As some are interested in taking a bus from Marbella to different areas of Andalucia, I will list a few places you can get to by BUS:
From Marbella East along the Coast to:
From Marbella -- Inland to:
From Marbella West along the Coast to:
The website shown here has a list of all schedules but does not quote prices.
Update: Sunday, February 1, 2009
Hans and I took the bus from Torremolinos to Marbella to visit our friends for the afternoon. The cost was 3.92 Euro per person one way.
Update: Sunday February 14, 2010
Hans and I took the bus from Torremolinos to Marbella to visit Carmen and Stace for the afternoon. The cost was 3,95 Euro per person one way.
Update: Sunday February 27, 2012
Hans and I again took the bus from Torremolinos to Marbella. The cost was 4,38 Euro per person one way.
There are buses services from Malaga bus station to Marbella. Buses run every 30 minutes, some of them are direct and the rest stopping on Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. Buses services are available from Malaga airport, it cost 3 euros and something and it takes about 40 minutes.
Hay servicios de autobus desde la estacion de autobuses de Malaga a Marbella. Son cada 30 minutos, alguno de ellos son directos no hace paradas y el resto hace parada en Torremolinos, Benalmadena y Fuengirola. Tambien hay servicio de autobús a Marbella desde el aeropuerto de Malaga, cuesta 3 euros y algo y tarda unos 40 minutos.
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.
We took a boat trip with some other VT members to the nearby resort of Puerto Banus. A stylish upmarket resort with lots of designer shops and expensive restaurants.
I personally did not like it as muc here as I did Marbella. It didn't have that friendly feel to it.
The journey that costs 1EUR per person & takes 15 minutes by bus, costs 5EUR for a cab-load & takes only 5 minutes in off-peak hours.
So, taxis are a good & economical way to travel, especially if there's between 2-4 passengers.
You can find taxis parked just off Ramon Y Cajal, in the street perpendicular to the promenade.
From Estacion Autobus board bus no.7 or 9 from just round the corner, and get a ticket to Alameda Park, on Ramon Y Cajal. Cost per head is 1EUR. Journey time is 15 minutes.
This is a fun & inexpensive way to experience local lifestyle, the streets, and driving.
If you just want to sit and relax, there is a small tourist train which will take you around Old Town. The TREN TURISTICO DE MARBELLA leaves from El Faro Street and the ride lasts about 25 minutes. The cost is 5,00 Euros for adults and free for children under 5.
Departures every 25 minutes.
Monday May 8, 2006. As Hans, Vincent and I were looking for something to do, we thought it would be nice to go to Puerto Banus for the day. At first we planned on walking there, but when we heard it was almost 10 kilometres away, we decided on taking a boat. You can travel between Puerto Banus and Marbella by taking a Panoramic cruise aboard the DON JORGE. The boat leaves from the Marbella Marina. The price is 8 Euros return for Adults and 4 Euros for children. If you just need to get to Puerto Banus the single trip price is 5 Euro for adults and 2 Euro for children. The cruise takes about 40 minutes.
Marbella: 11.00 13.00 15.00 17.00 19,00
Puerto Banus: 12.00 14,00 16.00 18.00 20,00
Marbella is served by a direct bus from Malaga's airport which is the closest one to Marbella. May is still off season (October-June) for this area so the direct buses only run every 2 hours or so, I ended up waiting for about 1 1/2 hours for the bus. In season (July-September), the buses run every hour. To see the schedule, look at the attached website and click on Marbella for the Aeropuerto schedule.
Go outside the arrivals hall and look for the bus stand, the name of the company is Portillo. Put your luggage on the bus and then buy the ticket from the bus driver, there didn't appear to be any place to buy them inside the airport. The cost is 3.92E, the driver can make change. The bus takes 45 minutes and goes directly to Marbella without stopping. Be prepared to be a little agressive, everyone was shoving and pushing to get on but there ended up being plenty of seats.
Another option to get to Marbella from the airport is a taxi, another VTer told me that cost about 60E.
The Princesa Playa was too far away from the bus station to walk with luggage so I went out to hail a taxi and got a wonderful surprise, standing there in front of me were Stace and Hansi come to pick me up :-)
On the way back to the bus station, we did get a taxi which I think was around 7E for the three of us and our luggage. We had our hotel call the taxi for us and when they arrived the meter was already started. I think that is common when they call for the taxi that you have to pay from when they start to pick you up. In any event it only added a couple of euro onto the cost, not enough to worry about.
If you go to Marbella from Malaga you have to take the nac 340 or A7, is the one who goes by the coast. You can take the toll road from fuengirola, it cost around 3 euros but depends of the season it cost more.%
Para llegar a Marbella tienes que coger la nacional 340 o A7 si vienes desde Malaga. Si quieres cuando llegas a Fuengirola puedes coger la autovia de peaje que cuesta unos 3 euros, pero el precio varia según el mes que la coja si vas en agosto por ejemplo sera mucho mas caro que si vas en febrero.
You can "travel" between Puerto Banús and the town centre by ship too. The boat leaves from the Marbella's marina to Puerto Banus and it returns. The price is 8 euros for adults and 4 for children the round trip. If you want just one trip it costs 5 euros for adults and 2 for children. The journey takes 30 minutes.
También puedes "viajar" entre Puerto Banús y el centro de la ciudad en barco. El crucero sale desde el puerto deportivo de Marbella hasta Puerto Banús y después regresa. El precio de ida y vuelta son 8 euros para adultos y 4 para niños. Si prefieres sólo un trayecto cuesta 5 euros para adultos y 2 para niños.
There is a small tourist train which give you a strool around the city. It leaves from El Faro street and the ride takes 25 minutes. It's not expensive at all, just 4 euros for adults and children and it's free for children under 5 years old.
Hay un pequeño tren turístico que te dé un paseo por la ciudad. Sale de la calle El Faro y el recorrido dura 25 minutos. No es nada caro, sólo 4 euros para adultos y niños y gratuito para niños menores de 5 años
You can arrive to Marbella from two differents roads: one is free and the other one is not. I usually choose the toll motorway (AP-7) when it's rush hour (8-9 in the morning and 2-3 in the afternoon, for example). On the other hand, when I come during another time I prefer the toll free one (A-7) because it's not bad at all and it even have street lamps all the way.
Puedes llegar a Marbella por dos carreteras diferentes: una es gratuita y la otra no. Generalmente escojo la de pago (AP-7) cuando es hora punta (8-9 de la mañana y 2-3 de la tarde, por ejemplo) Por otro lado, cuando llego en otro horario prefiero la gratuita (A-7), porque no es nada mala e incluso tiene farolas en todo el camino.
When we would go in to town or the grocery or shopping center we normally took a cab.
Make sure if the weather is hot that the air conditioner works!
Once we had a taxi that didn't have it and another time they charged us extra to put it on!
It was a shame I didn't have the DB7 with me but this DB9 would have worked just fine!