Elizabeth asked ” Hi Mike how do I get my son and 5 friends from Malaga airport to Hotel Blue Bay Banus? Do you think it’s worth considering the train from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola train station and then a bus that would pass the Hotel BueBay Banus on the A7 or the bus to Marbella from Malaga airport followed by a taxi to the hotel as opposed to the expensive option of around 200 euros by people carrier transfer from the airport? Any local advice would be much appreciated. Regards Elizabeth”

I wrote to Elizabeth “
Hi Elizabeth Thanks very much for checking in to www.gomarbella.com I think the most economical way for them is to get their bus tickets online from Malaga airport to Marbella bus station (around 8.00 euros right now) and then two taxis from outside the Marbella bus station to Hotel BlueBay Banus, just past Puerto Banus. Two taxis because the local taxis can only carry four adults.

So that works out about €48 euros for the six passengers one way from Malaga airport to Marbella and then approximately €25 euros for the two taxis to Hotel BlueBay Banus.

If the chaps would like to save the taxi money for cold beers and take the L79 bus from Marbella to Estepona then they can get off either at Playas del Duque bus stop or at the next stop Restaurante Rodeito. Hotel BlueBay is just between the two stops on the sea side of the road. I hope that helps you Elizabeth. Best wishes Mike

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  1. Hi Mike,
    I've enjoyed reading your site as my wife and I prepare for our upcoming trip to Malaga. Actually, our time-share is in Mijas. We plan to visit both Granada and Seville, and will likely venture the 25km to Malaga a time or two for dinner during the week. With this in mind, would it be easiest to travel by bus or to just rent a car for 6 days? my wife is concerned that having a car might be too stressful…ie, we would need to become familiar with all the rules, regulations, roads, and parking that such an undertaking would require. Any assistance as we continue to mull things over would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!
    John

  2. Hello John

    I'm glad you enjoy reading the blogs and thank you very much for using gomarbella.

    If you are staying in Mijas Costa, you can use the buses along the A7 coast road to get to Fuengirola or Marbella with a taxi back if you plan to come home late after the last bus service of the evening. If you are in Mijas Pueblo there are regular buses down to Fuengirola centre. If you are staying in the urbanisations above Fuengirola towards Mijas and off the main road then it's not so easy to move around, you would need a taxi or a hire car to get down to Fuengirola and back again.

    Going to Malaga city for an evening out is highly recommended and you can do that perfectly easily on the 45 minute train journey from Fuengirola train station. My wife and I were at the Teatro de Cervantes theatre in Malaga last Tuesday evening to see Chicago and there were lots of really inviting restaurants open in the area around the cathedral. If you take the train, you can have a comfortable few glasses of beer or wine without worry. The cost of eating out in Malaga is very reasonable.

    If you visit Granada or Sevilla by car, I would definitely recommend adding a GPS device onto your hire. Sevilla's peripheral road system is unforgiving, you get one chance to make up your mind and that's it! In Granada parking is at a premium and you would need to use public car parks to get close to the Alhambra or Albaycin areas.

    It's a lovely drive to get to both cities if you know your way and enjoy a driving challenge. Without a GPS, you would be busy concentrating on the road and your wife would be worrying about the map reading and neither of you would enjoy getting there.

    From Fuengirola bus station you can book bus trips to both Sevilla and Granada. The bus to Sevilla travels through Ronda and stops there for a coffee break. The countryside and views are magnificent both before and after Ronda. If you take the first bus out of Fuengirola and the last bus back from Sevilla, it would give you six hours there.

    From Fuengirola to Granada which is closer than Sevilla, if you take the DIRECT service both ways, you will have 9 hours in Granada. Book the direct service at Fuengirola bus station, a day or so before. It stops only once along the way and is faster. Make sure you book the DIRECTO service.

    If you were visiting Cordoba, I would recommend a car as it is a much easier city to get into, drive in and to find parking in than Sevilla or Granada.

    On balance, if you are in Mijas near the coastal road bus stops or staying within easy access of Fuengirola bus and train stations and taking into account your travel plans and concerns with driving, I think you will find public transport the more relaxing option.

    Please let me know how things work out and don't hesitate to write again for any ideas. I get into my car whenever I can to get explore Andalucia and beyond so I am happy to share my experiences with you!

    Best wishes from Marbella John and have a great visit.

    Mike

  3. Hi Mike,
    I've enjoyed reading your site as my wife and I prepare for our upcoming trip to Malaga. Actually, our time-share is in Mijas. We plan to visit both Granada and Seville, and will likely venture the 25km to Malaga a time or two for dinner during the week. With this in mind, would it be easiest to travel by bus or to just rent a car for 6 days? my wife is concerned that having a car might be too stressful…ie, we would need to become familiar with all the rules, regulations, roads, and parking that such an undertaking would require. Any assistance as we continue to mull things over would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!
    John

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