Mid September 2010:  I was travelling on the Sun Coast up from Brisbane in Australia and having a lot of difficulty picking up emails on my Samsung netbook. (A technical problem which I managed to sort out!)
John and Anne wrote in on the Gomarbella Travel Page. Hi Mike We are travelling from Malaga airport to Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort (Address on the hotel site is Crta. de Cadiz, KM 193, Urb. Marbella del Este Marbella, Spain 29604).
Your instructions and timetables for travel from Malaga to Marbella Bus Station are very helpful but try as I might I can’t get a google maps to show me where the Marbella bus station is or where this hotel is. The best Google Maps can show me is a building site! Is our best option to get a taxi from the bus station? What’s it likely to cost? Thanks in anticipation. John & Anne
Mid December 2010:
When I got back at the beginning of October I had a mountain to catch up but at the back of my mind was the email I hadn’t answered so I wrote to John and Anne.

Hello John and Anne, Please accept my apologies for not replying to your question immediately. I was in Australia in September and picking up my emails and replying to my emails with difficulty. By chance I have just discovered that I published your question but did not reply. I am sure your holiday will be over by now and I hope you managed your transport to Marriott’s Marbella without difficulty.

If you go to Google maps and look for Avenida del Trapiche, Marbella, España, you will see that it crosses the A-7 / E- 15. If you then zoom in a couple of clicks on the map, just across on the north side of the A7, a bus icon will appear, that’s the bus station! Marriotts Marbella is about 13 kms to the east and I would estimate the cost of a taxi ride at around €18.

I would definitely take a taxi the first time. John and Anne, if you get this and can forgive me, please let me know how you managed your travelling.

Very best wishes from a wet Costa del Sol and thank you very much for writing in. Mike
On the 23/12/10:
Just after I posted the above, I was very relieved to get a reply from John and Anne:
Hi Mike, I’m so impressed with your thoroughness. I just received your comments about our travel to Marbella and even though our holiday is over it’s very kind of you to take the time. We had a lovely holiday and, as it happens, our friends were able to meet us at the airport after all and our journey was worry free. It’s a lovely part of God’s earth and we hope to return. Thanks again. John & Anne Tromans
By the way, the photo above was taken with Marriott’s Marbella on my left looking up towards the roundabout at the top of the rise. On the other side of the slope, there is a drop of about the same distance towards the bus stop. If you are up to pulling your suitcase that distance from the bus stop, then take the bus from Marbella bus station. Generally unless you are adventurous and you are arriving during the day, I would suggest taking a taxi from Marbella bus station to Marriotts Marbella
Gomarbella visitors sometimes ask me how to get to Marriott’s Marbella from Malaga airport and also how to get to Marriott’s Marbella from Marbella bus station.

Here is the full address for the resort:

Marriott’s Marbella Address
Crta. de Cadiz, KM 193, Urb. Marbella del Este
Marbella, Spain 29604


  1. Hi Mike,

    could you be as kind as helping mw with the follwowing problem: I need to get from Malaga airport to Marriott Marbella beach ressort on friday feb 10th in the evening and back on wednesday feb 15th in the morning. As I understand there is a bus / several busses? from malaga airport to marbella – is there a line that stops nearby the Marriott Beach ressort and if this is the case, which one is it and what is teh stopps name?
    Thanks in advance

  2. Hi again Trisha

    How quickly time goes! In answer to your question about a rental car, yes, you will be able to pack so much more into your week if you can come and go as you please. How many mums will be travelling with you? I'll help you plan your visits to see and do as much as you can with great pleasure.

    About the trip to Morocco. I would definitely do that as an organised excursion. I'll send you the contact details of our friendly travel agent to set it up beforehand. Give the hire car a rest on that day. Yes, you are absolutely right to be suspicious of picking up a guide at the port. You'd get a complete run around. With great respect to our neighbours over the Straits of Gibraltar, their way of doing business does not always go down well with the more Western minds. In an organised group with an official guide, it's a very interesting place to visit.

    I like the idea of the mums heading out to have fun. Did it take much negotiating? Will the guys being going on fishing trips to compensate? Think of all the presents you can take back to the kids! I'll ask Natalia over on the Gomarbella Facebook page to set you up with the latest night life….

    Best wishes Trisha and I look forward to more contact before you travel. Mike

  3. Hi Mike!

    Your blog is so helpful! Thank you, thank you for the info. We will be traveling to Spain at the end of November and I hope to keep in touch with you because I know I will have more questions as we continue to plan our trip.

    We will only be there for 7 days so we want to maximize our time. Do you think we would see and do more if we rented a car? Also, we want to plan a day trip to Morocco. One person said we could book a guide once we got off the fairy in Morocco. I'm a little skeptical about that so any info you might have on a day trip to Morocco would be greatly appreciated.

    I'm also interested on any info you might have on the night life in Spain. We are all middle-aged moms who are leaving the kiddos and husbands behind to have some fun girl time.

    Sending a big THANKS from the states!


  4. Hi Trisha

    Sorry I got your name wrong. It's quite late at night, that's my only excuse! Thanks very much also for the "Like" on Gomarbella, I really appreciate it.

    Please let me know if you have any doubts about the journey.

    Very best wishes from London


  5. Hi Liimatta, thank you very much for writing in. I'm guessing that you are coming in from the USA perhaps?
    About getting from Madrid down to Malaga, by plane or by train, I would also suggest travelling one way by train and the other by air.

    If you´re already at Madrid airport and there's a convenient 60 minute connecting flight down to Malaga, you might all just find it quicker and simpler to do that. If on the other hand, you think you’ll be feeling fresh after your incoming flight and ready for more adventure a high speed train trip all the way down to Malaga on the AVE will give you a great look at the 600kms of landscape between Madrid and the south of Spain all from the comfort of your train seat. You’ll see half of Spain, the first 300km south is across the flat plains of Castilla de la Mancha, this is where Don Quixote tilted at windmills, then suddenly as you drop down into Jaen you'll start to see the white villages of Andalucia nestling against the hillsides and endless olive groves on rolling grey slopes as far as the eye can see. It's a two and a half hour train journey and well worth doing. From T4 at Madrid airport there's a metro all the way into Madrid to the train station to the south. On the way back to Madrid you could take a one way flight with one of the low cost airlines or take the high speed train back if you have flown down.

    The Spanish national train website is Renfe.es It’s a clunky and difficult website to use and you might need to use a travel agent at home to make this booking or just arrive and buy seats on the day. You can get better discounts though if you are able to book more than 15 days ahead.

    About the logistics of getting to Marriotts Marbella once you get to Malaga, there’s lots of information on Gomarbella, just type Marriotts Marbella into the search box on this or any page and you’ll get it all.
    Basically if you fly into Malaga airport you’ll make the 30 minute Cercanias (Local) train trip to Fuengirola train station, walk next door to the Fuengirola bus station and then take the bus service to Marbella which leaves every 30 minutes, getting off at the Pino del Golf bus stop. Just Google “List of bus stops between Fuengirola and Marbella” to find the Marriotts Marbella bus stop.

    If you arrive at Malaga train station, take the same C1 coastal train all the way to Fuengirola train station at the end of the line before taking the Marbella bus service and getting off at the Pino Golf stop. Search on Gomarbella for information about Fuengirola bus station or Fuengirola train station and you’ll find the train and bus timetables also. From Malaga train station or airport it will cost you less than €10 to get to Marriotts Marbella on the train and bus.

    From Malaga airport you could also take the airport bus to Marbella and then a coastal bus back towards Fuengirola getting off on the sea side of the road again at the Pino del Golf bus stop for Marriotts Marbella. It’s really six of one or half a dozen of another but I suggest you use the train to get to Fuengirola on your way to Marriotts for the first time. Take care of your belongings getting on and off buses and trains and detail one member of the group to keep it in sight when you are on the train as well.

    I hope this helps you Liimatta, please let me know if I can help you in any way. I’m actually in London right now visiting the grandchildren, they’re in bed, so I’m catching up on emails! I'll be back in Marbella on Thursday.

    Best wishes and thanks again for writing in. Mike

    PS: Please use the Gomarbella Travel page to simultaneously find all the information about getting to Marriotts Marbella that you need on the blog.

  6. Hi Mike, I just stumbled on your blog as I'm planning a trip to Malaga, Spain! Myself along with several of my friends will be staying at Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out or transportation once we land in Madrid. We are only visiting Spain for 7 nights and we want to get the most out of our experience. We are trying to figure out if we should take a train from Madrid to Malaga and then a one-way flight back to Madrid at the end of our vacation, or just take a round trip flight from Madrid to Malala. Whatever we decide to do still doesn't get us to the resort. Then we have to hire a taxi or take a bus. Do you have any suggestions. Only 1 one of us speaks a little Spanish and none of us have ever visited Spain. Help!

  7. Hi Belinda

    I'm glad the information might have helped you and thank you especially for writing back. I always appreciate having feedback.

    I hope your conference goes well and you can also fit in some relaxation time. The weather in Marbella is really pleasant at the moment.

    Best wishes


  8. Hi Mike

    Thank you so much for going to so much trouble – you have gone out of your way to be helpful. This is wonderful and important information – thank you so much

    Kind regards


  9. Hi Belinda

    Thanks very much for writing in. This afternoon my wife and I were on that same stretch of road so I stopped off and checked it all out.

    From Marbella bus station take the bus to Fuengirola and then get off at the Elviria stop. It's just on the other side of a road bridge over the A7 on the sea side of the road. Walk up to the bridge, and cross over the bridge heading towards the mountains and then as soon as you get to the end of the bridge, turn right and start walking down the slip road on the pavement on the left hand side of the road. If you Google 'list of bus stops between Marbella and Fuengirola' you will see the Elviria bus stop. The PinoGolf bus stop is quite a bit further away from the Las Chapas Palacio del Sol hotel than the Elviria stop.

    You'll see the Opencor shopping centre car park on your left. Stay on the narrow pavement and on your right as you walk down you'll see the bus stop on the opposite side of the road (the mountains side) from where you got off. That's the bus stop where you'll catch the bus to Marbella from. If you stay on the narrow pavement and keep on left just around the corner you'll come to the entrance to the Las Chapas Palacio del Sol Hotel Reception.

    I went in and spoke to the duty receptionist. The Las Chapas Palacio del Sol Hotel has a courtesy bus but the schedule won't suit your conference times unless a 13.00 or a 20.00 return from the centre of Marbella to the hotel at the end of the day is of any use.

    On Wednesday you need to be at the second bus stop mentioned above at about 6.50am. The M220 bus you are catching into Marbella is the first bus out of Fuengirola and leaves there at 6.30 and takes around 30 minutes to get to you so all being well you'll be there 10 minutes early. It'll be marked 'Marbella' in the front window. It's going to take you at least another 30 minutes to get into the centre of Marbella because everyone who is going to work and school is on that bus and it stops everywhere. It actually goes to within 200 metres of the Palacio de Congresos to a copper monument (The Pirulin) in the middle of the road on the other side of Marbella before it stops at the bus stop called Porcelanosa and then turns right before climbing up to Marbella bus station. If everything goes according to plan you would get to Porcelonasa at about 7.35 leaving you 10 minutes to cross the road and walk the last 200metres to the Palacio de Congresos.

    If you get off in the centre of Marbella, Marbella Centro, just past the Alameda Park on your left, you could take a taxi from the taxi rank there for around €7 and speed things up. If you miss all the bus stops you will arrive at the Marbella bus station at about 07.45 and you could get a taxi down to the Palacio de Congresos also for the minimum fare of around €7.

    Belinda, when I was at the Las Chapas Palacio del Sol hotel this afternoon, I asked a taxi driver at the taxi rank near the Opencor shopping centre how much a taxi would be to the Palacio de Congresos. He told me it was €15.90 by day and €19.60 after 10pm and weekends. I don't know what your budget is but with all the money you will save by taking the aiport bus to Marbella and then the bus to the hotel, you might just want to treat yourself to a taxi ride that first day if arriving in time is critical. On the way back to your hotel in the evening you can take the M220 service towards Fuengirola from the Marbell Centre in Marbella or the L7 local bus service which trundles as far as Elviria but won't help you in the morning.

    The Portillo bus coastal service is a good basic service but if a 7.45am arrival is critical for registration then a taxi will be more reliable. You can always do the above on the second day.

    Write back if I can help in anyway Belinda, good luck with everything and thanks for your contact. I hope your congress is enjoyable.

    Best wishes from Marbella,


  10. I am travelling to Marbella on Tuesday and getting the bus from Malaga airport to Marbella bus station then a bus from there to Hotel Las Capas Palacio del sol (Pinogolf stop?). Howver I have to attend the Marbella Conference Centre in the Town Centre Wed & Thurs so where and which bus do I take to get there the following morning? How long is the journey as I have to be there at 8.45am. I would appreciate your advice.

    Kind regards


  11. Hello Charlie, the most recent well known book set in Marbella is Queen of the South by Arturo Perez-Revert. I have read it in the original Spanish version but didn't know that it was available in English. A colleague of mine told me that a film is being made of it right now.

    It's a cracking good read, set in Marbella and is the story of a woman in a man's world and the drugs which land on our local beaches.

    It is books of an historical nature that you are looking for? Or any books? The film of Carmen that you mention above was shot in Ronda. I have seen the film but never read the book so last night I downloaded a pdf copy of Mérimée's Carmen from a Columbia University source and it is a great story set in all the local villages and cities that I know.

    If you could let me know what your angle is, that would help me.

    Best wishes from Marbella


  12. Hello Charlie, thank you for writing in. You must be the first person that I am aware of anyway, to use these pages for literary purposes!

    I'll see what I can find out for you about authors in both languages and write back to you.

    Best wishes from Marbella and thanks for your interest.


  13. Do you know any novels or famous literature set in Marbella, written in either English or Frencg, please?
    I know Mérimée's Carmen takes place quite nearby around Malaga. However, I am trying to find writer's who use Marbella in their work.

    Many thanks

  14. Hi Pip, thank you very much for writing in.

    There are no bus stops along the Benalamadena bypass (A7) which runs above Torremolinos and Benalmadena higher up on the side of the mountain. I haven't been to Wyn's bar before but it looks as if it could be just below the A7.

    I think it would need to be reached on a bus from the coast. Can you tell me where you would be staying and I will see if I can find transport that would get you and your wife there.

    Best wishes from the coast, it's a lovely sunny day as I write.


  15. Hi Mike, can you tell me if there are any stage bus services along the A7, particularly if there is a bus stop near the Carrefour and Wyn's Bar at Carvajal? I know there are buses on the lower coast road but we're trying to avoid the long uphill walk from the seafront as my wife struggles.


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