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Sunday, 15 February 2009

Malaga airport transfer to Hotel Rincon Andaluza

Elizabeth wrote in this morning:

"Hi Mike My son and 5 friends are arriving in July for a week. I'm trying to arrange a transfer for the party of 6 holidaying by themselves for the first time. Do you think it's worth considering the train from Malaga Airport to
Fuengirola train station and then a bus that would pass the hotel on the A7 or the bus to Marbella from Malaga airport followed by a taxi to the hotel as opposed to the expensive option of around 200 euros by people carrier transfer from the airport? Any local advice would be much appreciated. Regards Elizabeth"

I wrote back:

"Hi Elizabeth Thanks very much for checking in to
www.gomarbella.com I think the simplest and quickest way for them is to take the bus from Malaga airport to Marbella (around 4.35 euros right now) and then a taxi from Marbella bus station to Hotel Rincon Andaluz near Puerto Banus. The fare is around 18 euros on a weekday slightly more over the weekend or holidays.

The local Marbella taxis have a limit of four passengers in each taxi so the group would need two taxis. So that's around 25 euros for the airport bus and then 36 euros for two taxis, around 6 euros. Does that sound better?

3 comments:

John in NJ said...

Hi Mike,
I've enjoyed reading your site as my wife and I prepare for our upcoming trip to Malaga. Actually, our time-share is in Mijas. We plan to visit both Granada and Seville, and will likely venture the 25km to Malaga a time or two for dinner during the week. With this in mind, would it be easiest to travel by bus or to just rent a car for 6 days? my wife is concerned that having a car might be too stressful...ie, we would need to become familiar with all the rules, regulations, roads, and parking that such an undertaking would require. Any assistance as we continue to mull things over would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!
John

johnbky said...

Hi Mike,
I've enjoyed reading your site as my wife and I prepare for our upcoming trip to Malaga. Actually, our time-share is in Mijas. We plan to visit both Granada and Seville, and will likely venture the 25km to Malaga a time or two for dinner during the week. With this in mind, would it be easiest to travel by bus or to just rent a car for 6 days? my wife is concerned that having a car might be too stressful...ie, we would need to become familiar with all the rules, regulations, roads, and parking that such an undertaking would require. Any assistance as we continue to mull things over would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!
John

Mike Drury said...

Hello John

I'm glad you enjoy reading the blogs and thank you very much for using gomarbella.

If you are staying in Mijas Costa, you can use the buses along the A7 coast road to get to Fuengirola or Marbella with a taxi back if you plan to come home late after the last bus service of the evening. If you are in Mijas Pueblo there are regular buses down to Fuengirola centre. If you are staying in the urbanisations above Fuengirola towards Mijas and off the main road then it's not so easy to move around, you would need a taxi or a hire car to get down to Fuengirola and back again.

Going to Malaga city for an evening out is highly recommended and you can do that perfectly easily on the 45 minute train journey from Fuengirola train station. My wife and I were at the Teatro de Cervantes theatre in Malaga last Tuesday evening to see Chicago and there were lots of really inviting restaurants open in the area around the cathedral. If you take the train, you can have a comfortable few glasses of beer or wine without worry. The cost of eating out in Malaga is very reasonable.

If you visit Granada or Sevilla by car, I would definitely recommend adding a GPS device onto your hire. Sevilla's peripheral road system is unforgiving, you get one chance to make up your mind and that's it! In Granada parking is at a premium and you would need to use public car parks to get close to the Alhambra or Albaycin areas.

It's a lovely drive to get to both cities if you know your way and enjoy a driving challenge. Without a GPS, you would be busy concentrating on the road and your wife would be worrying about the map reading and neither of you would enjoy getting there.

From Fuengirola bus station you can book bus trips to both Sevilla and Granada. The bus to Sevilla travels through Ronda and stops there for a coffee break. The countryside and views are magnificent both before and after Ronda. If you take the first bus out of Fuengirola and the last bus back from Sevilla, it would give you six hours there.

From Fuengirola to Granada which is closer than Sevilla, if you take the DIRECT service both ways, you will have 9 hours in Granada. Book the direct service at Fuengirola bus station, a day or so before. It stops only once along the way and is faster. Make sure you book the DIRECTO service.

If you were visiting Cordoba, I would recommend a car as it is a much easier city to get into, drive in and to find parking in than Sevilla or Granada.

On balance, if you are in Mijas near the coastal road bus stops or staying within easy access of Fuengirola bus and train stations and taking into account your travel plans and concerns with driving, I think you will find public transport the more relaxing option.

Please let me know how things work out and don't hesitate to write again for any ideas. I get into my car whenever I can to get explore Andalucia and beyond so I am happy to share my experiences with you!

Best wishes from Marbella John and have a great visit.

Mike