5 Best Ways to Get From Malaga Airport to Marbella

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Stepping off the plane, the warm embrace of the Costa del Sol welcomes you, but it’s the seamless transition through Marbella’s gateway that truly kicks off your Spanish escapade. A reliable Marbella airport guide can make all the difference. Whether it’s your first visit to this sun-kissed haven or you’re a seasoned traveller to Spain’s shores, navigating the airport’s ins and outs should feel like a breeze, not a hurdle.

Marbella Airport

This article comes packed with insider knowledge, ensuring nothing stands between you and the enchanting allure of Marbella.

Let’s delve into the must-knows: transportation options.

Reaching Marbella’s Sun-Soaked Shores from the Malaga airport

Nestled on Spain’s southern coastline, Marbella basks in the gentle heat of the Mediterranean. Its enviable location places it at the heart of the Costa del Sol region, with the vibrant city of Málaga just a short 30 miles west. Most visitors fly into Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (AGP), so we’ll focus on how to get to Marbella from this airport.


As Spain’s fourth busiest airport, Málaga receives flights from across Europe and beyond, providing easy access to Marbella. A taxi from the airport to Marbella will set you back €70-80, while reaching glitzy Puerto Banús costs €120-140. The official taxi rank is clearly marketed by signs as you leave the arrivals hall

a glowing rectangle box with taxi signage during at night


Uber and Bolt are available and great options. They can often be cheaper than an official taxi, and as always, you know exactly how much the journey will cost before you request a ride. The pick-up point is in a different place to the taxis. Turn left after leaving the arrivals hall, walk around the road for about 50 metres, and you’ll see a large car park where they pick you up. It’s clearly marked with signs.

a silver car with Uber signage on top

Public Transport Options

Buses run frequently between Málaga Airport and Marbella Bus Station, taking about 45 minutes. If you don’t want the expense of a taxi, this is the best way to get to Marbella from Malaga airport. One-way tickets cost around €8. Look out for signs pointing you to the bus stop at the airport when you leave the arrivals hall. The bus company is Avanza Bus, tickets can be purchased in advance from their website or bought onboard using cash only. In summer I recommend you purchase tickets in advance as buses can be fully booked. Check the bus timetable here.

Alternatively, you can opt for the local train service heading west along the Costa del Sol and change at Fuengirola station for the short hop to Marbella on a bus. However, I don’t recommend this at all; you’d be much better off taking the bus from the airport itself directly to Marbella, unless you are planning to stop in Fuengirola or nearby areas.

Driving in Style

Luxury car rental allows you to reach Marbella in style. Cruise along the Mediterranean coastline in an open-top sports car, or be driven by a private chauffeur. Rental rates average €100 per day, excluding insurance.

a mercedes benz parked in a row near the building

Budget Car Rental

If you’re looking to rent a car without breaking the bank, there are many great rent-a-car companies operating around Malaga Airport. Goldcar are good if you purchase their premium package with extended insurance (called the key-and-go pack). If you don’t get this premium package, you’ll have to leave a big deposit and risk losing it due to damage which, unfortunately, is quite common.

Another good option is Malaga Car.

IMPORTANT: If you book a rental car through a comparison website and purchase the offered insurance via the comparison website, you will still be required to leave a big deposit with the rental company as, in their eyes, the insurance isn’t valid. They ONLY recognise insurance that they themselves offer. For this reason, I always recommend booking your rental car via the official company website. It’s a common mistake I see visitors making over and over again, getting angry at the collection desk when they feel they have been duped into buying insurance they don’t need. Avoid this mistake to prevent your holiday getting off to a bad start.

How are you going to start your holiday in the sun?

Smoothly navigating from Málaga Airport to Marbella sets the tone for your idyllic Spanish holiday.

With a plethora of transport options detailed in our guide, ranging from the convenience of taxis and Ubers to the efficiency of public buses and the luxury or practicality of car rentals, your journey can be tailored to match both your budget and style preferences.

Remember to consider the tips and pitfalls we’ve highlighted to ensure a hassle-free start to your Marbella adventure. With this knowledge in hand, you’re well-equipped to dive into the enchantments awaiting you in this coastal gem.

Buen viaje, and may your travels to Marbella be as pleasant and exciting as your stay in this Mediterranean paradise. Keep an eye on everythingmarbella.com for continuous guidance and insights into making the most of your time in the sun.

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