|Malaga Bus Station|
I replied, "Hi Jak, Thank you very much for writing in. The Avanza bus company operate this route and I have just checked on their website, you'll find the link at the top of the Gomarbella Costa del Sol buses page.
I'm afraid you will be out of luck with your arrival time at the airport. From Malaga airport there two buses every hour to Malaga bus station, it's a 30 minute journey and the last direct bus from Malaga bus station to La Linea bus station next to the Gibraltar border, leaves at 16.30. Please check my timings. On the Avanza bus site look for Linea de la Concepcion, La, as your Destino.
By the way you can also travel to the Maria Zambrano train station in Malaga which is right next to the bus station on the C1 train line, there are three trains every hour and it's an eight minute journey. If you've just missed the bus, take the train!
I also looked at buses from Malaga bus station to Cadiz because this bus stops in Algeciras, just beyond La Linea and you could have got a taxi back but the last bus leaves Malaga bus station at 20.00 and you still won't get to Malaga bus station in time after collecting your luggage.
I think your best option will be to take the Malaga airport to Marbella bus station shuttle bus and then take a taxi from Marbella to the frontier between Gibraltar and La Linea. All being well you'll catch the 20.15 bus from the airport and you'll get to Marbella at 20.55. The bus fare will be around €8. (2012)
I've just phoned the Marbella taxi company and a taxi from Marbella bus station to the frontier in La Linea will cost €70 on a weekday before 10pm and €94 after 10pm or over a weekend. Does this fit your budget better? It'll be a lot cheaper than a taxi all the way from the airport to La Linea which will be over €130.
|Rock of Gibraltar seen from La Linea Bus Station|
The good news is that on your way back to the airport, you can use buses all the way. Just do the journey in reverse and take the bus from La Linea bus station to Marbella bus station and then the shuttle bus to the airport and you'll arrive in good time for your evening flight.
Please write back if you have any doubts and if a night in Marbella sounds attractive, I'll recommend you a really good, economical hotel. Thanks again for writing in Jak, I do hope this helps you. Mike"