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Friday, 6 March 2009

Malaga airport to Malaga train station


This morning I was pleased to help Marilyn who wanted to know how far Malaga train station was from Malaga airport because she wanted to travel to Granada by train.

I replied; "Hi Marilyn, thank you very much for checking in.   Basically you can get from Malaga airport to the train station in Malaga by bus or by train.

1) The Linea A bus to the main Malaga bus station leaves every thirty minutes from just outside the airport arrivals area and stops at  both the main Malaga bus station and also the 
Malaga train station which are side by side.
2) You can also take the train from  Malaga Airport train station to the Maria Zambrano train station in Malaga, which is the second last stop on the C1 line coming from Fuengirola. There are three trains every hour.

You can buy your onward train ticket to Granada using the ticket office at the entrance to Malaga airport train station or from the bank of ticket machines on your left as you walk onto the station.

If you look at the picture above you'll see how close the train station is to Malaga bus station which is just across the road from the side entrance exit from Malaga Maria Zambrano rail station.

If you would like to take the bus on from Malaga bus station, book your ticket in advance using the Gomarbella online bus reservations system.
Have a great trip to Granada Marilyn and best wishes from Marbella, Mike"

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello
My flight arrives in Malaga at 10am on a Sunday my friends don't arrive until 8pm when we go directly further into the countryside. I'd like to use the time to explore the city. I understand that there isn't a left luggage facility at the airport which is a bit of a bind. What can you suggest to get the best out of the short time available.
Best wishes
Mary S

Mike Drury said...

Hi Mary

Thank you very much for checking in to gomarbella. Yes I am sorry that there is no left luggage department at Malaga airport.

I am pleased to say though that you can still have a great day.

Take the train from the airport to Malaga train station. On this blog page, type into the search box above "Malaga Airport Train Schedules" and you will get the schedule of trains to Malaga and also how to get to the airport train stop from Arrivals.

Here is the good news. When you get to Malaga train station, just a very short train ride along from the airport, you will find a fantastic clean, state of the art, high tech, scanner equipped left luggage department. It's down a flight of stairs but there is also a lift. Check your suitcase in for a few euros and you are free for the day.

About 60 metres from the left luggage department in the middle of the station concourse is a desk where you can get information on what to do for the day.

My best suggestion is to sign up at the desk for a open topped red bus tour of Malaga. The bus leaves from right outside the train station. The ticket price also includes a second bus trip to the Malaga Botanical Gardens which are lovely and shady and cool.

You can hop off the red bus anywhere and hop onto the next one at the same stop or a different one, all day long. It will be hot so keep sipping water all day. You'll need sunglasses and a hat or cap.

The station itself is a great place to be cool and have something to eat up on the first floor level.

You will get lots of suggestions and ideas from the girls at the desk including a street map of Malaga if you are in the mood for walking.

Leave time to do the reverse journey to the airport to meet your friends.

I hope this helps you Mary. Have a great day in Malaga and enjoy being parted from your suitcase!

Best wishes from a warm Marbella

Mike

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,

We fly into Malaga Airport on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 1030 & we have hotel reservations in Marbella.

We are leaving Malaga via Rail on Sat. Sept. 5 at 0900.

I have 3 questions: 1) How much is a taxi to Marbella; 2) If we rent a car & return it to the airport, how much time do we need to get to the train station; 3) what would be your suggestion as the best way to go to/from Marbella with a car return, as I had hope to return the car to the train station, but I don't think it opens that early.

Thank you very much.

Vin

Anonymous said...

Hi - we are travelling from Madrid to MalagA by train mid Oct. Ive been searching the internet trying to get an idea of how far it is from the station to Mijas Costa. Is there a connecting train or can we travel by bus? Would be grateful of advice. Lesley.

Mike Drury said...

Hi Lesley

Thanks for checking in to gomarbella. It is very easy to get to Mijas Costa from Malaga train station.

You can either take a bus directly to Mijas Costa from the Malaga bus station which is right next to the train station. There are not many buses each day but have a look at this timetable: http://www.ctsa-portillo.com/ima/pdf/malaga-estacion.pdf and perhaps one of the services will coincide with your train arrival time in Malaga.

You can also take a train to Fuengirola which is on the coast just below Mijas Costa. The "Cercanias" or local line from Malaga train station to Fuengirola train station leaves from the same station and there are two trains every hour until midnight. It's a 48 minute train journey.

From Fuengirola train station you could take a bus to Mijas Costa from the nearby bus station but after your long journey I would simply take a taxi from the taxi rank right outside the train station. Allow 15 minutes for this journey. It will probably cost around €15 during the day.

If you have to wait for a long time at the Malaga bus station then I would take a train to Fuengirola followed by a taxi to Mijas Costa as your best alternative.

Hope this helps you Lesley, thanks again for writing and best wishes for your journey.

Mike

Mike Drury said...

Hello Vin

I have failed you miserably in replying to you on the day you are travelling. Your much appreciated email disappeared out of sight in my inbasket. I do apologise.

I) A taxi to Marbella during the daytime should cost around 56 euros.

2) I would allow one hour from arriving at your car hire return point at Malaga airport to complete the car return paperwork formalities, get to the Malaga airport train station which is right next to the airport train station and to do the 14 minute train journey to the Malaga Maria Zambrano train station.

The trains from Malaga airport to Malaga train station leave at 49 minutes past the hour and 19 minutes past the hour with the first train towards Malaga train station at 06.49 in the morning.

Vin I hope you are able to check your emails whilst you are in Marbella and that the information above might still be of help in some way.

Very best wishes for your stay Marbella. Sincere apologies again.

Mike

Anonymous said...

hi there,

my names carolina am arriving at malaga on the 17th sept at around 10.30am thats off course if everything goes well and there are no delays. am needing to get to cadiz, do you know of the easiest way to get there? much appreciated been looking everywhere on the net. my family live in cadiz and i speak the lanuage well to, just wanted to save them the hassle of a 3 hour car journey to get. thanks

Mike Drury said...

Hi Carolina

Thanks very much for checking in.

Copy this link into your browser, www.gomarbella.com/costadelsolbuses/index.htm open the page and then click on Malaga Bus Station Schedules.

You will see that there are three bus services a day from Malaga bus station to Cadiz operated by the Portillo and Comes bus companies.

All you have to do is take one of the half hourly L19 buses from Malaga airport to Malaga bus station. The buses leave from just outside the arrivals area at T3.

As soon as you get Malaga bus station, book your ticket through to Cadiz. The train station right next door is a great place to wait whilst you do some shopping or have a meal or a snack.

The journey takes 4 hours, you'll get a coffee stop in Algeciras, halfway along the route so take a bottle of water and something to read.

I hope you have a great visit Carolina, Cadiz is my favourite province!

Anonymous said...

Hi, i was just wondering how long it takes to get from Malaga AIRPORT to Malaga TRAIN STATION by train?

Thank You

Mike Drury said...

Thanks very much for writing in. It's a journey of 15 minutes maximum. There are trains in both directions every 20minutes so by the time you are on the train station platform at Malaga airport you will hardly have a wait. Hope that helps, please write back for any more information. Best wishes Mike

Anonymous said...

If my flight arrives in Malaga at 9:35 can I make the renfe train at 10:15?

Anonymous said...

If my flight arrives in Malaga at 9:35 pm will I have time to make it for the renfe train at 10:15?

Mike Drury said...

I think so but would be more able to guarantee it it if you were carrying cabin baggage only and were sitting near the front of the plane so that you were one of the first passengers off.

It's also worth walking as quickly as you can to get to passsport control before the bulk of the passengers because I've been through three times since mid January and there have never been enough Spanish immigration officials to avoid a wait. Don't bother to run from the plane if you have to wait for your suitcase.

The good news is that if you miss the 10.15 train (I put my money on you catching it) there will be another train along in 20 minutes.

When you walk into the arrivals area, turn right out of the building, walk straight out and
you will be heading towards the train station. Veer slightly to the left and you will pick up the entrance. Get your ticket from the ticket office if the machines are in use and dive down the platform for Fuengirola if that's where you are heading and you are on your way.

Good luck, I hope the rest of you trip will be more relaxing.

Anonymous said...

I will only be carrying a backpack on the plane. The renfe train is at 10:15 from malaga to sevilla and there is no train after that... only a bus at 10:30.
should i wait to book my ticket until I arrive that day?

Mike Drury said...

OK, I've got you. I thought in my explanation above that you were travelling to Fuengirola.

To travel to Sevilla from Malaga airport by train you will first need to go on the Cercanias train from Malaga airport train station to the Maria Zambrano main train station in Malaga city.

The trains leave Malaga Airport at 14 minutes past the hour, then 34 then 54. It takes seven minutes to get to the Maria Zambrano main station. If you can get the 9.54am train from the airport you will get to Malaga train station at 10.02am.

I recommend that you buy your ticket all the way through to Sevilla at the ticket office on Malaga airport station. There will be less people buying tickets and it will be easier than at the main train station.

I checked on the www.renfe.es website and there are a total of 14 trains to Sevilla from Malaga train station every day. The first train out of Malaga train station that you will be able to catch is the 10.40. It takes 2hours 32 minutes and at today's price costs €19.85. The 14.08 costs the same. The next train at 14.30 costs €38.70 so be careful which one you book for. When you buy your ticket ask for the cheap trains. ¡Barato!

After the 14.08 there are another six trains to Sevilla so you are in no hurry to leave the plane or the airport. All you have to do is get yourself to Malaga train station from Malaga airport train station. You can't go wrong because there are three trains every hour as I said before.

Don't even try to book your ticket in advance on the Renfe website from outside Spain. It is really difficult and nobody I know has ever managed it.

When you get to Malaga train station, sort out which platform you will be leaving from then if you have time, have a look around the great shopping centre right over the station or just have a cold beer or two in on of the bars or restaurants on the first floor above the station complex.

Have a great trip! Mike

Anonymous said...

Hi there--does anyone know if luggage can be left at Malaga train station for multiple days? I would like to leave some luggage for 6 days. Any idea on the cost?

Thank you for any help you can provide! Jaclyn

Mike Drury said...

Hi Jaclyn, I've just phoned the general information number for the station: Tel: 902 43 23 43 and the fellow who answered was able to give me the left luggage department opening hours, 07.00 to 23.00 but couldn't tell me the cost. He couldn't give me a number to speak to the attendant. No problem to leave luggage there for as long as you want. When I last looked at the left luggage department, it was very well organised, all luggage is scanned before storage. I'll try to find out some other way. I'll be surprised if it's any less than €12 a day. Does that fit your budget?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your prompt response--yeah, that's gonna be way over my budget, but thank you. I'll be in Spain for 6 days and am carrying over some things to take to my friends in France. I think it would actually be cheaper to ship it to them! Thank you very much. Take care. Jaclyn

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your prompt response--yeah, that's gonna be way over my budget, but thank you. I'll be in Spain for 6 days and am carrying over some things to take to my friends in France. I think it would actually be cheaper to ship it to them! Thank you very much. Take care. Jaclyn

Mike Drury said...

Hi Jaclyn, thanks for your reply. I'll be at Malaga train station just before the end of the month and I'll check the cost of the left luggage lockers. Have a good trip when you do come. Best wishes Mike

Andy R said...

Hi Mike.
Fantastic site, very informative. Is it possible to buy return tickets from the airport at Malaga to Seville, (preferably from a machine due to my bad Spanish), or is it easier to book from the main rail terminal and pay for transfers on the day?

Mike Drury said...

Hi Andy, there is a ticket office at the Malaga airport train station which might be be easier than using the machine especially for the return tickets. I'm sure the fellow will have enough English and together with your Spanish you'll have no problem.

It would be quicker also to get your ticket at Malaga airport station rather than have to queue again at the Malaga Maria Zambrano train station. I did that same journey last month from Seville to Malaga and it was very comfortable and quick. The trains are excellent in Spain.

There are three trains ever hour from the airport to Malaga station and it takes about 12 minutes. If you want to check on times from Malaga to Seville then look at the www.renfe.es site, change to English using the Welcome link and go through the motions of buying a ticket until you see the timetable and prices. There is absolutely no chance of buying a ticket by accident, I have never heard of anyone booking a ticket from outside Spain. Clunky website, great train service.

You might even get the first leg of the journey free because you are taking an onward service. Please tell me if this happens! Thank you for your kind words Andy, best wishes from Marbella.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike , we are a family of 5 arriving in Malaga on 10th July at 10.00pm. We would like to hire a car for 5 days from Malaga airport but return it to Fuengirola or Los boliches ( where we are staying) can you recommend a local car hire company that will do this.

Many thanks
Sarah

Mike Drury said...

Hi Sarah, have you tried the Gomarbella car rental search engine?

www.gomarbella.com or use the link at the top of this page.

You can rent your car from Malaga airport then return it in Fuengirola, just tick the 'Different Drop Off Location box' and type in Fuengirola.

You might want to return the car the day before you travel back to get that out of the way on your your departure day. I'll check the location of the return point for you as soon as I see the company.

If you Google "Los Boliches train station" you'll find information about the train station. There are three trains every hour and it's about 40 minutes to Malaga airport. (I'm assuming you are flying back!)

Don't hesitate to ask for any more information Sarah. Best wishes for your holiday Mike

Maggie said...

Hi,

In mid-August, we are flying into Madrid (for a few days), then going to catch the train to Malaga. We haven't booked our tickets yet, so would you recommend buying them in advance online or buying them at the station in Madrid?
Also, do you know if there is a train or bus which runs from Malaga train station (or close by) to Ctra.de Cadiz, Estepona 29689, Malaga?
Any help/advice, would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks.

Mike Drury said...

Hi Maggie, thanks for writing in. The www.renfe.es train site is difficult to use and I have never heard from anyone who managed to book from outside the country. The train service itself is excellent!

Get your train tickets early on in your stay in Madrid either from the station or any travel agent. Some departures are cheaper than others depending on the time so ask to see a selection. The AVE, high speed train is a great experience.

Can you let know in the comment box below if your destination is in Estepona town because I can then advise you better? One bus from Malaga bus station which is right next to the Maria Zambrano train station will take you all the way to Estepona but won't stop along the way. Another bus will stop if your hotel or resort is in between Marbella and Estepona. Let me have a name or address for best advice.

Best wishes from Marbella Mike

Maggie said...

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your prompt and detailed reply! We actually arrive on a Sat evening (11th Aug) and need to catch a train on Monday lunchtime to Malaga; do you think that's enough time to book? It would probably have to be done on Sunday morning at the train station, unless the ticket office is open late on Sat evening.

We're staying at Vilacana, which I think is between Estepona and San Pedro and a short walk away from Cancelada - I hope this helps.

Thanks again!
Maggie.

Mike Drury said...

Hi Maggie, OK that helps a lot. If you are taking the C1 train from Terminal 4 into the centre of Madrid, you can do the whole booking on arrival at the Renfe ticket office at the airport. Although August is a peak travel time of the year, Monday lunch time should be a bit quieter. One AVE train might be cheaper than the one before or after depending on the time so check prices if you have a bit of leeway in travelling time. The AVE is a really great way to travel to Andalucia. Once you get here, things will slow down a lot.

You are right about Villacana's location. It's closer to Estepona than San Pedro. From Malaga train station, walk next door to the bus station. It's four minutes walk. This is what I suggest. Take the bus from Malaga bus station to Estepona bus station. You will actually overshoot Villacana on your left, on the seaside of the road. From Estepona take a taxi back to Villacana. I'm giving you this suggestion also taking into account the heat at your probable arrival time.

Look at this site: www.avanzabus.com. Put in Malaga as your Origin and Estepona as your Destino. The bus runs frequently from Malaga to Estepona. It is a direct bus and only stops at the main towns. Once you are settled in at Villacana, use the local bus system to get up and down the coast, back to Estepona and up to San Pedro, Puerto Banus or Marbella. Here's a diagram of the road system around Villacana. www.villacana.net/id8.html Here's a link to all the bus stops between Marbella and Estepona. www.gomarbella.com/costadelsolbuses/bus-stops-between-marbella-estepona.htm This bus stops all the way along whereas your bus from Malaga will not.

Take care of your possessions getting on and off trains and buses and when buying tickets. Someone will be watching you to see where you put your purse after getting your tickets. Personal space is much smaller here so people stand closer than in other countries. Guard your space! I say this to everyone Maggie, don't start worrying unduly. It is better you are vigilant from the beginning than lose something valuable.

Have a great holiday and don't hesitate to ask any questions. I'll be setting off for Germany by car tomorrow. Best wishes from Marbella Mike

Anonymous said...

Hi..how far is the Malaga airport from the Malaga Train station (AVE)? Have some friends that will be arriving by plane an hour ahead of us, since we will be taking the train from Madrid, so we where just wondering how to go from the airport to the train station so they can meet up with us..
How much will it cost by taxi from Malaga Train station to Marbella, NH Hotel Alanda?

Mike Drury said...

Hi there, it's an eight minute journey from Malaga airport to the Maria Zambrano train station and there are three trains every hour. That's a good idea to meet up at the train station rather than the airport. The train station is cooler and much more comfortable. By the time the friends have got their luggage, strolled out to the airport train station and taken the C1 train you'll be walking off the AVE through the arrival doors. I suggest you arrange to meet each other in the cafeterias up on the mezzanine floor just to the left as you come off the AVE.

It's a bit late now to phone the Malaga taxi company but I would think that the taxi fare will be between €85 and €95 to the NH Hotel in Alanda from the train station.

Enjoy the AVE ride, I was last on it in May and it's just fantastic. I was also at the NH Alanda Hotel last Sunday evening for a talk and it looked very elegant in the evening light. Have a great stay and best wishes from Marbella Mike

Megan S. said...

Hi. If we are trying to return a car to the Malaga train station, at 8:30 in the morning, do you think we can make the 9AM flight?

How long should returning a car take at the train station itself?

thanks!
Meg

Mike Drury said...

Hi Megan, even with the best will in the world and the wind behind you, you wouldn't make it. Last Monday I returned our Gomarbella rental car to the Dollar car hire company at LA airport, it took literally less than one minute, alas, in Spain, nothing works that fast. At best you would only be on the train to the airport at 08.45, it's an eight minute journey to the airport if the three times hourly train is waiting for you and then you would still need to get through security and get to your departure gate.

By the way all the companies renting cars at Malaga station are represented at the airport so you should be able to return the car there instead for minimal extra charge. Having said that, if your flight takes off at 09.00, your gate will close 25 minutes beforehand and you will need to give the car back at 08.00 at least.

Have you thought about giving the car back the day before and enjoying an evening in Malaga city? There's a lot happening and the communication with the airport is excellent, trains and buses starting from 06.00 in the morning. You would save a day's car rental and be able to start your return journey relaxed and unstressed. There is also a hotel right next to the airport.

In LA we gave our car back two days before and used public transport and the hotel shuttle to the airport and had a very easy departure.

Megan I hope that helps, let me know if I can assist at all with giving the car back the day before. Thank you for writing in and best wishes from Marbella, Mike

Anonymous said...

I would like to know if the left luggage self storage in Malaga Train Station had plenty of left storage bins? We want to reserve in advance but it was not possible.

Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

I would like to know if the left luggage self storage in Malaga Train Station had plenty of left storage bins? We want to reserve in advance but it was not possible.

Any suggestions?

Mike Drury said...

Yes, the left lugggage room has a good number of lockers in it and the cost of leaving luggage per day is very reasonable. About a year ago I asked if I could take a photo of the room but for security reasons I wasn't able to.

In May of this year I travelled up to Madrid on the AVE and had another look in, it's a modern installation with an attendant and an Xray machine. In the next couple of months it's most unlikely that it will be used to capacity. Just over the road in the Malaga bus station there's another (smaller) left luggage area which could be a back up but I'm sure the station lockers are not going to be full before Christmas. Will you just be spending the day in Malaga and coming soon? If your visit is a little while off I can make more enquiries for you.

Charles Fox said...

Can someone tell me what the cost is for the train from the Malaga Airport to the Malaga train station? Also the cost for the bus? I need to drop the rental car at the airport and then get to the train station for a train to Madrid.
It the airport tran station near the car rental retun depot. I suppose that Eurocar rental agency will shuttle you to the train station .Correct?

Mike Drury said...

Hello Charles, the short journey from Malaga Airport to Maria Zambrano train station in Malaga will be less than €2. It's an 8 minute journey with trains every 20 minutes. The bus costs about the same but I suggest you take the train, it's direct, there are no stops and you end up in the train station. Eurocar will most likely drop you back at the first floor departures level, walk into the T3 terminal, turn right and take the elevator down to the ground floor, come out and walk 80 metres to the train station. I believe that if you buy your main ticket on the C1 line towards Maria Zambrano you get your short journey free. That's about all Spain can give away free right now. Thank you for writing in, best wishes for your travels. Mike

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,

We are arriving at Malaga train station at 8pm after travelling from Madrid in April on a Monday by train and want to hire a car at Malaga station. Will the car hire place be open since it will be quite late? We will then drive to Mijas.
When we depart, we need to be at the airport early saturday morning. The flight leaves at 0700 and we will have the hire car to return. Would there be staff available to take the car back? What time should we arrive for this to happen.
Looking forward to your tips.

Robyn M

Mike Drury said...

Hi Robyn, my apologies for the delay in replying. I must have missed your message coming in. 8pm will be fine at Malaga station, normal working hours go through to 8.30pm. Travelling on the AVE you will arrive absolutely on the dot.

On your departure from Malaga airport you would want to be at the airport by 0500 to give you comfortable time to check the car in, go through security, very quiet at that time of the morning and have a coffee before flying. I have never been aware of any difficulty with an early morning check in at the airport.

With all bookings through the Gomarbella car rental facility I get a booking confirmation copy immediately and can respond to any questions you may have.

Apologies again for not responding the same day. Robyn, do let me know if I can help in any way.

Best wishes from Marbella Mike

Ali B said...

Hi
Do you know if any car hire places are open at 2am in Malaga airport?
Thanks

Mike Drury said...

Hi Ali B, two am is long past office closing hours for the car hire offices at the airport but having said that, some of the car hire companies will open up to meet a late flight or keep a representative on to meet a delayed flight. They may charge an extra fee for a scheduled incoming flight which is well after normal hours to compensate the employee who stays on. This is made clear in the booking process when you book through the Gomarbella car rental engine.

I was at Malaga airport on Wednesday evening, meeting my wife coming back from Gatwick and asked the Arrivals Information Office girl if it was possible to spend the night in the airport. She said that it was, the building did not close. I have been asked that question before by other travellers leaving very early and who did not want to pay the extra cost of a night in a nearby hotel.

Let me know if I can help in any way Ali thanks for writing in.

Best wishes from Marbella Mike

Anonymous said...

Hi mike We are coming to malaga in October we are 4 seniors so we like to have everything tied up,we fly in at 1230 then we need to get a bus to Granada where we staying.
after our stay there we go on to Seville where we fly back from.
Any help you give us we would be very grateful for Thanks

Mike Drury said...

Hi there, well done on planning ahead like this!

I've just checked on my online bus seat booking link and the next bus to Granada from the airport after you arrive is at 16.00. Rather than wait around at the airport I would take an 8 minute ride on the C1 train from the airport (every 20 minutes) to Maria Zambrano train station in Malaga and then walk next door to Malaga bus station and catch the bus to Granada bus station.

The buses to Granada leave on the hour so you would be comfortable time to take the 14.00 bus to Granada. It arrives at 15.45 and costs €11.43 (2014).

From Granada to Seville I would take the train to get different views of the three provinces you will cross, Granada, then Malaga then Seville.

Coming back from Seville to Malaga, make a group decision and see which method of travel you enjoyed most and catch either the train or bus back to Malaga. The bus and train stations are right next door to each other.

Or, if you are in a going home mode, then it'll be the train again and once back at Malaga train station, you simply walk downstairs onto the C1 (Cercanias - local train) platform heading towards Fuengirola but getting
off at the airport. A reversal of your 8 minute earlier journey.

Bus bookings in Spain can only be made within 30 days of travel. Probably in October you wouldn't need to book your seats in advance, but if you do, let me know and I'll send you the link. Trains, no need to book in advance but if your friendly travel agent can do it for you then that's
one less thing to do here.

How does that all sound to you? Easy? How will you spend your time in Granada and Sevilla? Need some more suggestions? Just let me know. Best wishes from Marbella and thank you for writing in. Mike

Anonymous said...

Hello - I' have to catch a plane at 6am and I can't find a bus/train that runs so early. I would like to avoid taking a cab. Could you help me out?

Mike Drury said...

Hi there, my best suggestion is to bus or train up to Malaga the night before and stay overnight. I'll give you a link below to the Hostal Hispanidad which is clean and inexpensive. It's right opposite the train and bus station in Malaga which are side by side.

In the morning the train from Maria Zambrano train station is the C1 and the first train out leaves at 05.30 arriving 8 minutes later at the airport. If your plane leaves at 6am, you'll need to take a taxi from the rank in front of the station, which as I said, is right in front of the hostal.

Prices for a single room at the Hostal Hispanidad in April are just under €50. You can have a good evening out in Malaga city which is well worth doing, a meal, a good night's sleep and catch your plane on time for less than the cost of an early morning taxi from Marbella.

Here's the link to copy and paste into your browser.

http://bit.ly/12lOcXB

Check out the hostal's situation on the map you will see.

There is one more option of course, sleep at the airport but it's no more comfortable than any other airport. The building remains open all night.

It has a permanent night time population of about 5 nightsleepers. You see them bedding down in the favourite corners just about the time the check in closes for the last Easyjet flight of the day.

I hope that helps in some way. Good luck with your flight! Mike

Mike Drury said...

Hi there, my best suggestion is to bus or train up to Malaga the night before and stay overnight. I'll give you a link below to the Hostal Hispanidad which is clean and inexpensive. It's right opposite the train and bus station in Malaga which are side by side.

In the morning the train from Maria Zambrano train station is the C1 and the first train out leaves at 05.30 arriving 8 minutes later at the airport. If your plane leaves at 6am, you'll need to take a taxi from the rank in front of the station, which as I said, is right in front of the hostal.

Prices for a single room at the Hostal Hispanidad in April are just under €50. You can have a good evening out in Malaga city which is well worth doing, a meal, a good night's sleep and catch your plane on time for less than the cost of an early morning taxi from Marbella.

Here's the link to copy and paste into your browser.

http://bit.ly/12lOcXB

Check out the hostal's situation on the map you will see.

There is one more option of course, sleep at the airport but it's no more comfortable than any other airport. The building remains open all night.

It has a permanent night time population of about 5 nightsleepers. You see them bedding down in the favourite corners just about the time the check in closes for the last Easyjet flight of the day.

I hope that helps in some way. Good luck with your flight! Mike

Salah Siyam said...

Hello
We are a family of 5 adults and 3 children coming from Barcelona to Malaga on the high speed train on August 8th and we are trying to rent a van from AVE but they do not have anything for us there and keep telling us to pick it up at Malaga airport !! the question is can we stay on the train and get off at the airport or do we have to take another train to get there ?? and how far is it ?
thank you

Mike Drury said...

Hi Salah, you will need to change trains at Maria Zambrano railway station in Malaga but it is very easy. Walk out of the AVE train arrivals area and just past the ticket offices on your right, turn right and look for the Cercanias platform down a flight of stairs. There is also a lift. The C1 train leaves every 20 minutes so no need to run and it is only an 8 minute journey. The price should be included in your main ticket purchase but if not get tickets from the machine or ticket office on the Maria Zambrano station just at the Cercanias ticket barriers. It'll be less than 8 euros for all of you. Check with the car hire company where their offices are. If they are not at the airport, they can pick you up from the road next to the train station. Hope that helps. Best wishes Mike

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I have found your bloggs very helpful so I wondered if you could help us?
We will be in Casares with no car hire so on our last day intend to pay for a private transfer to malaga airport.However as checkout is 10am but flight not until 11.30 we have a whole day with luggage (5 of us and a wheelchair. Looking at your responses back on 2009, I am now inclined to get the transfer to malagatrain station instead to use the left luggage facility there - take the day to look around malaga, then return to the train station, pick up luggage, then travel by train back to the airport in the evening?
Would you agree this would be our best option, is it relatively easy and non expensive & do all these facilities I am hoping for still exist?
Also during our holiday we hope to visit Mijas but have no car hire & taxi would be too expensive as there are 5 or us. Is it still cheapest to travel by train to get there from Casares/Estapona, then bus or taxi from whichever main stop is closest to Mijas? Can I access a train timetable via internet before starting our hols?
Many thanks
Debbie

Mike Drury said...

y thanks
Debbie

Hi Debbie, 2009? Goodness how quickly time goes. Yes your plan is absolutely ideal. Check the difference in cost between a transfer to Malaga train station or Fuengirola train station because it's a very comfortable 43 minute train journey from Fuengirola to Maria Zambrano main train station in Malaga and it will cost you all less than €15 if you check in as a family at Fuengirola. There is a lift down to the platform at Fuengirola train station and then look for the wheelchair access in the middle of the train. The trains leave every 20 minutes so there is no need to rush at any stage. If there is not much difference in prices, then stay on the transfer vehicle all the way to Malaga train station.

When you get to Maria Zambrano on the C1 train (Cercanias - local train) you will arrive on the same level as the left luggage facility which is right next to the C1 platform one floor down. There is a lift up to the main concourse. Right in the middle is a ticket office selling red open bus tours of Malaga, kind of hop on and hop off, that's a good way to see and get around the city. Malaga port is also an attractive area. There is a lot to do in the city. When you get back to the station, drop down to the left luggage facility,collect your luggage, go through onto the platform and then it's only 8 minutes on the C1 train back to Malaga airport with about 10 minutes from the platform to the security entrance inside the airport. It is relatively easy and economical as you said.

About visiting Mijas Debbie, the train only starts at Fuengirola, it does not reach as far along the coast as Estepona. You would need to bus from Estepona as far as Fuengirola then take one of the very frequent buses up to Mijas from the Fuengirola bus station. Then do the journey in reverse to get home.

I'll paste in a link to a timetable of buses from Casares down to Estepona. You won't see the Estepona to Fuengirola timetable but you would take the bus to Malaga and get off at Fuengirola about one hour after Marbella.

https://www.avanzabus.com/web/archivos/base/File/Horarios/Portillo/Horario-de-autobuses-de-Estepona.pdf

and here is a link to Fuengirola Train Station with the train timetable.

http://www.gomarbella.com/fuengirola/trains/fuengirola-train-station.htm

Debbie check out all the info and please write back if I can help you further. Best wishes and thank you for writing in. Mike