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Friday, 31 August 2012

Malaga Bus Station to Gibraltar

Malaga Bus Station
"Hi Mike, I'm arriving at Malaga Airport at 6.30pm, can I get a bus from Malaga bus station to La Linea to get to Gibraltar? Thanks Jak"

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

If you are not in a hurry to get there, you can have a night in Marbella and then carry on your journey the next day on the bus and it will still work out cheaper than including a taxi.

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"

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Mijas Costa or Mijas Pueblo?

Mijas Pueblo Bus Terminus

Colin wrote to me on Facebook through the Gomarbella Contact Page:

"Hi Mike. We are arriving next week (early evening) to stay at TRH Hotel Mijas in Costa Mijas and are planning to take the train to Fuengirola then use the bus service to Costa Mijas. Could you advise me on bus number, the stop to get off the bus and whether we would be better to walk or use a taxi to arrive at the hotel?  Thanks for the great information your website provides."

I wrote back to Colin:  "Hi Colin, thank you very much for your kind words! Much appreciated. To get to the TRH Hotel Mijas you must travel to Mijas Pueblo (Village) which is up the mountain behind Fuengirola.  Mijas Costa is part of the enormous Mijas urbanisation which stretches down from Mijas Pueblo and spreads along the coast between Fuengirola and Marbella so don't travel there! La Cala de Mijas is the main town on Mijas Costa.

When you get to Fuengirola train station, walk a block to the bus station and then take the Mijas Pueblo bus.Here's a link tp a blog about getting to Mijas Pueblo from Sevilla by bus. As the bus pulls into the village, it goes past the hotel which will be on the left. There is no bus stop right there but you can walk back to the hotel or take a taxi for a minimum fare of a few euros.

Main Taxi Rank in Mijas Pueblo
Burro Taxis in Mijas Pueblo
The Mijas Pueblo taxi rank is 100 metres from the bus terminal but to get to the TRH hotel it will be quicker to walk.  Is that OK information wise Colin?  Important thing is that you head for Mijas in the mountains and not Mijas on the beach. When the bus stops in the main square area in Mijas, right next to all the souvenir shops, I'm sure you are close enough to walk back to the hotel. Keep a look out for it just after you finish the long climb up the hill then swing left towards the village. Look to your left for the hotel which is set down from the road. By the way, thank you very much for the Facebook 'Like' much appreciated!  I hope your travelling goes well and have a great holiday. Best wishes Mike."

For visitors to Mijas Pueblo the burro taxi service is very popular to have a look around the town.  The donkeys are well looked after.

Colin wrote back after his holiday at the TRH hotel in Mijas Pueblo:

"Hi Mike. Good information regarding location of our hotel as we might have ended up in the wrong place! We were happy to be in the Mijas Pueblo village though and your directions were straight forward enough for us to reach there. Thanks very much for the advice with our travel. We had a great time and totally enjoyed our hotel and location in Mijas - a beautiful place to visit and very friendly. Train and bus links were very good and great value too. We will definitely return to the area and fancy a visit to Malaga for a break as we visited the city and used the bus tour to see the sights and were impressed. Thanks again, Colin.

I wrote back: "Hi Colin, I'm really glad everything worked out well for you. I have to confess I haven't done the red bus tour in Malaga yet, but it's on my list of things to do... I also appreciate your writing back, it helps me to know my suggestions are correct or not. I hope you'll write back next time you come if I can help with anything. Very best wishes Mike.

For other travellers from Fuengirola bus station to Mijas Pueblo up on the mountainside behind Fuengirola I have added the bus timetable below.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Guadalmina Bus Stop

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"

Monday, 13 August 2012

Malaga Airport to Riviera del Sol

Jennifer Carolan wrote to me on the Gomarbella Facebook page about getting to Riviera del Sol just outside Fuengirola.

Hi. I'm looking for some information. We are going on holiday soon and would like to know if a bus goes from Malaga Airport to Rivera del Sol and what are the times for buses? Also returning home from Rivera del Sol to Malaga Airport is there a bus we can get? Hope to hear from you soon.

Mike Drury:  Hi Jennifer, sorry to take so long to reply. I got back last night from seeing the grandchildren in London. Now that my grandson has discovered the computer, I get less time to answer my emails when travelling. I'll copy you in a link about getting to Riviera del Sol bus and train and back to the airport by bus and by train. It's very easy.

Basically you take the train from Malaga airport train station to Fuengirola train station, change to the bus station which is only one block from the train station walking towards the sea and then you take the bus to Marbella getting off at the Riviera del Sol bus stop. Have a look at the information and please write back if I can help you. Have a great holiday and thank you for writing in. Best wishes Mike   PS: By the way, thank you very much for your 'Like' on the Facebook page.

Jennifer Carolan: Hi Mike thank you so much for your reply. Lol, no worries hope you enjoyed London. Is there a way of only getting a bus from Malaga airport to Rivera de Sol? We always get taxis but they are very expensive.

Mike Drury:  Hi Jennifer, if you sign up to one of the bus transfer companies like Resort Hoppa, it'll take you from the airport but no kidding, the train and bus combination is the most economical. What you could always do is take a taxi from Fuengirola train station to Riviera del Sol. With all the money you save on the train, it'll still work out really cheaply.

Have you tried the train before? There are three trains every hour to Fuengirola. It really is a great way to travel. I can see you are not convinced about the train.

Jennifer Carolan: Hi Mike, thanks again for the reply I've never done bus or train in Spain this is all new to me. We think we'll give the train and bus a go. Fingers crossed...just bit nervous in a different country. Love the site thanks a million.

Mike Drury: Hi Jennifer, when are you travelling? I'm sure it'll all go absolutely fine. Each part of the journey you do will be part of the adventure and when you do get to Riviera del Sol, you'll be very pleased with yourself. One more question, when you get to Riviera del Sol, do you know where you are heading to? It's  a big resort. If your complex seems a little far from the main road, then you can always just get a taxi from next to the bus stop. Please tell me how it goes. It's very hot here now and you'll need to keep a water bottle handy.

One more thing. I tell all bus and train travellers to be super aware of where they put their purse, wallet or money after buying tickets, where their suitcases are, which member of the group is holding what and who is standing just a bit too close. Also when I get off a train or bus or out of a taxi I always look back at my seat and at the floor to check nothing has slipped out of my pockets. I've learned all this the hard way and I'm just passing on my experiences so that you have blissful and trouble free holiday. Best wishes Jennifer. Mike