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Friday, 31 July 2009

Excursion to Gibraltar

Chris was staying this summer at the Cortijo Blanco Hotel and asked for suggestions about a day´s excursion to Gibraltar with her children. They were going by bus. I wrote back to her:

"Hi Chris, a day out in Gibraltar makes a fantastic excursion. Take bottles of water for the children as you go because it will be a long day and they´ll need to keep drinking. When you get to the La Linea bus station in the morning, book your seats to come back in the afternoon. Try and get the earliest bus down to Gibraltar to give you more time in the cool of the morning.

Go on a week day rather, many of the shops shut on a Saturday afternoon. You can pay in pounds or euros. Try to keep some pounds just for your excursion to Gibraltar because if you change your pounds into euros in Spain and then back into pounds in Gibraltar at today´s exchange rate, it will be a painful experience. Keep an eye out for any electronic goods that you might be after, they are normally well priced compared to Spain and you can sometimes bargain the price down.

Just on the other side of the border after the Gibraltar passport control you can pick up a taxi or a bus. The Route 9 bus which runs every 10 minutes Monday to Friday from Gibraltar airport at the frontier and it takes you to the Market Place at the bottom of Main Street. The Route 3 bus which runs every 20 minutes Monday to Friday takes you from Gibraltar airport at the frontier right the way across Gibraltar to Europa Point on the other side of the Rock.

It's not difficult to get around Gibraltar without a car. Basically you start at the bottom from Market Garden and walk up Main Street to the top where you will find the cable car ticket office. On the way up there are all sorts of shops. Not long after leaving the bottom of Main Street Sacarello's Coffee House is a good place to stop and have a coffee. It´s an institution in Gibraltar and you can ask any local Gibraltarian to direct your there. It's one street down to the right from Main Street.

At the top of Main Street take the cable car ride from its start at the Gibraltar Botanical Gardens. The Rock of Gibraltar cable car takes you to the top of the Rock which the children will enjoy. The views are great and on a clear day you can see the little flat topped houses across the straits in Morocco, the Mediterranean sea on one side and the Atlantic ocean on the other.

Next to the cable car is the Wildlife Park which is stocked with exotic animals that have been imported into Gibraltar and siezed by Customs. I haven't seen it myself but am told by animal lovers it worth visiting. A Rock Tour by taxi or mini bus isn't expensive and is a quick and easy way of seeing nearly all there is. The tour will take you around Gibraltar and the includes St Michael's Cave which is an enormous natura grotto and the Ape's Den amongst other sights. The guides are licensed and give a great commentary on the way around. You will find more taxis and Rock Tour guides as you walk up Main Street.

The Gibraltar museum is worth visiting and has a great audio visual show about the origins of Gibraltar from 200 million years ago. It´ll also give you a good chance to rest your legs along the way. The Tourist Information office is about half way up Main Street in Gibraltarand you can pick up maps and brochures there.
Out to sea there are boat cruises and dolphin watching trips around the Bay and you can get their contact details from the tourist information office also although maybe the cruise will have to wait for your next trip!

I hope this gives you a taste of Gibraltar Chris and that you have a fun day out! Keep an eye on the time and your possessions and leave time to get back to the bus.

Best wishes from Marbella and thanks again for your contacts Chris,
Mike Drury"

PS: Important Update: 6/03/2012 Rowland Warren has just written in to say there are NO left luggage lockers at the La Linea bus station. I went down to La Linea to take another photo, which you see above, of the interior of the bus station and the left luggage lockers have gone,
replaced by closed ticket office windows which will probably never be used. Rowland said however that there are Left Luggage facilities across the border at the arrivals building of Gibraltar airport. The Left Luggage office was unmanned, but is adjacent to a manned information desk where, having explained situation, they were quite happy to accept his bag  after scanning and examining his passports. Please read the full description in the Comments section below.  


Annette said...

Hi Mike
Great site..we are travelling to Marbella in May next year . my question is do we need to book in advance a day trip to Tangier....Gibraltar and Granada or can it be done once we arrive in Marbella . We are renting a small house and not staying in a resort or hotel ...where do we go to book such a tour ?

Mike Drury said...

Hi Annette,

Thank you very much for your kind words!

Another visitor to the coast before the summer tried hard to book in advance through different agencies but could not do it.

I gave her the name of our long standing friendly and efficient travel agent in Marbella, Rosi of Viajes Marleva E-mail Address: and she sorted everything out.

Email Rosi and she will send you details of all the tours available. She will also tell you the nearest stop to where you are staying and the approximate time that your tour bus will pass your stop.

If you tell Rosi that you are from gomarbella (and therefore a serious traveller) she may not ask you for a deposit in which case you would just pay full amount of the excursion cost to the guide on the bus. This makes life much easier.

I hope this helps you Annette, please tell me how things work out and don't hesitate to write back if I can help with anything.

Have a great visit and thanks for your contact.


Anonymous said...

could you tell me, Are there left luggage lockers at La Linea bus station ?

Mike Drury said...

You have got me on the spot. I don't think there were lockers at the time of publishing the page on ""

If there had been, I would have mentioned them. Next time I'm there I'll check. I'm going to say no. If I'm wrong, please write and tell me.

I'm in northern France right now, if not I'd phone and check for you. Best wishes for your travels. Mike

Angela said...

Hi Mike

I have just come across your website and wish I had found it before - it's a mine of information.
We have just come back from a holiday in Gibraltar (our third in three years!) and you might like to know that this year all the bus numbers and routes have changed. The bus which runs from the frontier into Market Place is now the number 5. This costs, I think, £1.50 for a single ticket or 80p for over 60s. At the moment this is the only bus you have to pay for. Yes, all the others are free! Could be something to do with the forthcoming elections later this year?!! The bus which takes you to Europa Point is now the number 2 and the number 3 goes to the South District. If you want to get a bus to the bottom of the cable car you can catch either of these. As I say, though, the free buses are on a trial period so it could all change again soon.

Hope that's helpful.

Rossella said...


I'm gonna visit Gibraltar in few days' time and leave the luggage at La Linea. The post above confim the existance of lockers to store your backpack. Saludos/Cheers, Rossella

Mike Drury said...

Rosella, you are an absolute STAR!.

Thank you very much for that. Here is a shortened link to give the same information as above from Tripadvisor.

I hope you have a really great trip to Gibraltar. Ciaou y hasta pronto. Mike

Anonymous said...

Contrary to latest info on your site, as at 28th February there were NO left luggage lockers at La Linea bus station as confirmed by personal examination & by ticket seller lady. However, as we had stayed at a hotel in La Linea the previous night with the intention of visiting Gib on 28th, returning by bus to Marbella later in the day, was a bit miffed, having relied on info on your site & Trip Advisor, at prospect of being stuck with largish wheelie bag for the rest of the day. However, please advise your readers that Left Luggage facilities are available across the border at the arrivals building of Gib airport (on left hand side of road after crossing border & on opposite side & a little bit further on from buses into Gib). The left luggage office was unmanned, but is adjacent to a manned information desk where, having explained situation, they were quite happy to accept said bag, after scanning & examining passports. For the benefit of future visitors, please correct the info at the bottom of your page "Spain now and then" "Excursion to Gibraltar"
Rowland Warren (so sad to be back in Yorkshire)

Mike Drury said...

Hello Rowland, sorry about that. I'm really glad you managed to find a place to leave your luggage so close to the bus station. Well done on managing to turn the situation around to your benefit. That's the only downside to providing information, things can change and the info becomes outdated. Next time I go through the border I'll check in again at the La Linea Bus station and see what else has changed.

Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to write in and let me know and help a lot of other travellers as well. I really appreciate that. Feedback is always very welcome.

Next time you are down this end, please let me know, I owe you a couple of beers at least. I hope your next holiday comes around soon! Best wishes Mike

Anonymous said...

Hi MIke,

I will travel from Fuengirola to Sevilla in June this year and making a short stopover in La Linea in order to visit Gibraltar.

Could you please help clarify whether there is any locker available in La Linea bus station this year, preferably a manned left luggage office as I will carry a large luggage?


Mike Drury said...

Hi Leonard, I had a bit of discussion over this very topic because I took a picture of the left luggage lockers at Linea bus station in 2009. Another traveller later said there weren't any so I went back to La Linea bus station to check. True enough, the lockers had been removed.

I'll be in the La Linea area on 16th April so I'll go to the bus station and ask them what travellers do with their luggage. There must be some facility nearby even perhaps an office in the bus station. Will you write back on this blog after the 16th of this month and see what I have been able to find out?

Thanks for writing in Leonard and well done for planning well ahead. Best wishes


Sarah said...

Hi there

I was wondering whether you could updates us about the situation on the luggage lockers in La Linea? My friend and I will be parking our car there in October on our day trip to Gibraltar, but we don't want to leave our luggage unattended in the car. Or do you think the parking garage is safe enough to leave the luggage in the car?

Thanks for replying!

Mike Drury said...

Hi Sarah, thank you for writing in. I've just phoned the Focona parking garage in La Linea, their number is 956762786 and asked them about the security of luggage left in the parking garage. I was told that they have never had any incidents regarding thefts from cars. He added that if you were particularly worried then you should let the clerk on duty know and park near the exit where the ticket office is and identify your car for him to keep an eye on.

Sarah, in all years in Spain I have never had anything taken from the boot of my car. What my wife and I always do however, is before we set off to leave our car in a car park or street parking we always put everything into the book before we leave home. In that way when we get to the parking garage or car park we can get out of the car, lock it and walk away without leaving anything visible inside the car and without having to draw attention to ourselves by obviously stowing things in the boot. For example when we drive into a new city and have found our destination, she takes the GPS off the windscreen and puts it into the glove compartment before we stop the car. Everything out of sight.

I'm sure your possessions will be quite safe, stored out of sight in the boot of the locked car! I hope this reassures you Sarah, please feel free to keep in touch as your trip gets nearer. You are very sensible parking the car outside Gibraltar with the present nonsense going on. Best wishes Mike

Peter said...

Hello. I will be at Linea Area on make some there a place where I can left my luggage?

Mike Drury said...

Hi Peter, sorry, there is no left luggage at the bus station now. When I asked them recently, they could not tell me of anywhere to leave luggage for the day.

Let me make a suggestion though. Just next door (two blocks away) to the La Linea bus station is a big underground car park. They have an office next to the exit barrier. I am sure if you asked there they would let you leave your luggage. It may not necessarily be locked in a locker so you would need to take any valuable with you for the day. Here is the link to the car park to look at:

Sorry not to be more helpful Peter. I hope you find something. Best wishes Mike

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike, For some reason I am having trouble finding this information on Avanza. I want to do a day trip from Marbella to Gibraltar using buses. What is the earliest bus leaving Marbella for La Linea and what is the latest bus leaving La Linea back to Marbella? What would the cost be? We will be in Costa del Sol the end of October. Thank you so much. Nancy

Mike Drury said...

Hi Nancy, thank you for writing in. I'll give you a link below to copy into your browser to look at the timetable of buses from Marbella to La Linea de la Concepción. On the Avanza site you have to type in Linea de la
Concepción, La Maybe this is why it is not coming up.

The cost one way is approximately €8.50 (2014)

When you buy your ticket on Avanza or at the Marbella bus station the day before, book your return ticket at the same time.

When you come out of Gibraltar, leave at least an hour to cross the border on your way out so as not to miss your bus. The queues are quite unpredictable, it's the Spanish border guards who are putting pressure on Gibraltar. Ask on your way in. A taxi back to Marbella will cost more than €100. It would be cheaper to spend the night in La Linea!

I hope that helps you Nancy. Have a good visit and best wishes from

Marbella. Mike