Finlay found me over on Gomarbella and wrote in to ask: “Hi Mike, we are staying in Fuengirola and would like to visit Seville. We’ll have one of your hire cars from Malaga airport and would it be simpler to drive to Seville and park there or would it be best to go by bus?”

I wrote back: “Hi Finlay, I love the drive to Seville, my wife and I do the trip at least twice a year, either going to the city or on our way from Marbella to Lagos on the Algarve.

By car you have three routes to get there, through Malaga, through Ronda or down past Gibraltar and then turning inland past Los Barrios. All are easy are very drives and take about the same time.

In your hire car you will be free to stop along the way which is what I really enjoy doing. Of course the driver has to concentrate so doesn’t get to see quite as much of the really beautiful Andalusian countryside as the passengers. Regarding signposting on the outskirts of Seville, You only get one sign and one chance and you have to act on it. If you dither, that’s it, you’ve missed the turning. Inside Seville driving is quite easy, you will need to have a street map and have an idea of where you want to go of course.
Parking in the city is not difficult and you can easily spend a whole day in the old town on foot without needing to get back into the car. An open bus tour, a trip on the Guadalquivier river, a visit to the cathedral and exploration of the shopping areas in the old town and that’s a very enjoyable day away. Allow about the same time as the bus, four hours there and four hours back which includes stops.

You might prefer to take the bus from the Fuengirola bus station all the way to Sevilla. You’ll get a twenty minute coffee and loo stop at Ronda bus station and you’ll get off at the Prado de San Sebastian bus station which is within easy walking distance of the old town in Seville. You can book comfortably from home on  the Gomarbella online bus reservations page.

Think about both options Finlay and let me know if I can help you with any questions.

Best wishes from Marbella you will enjoy your trip either way! Mike”


  1. Hi Candy thanks for writing in. Yes, that's a good route to follow. From Seville you would travel by bus to La Linea de La Concepción on the Spanish side of the border with Gibraltar. Then you would walk over the border into Gib. I suggest you stay the night there and have a good look around otherwise with the delays on getting out of Gibraltar caused by the Spanish border customs, even for foot passengers, you are not going to have enough time there.

    From La Linea you would take the bus to Marbella bus station and then change to the bus which covers the route from Marbella to Fuengirola. There may be a bus stop very near the Hotel El Oceano, I'll need to check for you. I have looked at Trip Advisor and the hotel has very good reviews!

    From the Hotel El Oceano I suggest you take a taxi to Fuengirola train station. It won't be more than €25. There is a train every 20 minutes to Malaga train station – Maria Zambrano. When you get there, walk right next door to the bus station and take the very next bus to Granada. They run almost every hour. Your route is very doable without your own transport. Just try to build in an overnight stay in Gibraltar to make it worthwhile going there. Later I can send you some timetables and more specific information about the route and timings.

    I hope this helps and please feel free to ask any more questions Candy. Best wishes from Marbella Mike

  2. Hi Mike

    I'm planning a trip from Seville => Gibraltar -Mijas – Costa Del Sol => Granada around end of June. I'd like to spend a couple of days at El Oceano Hotel during my trip. I can't drive so it seems that trains and bus are the only options. May I know if i can go in the above sequence and how I can get to and leave the hotel to Granada?

    Also, is El Oceano Hotel a good one? I have no idea but my colleague's friend recommends it as her tour took her there and she found it okay.

    Many thanks


  3. Hi Holman

    Thank you for checking in all the way from Canada. Fuengirola is presently the end of the line from Malaga so to get to Sevilla by train from Fuengirola you would need to train back to Malaga from Fuengirola station on the local (Cercanias) rail line and then train to Sevilla from there.

    You can check out the timings on the website, there is an option to change the language on the page. It is not an easy site to use. Trains leave from Fuengirola train station every 20 minutes and the journey to Malaga takes 43 minutes.

    It's a very relaxing way to travel and if you are not carrying luggage you can break your journey in Malaga and have a look around.

    The alternative is to travel by bus from Fuengirola. You would stop in Marbella briefly and then on Sevilla with a coffee and quick loo stop at Ronda bus station. I did this about 3 weeks ago when I had to go back to Sevilla to pick up my car from a workshop there. It's a comfortable picturesque journey.

    Travelling time is about the same time both ways but this is Andalucia so don't be in a hurry to get anywhere if possible. Just enjoy the journey.

    Both journeys can be booked the day before in Fuengirola from the local train or bus station. No need to book the day before in April but I would do it to add peace of mind to your journey and give you more choice of travelling times.

    I hope you have a great trip and feel free to write back if I can help you further Holman.

    Best wishes from Marbella


  4. Hello Mike;

    Is there a train that goes from Fuengirola to Sevilla? Any info would be appreciated. We plan to be in the area last week of April and 1st week of May 2010.

    Holman Louis
    Victoria BC Canada


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