Dave was flying in from Singapore and landing in Barcelona the following day. From there he was taking the train down to Malaga, arriving in the evening. He had a few questions about renting a car at the station and then getting to Marriotts Marbella Beach resort in his Malaga train station hire car.

How far is Malaga train station from Malaga airport?  

Malaga train station is approximately 13kms from Malaga airport. By car with little traffic you would do it in 20 minutes comfortably.  But Dave you won’t actually need to return to the train station after your holiday break. This is because all the hire car companies at the train station allow you to return a Malaga train station hire car to the airport. As you drive from Malaga train station to Marriott’s Marbella you’ll actually pass very close to the end of the runways at Malaga airport. The airport will be to your right.

What’s the best route from Malaga train station to Marriott’s Marbella?

Your GPS may offer you two routes, the A7 coastal road with no tolls or the slightly longer shorter route using part of the AP7 toll road.   My recommendation is that travelling at night you should take the A7 coastal road. The AP7 route is 49kms and the A7 is 55kms. The second is slightly longer but an easier drive.  

Must I pay a ticket leaving in a Malaga train station hire car?

You’ll be given a ticket to leave the rental car collection parking which is under the train station or the boom will lift automatically

How do I fill up in gas stations in Spain, is it self-service or there is an operator?

About 95% of the gas stations in the province of Málaga are self-service. Be careful when you are putting petrol in. Gasolina is petrol. Gasoleo or gasoil is diesel.  Your tank will be full. When putting in fuel after 10pm at night, most fuel pumps in Spain are Prepago. This means prepayment. Park next to the pump then walk across to to tell the cashier how much you want to put in. Tell the cashier if it’s gasolina or gasoil (diesel) and the pump number.

Returning the hire car with a full fuel tank. There is a service station at the airport. Allow yourself 20 minutes extra to refuel comfortably before returning the car to the rental car depot.

The address you need for Google Maps. Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort, Calle de Cádiz, KM 193,  29604 Marbella

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