Daniel wrote in today to ask: “I need to go by bus from near Puerto Banus (say from the Bull Ring) to La Linea. I know there is a bus from Marbella main bus station. But would this bus stop near Puerto Banus on its way to La Linea? For example, would it stop at San Pedro de Alcántara Bus Stop on the main coast road? If it stops in say San Pedro, is this better than going to Marbella bus station? Thanks”
I wrote back: “Hi Daniel, thank you very much for checking in to Gomarbella. You are right about needing to go to the Marbella bus station or the San Pedro bus. This is because the long distance buses don’t stop at every stop along the route. The bus to La Linea bus station after leaving the Marbella bus station stops in San Pedro de Alcantará and then again in Estepona, Sabanillas then La Linea de la Concepción. San Pedro is closer to Nueva Andalucia than Marbella. You can travel to San Pedro on one of the local Portillo buses which stops at all the bus stops between Marbella and Estepona. The Puerto Banus bus stop is down on the main road just below the bull ring. Or if you don’t want to hang around waiting for a local bus, then just take a taxi to San Pedro. Ask for ‘Parada de autobuses de San Pedro.’
I hope that helps and that you have a good trip to La Linea. Watch out for your belongings on the trip. Best wishes from Marbella Mike
Daniel wrote back: Many thanks for the great info, a few questions: I see the timetable from Marbella to La Linea – should I add say 20 minutes to the Marbella departure time for San Pedro? Our apartment is down the opposite hill from the Bull Ring (going away from the sea ) – you get to a roundabout where there is a restaurant called Pasta Cafe – and then you go down the hill to where there is a super market (Mercado) and a pharmacist. Our flat is near there. I have seen buses go by there but never paid attention where these buses go to – would this be the same bus that goes to San Pedro? Or do I have to walk down the hill from the bull ring toward the Andalucia Plaza and get the bus on the main road? Thanks again Daniel
I wrote back to Daniel: “Hi Daniel I have just had a reply back from the Portillo bus company confirming that the bus to La Linea stops in San Pedro. I have also just checked with the Marbella taxi company 95 277 44 88 and the girl said a taxi would cost 23 euros over the weekend and 18 euros on a weekday from the Nueva Andalucia bull ring during the day. After 10pm it would be around the weekend rate.
About the Marbella local bus linking Puerto Banus with Aloha Golf and San Pedro, it’ll be the L4 service. I can’t find Centro Plaza which is the shopping centre at the top of the hill. Quite possibly your stretch of road on the other side of the hill from the Nueva Andalucia bull ring is not on the bus route because of the big Saturday morning market which blocks the bull ring area for some hours every week.
I think when the time comes for your trip to San Pedro, you should just get a taxi, it must be a minimum fare of around 8 euros, from Nueva Andalucia to the bus stop in San Pedro. Get there an hour before, book your seat, and find a place to have a coffee and tostado and just hang out till the bus comes, you are in Spain remember….
Hope this helps you Daniel, Best wishes for your trip. Let me know if I can help at all! Mike”