Marbella: Local Travel Info
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Internal flights and major international airports for Marbella
Malaga Airport, one of the busiest airports in Spain, is located only 31 miles (51 kilometres) away from Marbella, and provides connections with over 100 destinations throughout the globe in addition to other cities in mainland Spain.
The airport operates three terminals, with Terminal 1 handling flights from non-Schengen countries; Terminal 2 handling those from Schengen countries, while Terminal 3 handles private flights only. Information desks, ATMs and bureaux de change can all be found in key locations throughout the airport.
Getting to and from the airport for Marbella
The cheapest way to get to Marbella from Malaga Airport is by the direct Malaga Airport Bus which takes only 45 minutes to the main bus station in Marbella (located near to the La Canada shopping centre), and costs approximately €4. Visitors then have the choice of local buses from the bus station or can take a taxi from the taxi rank to reach their final destination. The bus service operates from Malaga Airport to Marbella throughout the day, with the first service leaving at 06:15.
Timetable: 06:15, 8.00, 10.00, 12.00, 13.45, 15.45, 17.30, 19.30, 21.30, 23.00.
Bus-stops can be found at the Terminal 1 arrivals and Terminal 2, departures.
Getting a train from the airport itself is also an option, but visitors should bear in mind that the service only goes as far as the town of Fuengirola, and then a bus or taxi is needed to complete the journey to Marbella. Services are every 30 minutes and commence at 07:03, with the last service of the day leaving at 23:45. The train station is outside the departures hall and is accessible via the pedestrian bridge (five to ten minutes walk).
The quickest way to travel to Marbella is by Private Transfer, or by taxi which takes around 35 minutes. Private Transfer from Malaga Airport costs approximately €73, but there is the advantage of having a price agreed before setting off, and visitors are also collected from the arrivals hall at the airport.
The taxis which are situated outside of the arrivals hall, operate 24 hours a day. Prices are divided into two categories:
Work days between 6am and 10pm: approximately €0,9 for every kilometre.
Between 10 pm and 6am, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, the whole day; approximately €1,01 every kilometre. A taxi should cost approximately €52 depending on the category and the exact area within Marbella.
It is important to check which way the taxi driver is going to go, as many will follow the slower Coast Road, but there is the option of asking them to go on the Toll road which will add a few more euros on to the price of the journey.
Car Rental in Marbella
Car hire isn’t as pricey as many may think, and is one of the easiest ways to explore Marbella and the surrounding areas. Car rental prices for a mini-sized car start at around €17 per day based on a week’s hire in the summer season, but this will vary depending on the time of year and the rental company which is used. However, there are plenty to choose from (around twenty of so), so visitors should shop around before committing to an arrangement. Cat rental counters are located in the “basement” of Terminal 2, one floor lower than the arrivals hall.
Getting to Marbella is very straightforward, with the toll route providing a quicker alternative to that of the coast road. Once in Marbella, parking can be difficult at peak times, but driving in the city is relatively safe and straightforward.
Drivers licenses requirements?
To rent a car anywhere in Spain, drivers must be at least 21 years of age, and have held a licence for one year. Drivers under the age of 25 may be subject to a young driver surcharge. An International Drivers Licence is highly recommended for non-EU residents.
Throughout Spain, including driving in Marbella, visitors must drive on the right at all times, and the wearing of seatbelts is obligatory. The use of child seats is demanded for children up to the age of 3, and children under the age of 12 may not sit in the front seat.
Speed limits should be strictly adhered to which are a maximum of 31 mph (50 km/h) for a city, 55 mph (90 km/h) for open roads and 74 mph (120 km/h) for motorway driving.
Marbella by bus
Catching a bus in Marbella is also straightforward and a simple way to navigate through the city. The Marbella San Pedro bus station is located on Avenida del Trapiche, in the north of the city, and provides a good connection to other cities on the Costa del Sol. The standard bus fare from Marbella to neighbouring Puerto Banus, located 15 minutes away is €1.15.
Visitors should be aware that bus schedules and times may change without warning but are usually sufficiently reliable.
Marbella by taxi
Taxis are a very easy way to get around Marbella. Fares in Marbella are relatively inexpensive compared to taxis in other parts of the world, and something to look out for is the standard rates which should be on display in the taxi. Taxis in Marbella are known not to have a meter which is a way of making tourists pay more, and therefore visitors should agree a fare before setting off. It is however normal practice for Marbella taxis to charge more for more than two passengers, luggage, late night journeys and waiting time which visitors should be aware of. It is custom for taxi drivers in Marbella to receive a 20 per cent tip. The minimum fare is approximately €4 during the day and €5 at night.
Marbella by train
Marbella does not have its own train station, so if you are coming by train, you will have to stop at Malaga´s or Fuengirola’s Station and take a taxi or a bus or rent a car to get to Marbella. The bus station is adjacent to Malaga’s train station to continue your journey.
There is however a small tourist train which gives you a whistestop tour of Marbella. It leaves from El Faro Street and the ride takes 25 minutes. It is not expensive, and costs only €4 for adults and children, with children under five years of age going free.
Hitchhiking in Marbella
Hitchhiking is not illegal, however Spain does not have a strong hitchhiking culture and getting a ride can be much more difficult than in other European countries.