Málaga Transportation

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    Metro

    by lina112 Written Sep 9, 2014

    Metro arrived to Málaga last July, yesssss three years later but it´s here. There are two lines that connect university and sport center. The closest stop to town center is Perchel. Ticket price is 1.35 euro and 0.82 if you have the travel card. It runs daliy from 7.00 to 23.00.

    El perchel stop for train and bus station
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    MALAGA TO FUENGIROLA TRAIN LINE

    by LoriPori Updated Mar 9, 2014

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    While there is a mainline train station in Malaga connecting with the major Spanish cities, it is the local line that most people are interested in. This runs from Malaga to Fuengirola and has stops at all the main tourist areas. The carriages are clean and spacious and the next stop is always shown in lights above every door making them easy to use for visitors.
    Examples of prices are as follows:
    Hans took the train one way from Torremolinos to the Airport 1,05 Euro
    We took the train to the Fuengirola Flea Market - Torremolinos to Los Boliches return 1.70 Euro
    We took the train to Fuengirola to meet Carmen & Stace one way 1.30 Euro
    Tip: If you plan to go both ways ask for returno, which is cheaper and you don't have to get in line again.
    Update February 23, 2011: Hans and I took the train to Malaga - 2,25 Euro return

    CERCANIAS MALAGA
    Lines - There are two lines:

    C-1 (along Costa del Sol)
    Centro-Alameda
    Málaga railway station (Renfe)
    San Andrés
    Guadalhorce
    Terminal Carga
    Aeropuerto
    San Julián
    Plaza Mayor
    Los Álamos
    La Colina
    Torremolinos
    Montemar-Alto
    El Pinillo
    Benalmádena-Arroyo de la Miel
    Torremuelle
    Carvajal
    Torreblanca
    Los Boliches
    Fuengirola
    C-2
    Málaga railway station (Renfe)
    Los Prados
    Campanillas
    Cártarna
    Aljaima
    Pizarra
    Alora

    Update: Monday, February 17, 2014
    Took the train to Malaga to meet up with Jane. I bought two tickets - return - and they were 4 Euros each. Jane met us at the exit o Malaga Centro Alameda, the last stop

    Malaga Centro Alameda Train Entrance to Malaga

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    Alsa buses

    by leics Written Feb 23, 2014

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    I was much impressed by the Alsa buses I used, particularly the long-distance ones. Duyring my two visits to this part of Spain I used the Alsa buses to make trips from Nerja to Malaga and to Almunecar, and then from Malaga>Granada and back.

    Buses are comfortable, with upholstered seats and a luggage hold (the type that we in the UK call 'coaches) and I found that time-keeping was also pretty good. Fares are very reasonable indeed.

    Bus stations are easy to negotiate,with clear signage about departures and 'platform' (stand) numbers.They generally have cafe/bars and toilets available and some have luggage lockers as well.

    It is possible to buy tickets from the ticket machines or ticket offices at bus stations, of course, but buses can and do get full-up. This is particularly the case on popular routes at popular times of year (e.g. Malaga>Granada).

    For that reason I decided to buy my bus tickets for that journey online in advance. I found the Alsa website very easy to use and had no problem paying with my card or printing out the tickets which were emailed to me. The only thing to be aware of is that you need to provide an ID number (ID card or passport) when booking and must show that same ID to the driver when you present your ticket.

    I particularly liked my trip from Granada to Malaga airport on the 'Supra Economy' Alsa bus. It was a new, large and very comfortable bus with aircraft-style seats, entertainment centres in seatbacks and a bag containing free earphones, water and nibbles (biscuits and a packet of peanuts). It made for a very pleasant journey! :-)

    I'd definitely recommend Alsa buses as a budget-friendly, comfortable and reliable way of getting to and from Malaga, and for travelling around Spain.

    Malaga bus station Malaga bus station departures board Bus 'platforms' Malaga bus station interior
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    Renfe Maria Zambrano station

    by leics Written Feb 23, 2014

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    Renfe is the official railway operator in Spain, running long-distance and medium-distance routes as well as the local Cercanias rail lines.

    Malaga's main Renfe station is Maria Zambrano, to the west of the historical centre. It's a very modern building, named after a Spanish philosopher and attached to a large, modern shopping centre. There are cafes, shops and free, clean toilets (much appreciated).

    You can get to Maria Zambrano from the airport easily by either Cercanias or airport bus; both stop there. Departures are clearly displayed on a large electronic screen and there are ticket machines and ticket/information offices.

    Be aware that, in common with all large Spanish railway stations, you will not be able to access the platforms without a ticket and that you and your bags will be scanned (airport style) beforehand, though there is no need for you to remove clothing, belts etc. This is normal security procedure, put in place after the 2004 Madrid bombings.

    You can find train times, details and fares in English on the official Renfe site below.

    Main entrance Entrance to platforms Clear signage Platform area
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    Cercanias trains

    by leics Written Feb 23, 2014

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    The Cercanias trains are an excellent and reasonably-priced way to get to/from Malaga airport and also to settlements along the coast such as Fuengirola.

    Trains run frequently from the airport to Malaga. Malaga Maria Zambrano is the station for Malaga's main Renfe railway station and the bus station. Malaga Centro-Alameda is nearer to the historical centre of the town.

    Ticket machines are easy to use and have English language options. Fare airport>Malaga Centro is 1.75 euro, journey time is just 12 minutes.

    Trains have ample space for bags and clear electronic signs telling you which station is coming next and which station you have arrived at. I found it all very simple and easy to use.

    You can check train times and details in English for Malaga Cercanias routes on the link below.

    Cercanias train Info inside the train Airport Cercanias station
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    Malaga airport

    by leics Written Feb 23, 2014

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    Malaga is a pleasant enough airport, albeit thronged (even in the first months of the year) with many UK package tourists and ex-pats. You can expect it to be very busy indeed during the peak holiday months. As with all European airports, I'd advise you to be there at least 2 hours before your flight and to go through security an hour beforehand at the latest.

    I've found the airport to be efficient in terms of baggage arrival, check-in and security and..most importantly..it has plenty of free, clean toilets available.

    As with all airports, food and drink prices are higher than elsewhere. I was surprised at how little choice there is landside.....I'd have expected more food/drink outlets, plus a few shops....and, to be honest, the airside choice is not brilliant for such a busy and well-used airport. But there are enough places for you to get a beer or a snack, or to buy the overpriced water (I found that vending machines offered water at the 'cheapest' price).

    Transport to and from the airport is excellent, with a choice of train or bus to Malaga itself (around 15 minutes away) as well as to various other settlements along the coast. There is clear signage for Cercanias train and buses from Arrivals.

    www.alsa.es also runs direct airport buses to and from places further afield. I used the Granada>Malaga airport bus: a comfortable ride in a very swish bus, complete with 'entertainment centres' set into seatbacks, aircraft-style seating and a bag containing free earphones, water and nibbles.

    It's always best to get information from the official airport website (in English) I've linked below and not from the many commercial websites which will appear if you google 'malaga airport'.

    As airports go, Malaga is not the best I've experienced but it's absolutely fine. It does its job and that, after all, is what we want. :-)

    Flying into Malaga Buses and train sign Cercanias station
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  • Are debit cards allowed for Malaga car hire?

    by Eezi Updated Feb 20, 2014

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    Although that it is true that many online booking facilities allow payments per debitcard, fact is that most car hire companies request to be paid by a valid credit card which must be issued on the name of the driver in most cases.

    One of the reasons, as commented before, is that they can make automatic additional charges if necessary and another important reason is that the companies try to avoid that their staff needs to handle or keep a lot of cash at the counters. You will find that most companies do not accept cash payments, although some of the major online car rental brokers, like www.hispacar.com might be able to help you out and redirect you to one of the few car hire companies at malaga airport wo do allow debit cards or cash paments.

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  • Malaga Car Hire

    by Eezi Updated Feb 20, 2014

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    Malaga is a very popular destinations for individual travellers. If you're planning to rent a car at Malaga airport it is important to know, that there are well over 150 car hire companies registered in the province of Malaga, but only 10 car hire companies have a desk inside the airport terminal. All other rental companies will service from the public car park or offer a free courtesy bus service to there local offices, which are normally close to the terminal building.

    A collection at the rental desk inside the terminal building seems to be the most convenient option, but occassionally there may be long waiting queues at the counter of the local car hire company. Depending on your arrival day and time and the season you're travelling ther may be dozens of other clients waiting to collect a vehicle. The reason for this is, that most online brokers like www.hispacar.com, www.spain-travel-car.com or www.doyouspain.com and many tour operators are associated with the same local car hire companies, summing up a lot of bookings which on one hand helps to keep the prices low (much lower than the rates offered by multinational car hire companies at Malaga airport), but on the other hand may cause a larger collection time.

    Depending on your personal circunstances sometimes you may be better of or quicker on your way with the service of an off-airport car hire company. You will loose a bit of time during the ride in the courtesy bus to the local office, but in many cases you will be the only client picking up a vehicle.

    Bear in mind that most on-aiport car hire companies offer a wide network and normally cover all airports in Andalucia, like Seville, Jerez, Granada, Almeria and even Gibraltar airport. In case of a breakdown this can be an advantage as they will be able to resolve this problem quicker than a local company with just one office in Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena or Nerja.

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    Take the bus

    by hevbell Written Nov 11, 2012

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    The local buses were easy to use & seemed to run frequently.
    To take the bus out of the city the main bus station is next to Maria Zambrano train station but there is also a smaller terminus near the port

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    Take the train

    by hevbell Updated Nov 11, 2012

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    If you are arriving at Malaga airport you can take the electric train either into Malaga itself or in the other direction to some of the Costa Del Sols main resorts such as Fuengirola. Malaga's main station Maria Zambrano is only a few stops away & the last stop is Malaga Central.
    Tickets can be bought from the machines at the entrance, which are very easy to use. You can change the language easily if Spanish isn't your first language. It only costs about 1.65Euros from the airport into Malaga.
    It seemed you could also take a train to the town of Ronda on this line but we didn't have time on this trip.
    If you wish to travel on to or do a day trip to other Spanish cities such as Madrid or Seville trains for these destinations leave from the main train station of Maria Zambrano

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    Fly To Malaga

    by hevbell Written Nov 11, 2012

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    We flew from Glasgow Prestwick to Malaga Airport with Ryanair. There are plenty of flights here since the airport serves all the Costa Del Sol resorts as well as Malaga city itself. There are 3 terminals and our flights were from terminal 2. However the security control is only in Terminal 3 so if, like us, you just have hand luggage you can just go straight through.
    The train station can be reached from Terminal 3

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    Two rail Stations

    by alectrevor Updated Oct 31, 2012

    Malaga s main rail station is called Maria Zambravo with trains to Granada and beyond. Malaga s Central station is on the branch line to Fuengirola and Torremolenos. Maria Zambravo station is also on this line. The branch line entrance is in the same building. The bus station is next door building.. At the main line station there is a luggage security check.Journey times from Malaga MZ are to Cordoba 1 hour -----Madrid 3 hours ---Barcelona 5 hr 45 mins ------Ronda 2 hrs ---- Torremolinos 27 mins-----Fuengirola 53 mins.If you are over 60 years of age you can purchase a Tarjeta Dorada card at train station ticket office for 5-15 euros .Your passport number is on it and it is valid one year. You can then get a least 25% discount on rail ticketsmore on certain days

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    Horses are Steady Ride

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 30, 2011

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    If you want to have a memory of a romantic ride with a horse carriage, and maybe a companion with you, this is it. There are horse drawn carriages right in the middle of traffic along Paseo del Parque and Marques del Larios. The ride is around 30-40 minutes, and cost is 30-40 Euro.
    Is it worth it? NOT

    Horse drawn carriage at Marques del Larios
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    Double Decker Bus Tour

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 30, 2011

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    This bus is available at the main station for local buses. It has a tour cycle of 80 minutes to all stops along the guided way; a quick on/off for a lot of places. The buses operate every 30 minutes, and cost an astounding 17 Euro for an adult. The price is way too steep for me, and we did not take it to Gibralfaro and the to of the hill

    View of bus at top of hill
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    Bus 35 to the Top at Gibralfaro Fortress

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 30, 2011

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    This bus takes you to and from the Gibralfaro Fortress. You can get most buses from Alameda Principal and the cost per ride is .85 cents in Euro. They run about every 1/2 hour to the site on top of the hill

    The bus to catch to the fort/castle View of bus at Gibralfaro
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