“What’s a car rental office pic doing on Gomarbella’s Costa del Sol bus pages?” I can hear you ask. 

Can I ask you a question in reply? “Have you ever had a life changing moment?”

Mine happened a few weeks ago on the day the Costa del Sol buses stopped running and I started answering question like; “How do I get from Marbella to Malaga airport if there is no bus?”, or “Can you recommend a car hire company at Malaga airport?” or “Are the trains from Malaga airport still running?”

I get a lot of visitors to my page on the shuttle bus from Malaga airport to Marbella Bus Station so you can imagine when that bus service shut down for a week, I had to make a lot of suggestions about alternative ways to travel on the Costa del Sol and the subject of car hire from Malaga airport came up pretty often.

By the way, did you spot that you are actually looking at the car hire office at Gatwick airport North terminal? I took the picture a few months ago when I hired a car to travel to Stratford on Avon and then on to Birmingham airport when I went to the Bruce Springsteen concert in Dusseldorf.

I have been hiring cars in Spain since I settled here nearly 30 years ago so I’ll pass on as many tips and suggestions as I can at the same keeping you up to date with any likely problems with the Portillo buses on the Costa del Sol

Don’t worry, I’m not giving up on buses. In fact in a couple of weeks I’ll tell you about a life changing bus stop, the one that probably brought me to Spain!

Contact me through the comments box at the bottom of this page if I can help with my recommendations for travel on the Costa del Sol.


  1. Hi Marilou, the most economical option would be to travel on public transport. It would mean booking the bus seats in advance to make sure you all get on and have seats to get back. You would need to take taxis to Marbella bus station and then take the bus from there.The booking period for bus journeys opens 30 days before the date of travel. I can help you with this option nearer the time

    If you go by taxi, you will need 4 taxis as they only carry 4 passengers. A small people carrier would work out cheaper than the taxi option. Marilou keep in touch because I am going to put up a link to help travellers to Gibraltar so that they are informed about border queues. Thank you for writing in. I hope this helps you. Best wishes Mike

  2. Hi,
    We are staying in Alanda Club at Marbella for 3 nights on the 23 June 2014, then travel to Gibraltar at Alameda Hotel on the 26 June. Is there a bus/coach company we can hire for approx fifteen people to travel to Gibraltar as my daughter is getting married there on the 28th June or is it cheaper to travel by public bus/taxi? Your reply is much appreciated. Regards, Marilou


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