Travel to and from Malaga and Marbella in Spain

Traveling Between the Costa del Sol's Two Main Destinations

The sunset off Malaga cathedral
(c) Damian Corrigan

Marbella is the biggest and most popular Costa del Sol resort town. Despite there being no train station in Marbella, you can connect with Malaga by bus. You can even go directly to Malaga airport without changing in the city.

Malaga City Center to Marbella

If you do not have a car, then, in general, the best way to travel along the Costa del Sol is by bus. Buses from Malaga to Marbella are run by the Avanza bus company. The journey takes about 1 hour and on average can costs about seven euros. 

Train Options

There is no train station in Marbella. The Cercanias, the local train network, in Malaga only goes as far as Fuengirola via Benelmadena and Torremolinos. It is not quick to change to a train in Fuengirola.

Malaga Airport to Marbella by Bus

The Avanza bus company runs a direct service from Marbella bus station to Malaga airport. A Marbella to Malaga Airport bus timetable can give you approximate arrival and departure times.

To get to and from the airport, an economical option is to take a shared transfer, which means you will ride with others, but a shuttle or driver will pick you up to and from your hotel. 

By Car

If you are renting a car in Spain, the 40-mile journey from Malaga to Marbella takes around 45 minutes, traveling mainly on the AP-7. This is a toll road. Many people take the parallel coastal route, but sometimes it can be much quicker to go inland, taking the A-355 and A-357.

If you plan on renting a car, keep in mind that the high cost of renting and inconveniences like toll roads, purchasing costly gas, and limited parking availability may not make a car rental your best choice.

Tour Buses

Also, you can find other ways of getting around the Costa del Sol via guided tours. Or, you can take excursions to other parts of the Spain or Morocco.

More About Marbella

Marbella is a city belonging to the province of Malaga in the Andalusia part of southern Spain. The coastal city also has a significant archaeological heritage, several museums, performance spaces, and a cultural calendar with events ranging from reggae concerts to opera performances to food festivals.

More About Malaga

Malaga is the capital of the province of Malaga in the Andalusia part of southern Spain. It is the sixth-largest city in Spain. It lies on the Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean Sea about 60 miles east of the Strait of Gibraltar and 80 miles north of the African coast. Malaga's history spans 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It was originally founded by the Phoenicians in 770 B.C. and has since changed hands multiple times throughout history. It is the birthplace of famed painter Pablo Picasso and popular actor Antonio Banderas.