Lindsay Heyes asked how to get from Malaga airport to the Guadalmina Commercial Centre bus stop: “Hi, can you help us please? We have rented a villa at Guadalmina Urbanisation next Thursday for a week and would like to use public transport to get there. Is there a train or bus that we could get from Malaga airport?” Many thanks, Lindsay
I replied: “Hi Lindsay, first take the Malaga airport bus to Marbella bus station. When you get there, change to the Marbella to Estepona bus. If you are arriving at Malaga airport after 8pm the ticket office is closed. You’ll have to get your ticket from the driver. At the Marbella bus station, get in the queue for your ticket on the next bus to Estepona and say to the ticket seller “Guadalmina.” You can add – por favor- if you feel better but in Spain it’s not used very much. The ticket seller is being paid to give you a ticket, why do you have to say please? Welcome to Spain.
You can get off at the Guadalmina Commercial Centre bus stop on the inland side of the road but Guadalmina is actually an enormous urbanisation. Guadalmina Baja is on the sea side of the road and Guadalmina Alta is on the mountain side of the road around the golf course.
I would recommend, for the first time anyway, that you get off the Marbella to Estepona bus at the San Pedro de Alcántara bus stop. From the taxi rank there take a taxi to your villa in Guadalmina. If your villa is close to the main A7 coastal road, you can then use the bus to commute up and down the coast during your stay.
In the picture above you can see La Concha, the mountain behind Marbella. The Marbella to Estepona bus has just stopped at the bus stop in front of Guadalmina Commercial centre. When you are travelling on the bus towards San Pedro de Alcántara or Puerto Banus or Marbella use the bus stop over on the right of the picture. Behind eucalyptus trees is Guadalmina Baja. There is a footbridge connecting the two Guadalmina Commercial Centre bus stops which appear on the list of bus stops connecting Marbella and Estepona.
Hope you have a great visit Lindsay. Best wishes Mike”