Sher wrote to me to say that was travelling from Albufeira on the Algarve  in Portugal to Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain, staying for 2 weeks and then travelling back to Faro to leave for Canada. How could she do it by bus? 

The way to check the schedule of buses from the Algarve to the Costa del Sol is as follows:

Check in on the Gomarbella online bus ticket booking engine.

Choose the International tap at the top and then details of your trip in reverse order like this:

1) Country Spain  2) Malaga for your departure
3) Country Portugal 4) Fuengirola for your arrival

On the way to Spain it will travel through the Estacion de Autobuses Plaza de Armas in Seville and then on to Malaga bus station finishing its journey in Fuengirola.  From Fuengirola take the next bus to Marbella bus station. In summer the buses leave every half an hour.

For travellers making an onward journey to Lagos by train from Faro train station,  the Faro bus station is only 200 metres away.

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  1. Hi June

    Thanks very much for writing in. I suggest a bus to Fuengirola from Calahonda, the train from Fuengirola to Malaga train station and then walk next door to Malaga bus station and take the bus to Granada.

    Type into Google, "List of bus stops between Fuengirola and Marbella" and you will see your Calahonda stop listed. It's about a 30 minute bus ride because Calahonda is halfway between Marbella and Fuengirola. There are two buses every hour during the morning.

    Going to Fuengirola you will be using the foot bridge over the busy N340 road to catch the bus on the sea side of the road.

    From the bus stop page you will find a link to Fuengirola train station which is only 200 metres from the bus station. You can also google "Fuengirola train station." The train leaves Fuengirola on the hour and at 30 minutes past each hour. The train journey only takes 45 minutes.

    Malaga train station is right next to the bus station and there are buses to Granada every hour at least in summer. The bus journey takes two and a half hours and you get a stop for coffee and the loo.

    I hope that helps you June, have a good trip and look after your possessions all along the way.

    Best wishes from Marbella


  2. I don't know how to add a question so sorry if this is in the wrong place. Mike, i'm staying in sitio calahonda and want to get to Granada to stay with relatives for a few days. What's the cheapest way I can get there please? will be out there for 10 days so any days of the week OK. thanks. June.

  3. Hello Mike!! Hope i dont disturb u. I reed that everyone wants to get to malaga and etc..But actually i want to get to Gibraltar.Im going to faro in july and i wanna get to gibraltar for a day..and my question is; is there any direct bus from faro to gibraltar or somethin like this??..or what is the easiest way to get there from faro??i would be really happy if u can help me,cos i ve seen many spanish websites but unfortunatly i dont speak spanish:)thanks again:)

  4. Hi Chezza, sorry to take so long to write back to you. Gomarbella has an online bus booking system
    You would leave Faro around midnight and get into Malaga bus station the next morning. From Malaga you would take a bus to Frigiliana.

    Is that OK to sleep overnight on the bus? If not I can suggest a route where you change buses in Sevilla and travel by day but you might arrive in Frigiliana in the evening.

    I am actually off Lagos on the Algarve tomorrow morning for the weekend but if you write back to me, I will let you know about the online bus booking next Tuesday.

    Best wishes from Marbella Chezza and thanks for writing.


  5. Hi Mike
    I am trying to find a bus or any other transport that will take us from Faro to Malaga (one way) on 30August so that we can arrive in Frigiliana on the same day. Do you have any suggestions on how we could get there? Any feedback would be very much appreciated! Kind Regards Chezza (Australia)

  6. Hi Jodie, thanks very much for using gomarbella.

    The first thing to do is to get to Sevilla. Check out these schedules for the Comes Bus company which operates the routes out of Cadiz to the surrounding provinces. The Comes bus will take you from La Linea bus station on the frontier with Gibraltar to Sevilla. You can book this route comfortably in advance from home using the Gomarbella bus seat reservation system here.
    I would take the first bus out of La Linea at 07.30 which would get you into Sevilla at 11.30.

    Your next bus from Sevilla to Lagos (you will get off in Faro) leaves Sevilla at 16.15 getting you into Faro at 18.55 just in time for a nice little bottle of chilled vino branco and sizzling gambas al pil pil in the marina right next to the bus station. Book this leg using the link above. You will arrive at the Prado de San Sebastian bus station in Sevilla and then to pick up your bus to Portugal you will need to catch the connecting bus across to the Estacion de Autobuses Plaza de Armas.

    Changing bus stations is all explained on this page and on the page linked to it. It’s easy to use and the interurban bus system in Sevilla is very clean and efficient.

    How does that sound? It should be a great journey. Buy your next ticket as soon as you get to Plaza de Armas and then just relax and have a sherry and tapas in Sevilla while you wait and just enjoy being there.

    Let me know if I can help at all!

    Best wishes from Marbella Jodie and thanks again for your contact.


  7. Hi
    Its a bit last minute but I would like to travel from Gibraltar to Faro this wekend leaving friday 5th and returning monday 8th. I’ve tried looking for a quick route but haven’t got very far. Any ideas?



  8. Hi Ray,

    That’s a very interesting route you have worked out. I can see that you are a traveller.

    When you are in Cordoba why not treat yourself to an Arab hammam bath to soak away the dust of your travels?

    Have a great trip Ray and thanks again for using gomarbella.


  9. Hi Mike,

    Wow! that was not only quick reply, but a great route recommendation. You are right, it would be quicker. Thank you so much.

    Looking forward to my holiday next week. Flying into Malaga from the UK, bus to Granada for 2 days, then bus to Cordoba for 2 days. Head down to Gibraltar for a day and then soak the sun on the beach in Malaga for couple of days and then back the UK.

    Thanks again for a great resource here. I used your site to partly plan the trip.


  10. Hello Ray

    Thank you very much for your kind words. I have around a hundred more pages of useful information to add, I am just looking for the time!

    Instead of taking the train to Malaga, it would be much faster to take the train from Cordoba to Algeciras.

    From the Algeciras train station you would catch a local bus to the La Linea bus station on the Spanish side of the border with Gibraltar. You could even take a taxi. I would guess the taxi ride at about 20 euros.

    You can see La Linea just across the bay of Gibraltar from the Algeciras bus station but it’s a bit further by road.

    To get information on just how close La Linea bus station is to the border with Gibraltar, just google “La Linea Bus Station” in the search box on this blog page.

    I hope this helps you Ray.

    Best wishes


  11. Hello,

    You have a great site. Lots of good information. Thanks for that.

    If I may ask a question. Whats the best way to get from Cordoba to Gibraltar? I cant seem to find a direct route. The best I found is a train from Cordoba to Malaga and then bus from there to Gibraltar. Anything more direct?




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