigones is really good, quick and not overly expensive.
There are so many bars and night clubs in Puerto Banus. One of my favourites has to be Old Joys with fantastic live music every night, but this is for a slightly older crowd. Sinatras and News Cafe are always very popular as is Havana Bar. All these mentioned are on the frontline but there is the Second Line Puerto Banus as well where you will find all the bars, pubs and lap dancing places. With bars opening and closing all the time, we believe it´s best to check Facebook for some of the latest reviews or come and join our Facebook Group. Like anywhere, please watch your drinks, there have been numerous stories of drink spiking here.
The Puerto Banus ferry to Marbella is a great thing to put on your list of things to do. The ferry service operates from the Puerto Banus and Marbella Marinas. It is a great way to travel giving a very different view of the Golden Mile Marbella coastline and great fun for all the family. For prices and times visit www.fly-blue.com
We have a page listing lots of activities for kids and adults on our Costa Del Sol Kids Actitivies & Theme Park Page. One of our favourites is the Costa Water Park situated between Ocean Club and La Sala Beach. It´s great fun for all the family, if you like jumping around on massive inflatables in the sea that is.
If you have any other questions about Puerto Banus, whether it´s about accommodation, hotels, nightlife, bars, restaurants, come and join our Facebook Group, The Costa Del Sol Travel Forum.