Malaga’s Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport lies 8km south-west of Malaga and serves as the gateway to the popular resort’s of Spain’s Costa del Sol. Malaga airport transfers to your destination are available on public buses, trains, taxis, shuttlebuses and in private vehicles. Use the search box in the right hand column to get a live quote for shuttle transfers.
Distances from Malaga Airport
West of Malaga
West of Malaga
Puerto Banus: 58km
East of Malaga
Malaga Airport Transfers by Shuttlebus
The best option is usually to pre-book your airport transfer before travelling to minimize the hassle on arrival. That’s particularly true for families travelling with children and suitcases! Resorthoppa are the best known of the specialised transfer companies. They offer a very reliable service with cheap shuttle buses and private vehicles both available. They can cater for all group sizes for transfers to all Costa del Sol destinations as far as Gibraltar in the west and Almunecar in the east. For a price comparison take a look at Shuttledirect who offer a similar service.
Usually, Malaga airport transfers services are as cheap as public taxis from Malaga airport. In addition you get a professional service where you know how much you will pay before your arrival.
Malaga Transfers by Public Bus
There is an express bus from the airport to Plaza del General Torrijos in Malaga 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.
For longer journeys the Alsa bus company also operates routes from Malaga airport to Seville and Granada.
Malaga Airport Transfers By Train
The new underground train station in Terminal 3 of the airport links Malaga airport 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. You can check the coastal train route on the RENFE website.
Taxis from Malaga 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 renting a car a better deal than arranging Malaga airport transfers. In this case it pays to book your car rental in advance before arriving at Malaga airport 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.
The best deals are available from online car rental brokers who are able to secure the best deals from the main car rental suppliers. We can highly recommend Economy Car Hire from Malaga airport who offer fully inclusive, cheap car hire with no insurance excess, unlimited mileage and a free additional driver.
Sometimes public transport in Malaga can be chaotic, especially during summer and holidays, so we recommend you to use Malaga airport transfers to move around the Costa del Sol. The price of these services is even lower than public taxis. In addition, all drivers speak English and are fully licensed to provide private transfers in Spain. Private transfers are the ideal alternative to car rental.