Can I organise my own bus trip to Gibraltar from San Pedro de Alcantará?

Chris was staying at the Globales Cortijo Blanco Hotel and asked about a bus outing to Gibraltar with his children.  I suggested  a taking a minimum fare taxi from the hotel to the bus station in San Pedro de Alcantará. Here the family would board the long distance bus to La Linea de Concepción next to the frontier. A taxi from the hotel to the bus station would save his children’s energy for later during the day. I added “Hi Chris, a day out in Gibraltar will make a fantastic family excursion. Take bottles of water especially for the children, because it’ll be a long day and you´ll all need to keep drinking.”

What happens when you cross the Gibraltar frontier?

Before you leave the La Linea bus station. Remember to book your return seats to come back in the afternoon. Try and get the earliest bus down to Gibraltar to give you more time exploring in the cool of the morning. Go on a week day rather, many of the shops shut on a Saturday afternoon. It’s only five minutes walk from the the bus station to the border but getting out of Gibraltar can sometimes be unpredictable. Allow time to get back to the  bus station. 

When you get to the frontier.  You’ll see the fast moving pedestrians’ queue.  Present your passport at an electronic passport reader machine or  show an immigration official.  Here’s a good tip:  Just as you come out of the  Gibraltar passport and customs office, there’s a little office on your right where you can book tours around the Rock in advance.  A few metres on you’ll see the the taxi rank and bus stops.  My suggestion is that rather than walk into Gibraltar take a taxi or mini bus. The children would love to crossing Gibraltar aiport runway on foot but save that energy for later.

The Route 9 bus which runs every 10 minutes Monday to Friday from Gibraltar airport at the frontier and it takes you to the Market Place at the bottom of Main Street. The Route 3 bus which runs every 20 minutes Monday to Friday takes you from Gibraltar airport at the frontier right the way across Gibraltar to Europa Point on the other side of the Rock.  I suggest you start your tour of Gibraltar at Market Place.

What can I see and do in Gibraltar?

Start at the bottom of Main Street from Market Place.  Walk  through lovely Casemates Square  with the open air cafés and bars . Gibraltar Crystal and Glass Blowing is on your left. Definitely worth a visit. Continue up busy Main Street with perfume shops, High Street fashion shops, cafés, pubs, banks, churches etc. Sacarellos Coffee House (Tuckeys Lane)  is a wonderful place to stop on your way up or on your way back for coffee, teas, lunches or snacks .

Half way up Main Street you will see Piazza Café  and John Mackintosh Square. Just off the square you’ll find the Gibraltar Information Office.  Carry on up  Main Street checking out the wonderful array of clothing shops, book shops, toy shops,  past Governor’s  House until you see the directions for the Cable Car behind Trafalgar Sports Bar.  Not far up Main Street is the Gibraltar museum. It is well worth a visit.

A Rock Tour by taxi or mini bus isn’t expensive. It’s a quick and easy way of getting up and down the Rock and through it!  Just up Main Street from the Gibraltar Information office you’ll come across the taxis, mini buses  and Rock Tour guides.  Look out for sandwich boards advertising the tours. For single travellers or couples you can keep the  cost down sharing a tour with one or two other tourists. The tours take you around the Rock and through it. You´ll see St Michael’s Cave, an enormous natural grotto and the Ape’s Den amongst other sights. The taxi and mini bus guides are all licensed and give a great commentary on the way around. Ask as many questions as you like. The drivers are all very knowledgeable.

The Cable Car  station is at the top of Main Street and starts next to the Gibraltar Botanical Gardens. After a leisurely walk up Main Street take a cable car ride to the top of the Rock. The children will love the ride up and down.  The views are great and on a clear day you can see the little flat-topped houses in Morocco all the way across the Straits. On one side you have the Mediterranean and on the other side the Atlantic ocean.

The Wildlife Park is right next to the Cable Car station. It is stocked with exotic animals  imported illegally into Gibraltar and seized by Customs. I’m told by animal lovers that it’s well worth visiting.

The Gibraltar Tourist Information office is about half way up Main Street and you can pick up lots of maps and brochures. You won’t need a map until you get there.

The Gibraltar Museum just up from the information office is fascinating. It has a great audio-visual show about the origins of Gibraltar from 200 million years ago.  The children will love it. They’ll have a good chance to rest their legs along the way. It has a great shop too.

Dolphin watching and boat cruises are very popular  around the Bay. Get the  details at the Gibraltar Tourist Information office and if you have time, a taxi can take you straight down to the harbour. Leave time to get back to the La Linea bus station though!

Last suggestion. If you are running out of time then take a taxi back to the frontier. You don’t want to miss your return bus! From San Pedro bus station, get a  taxi back for the short ride to the hotel.  I hope you have a great day!

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Nancy, thank you for writing in. I'll give you a link below to copy into your browser to look at the timetable of buses from Marbella to La Linea de la Concepción bus station. You might have to type in Linea de la Concepción, La
    The cost one way is approximately €8.50 (2014)

    When you buy your ticket on Avanza or at the Marbella bus station the day before, book your return ticket at the same time.

    When you come out of Gibraltar, leave at least an hour to cross the border on your way out so as not to miss your bus. The queues are quite unpredictable, it's the Spanish border guards who are putting pressure on Gibraltar. Ask on your way in. A taxi back to Marbella will cost more than €100. It would be cheaper to spend the night in La Linea!

    I hope that helps you Nancy. Have a good visit and best wishes from

    Marbella. Mike

  2. Hi Mike, For some reason I am having trouble finding this information on Avanza. I want to do a day trip from Marbella to Gibraltar using buses. What is the earliest bus leaving Marbella for La Linea and what is the latest bus leaving La Linea back to Marbella? What would the cost be? We will be in Costa del Sol the end of October. Thank you so much. Nancy

  3. Hi Peter, sorry, there is no left luggage at the bus station now. When I asked them recently, they could not tell me of anywhere to leave luggage for the day.

    Let me make a suggestion though. Just next door (two blocks away) to the La Linea bus station is a big underground car park. They have an office next to the exit barrier. I am sure if you asked there they would let you leave your luggage. It may not necessarily be locked in a locker so you would need to take any valuable with you for the day. Here is the link to the La Linea car park to look at. Sorry not to be more helpful Peter. I hope you find something. Best wishes Mike

  4. Hello. I will be at Linea Area on February…to make some summerize..is there a place where I can left my luggage?

  5. Hi Sarah, thank you for writing in. I've just phoned the Focona parking garage in La Linea, their number is 956762786 and asked them about the security of luggage left in the parking garage. I was told that they have never had any incidents regarding thefts from cars. He added that if you were particularly worried then you should let the clerk on duty know and park near the exit where the ticket office is and identify your car for him to keep an eye on.

    Sarah, in all years in Spain I have never had anything taken from the boot of my car. What my wife and I always do however, is before we set off to leave our car in a car park or street parking we always put everything into the book before we leave home. In that way when we get to the parking garage or car park we can get out of the car, lock it and walk away without leaving anything visible inside the car and without having to draw attention to ourselves by obviously stowing things in the boot. For example when we drive into a new city and have found our destination, she takes the GPS off the windscreen and puts it into the glove compartment before we stop the car. Everything out of sight.

    I'm sure your possessions will be quite safe, stored out of sight in the boot of the locked car! I hope this reassures you Sarah, please feel free to keep in touch as your trip gets nearer. You are very sensible parking the car outside Gibraltar with the present nonsense going on. Best wishes Mike

  6. Hi there

    I was wondering whether you could updates us about the situation on the luggage lockers in La Linea? My friend and I will be parking our car there in October on our day trip to Gibraltar, but we don't want to leave our luggage unattended in the car. Or do you think the parking garage is safe enough to leave the luggage in the car?

    Thanks for replying!
    Sarah

  7. Hi Leonard, I had a bit of discussion over this very topic because I took a picture of the left luggage lockers at Linea bus station in 2009. Another traveller later said there weren't any so I went back to La Linea bus station to check. True enough, the lockers had been removed.

    I'll be in the La Linea area on 16th April so I'll go to the bus station and ask them what travellers do with their luggage. There must be some facility nearby even perhaps an office in the bus station. Will you write back on this blog after the 16th of this month and see what I have been able to find out?

    Thanks for writing in Leonard and well done for planning well ahead. Best wishes

    Mike

  8. Hi MIke,

    I will travel from Fuengirola to Sevilla in June this year and making a short stopover in La Linea in order to visit Gibraltar.

    Could you please help clarify whether there is any locker available in La Linea bus station this year, preferably a manned left luggage office as I will carry a large luggage?

    Leonard

  9. Hi Mike

    I have just come across your website and wish I had found it before – it's a mine of information.
    We have just come back from a holiday in Gibraltar (our third in three years!) and you might like to know that this year all the bus numbers and routes have changed. The bus which runs from the frontier into Market Place is now the number 5. This costs, I think, £1.50 for a single ticket or 80p for over 60s. At the moment this is the only bus you have to pay for. Yes, all the others are free! Could be something to do with the forthcoming elections later this year?!! The bus which takes you to Europa Point is now the number 2 and the number 3 goes to the South District. If you want to get a bus to the bottom of the cable car you can catch either of these. As I say, though, the free buses are on a trial period so it could all change again soon.

    Hope that's helpful.

  10. Hello Rowland, sorry about that. I'm really glad you managed to find a place to leave your luggage so close to the bus station. Well done on managing to turn the situation around to your benefit. That's the only downside to providing information, things can change and the info becomes outdated. Next time I go through the border I'll check in again at the La Linea Bus station and see what else has changed.

    Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to write in and let me know and help a lot of other travellers as well. I really appreciate that. Feedback is always very welcome.

    Next time you are down this end, please let me know, I owe you a couple of beers at least. I hope your next holiday comes around soon! Best wishes Mike

  11. Contrary to latest info on your site, as at 28th February there were NO left luggage lockers at La Linea bus station as confirmed by personal examination & by ticket seller lady. However, as we had stayed at a hotel in La Linea the previous night with the intention of visiting Gib on 28th, returning by bus to Marbella later in the day, was a bit miffed, having relied on info on your site & Trip Advisor, at prospect of being stuck with largish wheelie bag for the rest of the day. However, please advise your readers that Left Luggage facilities are available across the border at the arrivals building of Gib airport (on left hand side of road after crossing border & on opposite side & a little bit further on from buses into Gib). The left luggage office was unmanned, but is adjacent to a manned information desk where, having explained situation, they were quite happy to accept said bag, after scanning & examining passports. For the benefit of future visitors, please correct the info at the bottom of your page "Spain now and then" "Excursion to Gibraltar"
    Regards,
    Rowland Warren (so sad to be back in Yorkshire)

  12. Hi Mike
    Great site..we are travelling to Marbella in May next year . my question is do we need to book in advance a day trip to Tangier….Gibraltar and Granada or can it be done once we arrive in Marbella . We are renting a small house and not staying in a resort or hotel …where do we go to book such a tour ?

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