Carol wrote in this week: “Hi Mike, is there a direct public bus service from Malaga airport to Estepona? If not what is my best option arriving on a Sunday afternoon and how much will it cost me?  I wrote back to Carol saying: “It’s easy. First of all check the timetable of buses to   Estepona from Malaga airport here.

If you don’t see a direct bus to Estepona which suits your flight arrival time then follow my advice and book yourself on the airport bus from Malaga through to Marbella.

When you walk into the Arrivals Hall after collecting your luggage, turn right out of the far door in the picture above. The bus station is about 50 metres from the Arrivals Hall exit door.  Show the driver your printed bus ticket which you’ll get by pdf immediately after booking or have it ready on your phone. Enjoy the drive on the inland toll road to Marbella.

Then when you get to Marbella bus station after you get your luggage off the bus from the airport buy your ticket for Estepona from the ticket office in the Marbella bus station. There is an electronic board announcing departures in the departures hall and the board gives you the number of the bay where the bus is standing so you just look for the Estepona bus and also check on the windscreen before you get on. There are buses leaving every half an hour so your waiting time will be very short.   Best wishes from Marbella Carol and Paula and thanks again for your contact” Mike


  1. Hi Lexi, thanks very much for writing in and I'm glad the Benavista page has helped your travels.

    I didn't reply immediately because this morning I went up to the Marbella bus station to check on suitcases and bags travelling in the bus or in the luggage compartment below. The girl in the ticket office didn't know the answer but asked a colleague who looked like a bus driver and he pointed upwards meaning the bags have to go on the bus and not under. Perhaps one of you gets onto the bus and then the other two pass the suitcases up.

    No problem with this however on the Malaga airport to Marbella bus because there is lots and lots of space in the luggage compartment. If you can't get your luggage on comfortably from the passenger entrance side, then take it round to the other side which is not used so much.

    Yes, when you want to get off, push the button to request a stop. It's normally on one of the vertical support bars near the exit. There are always passengers getting on and off at Benavista so you should be OK. Tell the driver when you get on in Marbella and then one of you can walk up the bus aisle and check with the driver "Bena Vista?" .

    A safer way to work out when you arrive at Bena Vista than watching the time will be to count the bus stops after San Pedro de Alcantará. If you look at the list of bus stops between Marbella and Estepona Bena Vista will be the fifth stop after San Pedro, it's at the end of a long straight and you'll see the pink buildings coming into view on your right. I would allow about 40 minutes but rather watch for the stop than look at your watch! The traffic and passengers getting on and off will affect the bus speed.

    I hope that helps Lexi, I'm sure everything will work out just fine!

    Best wishes from Marbella


  2. Hi Mike!
    Myself and 2 girlfriends are travelling to Bena Vista and im a bit of an over anxious traveller in foreign countries due to my terrible language skills, so i just want some clarification to stop me fretting!

    We plan to get the coach from malaga airport to marbella bus station, and then the Estepona bus to the bena vista stop.

    Your page on the bena vista bus stop is brilliant, but we just wanted to know:
    1. how easy the marbella to estepona bus is when it comes to big bags,
    2. if the buses are like english ones when you have to press a bell when your stops comming up, or if you just tell the bus driver which stop you want when you get on and they definatley stop there?! and also,
    3. roughly how long does it take from marbella to bena vista?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


  3. Hello Mike, my Name is Anne from Munich an I will vist Estpona at September 2011. I have found information about the Bus from Malaga Airport to Estepona with the Marbella Bus, but I cant find some information about Bus transfer from Estepona back to the Malaga Airport and I must use earliest bus to the earport.. You ar my last Hope!!! can you helpe me please.. Thanks Anne


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