Malaga Airport transfer con? - Malaga Taxi
Just back from a fantastic holiday near Malaga.
Our only gripe is the taxi service (con?) at Malaga airport. We were "poached" by Malaga Taxis, aka Spain Shuttle SL and a shark called Carlo Piran. They were holding up our name card at airport arrivals hall and escorted us into their taxis when we had already pre-paid with another company. Either they copied our name from the genuine taxi driver or this is an organised con. We ended up paying twice with no refund from either company.
Be warned and double check that the taxi driver picking you up is from the company you booked with! In any case, please do me a favour and steer clear of Malaga Taxi, Spain Shuttle SL and Carlo Piran!
Our return transfer was provided by Suntransfers.com and their service, price, cars and drivers were perfect.
Local trains to/from Malaga
Trains run every 30 minutes between Malaga city centre and Fuengirola, stopping at Malaga Airport, Torremolinos, Benalmadena (Arroyo de la Miel) and several smaller stops en route.
Timetables can be found HERE
The following information was correct as at February 2011:
Trains leave Malaga Centro-Alameda on the hour and half past the hour from 05:30 – 22:30.
While Malaga Centro-Alameda is the final station on the line, and the shortest walking distance from the city centre, Maria Zambrano is actually the major station in the city with shops, food outlets and luggage storage. Maria Zambrano is the penultimate station on the line, around 3 minutes along the line from Malaga Centro-Alameda. We made the mistake of getting off at Centro-Alameda (despite the train having almost emptied at Maria Zambrano) and then had to walk back to Maria Zambrano to store our luggage for the day.
Malaga Airport is some distance out of Malaga, about half way between Malaga and Torremolinos.
Malaga Maria Zambrano to Malaga Airport takes 14 minutes and costs 1.55 Euro
Malaga Centro-Alameda to Torremolinos takes 27 minutes and is slightly more expensive at 1.65 Euros
Malaga Airport to Torremolinos takes 11 minutes and costs 1.55 Euros
Trains are modern, with TV screens on board that show the name of the next stop and the time to the next stop. Additionally, stops are announced in both Spanish and English.
Tickets can be purchased from interactive touch-screen machines at each station. You can choose from several language options available on screen, machines accept both notes and coins and change is given.
Use your ticket to enter the platform via a turnstile (which validates your ticket). Note: keep your ticket at hand as you'll need it at the end of your journey to exit the turnstile at your destination station.
Malaga Airport Taxis
Malaga Airport Taxis only take a maximum of 4 people including any children, if there are more than 4 people then it is advisable to book private Malaga Airport Transfers through a company such as Transfer Store..
To locate the Taxi rank you leave the Baggage Hall via the main exit. You then come into the arrivals Hall, take the first exit on the right. Just outside is the queue for the taxis.
During the peak times the queues can be quite long, up to twenty minutes, but at least you queue in the shade!
When it is busy there is usually a Security Guard organizing the Taxis which keeps any arguments at bay.
The Malaga Airport Taxis are not on a meter on the Costa Del Sol but they do have a book which lists all the fares that they should charge. They are not always forthcoming with the book, although they do produce it when asked.
There is also a list of Malaga Airport Taxis fares on the main airport wall, just by the taxi rank although sometimes this is covered up. As a guide you should allow around €70 euros to get to Puerto Banus and Marbella.
Establish the price before you get into the Taxi and if you are staying from Marbella Town to Gibralter ask the driver to use the peaje or toll road, it is an extra 5 euros in the summer but is far far safer and the journey times are far more predictable.
If your Spanish is not that great,or you would rather be met in the Arrivals hall by your own Private Driver, then please read our section on choosing a Transfer.
As well as Malaga Airport Taxis there are also facilities at Malaga Airport for Trains and of course the Bus.
If you are staying further away from the airport towards Marbella, it maybe worth hiring a car. There is not train at the moment in Marbella area so you have to rely on buses or taxis only. For the price of a taxi there and back it may not be much more to hire a car and be free to explore the rest of the Costa Del Sol. Car Hire is inexpensive and we provide both Malaga Airport driving directions and a Malaga Airport Map to help you on your way.
Bus for the City
You can nearly go to everywhere with the bus.
The most urbans busses have a stop at "Alameda Principal" in the center of the city. From there you will have to choose the number of the bus you need.
Line 35. will take you to Gibralfaro
Line 11. to the Bullring
ordinary ticket - 0.85 euros
(single, payment on Bus)
multitravel (10 trips) - 5.70 euros
(prepaid on smartcard) ... you have to pay 1.80 for the plastic card for multitravel
POINTS OF SALE for smartcard in any ESTANCO (places where you see tabaco and newspaper are sale)
Checking times flights on line?
You can check the predicted arrival and departure times of planes flying into and out of Málaga airport by using this link to the official Spanish airlines agency.
The page in English should be ready soon.
From Madrid to Malga by bus
All the buses to Malaga depart from Madrid Est. Sur and the bus called Continental Auto .
It's takes almost 6 hours to go between cities and the price is €21.80 per person, one way. There are 8 departures per day, between 7:30 a.m. and 11:59 p.m.
Taking the bus might be the cheapest way to go, but it is not very comfortable , takes time, and a bit boring.
From Madrid to Malga by train
All trains to Malaga depart from Madrid’s main train station: Atocha. The trains company calls AVE The prices goes between €73.60 and €81.80 per person, one way.
If you have time and you are not in a rush then train travel for few hours can be nice and relaxing.
Have a strong coffee at the train Cafeteria and a small bocadillo con queso, find friendly people to talk too, and enjoy the road.
From Madrid to Malaga
Travelling from Madrid to Malaga takes , for most, 6 hours if using the bus, and 1 hour if taking a flight.
By planing vacation in advance (6-8 weeks at least) it is easy to find cheap flight ticket (from €43 per person one way or €71 per person RT).
The bus is the cheapest option (€21.80 per person one way), but my favorite way to travel between Madrid to Malaga ( I liked more the Malaga -Madrid) is by train. Its take four hours, but I like the view and the few stops around.
Málaga María Zambrano train station
This is a great station with good connections and it also has a shopping centre attached!
If you catch the C2 bus from the bus stop on the road outside this will take you to the Alameda which is the stop closest to the city centre.
From central Malaga to the airport
The cheapest way from Malaga Airport to central Malaga is via the Number 19 bus which costs 1.20 and takes about 30 minutes for the journey. This is far slower than a taxi or train but it is a good option if you're trying to save money. There is a stop on Alameda Principal in the centre of Malaga for the return journey.
Car hire in Malaga Airport
We hired a car in Malaga airport and used it to travel around Andalucia for 2 days before dropping it in Granada and continuing with public transport for the rest of our trip.
The car hire process at the airport is very efficient. We had booked our car online before arrival and it only took us 10 minutes to sort out paperwork after landing before we were on our way. The cost for 3 days was 107 Euro with Hertz, though we were lucky Hertz had an office in Granada, otherwise it would probably been higher.
Public transport is quite good in Andalucia though we needed the car to reach the Sierra Nevada mountains.
The high speed arrived to Málaga on december of 2007. Madrid in only 2 hours and 30 minutes, there is not excuse to visit Madrid and enjoying the capital, visiting the museums, going shopping and eating.
La alta velocidad llegó a Málaga en diciembre del 2007. Madrid en solo 2 horas y 30 minutos, no hay excusa ya para ir a Madrid y disfrutar de la capital visitando sus tantos museos ir de compras y comer en cualquiera de los tantos resturantes que hay.
- Historical Travel
Malaga has a modern airport and I believe there is a rail connection near by. This was my first solo trip out of Holland when I was working there. It was a bit of a kick for me since at the time I was still a novice traveler and I showed up where without knowing where I was going to stay. The hotel desks at other airports that has bailed me out in the past. the one here was closed so I had to just on a local bus and try and find a place in town. Public transport is fine here and if you can avoid it better than dealing with the cabs
- Historical Travel
The bus stand for the number 19 bus is located outside the Arrivals terminal, which takes you to Pz Torrijos in the City Centre. The Molina Lario is a 10 minute walk away from here. You can take the same bus to the airport, from the same stand for your return journey.
The ticket cost is 1.00 Euro per person, per trip.
Car hire Malaga
I think one of the best choices is to hire a car. If you are going to stay more than a week it will be really cheap for you.
Try the following page: www.malagacar.com. We always use it when we travel to Malaga.
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