Saturday, 9 May 2009

Malaga Airport to Puerto Banus by bus

Kevin wrote in a couple of days ago to ask me: "Hi, can I catch a train from the airport to Puerto Banus?"

I wrote back: "Hi Kevin, the train only runs from Malaga airport train station to Fuengirola train station and then the line stops there. The easiest way to get to Puerto Banus from Malaga airport is to take the special bus from Malaga airport to Marbella bus station The cost is only €4.30, the journey takes 45 minutes and it is a fantastic service.

From Marbella bus station I would take a taxi to Puerto Banus: To give you an idea of the Marbella taxi fares for that part of the journey, from the centre of Marbella to Puerto Banus, which is about the same distance as from Marbella bus station to Puerto Banus, a taxi costs €9.40 during the day and after 10pm and over the weekends and holidays it costs €11.70.

Just out of interest from Malaga airport to Puerto Banus a taxi costs €64 during the day and €76 after 10pm and over weekends and holidays.

Hope that helps you Kevin, have a good trip and let me know if I can help you further.

Best wishes from Marbella and thanks for your contact. Mike

PS: You can now do online bus ticket reservations through the gomarbella reservation system.

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Blogger Andy said...

Hi Mike,
I wanted to post a warning rather than a question, if that's okay with you. I've visited Puerto Banus several times now and recently started following your advice about using the Portillo Malaga airport to Marbella bus service. Can I ask you to warn other visitors to Gomarbella to check their change given to them by the bus driver at the airport? Last time(June '09), the driver tried short-changing me by 7 Euros (I gave him 21 Euro for the 10.90 Euro fare for the two of us, and he tried to give me 3 Euro change!). Once sorted (he didn't like me questioning him), we sat down and found that the couple sat behind us had had the same experience, but had unfortunately, not realised until sat down.
Please ask your visitors to check their change immediately given to them by the driver!!
Thanks, Andy Matson

8 July 2009 13:09  
Blogger Mike Drury said...

Hi Andy

Thank you very much for your post.

I´ve often wondered how the Malaga airport bus driver manages to give change because how many travellers from the UK arrive at Malaga airport with euro coins or even a five euro note?

I always warn travellers to be vigilant around bus stations, just after buying tickets from the ticket office or boarding the bus, now it seems advisable to be careful on the bus as well.

I have just added a Twitter post to the airport bus timetable page. It will be seen by a good number of Malaga airport to Marbella bus users.

If any other bus travellers can add to this post, please write in using the contact form below.

Thanks very much for taking the time to write in Andy, much appreciated.

Best wishes


8 July 2009 23:42  
Blogger Sophie said...

Hi Mike.

Please warn drivers to check their change on AP6 at toll. They never query you when you point out their 'mistake' which is always is their favour......Sophie

13 July 2009 15:09  
Blogger Mike Drury said...

Hi Sophie

Thanks very much for that warning. Did you perhaps mean the AP7 which is the toll road running from behind Torremolinos all the way down to near Sotogrande?

If you are are a regular user of the toll roads in Spain I really recommend the ViaT card which takes you through all the tolls in Spain using the drive through channel marked with a big blue T. It saves a lot of time. There is no annual charge from the bank and you get a consolidated statement at the end of the month.

You are right though about needing to take just a few extra seconds to check change even if you have cars piling behind you and the barrier is up. It's too late once you are through and on the road.

Thanks again for writing in Sophie. Take care on the roads.

Best wishes Mike

13 July 2009 16:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am due to be taking a holiday at Aloha Gardens, Puerto Banus at the end of Aug. There are 2 travellers and we are only landing in malaga airport at 23:05 on a Friday night. I am concerned that I will miss the last bus from Malaga airport to Marbella bus station at 24:00. Should I book a shuttle bus instead or will the bus wait for any delayed flights?

The return flight the following Tuesday is at 23:40 so we should be fine to get public transport for the return journey.

28 July 2009 16:31  
Blogger Mike Drury said...

Hi and thanks for writing in.

If your plane is on time then you should be able to catch the last bus of the day out of Malaga airport to Marbella bus station easily. Allow 30 minutes to walk from the plane and get your luggage off the carousel and you´ll be in good time. The bus stop is just outside arrivals.

I am sorry to say however that the bus waits for no one. It might still be loading passengers at 00.10 if it gets in from Marbella later than normal but if it gets in early then it will load what passengers are there and leave sharp at 24.00

No need to book a shuttle bus unless it works out much cheaper than a taxi to Aloha Gardens, possibly around 85 euros which is the slightly higher price for travelling after 10pm or over a weekend. There are always lots of taxis waiting outside the airport even at that time.

You will be fine for the return flight by taking the bus which will bring your overall transport costs down a lot.

I hope this helps and that you have great stay. Best wishes from Marbella.


29 July 2009 19:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,

I am planning to visit Puerto Banus with some of my friends next Friday and then a week later I need to travel up to La Manga, close to Murcia to meet some more friends up there. Have you got any suggestions on the best way for me to get there. I have looked at flights and no one runs a direct flight and they are very expensive. I have tried to look at the bus services but I cant seem to figure it out. Your help with this matter would be much aprechiated. all the best fran

15 August 2009 11:04  
Blogger Mike Drury said...

Hello Fran

Thanks very much for checking in to Gomarbella. You will need to travel to Murcia first and then on to La Manga del Mar Menor from there.

Have a look at the Malaga bus station page and you'll find the schedule for long distance buses out of Malaga.

There are up to seven services a day from Malaga to Murcia and the journey takes approximately six hours.

From Murcia to La Manga there are buses nearly every hour. Check these timings from Murcia to La Manga.

Fran I'm actually in London right now and back in Marbella on Wednesday evening otherwise I would check with the Murcia bus station to get more detail about the onward journey to La Manga.

Have a look at the information above and if it seems of interest then please write back and I'll check it out completely at the end of next week.

Let me know which service you would take from Malaga bus station. I think you should try to start the journey from Malaga early in the day to arrive in La Manga in daylight or else take the overnight service from Malaga to be able to arrive in La Manga comfortably early during the day.

I hope this helps you to start planning your journey Fran. Best wishes (from London) and again thanks for your contact.


16 August 2009 00:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mike, me and my friend are going to Marbella - Puerto Banus in a few weeks. Is it easy to get the bus from Malaga Airport or the train? Our Flight arrives at 11:30. How much is it roughly for a taxi?


20 May 2010 14:29  

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