Good Evening Mike,
From doing some research i've realised I have a really rubbish flight...but then again it was only cheap. Me and a friend need to get from Malaga airport to Marbella on Saturday night. Our flight lands at 23.45 so from looking at the timetable we will miss the last bus...and to top it all off we are going in June..does the bus not run on Saturday and Sunday until July???
I am thinking our only options are a transfer or hire a car? The prices of which are nearly the same! I think a taxi would just rip us off given the time and us being 2 young girls. We are open to suggestions on the return to the airport. The flight is at 10pm on Saturday again unfortunately...would we be able to get a train??
I would be very grateful for some advice...there is no hurry!
Best Wishes Ny
Thanks very much for writing in. Yes, it's not so easy getting to Marbella economically if you land late in the evening.
About the special airport shuttle bus to Marbella, it runs every day of the year between Marbella bus station and Malaga airport.
Here are two suggestions:
1) Taking a taxi from the airport you can't get ripped off because there is a set fare for all journeys on the Costa del Sol so you know before you get into the taxi what you will pay at the other end. I have just phoned the Marbella taxi company Tel: + 34 95277 44 88 and from Marbella centre to Malaga airport, after 10pm on a Saturday the fare is €69.(May 2011) Coming the other way will be about the same. I always suggest checking with driver before getting in.
2) About the cost of a hire car, quite often the cost of a short rental with all its travel possibilities works out only a little bit more than taking a taxi or even sometimes cheaper than a transfer company and certainly more flexible.
Using the link above or here, take two minutes to check out the cost of a small rental car from Malaga Airport and returning it in Marbella a couple of days later after making a couple of trips say to Ronda or definitely down to Tarifa to get your money's worth. If you add your very cheap return bus return to the airport plus the bargain cost of a Gomarbella rental car, I'm sure it won't be too painful...
3) About getting back to the airport if you decide not to keep your rental car for the week, the easiest option from Marbella is the Malaga airport bus mentioned above.
I hope this helps you Ny, please feel free to write back if I can help you. Have a fantastic trip and stay in Marbella.
Best wishes Mike
PS, I didn't suggest a horse drawn carriage to Ny, although you can hire them from next to Cafeteria Marbella seen in the picture above. Earlier this year Cafeteria Marbella had a big facelift. I like it because I have fond memories of eating here when we first came on holiday to Marbella back in 1978. I think I had calamares or squid. Coming from Rhodesia this was very exotic.