May to Mike Hi Mike, I'm so glad I chanced upon your website! It's a godsend since I can't read Spanish and am stressed over finding the appropriate bus routes for my trip in May. I kinda planned my routes based on what I can find using Portillo's schedule, I would appreciate if you can help me take a look and give your comments please.
I need to travel from Sevilla to Mijas Pueblo in May and then a couple of days later from Mijas to Malaga airport. Here's my plan:
1) Sevilla to Fuengirola: 1000/1400 Fuengirola to Mijas: 1415 or 1450 Question: Does this bus stop at Mijas Pueblo?
2) Mijas to Malaga airport Question: Bus or train to Malaga airport? Also I read from your website that Portillo buses might have delays. Is this bus timing sufficient for me to catch a flight at 1525 and where exactly does the bus from Mijas stop at Malaga? For the Sevilla-Mijas leg, some people recommend changing bus at Malaga, but I found that buses from Sevilla to Malaga aren't that frequent as compared to Fuengirola.
In your opinion, is Malaga or Fuengirola a better place to change bus to Mijas Pueblo? Also, do I need to book bus tickets online beforehand? I checked the booking system at your website, but can't seem to find buses plying these places on the dates I want to travel. Thanks so much!
Mike to May Hi May On my way back from Sevilla airport this morning, I came back via Málaga and drove up to Mijas to check out the bus stop and schedules.
In answer to your first question: Yes, the bus from Fuengirola bus station goes all the way up the mountainside to Mijas, also known as Mijas Pueblo and sometimes Mijas Village. I'm looking at a timetable I picked up from the Mijas Tourist Information office just now and you are completely correct, there's a bus from Fuengirola bus station at 14.15 and another at 14.50.
In answer to your second question, to get from Mijas Pueblo back to Malaga Airport, take the bus back down to Fuengirola bus station, that's a journey of 25 minutes, walk one block to the Fuengirola train station and take the train to Malaga Airport, about 35 minutes. The trains leave at 20 minute intervals and you can set your watch by them, they are so punctual, it's a fantastic service. You will find the timetable for trains between Malaga Airport and Fuengirola train station here.
You see if you take the bus from Mijas Pueblo back to Malaga, although you will actually pass the airport bus stop on the main road you will then have a long walk without a pavement pulling your suitcase alongside a busy road to the new T3 terminal departures level. To avoid this walk, you could go all the way into Malaga to the bus station, but you would then have to train or bus all the way back to the airport.
The bus from Mijas Pueblo to Fuengirola bus station followed by the train to Malaga airport is the quickest and most practical option. The Portillo bus service is basically very reliable and punctual but the train is still the very best guarantee of getting to the airport exactly when you need to.
Going back to the very beginning of your journey, I would definitely recommend you take the direct bus from Sevilla to Fuengirola. You will leave from the Prado de San Sebastian bus station and the first stop for a coffee and the loo will be at Ronda bus station on the way down. The scenery is great all the way. Sit on the right hand side of the bus travelling from Sevilla to Ronda. You'll also stop at the Marbella bus station. Give me a wave as you pull out of Marbella on the last leg to Fuengirola.
About booking online, the Portillo company is not completely integrated yet into an online booking system. You will leave Sevilla from the Prado de San Sebastian bus station and you can buy your seat there up to six days before you travel.
May to Mike Hi Mike, Thanks for sharing the detailed information, and suggesting we take a bus from Sevilla to Fuengirola instead of Malaga. I appreciate it! You mentioned tickets can be bought 6 days in advance. Do you recommend we purchase tickets for all legs of journeys once we arrive at Sevilla? And is it possible to purchase all of them at Sevilla Prado de San Sebastian bus station? I suppose we can buy train tickets when we reach Fuengirola and there is no need for advance ticketing. Do we need to wait very long to purchase train tickets at Fuengirola train station? Thanks once again!
Mike to May Hi May You are very welcome to the information. You only really need to book and buy the Seville to Fuengirola tickets in advance at the Prado de San Sebastian bus station. Having said that, you still may then find the bus only half full. Going up to Mijas Pueblo you get your tickets at the little window at Fuengirola bus station and then coming back down again, you buy your tickets on the bus when you get on at the Mijas Pueblo bus stop in the photo.
At Fuengirola train station, there is a continual stream of people at the ticket office but there are also ticket dispensing machines before the ticket barriers. No one ever seems to miss the train! Keep a few coins handy if you use the machine, it operates in English also. The train schedule does change from time to time but since September of 2011, there are three trains every hour, only 20 minutes between trains. Check at the train station before you go up to Mijas if timing is critical. One of you looks after the suitcases at the bus station and the other walks across to the train station to check it out. It will only take 10 minutes and they will give you a train timetable at the train station ticket office.
I suggest getting to the airport earlier rather than later because it's now a really pleasant place to spend pre-flight time compared to the old airport. There's a little cafe restaurant, La Lechera against the back wall, between Burger King and the National Geographic shop and they serve the best coffee and tostados, that's a toasted roll with olive oil dripped on and covered in chopped tomato. It's where the the airport employees have their breakfast and that's always a good sign. So if you are worried about connections, get to the airport earlier than you would normally and just take things easy. I hope that helps you May, keep on asking questions!
Best wishes Mike
Best wishes Mike