There are two train stations in Malaga.
When catching the train into Malaga you will arrive at the main train station, which is located out of the town centre.
You then walk along the street for a couple of minutes and enter the local train station, where you can then catch the train into the centre of town (only a few minutes trip)
It was a little confusing and not well sign posted when we were there.
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
In my opinion the best way to get around the sights of Malaga is the Open top bus tour. 13 Euros will buy you a hop on hop off ticket which is valid for 24 hours. You will be given a set of headphones to listen to the commentary (in several different languages) and a handy map of the City. The views of the coastline as you go up the hill to the Gibralfaro castle are stunning.
the nearest train station you will find in Malaga is in the begining of Alameda Principal (at each sides of the river), near the Post Office. From there you can get the train that goes to Fuengirola (stops in airport, PRINCIPAL TRAIN STATION, Torremolinos, Benalmadena..)
If you get of in the 2 stop, at the "Malaga Renfe" you will be at the principal train station from you can get trains to go nearly everywhere .. Madrid, Cordoba, Granada, ... there you will also find the principal Bus Station. The train is much better than the bus, but for going to some places you will better get the bus.
In Málaga there are two principal Bus Stations.
One is at the historic center, at the entrance of the Port of Málaga, but not all the buses of long distances begin here. Some begin here and have the second stop at the principal bus station. I think nearly all buses that goes to the villages of Malaga, like Fuengirola, Marbella, Ronda, Mijas... and other importants places in Andalucia, like Granada, have their first stop here. I will ask.
The principal is at the center, near the train station. Paseo de los Tilos s/n. Near "El Corte Ingles" and "Eroski" ( to big malls in the town )
They have a good web page.
From Malaga airport you obviously need to get to some other location. Unless your holiday includes airport transfers or you take a taxi, (which can be expensive), you will need to get to Malaga's main Coach or Railway stations.
Out through the glass exit doors from the airport arrivals terminal (oposite the refreshments bar). Turn right and about 30 metres along is a bus stop.
The Nr. 19 from the airport to Malaga runs half hourly from 07.30 until midnight, and from Malaga to the airport from 06.30 until 23.30.
(journey time around 15 minutes) and only costs €1. The destination blind on the bus will usually say 'Centro'.
From the main Coach and Railway stations, you can book onwards to your chosen resort still more cheaply than taking a taxi for the whole journey.
Example: A taxi from the airport to Nerja costs between €70-€80.
Example: Alsina Graells coach company only charge around €3.60 to Nerja, which is a 1.25 hour journey!
The main Railway station is adjacent to the Coach station.
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)
There are Taxi stops, but you can always stop a Taxi in the street when you need it. The minimun you will have to pay is, I think 2.50 euros, than from there the taximeter will count. Every taxi have taximetre, but if you are going out of the center of Malaga they will use a standar tarif they have in a paper.
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
Lines - There are two lines:
C-1 (along Costa del Sol)
Málaga railway station (Renfe)
Benalmádena-Arroyo de la Miel
Málaga railway station (Renfe)
Well, it is true that most people travel in Spain by train (Ok, the TALGO trains are amazing) but backpackers don't really need the luxury. A nice-price is a BETTER choice.
So... Buses are just fine.
... I managed to get from Gerona/Girona to Malaga by using this means of transport.
What you might need to know is that... There are many different companies and each one has its own routes.
For example, ALSA holds the line: Madrid-Barcelona. DAIBUS is the one you'll use for reaching Malaga.
Flying to/from Malaga by Iberia!
Malaga Airport is 8 kilometres west of the city of Malaga and is main flight path for million people arriving on the Costa del Sol each year.
It is bigger than what I imagine and quite busy ... hardly to find the way out from the airport so you need this http://www.andalucia.com/travel/airports/malaga.htm
By Train :To Málaga City
First train 07:09 then 39 and 09 minutes past the hour. Last train 23.59 journey time 12 min's...price around 3 euro
By Airport Bus : To Malaga bus and train station
First Bus: 07.00 Last Bus: 24.00 every 30 monutes ... price for 1 euro
By Taxi : To Malaga Centre
Price around 12 - 15 euro
To get to the airport, you can take the public transport or taxi. If you prefer cheap option - then bus 19 is for you - it goes all the way to the airport.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi which should cost you about 15 euros and takes 20 mins to get to the airport (if you're going from the historical centre)
If you arrive in malaga by the local train, you will arrive about ten minutes' walk from the bus station. Exit the station (from under ground(, and walk away from the main street, past the Post Office building, which sits on top of the Station. Walk down the Avenida De La Aurora, and at the first roundabout turn left into Cjnes Del Perchel. Walk straight on passing the next roundabout, to your left. Keep walking and look for a modern red bricked building, which is the bus station.
Another option to get Malaga is by train. There are train services from main Spanish cities. If you go to Torremolinos, Fuengirola or Malaga airport, you can take the local train or cercanias.
Otra opción para llegar a Málaga es en tren. Hay trenes a Málaga desde las principales ciudades. Si vas a Torremolinos, Fuengirola o al aeropuerto de Málaga, puedes coger el cercanías.
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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