With its beautiful 5 star hotels, fashionable designer shopping, great restaurants and ideal location, Marbella is said to easily rival the south of France with a well publicized nightclub scene. Within the Costa del Sol region, Marbella is the largest and most popular resort town.
Though Marbella airport does not exist yet, Malaga international airport is just 64 kilometres away and there are a number of reliable transport options available from there.
Take the Bus to Marbella
There is an Avanza bus from Malaga airport which will get you directly to Marbella bus station without having to make any changes. The first bus leaves Malaga airport at 7:05am and the last bus is 23:00pm. On the alternate journey back to the airport from Marbella Bus Station, the first bus leaves at 6:00am in the morning and the last bus from there is at 22:00pm. The bus trip to Marbella takes about 45 minutes as it also uses the toll road missing out most traffic. The average charge is 5 - 7 euros
Although bus times may change, here is a current bus schedule from Malaga Airport to Marbella : 7:05am, 9:05am, 9:50am, 10:15am, 10:45am, 11:30am, 11:35am, 12:30am, 13:30pm, 14:15pm, 14:45pm, 15:15pm 16:45pm, 17:20pm, 18:00pm, 18:20pm, 19:00pm, 19:35pm, 20:35pm, 22:05pm. 23:00pm
Always check the official website as times and days may alter
If you’re on a budget, and don’t mind the waiting, catching the bus may be the best option for you.
Transfer to Marbella
A transfer from Malaga airport to Marbella takes just 45 minutes for the 40-mile journey from Malaga airport to the town centre. This may be a favourite option if you are travelling with children or are unfamiliar with the local public transport. Also, a direct transfer would certainly avoid the challenge of lumbering around heavy suitcases on and off the bus or wheeling lots of luggage to your accommodation, as its quite a walk from Marbella bus station to some hotels.
Catch the Train (then the bus)
Although there is no train station in Marbella, the local train network does go as far as Fuengirola which is just after Benalmadena. Once you get off the train, Fuengirola bus station is located right in the town centre, on Calle Jacinto Benavente. Fortunately, this is only one one road away from the train station itself. From here you can easily catch a bus along the Costa del Sol west on to Marbella.
The bus from Fuengirola town to Marbella is the Direct or DIRECTO L-60 This bus runs quite frequently and the timetable is as follows:
8:15am, 9:15am, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 13:15pm, 14:15pm, 15:15pm 16:15pm, 17:15pm, 18:15pm, 19:15pm, 20:15pm
Get there by Car
If you decide to hire a car, consider first the insurance extras that may be worth buying to cover for any unexpected situation. Of course this will add much to your initial quote that you find online but may give you peace of mind. Car hire is available from Malaga airport where there’s a number of companies to choose from. To avoid queues at the airport, it would be worth booking in advance.
Companies include: Avis - Telephone: +34 09021 09384, Centauro - Telephone +34 966 360 360, Europcar - Telephone +34 0902 503 010, Sixt - Telephone +34 0902 49 1616 and Hertz - Telephone +34 0902 402 405
A little more on Marbella
Marbella is a large town belonging to the ‘sun blessed’ province of Malaga in the region of Andalusian part in southern Spain. It’s no secret that Marbella has been home to some of the most famous stars in show business and still boasts to have some of the most expensive properties in Spain. This splendid coastal town also has a fascinating archaeological heritage. In fact the first villa in Marbella is said to date back nearly 2,000 years. Located near Puerto Banús, the Roman villa was built by a wealthy merchant around 200AD.
Marbella also has several museums and grand performance spaces that are widely known to music fans worldwide. It has a massive event calendar, from gastronomy festivals to one of the best festivals in Europe.
Tours & Excursions - Book in Advance
Recommended accommodation in Marbella
The 5 star Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa Marbella ideally located between the town centre and Puerto Banus. First class amenities include a spa and wellness centre, gymnasium, Turkish steam bath and a rooftop terrace. The hotel's on-site restaurant provides Italian-inspired meals, which can be eaten on the al fresco terrace.
The hotel's on-site restaurant provides Italian-inspired meals, which can be served on the al fresco terrace. Reviewer Rating: 8.9
The 4 star Hotel H10 Andalucia Plaza is located in Nueva Andalucia within a 5 minute walk to the renowned Puerto Banus Marina. This popular hotel offers guests a large outdoor pool area and gardens, Turkish steam bath, suana and a beauty treatment centre. The first class La Brasserie Restaurant offers fine dining fusion cuisine for both lunch and dinner. Reviewer Rating: 8.1
The Globales Pueblo Andaluz is situated within a charming typically Andalucian estate close to Puerto Banus. The resort has 211 rooms all unique in style located around quaint patios and inner garden areas. Great facilities including, swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness centre, kids club, cafeteria and restaurant. Reviewer Rating: 8.0