Good evening Mike. I need some help please with bus, transfer, or car rental from Malaga airport. From doing some research i’ve realised I have a really rubbish flight…but then again it was only cheap. Me and a friend need to get from Malaga airport to Marbella on Saturday night. Our flight lands at 23.45 so from looking at the timetable we will miss the last bus…and to top it all off we are going in June..does the bus not run on Saturday and Sunday until July???
I am thinking our only options are a transfer or hire a car? The prices of which are nearly the same! I think a taxi would just rip us off given the time and us being 2 young girls. We are open to suggestions on the return to the airport. The flight is at 10pm on Saturday again unfortunately…would we be able to get a train? I just can’t work out our transfer options.
I would be very grateful for some advice…there is no hurry! Best Wishes Ny
Hi Ny Thanks very much for writing in. Yes, it’s not so easy getting to Marbella economically if you land late in the evening. About the special airport shuttle bus to Marbella, it runs every day of the year between Marbella bus station and Malaga airport.
Here are two suggestions:
1) Taking a taxi from the airport you can’t get ripped off because all the taxis have meters in them. The cost does go up at weekends and arriving after 10pm during weekdays so that is going to run out around €90 for the two of you.
2) About the cost of a hire car from Málaga airport, you might find that the cost of a short car rental with all its travel possibilities works out only a little bit more than taking a taxi and is sometimes even cheaper than a transfer company. It is certainly more flexible.
Using the link above or here, take two minutes to check out the cost of renting a small car from Malaga Airport and returning it in Marbella a couple of days later. Make a couple of trips first say to Ronda or definitely down to Tarifa to get your money’s worth. If you add your very cheap return bus return to the airport plus the bargain cost of a Gomarbella rental car, you might just have a good deal.
3) About getting back to the airport if you decide not to keep your rental car for the week, the easiest option from Marbella is the Malaga airport bus mentioned above.
I hope this helps you Ny, please feel free to write back if I can help you. Have a fantastic trip and stay in Marbella.
Best wishes Mike
PS, I didn’t suggest a horse drawn carriage to Marbella, although you can hire them from next to Cafeteria Marbella seen in the picture above. Earlier this year Cafeteria Marbella had a big facelift. I like it because I have fond memories of eating here when we first came on holiday to Marbella back in 1978. I think I had calamares or squid. Coming from Rhodesia this was very exotic.