“Hi Mike, I’m arriving at Malaga Airport at 6.30pm, can I get a bus from Malaga bus station to La Linea bus station to get to Gibraltar? Thanks Jak”
I replied, “Hi Jak, Thank you very much for writing in. I’m afraid you will be out of luck with your arrival time at the airport. From Malaga airport there two buses every hour to Malaga bus station. It’s the Malaga City Line A Express taking 30 minutes. Unfortunately the last direct bus from Malaga bus station to La Linea bus station next to the Gibraltar border, leaves at 16.30.
You can also travel to the Maria Zambrano train station in Malaga which is right next to the bus station on the C1 train line, there are three trains every hour and it’s an eight minute journey. If you’ve just missed the bus, take the train!
If you really have to arrive in Gibraltar the same day then take the Malaga airport to Marbella bus station shuttle bus and then take a taxi from outside the Marbella bus station to the frontier between Gibraltar and La Linea de la Concepción. You’ll catch the 20.15 bus from the airport and get to Marbella at 20.55. The bus fare will be around €8. (2018)
If you are not in a hurry to get there, you can have a night in Marbella and then carry on your journey the next day on the bus. It will still work out cheaper than using a taxi.
The good news is that on your way back from Gibraltar to the airport, you can use buses all the way. Do the journey in reverse and take the bus from Linea bus station to Marbella bus station and then the shuttle bus to the airport and you’ll arrive in good time for your evening flight.
Please write back if you have any doubts and if a night in Marbella sounds attractive, I’ll recommend you a really good, economical hotel. Thanks again for writing in Jak, I do hope this helps you. Mike”