Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Lindsay Heyes asked me how to get from Malaga airport to Guadalmina bus stop:
"Hi, can you help us please? We have rented a villa at Guadalmina urbanisation next Thursday for a week and would like to use public transport to get there, is there a train or bus that we could get from Malaga airport?" Many thanks, Lindsay
I replied: "Hi Lindsay, take the Malaga airport bus to Marbella bus station and when you get there, change to the Marbella to Estepona bus. Buy your ticket to Marbella before getting on the bus at the ticket office which is just outside Arrivals at the airport. After 8pm the ticket office is closed and you'll buy your ticket on the bus from the driver. Pay with a small note, €5 plus coins or €10 and check your change before moving off down the bus to get your seat. At the Marbella bus station, get in the queue for your ticket on the bus to Estepona and say to the ticket seller "Guadalmina." You can add - por favor- if you feel better but in Spain it's not used very much. The ticket seller is being paid to give you a ticket, why do you have to say please? Welcome to Spain.
You can get off at the Guadalmina stop which is one of the bus stops between Marbella and Estepona but Guadalmina is actually an enormous urbanisation. There's Guadalmina Baja on the sea side of the road and Guadalmina Alta on the mountain side of the road around the golf course.
I would recommend, for the first time anyway, that you get off the Marbella to Estepona bus at the previous San Pedro de Alcántara bus stop where there is a taxi rank. From there, take a taxi to your villa in Guadalmina.
If your villa is close to the main A7 coastal road, you can then use the bus to commute up and down the coast during your stay.
Hope you have a great visit Lindsay. Best wishes Mike"