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Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Calahonda Bus Stops

Kathleen: (June) "I wonder if you can help us. We will be arriving in Malaga airport in September. Can you please advise which will be the best way to get to Club Marbella apartments in Sitio de Calahonda as we are not sure about train and bus travel on the Costa del Sol? Thanks a lot."

Mike: (June) "Hi Kathleen, thank you for writing in to Gomarbella.

The quickest and easiest way to get to Club Marbella in Calahonda from Malaga airport is to take the train from the Malaga airport train stop to Fuengirola train station. There are three trains every hour and the train timetable hardly varies all year round.

The Fuengirola bus station is only 200 metres away from the Fuengirola train station and you can then take the bus which travels between Fuengirola to Marbella and get off at the Calahonda bus stop.

You will find information here about the Fuengirola bus station and check here for information about all the bus stops between Fuengirola and Marbella and also a schedule for that bus service. You will see the Calahonda stop on the list.

Club Marbella is in Calahonda just under a kilometer from the main road. Coming from Fuengirola you must get off at the first of the three Calahonda bus stops . This is the main entrance to the Calahonda urbanisation and right next to the main road there is a taxi rank. Club Marbella Crown Resort is at the top of a long hill which stretches up from the main road and I recommend you treat yourself to a minimum taxi fare to arrive cool and collected at the resort Reception!


Check out the above Kathleen, look at the timings and please let me know if I can help at all with any questions you might have. Best wishes from Marbella and I look forward to hearing from you. Mike"

Kathleen:
(June) "Hi Mike, Thank you so much for your reply, which is most helpful. I will contact you nearer to our departure date to see if you have been able to sort out the bus stops. In the meantime, thank you again for your prompt reply, Kath"

Kathleen: (August) "Hello again Mike, As we shall be arriving at Malaga in a couple of weeks time, I wondered if you had been able to find anything more about the correct bus stop nearest to Club Marbella. Kath"

Mike: (September) "Hi Kath I went out on my motorbike yesterday to have a close look at the Calahonda bus stops which I must have passed a 1000 times in the last 30 years.

If you look at the picture above you will see the taxi rank at the main entrance to Calahonda. I took this picture from the pedestrian bridge over the A7. The Calahonda main bus stop is actually just to the left of the picture, just after the pedestrian bridge. The red car is travelling towards Marbella and the sea is behind me.

The main Calahonda bus stop is the next one after the Doña Lola Macdonalds stop travelling from Fuengirola towards Marbella. When the bus stops at the Doña Lola bus stop, start moving to the exit and press the stop request bell. It was called Las Postas but in fact now, on the new bus shelters at the bus stops between Fuengirola and Marbella most of the names have been removed!

From the Doña Lola stop, if you look at the curve of the road going towards Marbella, the main Calahonda stop is just around the curve to the right.

Hope this helps you Kath, let me know how things go. Best wishes from Marbella, Mike"

Footnote: Saturday 26th September.

Kath: Hi Mike, We have just returned from Calahonda where we had a super holiday. We found the bus service really good to and from Fuengirola train station and also made our own way to Marbella for a day trip, then on to Puerto Banus by boat. Thank you, again, for your help. Kath

Mike: Thank you very much Kath for taking the trouble to write back and let me know how things worked out. I am going to dedicate this page to you because thanks to your contacts, I am sure that it will help other bus travellers to Calahonda. Here's to your next visit!

PS: You can now do online bus ticket reservations through the gomarbella reservation system.

12 comments:

Julianne said...

Hi Mike!

Me and 5 girlfriends from Norway are thinking of renting an appartment located right in the center of Puerto Banus in July summer of 2010. We've heard that there are some pubs and nightclubs there, but we really don't know what kind of people and age group that goes out there. Do you know anything about that? Do you also know the agelimit at the clubs? We're all 18 and hoping that we could get in the clubs and party! :)

Thank you for all of your help! :)

Mike Drury said...

Hi Julianne

Thanks very much for your contact. What a great holiday you girls are going to have!

If you can get an apartment in Puerto Banus you'll be right in the centre of everything that's happening in Marbella's night life. Every time you step out your apartment you'll be in a whole new world.

The best things about the location is that you don't need a taxi home after your night out and you can get your drinks at the local supermarket and then have a few copas while you are getting ready to go out. This will save you some money!

The minimum age for the clubs is 18. If there's a group of you and you are looking good, dressed up for an evening out, no doorman is going to stop you anywhere.

What also often happens is the club has someone outside the door inviting the girls in for a free drink. They reckon if there are girls in the club, the guys are going to follow and of course that is what happens.

You get all ages from 18 upwards in the clubs, it's very mixed. You might get a rich guy of fifty with his new 25 year old girlfriend. In Puerto Banus you are going to meet a whole new set of people but you can be sure that they are all like you, clubbers just looking for fun.

A very popular disco is Dreamers www.dreamers-disco.com Their website won't tell you much in winter but in summer Dreamers is all action. It's just out of Puerto Banus but you can walk.

In Olivia Valere's disco, www.oliviavalere.com (you can change it to English top right corner) you usually find older people and it's fairly expensive. You need a taxi to get there. It's a great place to go but again wait until you get invited.

Nikki Beach comes alive every summer, young to middle age, it's expensive but very trendy. You need a taxi to get there and I would leave it for another visit, but go if you get invited!

There's also the centre of Marbella at night, lots of places to drink, party and hang out where the younger Spanish people are. They don't have the money to go to Puerto Banus so an evening out costs a lot less and your group will be very popular there. You can take a bus or a taxi from Puerto Banus to the centre.

Ask me any questions that come up over the next few months and try to book your apartment as early as possible.

Best wishes from Marbella Julianne and I hope your trip all works out as planned. One thing is for sure, you are all going to have fun!

Mike

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,
My wife and I are going to be in Mi Jardin, Mijas next week and would like to visit Fuengirola. Is there a bus service close to this Heritage resort? While we have a car, we propose to eat and drink there, and don't wish to drive back with alcohol.
Louis Amerlynck

Mike Drury said...

Hello Louis

Thank you very much for writing in.

Mi Jardin resort is inland between two train stops on the Fuengirola to Torremolinos line and also between two bus stops on the route between the two towns.

I suggest that in your first outing in your car, you check out the proximity of the nearest bus and train stops to Mi Jardin and then decide if you can comfortably walk downhill to the stops.

I have looked up Mi Jardin on Google maps and it doesn't look like comfortable walking distance back from the coast uphill to the resort!

I phoned the Fuengirola taxi company + 34 952 47 10 00 to check the prices from the centre of Fuengirola (next to the bus station) back to Mi Jardin but the girl could only give me the cost of a taxi to the centre of Mijas, Mi Jardin did not show up on her list of fares. The fare by day is 16 euros and after 10pm is 18 euros. Mi Jardin is closer to Fuengirola than Mijas so it should be a little less.

I also phoned the Mijas taxi company + 34 952 47 65 93 to ask about the fare between Mijas and Mi Jardin and this was 9 euros by day and around 10 euros by night.
Perhaps Mijas might be an option for dining out if you are planing to enjoy some good Spanish wines.

To check on the bus or train stops, from the search box on this page, just type in "bus stops between Fuengirola and Torremolinos" and you will get all the stops. Do the same for train stops.

I hope this helps you Louis. Have a great visit and enjoy your evenings out to the full!

Best wishes from Marbella and thanks again for your visit.

Mike

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your reply Mike, it has been very helpful. Will give Mijas a try for dining out. However, we plan to meet up with some Irish friends in Fuengirola and were wondering what our best options were. Certainly the taxi fares you quote are very reasonable for a night out.
Cheers
Louis.

Mike Drury said...

Hi Louis

I'm glad that was useful. It will be worth getting a taxi just to be able to have a good blowout without worrying about getting home.

We have just come back from Porto in Portugal (10 hour drive) where we met up with friends who were in Vigo in Spain a little bit to the north, for two days. They drove down to meet us and stayed in the same hotel.

We went out in Porto in the evening and sampled the food and wines and then got a taxi back home. They were both big old Mercedes taxis, very clean and shining and made an impressive noise on the cobbled streets! Not expensive either.

It was good to leave our car in the hotel parking for those evenings.

Have lots of fun Louis and thanks for writing back.

Mike

karen said...

hi mike
we are going to calahonda and would like to know how to get around like going to benalmadena and other places hope you can help it would be a big halp as we are only going for a week
karen barnes

Mike Drury said...

Hi Karen

Thanks very much for checking into gomarbella.

On your visit from Calahonda up to Benalmadena I would take the bus from Calahonda back to Fuengirola bus station, then walk one block to the Fuengirola train station and then take the train up to Benalmadena.

There are two buses every hour to Fuengirola and two trains every hour to Benalmadena train station. You will find the bus timetable on the page above, click through where it says Fuengirola bus station.

Remember also that by taking the train from Fuengirola train station you could very easily get right into the centre of Malaga city for a great day out. The train is a great way of getting up and down the coast.

If you take the bus from your nearest Calahonda bus stop in the other direction, the bus will take you right into the centre of Marbella where you can explore the old town and then take a taxi or a bus to Puerto Banus for a good look around.

I hope this helps you Karen, have a great stay on the coast.

Best wishes from Marbella

Mike

Julianne said...

Hi again Mike!

We didn't get the appartment in Puerto Banus, but we managed to get a nice appartment on the beach in Fuengirola in July! :)

Now we're wondering about the same thing as in Puerto Banus, about the clubs and bars, and about the age group. :)

We've also heard that there is a big shopping mall not far away from the beach, is this true? :) Is there any website where we could look at what kind of stores there is at the mall? :)

Do you also know any nice places we can go out to eat? And is it an expensive area? :)

Thank you again for all your help!:)

Julianne

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,

Can you please let me know the best bus stop for the Vime Campanario De Calahonda, Avda. de España 22 - Calahonda.

Regards

Craig

Mike Drury said...

Hi Craig, thank you very much for writing in. I'll give you two links below which will help. The first link gives you information on how to get to Hotel Vime de Calahonda but I think you have already figured that out and it will actually shows you a photo of the bus stop you need to get off at.

The second link shows you the three bus stops in Calahonda. If you are coming from Fuengirola it will be the last of the three Calahonda bus stops, the bus stop on the left of the picture. Coming from Marbella it will be the first of the three Calahonda bus stops, still the one on the left.

The bus stop you see on this page above is the first of the Calahonda bus stops coming from Fuengirola. It is the bus stop on the right of the Calahonda bus stops page. Craig I hope this helps you, let me know if I can give you anymore information about the best bus stop for Hotel Vime de Calahonda.

Best wishes from Marbella Mike

Mike Drury said...

Sorry Craig, I forgot to put the links in, you will need to copy them into your browser, here they are:

Link 1 How to get to Hotel Vime de Calahonda

http://www.gomarbella.com/costadelsolbuses/malaga_airport_to_hotel_vime_campanario_de_calahonda.htm

Link 2 Map showing Calahonda bus stops

http://blog.gomarbella.com/2011/02/calahonda-map-showing-bus-stops.html