Travel to and from Macdonalds Villacana  resort by bus

A traveller wrote to me, “Mike, I love your website! I have some questions about travelling to and from the Villacana resort by bus. Also about the bus system between Marbella and Estepona and the  Macdonalds Villacana bus stops. My friend and I are coming to the Villacana Resort in Estepona in for a week. We’re coming from Malaga airport by bus and planning to use the local buses. Also how would we get to Gibraltar by bus from Villacana resort?”

How do I  get to Villacana Holiday resort from Malaga airport by bus?

My recommendation is that you take the direct bus to Estepona from the airport. This direct bus actually stops at Marbella bus station, but stay on the bus until you get to Estepona bus station. From there, for ease and comfort take a taxi back to the Macdonalds Villacana Holiday resort. On the bus from the airport you’ll pass the resort on your left, on the sea side of the road. The direct buses don’t stop at the intermediate stops.

If the direct bus to Estepona timetable means a wait for you at the airport, take the airport shuttle bus to Marbella bus station and change to the bus to Estepona which stops at all the intermediate stops between Marbella and Estepona.

When you get to the bus station in Marbella, get your ticket from the ticket office for the bus to Estepona.  Just say “Villacana.”

Get off at the Hotel Gran Playabella bus stop  on the mountain side of the road and use the footbridge to cross the busy A7 coastal highway. Then turn right and pull your suitcase approximately 300 metres until you see the Villacana Club Reception on your left.

What’s the best way to get to Gibraltar by bus from Villacana?

You’ll need to start your journey to Gibraltar from the Estepona bus station.  Take a taxi from Villacana to the Estepona bus station and get your ticket there. If you book your bus tickets online, look for Linea de Concepción, La. This is the La Linea bus station right next to the frontier with Gibraltar.  Get your return ticket to Estepona either online or when you arrive in La Linea.

When you get back to Estepona take a taxi or if you are feeling intrepid catch the coastal bus towards Marbella and get off at the Venta Los Niños bus stop right next to the entrance to Villacana resorts.  Curiously neither of the Villacana resort bus stops are called Villacana!

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  1. Hi Catherine, yes, after your journey out you probably won't want to wait another two hours for the 22.30 bus which will get to Marbella bus station only ten minutes before the last bus from Marbella to Estepona leaves at 23.25. Being dark, a taxi from Marbella bus station to Villacana would be the most practical at that stage.

    Instead of waiting at the airport though you could always take the next train from Malaga airport to Fuengirola train station which is the last stop on the line. It's a comfortable and easy if not enjoyable 43 minute journey, there are trains every 20 minutes and it'll cost less than five euros. When you get to Fuengirola train station come up the stairs and there's a taxi rank right outside.

    From the Fuengirola train station pick up your taxi to go to Villacana. By taking your taxi from Fuengirola, you'll save at least €30 over the taxi journey all the way from Malaga airport to Villacana and you will have seen a bit more of the Costa del Sol. Well maybe not if it's dark!

    On the way back to Malaga airport, everything will be in your favour, you can pick up the airport bus in Estepona if the times work out (less buses on the winter schedule) or take the local bus from in front of Villacana (or a taxi) to Marbella bus station then the shuttle bus to the airport. This will keep travelling costs down and bring the cost of your Fuengirola to Villacana taxi down.

    I hope that helps you in someway Catherine and especially that you still have the energy to have a big glass of wine when you get to Villacana. Thank you very much for writing in and best wishes from Marbella. Mike

  2. Thank for this extremely useful and detailed information about travelling by bus to Villacana. I will be visiting Villacana in February and have been looking at the bus timetables and routes you suggest. Unfortunately I arrive at Malaga airport at 20:20 and the next bus to Marbella bus station appears to be at 22:30. Do you have any other suggestions about how to get to Marbella without having to wait 2 hours for the next bus?
    Thanks a lot


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