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.
Double Decker Bus Tour
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
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MALAGA TO FUENGIROLA TRAIN LINE
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)
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
Open top bus tour
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.
The bus to and from Malaga airport
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.
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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)
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.
How about buses?
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.
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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. :-)
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Renfe Maria Zambrano station
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.
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Fly to 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
bus to airport
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)
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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.
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