Train from Ronda to Algeciras

Ross wrote to ask about travelling from Ronda to Algeciras by train. He was first going to bus up to Ronda from Marbella, do the train trip down to Algeciras and then bus back to Marbella.

How often does the train from Ronda to Algeciras run?

Hi Ross. When you arrrive at Ronda bus station, you are only a few blocks from the train station. There are six to seven trains a day from Ronda to Algeciras and more at the weekends. The journey takes on average one hour thirty minutes. The train ticket was just under €12 the last time I looked. I really recommend it as  fantastic value for the experience.  The picture above shows the down train just 20 minutes after leaving Ronda. It’s rumbling through the tiny rural train station of Benaoján-Montejaque heading towards Algeciras.

The down train from Ronda to Algeciras runs on the lines furthest from the platform. A sign on the platform politely asks passengers travelling in the opposite direction to Algeciras to cross the lines on foot to the platform on the other side, a reasonable time before their train arrives and apologises for any inconvenience.

Why not have lunch at Hotel Molina del Santo in Benaoján?

Ross you are a seasoned traveller I can see.  Why don’t you break your journey by train from Ronda to Algeciras at Estación de Benaoján – Montejaque? You’ll get off on the other side of the tracks and then cross by foot to where the station master is standing. The Hotel Molina del Santo is just five minute’s walk from the station. Have lunch there and then a couple of hours later, get back on the train to Algeciras. The hotel is a great place to spend time and being an old mill, it’s right next to a small river gushing with pure water straight off the Ronda mountain range.  

Estación Benoaján-Montejaque to Algeciras

Aftere lunch, comfortably full of good food and with a glass or two of Ronda’s best wine inside you, walk downhill back to the station.  From the Benaoján-Montejaque station your train from Ronda to Algeciras will wind its way down the Genal River valley and then through the lush vegetation of coastal Cadiz. You’ll see stork nests high on power pylons on either side of the track before emerging with the Rock of Gibraltar over on your left. It’s a memorable journey. I’ve done it twice.

Is the Algeciras bus station near the train station?

Yes. It’s easy walking distance. You will have a long day. First you’ll bus to Ronda then walk to the train station to catch your train to Benoaján-Montejaque. You’ll get off to have lunch and then got back on the next train from Ronday to Algeciras! For this reason I suggest you definitely book the last part of your day’s travels in advance. Your bus journey from Algeciras back to Marbella. Have a great day! Oh and if you are travelling in summer do carry water with you.

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