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Monday, 12 March 2012

Parking in La Linea

 Kristin wrote in to ask about parking in Benahavis and Puerto Banus and also in La Linea before she crossed the border on  foot into Gibraltar. I needed to go back to check on the now non existent left luggage lockers in La Linea bus station which had mysteriously disappeared since I last wrote about them in 2009 so because my wife and I were in Los Barrios on Saturday morning, we  drove down to check out the parking garages near the frontier with Gibraltar at the same time.

You are absolutely right in your planning Kristin, there is no need to take a car on a day's excursion into Gibraltar.  It's much simpler to take a taxi or bus from the border. Crossing the frontier out of Spain from La Linea on foot is half the fun of visiting Gibraltar. If you are lucky, a plane might just be landing or taking off. The line of cars and walkers always wait good naturedly in the sun and it seems to take ages before the plane's engines are run up before take off but as soon as the plane is in the air, or taxied back to Gibraltar airport,  the barriers on both sides lift and the visitors surge forward across the runway. 

Don't expect to see Gibraltar on any of the road signs on the A7 coastal road, La Linea is clearly signposted though. Whether you drop down to La Linea coming from the Malaga side or approach it from the Cadíz side of the  peninsular head for the big Avenida del Ejército which runs across La Linea, connecting the Mediterranean side of the Rock with Algeciras Bay, one block back from the border.  

There are lots and lots of pay and display parking places along this avenue, be generous with your time allocation so that you don't have to suddenly cut short your visit whilst in Gibraltar. The tariffs on the pay and display machines work out at a little more than €1.00 an hour. (2012) If you'd like to come back to a cooler car in the summer, make for the two entrances to the Focona under ground parking garage in La Linea. We always use the entrance seen in the picture above which is right next to the big roundabout half way along on the Gibraltar side of Avenida del Ejército. 

If you are using a GPS, just set it on Avenida del Ejército.  The Focona Parking Garage could not give me a street number for this entrance, but you'll easily pick up the blue signs for the public parking garage. The roundabout is big enough for you to do a couple of rounds without anyone noticing whilst you pick out the entrance.  At the same point there are actually two separate entrances to two different garages. The bigger one is Parking Focona to the right, on the left is the entrance to Parking Constitución. I can't remember ever using this last one.

Parking Focona also has another entrance, Avenida 20 de Abril, 11300, La Linea de la Concepción. A hint, if you are doing an online bus ticket booking or setting the address in your GPS, you may need to put in Concepción de la Linea.  Who said life is straightforward? This second entrance is easiest found using your GPS. It will come up on Google Maps though. It's an enormous garage with lots of space, it does fill up during the summer.

Please note tariffs change over the years, please write in to me with the latest costs if you see it changed. 
There is an automatic payment machine or if you don't have change, a ticket office just inside. Leave all your belongings in the car boot out of sight. I always give this advice no matter where you park your car in Spain.

The Focona garage is also where Gomarbella hire cars are picked up and returned in La Linea. The car hire offices are  just outside the parking garage in La Linea on the pedestrian approach to the border.  When picking up a car, after flying into Gibraltar, cross the border, do the formalities in the car hire office and then drop into the garage to pick up your car.

As promised Kristin, I've dedicated this page to you!  I hope you and your husband have a really good visit to Puerto Banus and Benahavis and a great day out in Gibraltar.


Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm looking for train information from La Linea (we're flying into GIB) to Cadiz City, your artciles have been really helpful, but am struggling to find is this is possible and timetables!

I hope you can help.

Mike Drury said...

Hi there, the site to look at for timetables is it's clunky and not worthy of the national railway system which works very well. You can change the language to English on the home page. You won't be able to book online! Get the tickets from the station instead just before boarding.

The trains you need leave Algeciras, travel through San Roque and then pass through Los Barrios before swinging inland to Cadiz or other destinations. Use one of those towns as your point of departure.

Algeciras, San Roque and Los Barrios are all a short taxi ride from the border of Gibraltar. The Spanish taxis park just outside the border control. It won't cost much at all to get to one of these train station. San Roque is closest.

You can also bus to Cadiz, leaving from La Linea if you prefer. Check out this website: I hope this helps, am really rushing. Best wishes for your journey, the Cadiz countryside will be lovely in May Best wishes from Marbella, Mike

marcysio said...

Hi Mike, just wanted to say thank you very much for the info you posted here, made it super easy for us to find the parking and enjoy our day in Gib, gratitude vibes!

Mike Drury said...

Hi Marcin, thank you very much for writing back. I hope you didn't have too much of a delay at the frontier. Best wishes Mike

Doris said...

Hi we are going to Benahavis and want to know if we can catch a bus from there to Gibralter and back



Mike Drury said...

Hi Doris, thank you for writing in. From Benahavis you will have to come down into the centre of San Pedro de Alcantará and take the bus from there to La Linea de la Concepción which is on the border with Gibraltar. There aren't many buses at all from Benahavis to San Pedro so it might be easier to take a a taxi.

Here's a link to the timetable of buses from San P to La Linea.

Here's a link to the timetable of buses from San P to La Linea. Hope this helps you, have a great stay. Best wishes from Marbella MikeHope this helps you, have a great stay. Best wishes from Marbella Mike

Anonymous said...

I am looking for park space in La Linea (not underground, just normal outdoor space, without roof etc)- can you recommend sth? And how much does it cost?
Many thanks in advance,

Mike Drury said...

Hi Paulina thanks for writing in. If you do a search on Google maps for Calle Gibraltar in La Linea, you will see there is open air parking in Calle Gibraltar which is between Avenida del Ejercito and Avenida Principe de Asturias next to the frontier. I took a photo of the prices on the parking meter but can't find it right now but it is only a few euros per day for parking. Take small change for the meter if you can. Be careful to get back to your meter before it runs out. I hope that helps you, sorry I can't tell you the exact price right now. Best wishes Mike