Aarti wrote in to ask. “Please could you tell me what buses go from Malaga Airport to Estepona? I will be arriving at Malaga airport in November, also what are the ticket rates?”

I wrote back to say: “Hi Aarti, the easiest way to get to Estepona from Malaga airport is to take the dedicated Malaga airport to Estepona bus. Fill in the details in the booking engine box and you’ll see the timetable immediately. During the 2018/2019 winter season from October  to May a bus ticket from Malaga Airport to Estepona bus station costs €10.20.  There is a taxi rank right next to the Estepona bus station which makes it easy to travel on comfortably from there. 

To catch the Malaga airport bus to Estepona when  you come out of arrivals look straight ahead and about 50 metres in front of you, you’ll see the airport bus stop.  The direct bus to Estepona runs less frequently during the day than the shuttle bus to Marbella bus station so if you have a wait of a couple of hours I recommend that you catch the next shuttle bus to Marbella. This travels along the AP7 toll road to Marbella and does not stop anywhere.  When you get to Marbella, get a ticket for the next service to Estepona. This bus travels along the coastal road with lots of intermediate stops and will take you right into the centre of Estepona. 

If you don’t mind a wait for your  bus then have a cup of coffee or a cold beer at Gambrinus outside Arrivals.  You’ll see it in the picture above.  The Malaga airport bus stop is just behind the cafeteria. If you sit outside over on the left you can keep an eye out for your bus to Estepona. 



  1. Hi there, thank you for writing in. There are not so many direct buses from Estepona, only two at the moment in the winter timetable, copy this link into your browser and it will show you the timetable from the airport to Estepona and back again. Your son and the friend will miss the morning bus I think.

    I suggest that they take the shuttle bus to Marbella bus station from Malaga airport and then from Marbella bus station take the very next bus to Estepona. At the airport if they walk straight out from Arrivals, they'll see the bus stop in front of them.

    I hope this helps you and you have a good family reunion.

    Best wishes from Marbella Mike

  2. Hi, My son and a friend will arrive to Malaga Airport next Wendesday around noon. They will catch up with us at Estepona and are planning to go by bus. How often do the buses to Estepona go from the Airport? Where do they find the buses? Do they have to change somewhere? Thanks for your answer!

  3. Hi, if you are coming in from a non EU country, clearing customs does take slightly longer, but it's only basically retrieving your luggage and putting it through the scanner and you might just make the 22.00 airport bus to Marbella. I mention that bus because the last direct bus to Estepona leaves at 21.00.

    If you make the 22.00 airport bus to Marbella (get your ticket on the bus after 8pm) you'll get to Marbella at 22.45. The next

    buses from Marbella to Estepona leave at: 22.50, 23.10 and 23.25. (Summer schedule only).

    If you don't make the 22.00 bus from the airport, you have two options. 1) Take a taxi all the way to Estepona or 2) Wait for

    the last bus of the day to Marbella leaving at 23.45. From Marbella bus station take a taxi to Estepona from the rank outside the bus station. You'll save about €50 by doing part of the journey to Estepona by bus. I would estimate the cost of a taxi to Estepona from the airport at around €100, costs go up slightly after 10pm.

    Hope this helps you, travel well and welcome to the Costa del Sol. Mike
    Check here for the Malaga airport to Marbella bus schedule

  4. Hi

    We arrive on 26 July flight gets into Malaga at 21:30, so I assume once we have got through customs and collected out luggage it will be after 10. Is it still possible to get to estepina by bus at this time of night?


  5. Hi there, you'll be in time to catch the 22.30 airport bus to Marbella bus station arriving at 23.10. Buy your ticket on the bus, the current price is €7 (2012 summer) as the ticket office just outside Arrivals closes at 20.00.

    From Marbella you'll have to take a taxi from just outside the bus station because the last bus down to La Linea will have left at 18:00. Last year during the day a taxi to La Linea was €76. It'll be quicker for you to go directly to San Roque which is actually a little closer than La Linea but as you are travelling after 10pm, the fares go up a few euros so I am guessing that the fare will be around €85 or less.

    From Malaga airport to La Linea would cost around €125 so you will be keeping costs down by taking the airport bus to Marbella first. Hope this helps. Travel well and have a great stay. Thanks for writing in. Mike

  6. Hi, I am arriving at Malaga Airport next Tuesday at 21:05 unfortunately it will be very difficult for anyone to collect me. I need to get to either La Linea bus station or the alameda in San Roque (which I know there is a bus to there from La Linea). I have looked through your blogs and it seems there are no buses this late at night. Do you have any suggestions and how much will it cost. P.S. I do have luggage but it is only me.


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