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How to get to Marbella from Malaga Airport

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Calculate the route to see how to get from Malaga Airport to Marbella by car. The fastest route is taking the AP-7 motorway towards Benalmadena / Algeciras and the exit to Marbella, a journey that takes approximately 38 minutes. This route includes a toll, continue reading to know how to get to Marbella avoiding toll road.

Marbella is an important tourist destination in Malaga throughout the year. It has a wide cultural agenda and events for all tastes, is also the holiday destination of numerous celebrities known internationally. Among the most outstanding places in Marbella are its historic centre and the Plaza de los Naranjos, the Golden Mile, Puerto Banus, San Pedro de Alcantara, Nueva Andalucía and Las Chapas.

About Marbella

Marbella, the internationally famous and popular hot spot of celebrities and the `would like to be´s´ is located just half an hour's drive from Malaga airport. Situated in the heart of the Costa del Sol and picturesquely situated on the slopes of Sierra Blanca, Marbella has hosted since decades distinguished guests attracted by the soft climate all year round and the initial seclusion from crowds and press. Much has changed since then and who is heading to Marbella will find probably everything except seclusion.

Marbella specializes in guests with a sophisticated and exquisite taste, in relation to that which provides the material life. Huge mansions, yachts, expensive cars, exclusive shops, Michelin star restaurants, sophisticated night clubs and a vibrant nightlife, along with a large choice of five-star hotels and some of the best golf courses are the sparkling, extroverted face of Marbella.

Although there are quite well-known personalities who spend their vacation quietly and secluded, it would be all right to say that in Marbella prevails an exhibitionist note. Not everyone's cup of tea and so many well-heeled visitors have moved to the neighbouring municipalities of Estepona and Manilva, away from the hustle and bustle.

Marbella has also yet another face smiling friendly and charming at us in the historical Old Town: Narrow, winding streets, flower-decked balconies, pretty squares and historic buildings give us a very good impression of the original fishing village; a spot where you like to linger with a cafe or a drink in the shade of orange trees, watching the bustle on the streets.

To Marbella by car

Malaga airport to Marbella

For getting to Marbella avoiding the toll road you should take the A-7 road and the exit to Fuengirola / Mijas; then continue on the national road N-340 until your destination.

The highway is comfortable and smooth and runs between the mountains of Malaga and the Mediterranean. The national road runs mostly on the coast, with some very scenic sections, and runs through all known resorts of the Costa del Sol. Who has time and feels adventurous will explore far more along the national road, but we discourage using it during high season because of heavy traffic.

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How to get from Malaga airport to Marbella by bus

The journey takes about 45 minutes and the bus is usually full during the high season, another option would be to take a direct or indirect bus from the centre of Malaga. If you want, you can visit our guide of how to go from the airport to the centre of Malaga.

If you choose to take the bus at the airport, the ticket price is 6.15€ or 8.20€ depending on the time of day.

What are the bus schedules to Marbella and where to buy the ticket?

The bus desk and station is outside the airport, just exit the arrivals hall and you will find it. You can also book the ticket online at http://www.avanzabus.com/

Bus departures from Malaga airport to Marbella:
8:15 am, 10:15 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 am, 12:30 am, 2:15 pm, 4:15 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:50 pm, 8:15 pm, 10:30 pm

*Bus prices and tickets are valid at the moment of writing this article but may change in the future.

For more information you can check our guide about Malaga airport buses.

Can I go by train to Marbella?

Unfortunately, there is still no train link between Malaga airport and Marbella. If you still want to use the train there are 2 choices:

  • Take a train to the centre of Malaga, from where you can take a bus to Marbella.
  • Take a train to Fuengirola (last stop) and from there take a bus for the remainder of the journey. If you choose this option you can have a look at our guide on how to get to Fuengirola.

Other transport alternatives to Marbella

If you prefer to travel more comfortable you can rent a car in Malaga with us, our prices are very competitive and our staff will assist you in your own language. If you need it, you can request a GPS during the booking process.

If you don't need a vehicle you may prefer the comfort of a transfer from Malaga airport to Marbella, following the link below we recommend you how to do it at the best price.

What is the price of a taxi from Malaga airport to Marbella?

You will know what you will have to pay before booking online, there will be no surprises with the price for the taxi transfer to Marbella:

  • 4 seats up to 3 suitcases: 62.10 Euro
  • 7 seats minivan up to 9 suitcases: 90.00 Euro
  • 16 seats minibus up to 16 suitcases: 115.20 Euro
  • 19 seats minibus up to 19 suitcases: 137.70 Euro

It is paid on arrival and has a 10% discount for a return trip.

Map of driving route to Marbella

See the Route Map and Driving directions.

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