Malaga’s Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport lies just 8km southwest of the city of Malaga. As the main arrival point for the Costa del Sol it has become Spain’s 4th busiest airport which sees almost 13 million passengers go through its terminals each year. It has many direct flights to countries all over Europe and is very well connected with the United Kingdom thanks to year round services provided by budget airlines especially Ryanair and easyJet which together account for almost 40% of the total traffic arriving in Malaga. There’s a strong seasonal pattern to flight arrivals with many additional services during the summer months. Malaga Costa Del Sol Airport is also well connected nationally by domestic flight operators. In this article we’ll recommend the main options for Malaga airport transfers to your resort.
Airport Transport Options
Here we’ve listed all the transport options available to your destination including public buses, trains, taxis, shuttle buses and by private vehicles.
Shuttlebus Transfers: The best option is usually to pre-book your Malaga airport transfers before travelling to minimize the hassle on arrival. That’s particularly true for families travelling with children and suitcases! Shuttledirect are well established providers of Malaga airport transfers. They offer a very reliable service with cheap shuttle buses and private vehicles both available. They can cater for all group sizes for journeys to all Costa del Sol destinations as far as Gibraltar in the west and Almunecar in the east.
Public Bus Services: There is an express bus from the airport to Plaza del General Torrijos in Malaga city with several stops including the Maria Zambrano Station, the bus station and the Alameda Principal. The service is called “Linea A Express”, takes about 25 minutes and runs about every 30 minutes. There is also a regular (Line 19) bus which makes a lot more stops and can take close to an hour.
If you’re heading for Marbella or Estepona there’s a direct bus service that departs from just outside the Terminal 3 arrivals area. Check times and fares at Avanzabus. Whilst they do offer services to Torremolinos and Benalmadena the number of hotel drop offs prevents us recommending them unless you don’t mind all the waiting.
Airport Train Routes: The new underground train station in Terminal 3 of the airport connects with Malaga city in one direction and the main resorts of the Costa del Sol as far as Fuengirola in the other. Just four stops away is Malaga RENFE at the Maria Zambrano Station which provides intercity connections nationwide. There are no trains along the coast to the east!
Trains between the airport and the city go every 30 minutes and the journey takes 15 minutes. There are trains approximately every 30 minutes heading for Fuengirola with numerous stops including Torremolinos and Benalmadena-Arroyo de la Miel.
Taxi Services from the Airport: There’s no shortage of taxis available outside the arrivals area of the airport but as a rule you’ll find that the pre-booked shuttle services listed above offer better rates and the peace of mind of having already paid for your transfer before travelling.
Malaga Airport Car Rental: Many visitors find that renting a car for collection at the airport is a better deal than booking private Malaga airport transfers. In this case it pays to book your car rental in advance before arriving in Malaga as you’ll get much better deals online than in the arrivals lounge where on the spot rental deals with the better known rental companies is by far the most expensive option.
On arrival at all the major car rental companies are on hand to provide you with the car of your choice. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until you arrive in Spain. Car hire at Malaga airport is big business and you’ll get much better deals by renting your vehicle online before travelling.
Do you know how the car rental business operates? Basically, you’ll find that all the top names in the business such as Avis and Hertz set high prices for direct bookings with more local operators such as Crown Car Rental at Malaga airport offering better rates but not the best ones.
The way to get the best deal is through internet car rental brokers. These companies act as intermediaries between the major companies and the customer. By booking with these operators it’s a win/win situation for the broker and the customer as they earn a commission and you get a much better deal than if you go directly to the big hire car companies. Also you get the same car as you would have done had you gone direct.
You also get the same conditions as if you’d gone direct which usually includes a fully comprehensive, no excess insurance policy. This means that you will not be liable for any damage to the car and there is no additional charge in the car rental contract for this very valuable clause.
Collecting Your Rental Vehicle at the Airport – Once you’ve collected your luggage start walking to the main exit (salida). Look over to your right and you’ll see another exit for those collecting cars. If you make the mistake of entering the main arrivals lounge you’ve gone too far and should turn around and go back inside the baggage reclaim area and look for the car rental exit.