How to Get There

The Western Costa del Sol has an impressive network of infrastructures which allows visitors to arrive from anywhere in the world. The high-speed railway line terminating at Malagas María Zambrano Station, which links up with the suburban railway service to some towns along the coast, should be added to the modern Pablo Ruiz Picasso International Airport. There is also an extensive road network that links Andalusian cities like Granada, Seville and Cordoba in a short time and bus lines that connect all the Costa del Sols towns.

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You can connect with the entire Costa del Sol from the Pablo Ruiz Picasso International Airport. This airport is located just eight kilometres from Malaga and five kilometres from Torremolinos. The new T3 terminal stands out among its facilities. Apart from having renewed the airports facilities, it is also equipped with a large transport interchange. All its terminals can be easily reached by private vehicles and public transport, connecting the airport to the city of Malaga and other important towns in the province. It also has a general aviation area to cater for private flights. The complex is equipped with a large and varied shopping area. To query flights and airlines operating from this airport, you can consult the AENA website (www.aena.es).

The airport can be reached by any of the following means:

By car

From both Malaga and the rest of the Costa del Sol, the airport is reached through the A-7 (E-15) dual-carriageway or via the N-340 highway, parts of which run along sections of the A-7.

By bus

If you choose to go by bus and your destination is either Malaga or Marbella, you can travel direct from the airport to the city by bus.

Line 19 of the EMT (Empresa Malagueña de Transportes:www.emtmalaga.es) links the airport with the centre of Malaga with stops along the way. The frequency of service ranges between 20 and 40 minutes. This line stops at the Malaga Bus Station located on Paseo de los Tilos, where travellers can catch buses to other towns in the province, in addition to other long-distance destinations.

The company CTSA-Portillo serves the route between the Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and the Marbella Bus Station (Avda.Trapiche, s/n) every 1 hour 45 minutes. The trip takes 45 minutes. (www.ctsa-portillo.com).

By train

The RENFE C1 Suburban Railway line (www.renfe.es), which covers the Malaga to Fuengirola route, stops opposite Terminal 2 (shortly in T3). The trains take 14 minutes from the centre of Malaga to reach the airport and approximately 45 minutes to reach the end of the line in Fuengirola.

By taxi

There are two taxi ranks within the airport grounds for the companies Unitaxi (+ 34 952 333 333 /www.unitaxi.es) and Radiotaxi (+ 34 952 040 804).

Practical information:

Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport (T3)
Flight and airline information is available at www.aena.es.
To get to the Western Costa del Sol:
By car: Take the A-7 (E-15), the N-340 or the AP-7 toll motorway.
By bus: From Malaga, Line 19 of the EMT (www.emtmalaga.es); from Marbella, the bus line provided by the company Portillo (www.ctsa-portillo.com).
By train: The C1 suburban railway line (www.renfe.es).
By taxi: Unitaxi (+ 34 952 333 333 / www.unitaxi.es); Radiotaxi (+ 34 952 040 804).

From the north

If you are on the A-4, take the A-44 once you are in the province of Jaén until you reach Granada, where you should turn onto the A-92. After passing the town of Loja, the turn-off to the A-45 is located a few kilometres away, which will take you directly to Malaga. After following the signs, you enter the Western Costa del Sol via the A-7 or N-340, or, if you prefer, along the AP-7 toll motorway.

From the east and the west

You can reach this stretch of the Mediterranean coastline via the A-7 or the N-340 from both directions. The option of using the AP-7 toll motorway also exist for travellers coming from the west.

Practical information:

A-7 or N-340, or alternatively the AP-7 toll motorway.

The María Zambrano High-Speed Railway Station is one of the most important communications infrastructures in the Province of Malaga. Travellers can take a train to the north of Spain rapidly and effectively from here using high-speed railway lines, as well as to nearby cities like Córdoba or Seville through regional trains and to the interior of the Province of Malaga and some cities along the Costa del Sol using the two existing suburban railway lines. This complex has two floors with a shopping centre containing all the shops and services one may need, in addition to a four-star hotel.

The station is located on Explanada de la Estación, just a short distance from the very centre of Malaga, two kilometres from the Port of Malaga and nine kilometres from the airport.

There is a railway link to the Costa del Sol via the C1 Suburban Railway line between Malaga and Fuengirola: It is divided into four fare zones. Stops are made at the following stations: Malaga - San Andrés - Guadalhorce - Cargo Terminal - Airport - San Julián - Los Álamos - La Colina - Torremolinos - Montemar Alto - El Pinillo - Benalmádena Arroyo de la Miel - Torremuelle - Carvajal - Torreblanca - Los Boliches - Fuengirola. Its timetables are as follows:

C1

Malaga: from Monday to Sunday, from 05:19 to 22:19.

Fuengirola: from Monday to Sunday, from 06:17 to 23:17.

C2

Malaga: working days, from 05:14 to 22:14. Saturday and Sunday: from 06:44 to 22:14.

- Álora: working days, from 06:02 to 23:05. Saturday and Sunday: from 07:25 to 23:05.

Further information, fares and timetables are available at www.renfe.es.

If you choose to go by bus, the Malaga Bus Terminal is located just a few metres from the railway interchange. The company Portillo will help you get to all the towns along the coast. Further information, fares and timetables are available at www.ctsa-portillo.com. There is a taxi rank at the main exit of the station. You can also use the companies Unitaxi (+ 34 952 333 333/www.unitaxi.es) and Radiotaxi (+ 34 952 040 804).

Practical information:

María Zambrano High Speed Railway Station. To get to the Western Costa del Sol: By train: The C1 suburban railway line (www.renfe.es). By bus: Connections to all the towns on the Western Costa del Sol with the company Portillo (www.ctsa-portillo.com). By taxi: Unitaxi (+ 34 952 333 333 / www.unitaxi.es); Radiotaxi (+ 34 952 040 804).

You can get to all the towns on the Costa del Sol from the Malaga Bus Station. Its location next to the María Zambrano Railway Station and a few metres from the centre of Malaga is ideal and allows for easy connections to the airport. The services offered inside the station include a parcel service, a travel agency, a restaurant, a cafeteria and several shops where you can buy the press and souvenirs. It is located on Paseo de los Tilos, s/n. Further information can be found at the following website: www.estabus.emtsam.es.

You can get to the Costa del Sol from here using the C1 suburban railway line (there is further information in the preceding section).

It is also well connected with the Marbella bus station. The station has fourteen platforms, a shopping area with a restaurant, a large waiting room, a cafeteria, souvenir shops and a recreation area. The modern, ample and functional building is located to the north of the city on Avenida del Trapiche, s/n and allows travellers to go directly to many destinations.

Practical information:

Malaga Bus Station and Marbella Bus Station.
Routes and companies:www.estabus.emtsam.es.
To get to the Western Costa del Sol:
By train: The C1 suburban railway line (www.renfe.es).
By taxi: Unitaxi (+ 34 952 333 333 / www.unitaxi.es); Radiotaxi (+ 34 952 040 804).

There are two taxi ranks within the airport grounds for the companies Unitaxi (+ 34 952 333 333 /www.unitaxi.es) and Radiotaxi (+ 34 952 040 804).

Practical information:

Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport (T3)
Flight and airline information is available at www.aena.es.
To get to the Western Costa del Sol:
By car: Take the A-7 (E-15), the N-340 or the AP-7 toll motorway.
By bus: From Malaga, Line 19 of the EMT (www.emtmalaga.es); from Marbella, the bus line provided by the company Portillo (www.ctsa-portillo.com).
By train: The C1 suburban railway line (www.renfe.es).
By taxi: Unitaxi (+ 34 952 333 333 / www.unitaxi.es); Radiotaxi (+ 34 952 040 804).

From Malaga

Acciona - Trasmediterránea manages the ferry lines linking Malaga and Melilla. The trip from Malaga to Melilla takes between seven and eight hours on ferry or three hours and forty-five minutes on high-speed vessels. Ferries depart daily from quay 3 in the Port from Malaga.

Malaga - Melilla

Sundays and Monday: 9:00 and 23:00.
From Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday: 9:00 and 14:00.
Friday: 11:00 and 14:00.
Melilla - Malaga
Sunday: 16:00.
From Monday to Saturday: 16:00 and 23:59.
Monday also at 12:00.

From Algeciras

Acciona Trasmediterránea manages the ferries linking the city of Algeciras with Ceuta and Tangiers. The trips last 35 and 90 minutes respectively.

Ceuta Regular ferries from 06:00 to 20:00 with extra services at peak times if there is sufficient demand. Some crossings are run by Euroferrys.

Tangiers: four services daily, from the 09:30 to 22:00.

From Cadiz

Trasmediterránea ferries to the Canary Islands depart weekly from Cadiz. The trip takes two days, except to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which takes 24 hours.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Tuesday.

Arrecife and Santa Cruz de la Palma: Thursday.

From Tarifa

FRS links Tarifa with Tangiers in 45 minutes with eight daily services on working days, Saturdays and Sundays.

Practical information:

Trasmediterránea: (+ 34 902 154 645 / www.trasmediterranea.es)
FRS Iberia: (+ 34) 956 681 830 / www.frs.es)