Would you like to see the famous Caminito del Rey but you’re not sure how to plan the day trip from Fuengirola?
If you don’t like the idea of renting a car and driving there on your own, the good news is – you don’t have to!
In this article, you will find three options for planning a day trip to Caminito del Rey from Fuengirola, with very detailed information available for each option.
Best of all?
As I have recently visited Caminito del Rey myself, and as a Fuengirola resident, I am able to share lots of practical tips and local insights that will make your trip much more enjoyable!
If you prefer to book this day trip from my recommended local travel company, I have added a link below – simply click the link to select your dates, see availability and check prices!
Your Options for Caminito Del Rey Day Trip From Fuengirola
There are three ways you can do this trip:
- by booking a local travel company to take you there with a guide (easiest and often the most cost-effective)
- by driving there with a rental car and getting the tickets yourself
- by public transport, which I do not recommend as it takes a long time
CAMINITO DEL REY DAY TRIP FROM FUENGIROLA
No 1: Day Trip with Guided Tour & Transport
Probably the easiest, fastest and most cost-effective option to see Caminito del Rey is often by booking a tour from a local travel company. It has a number of advantages, including:
- no need to navigate the local traffic in a rented car
- no hassle finding the correct entrance and parking at Caminito del Rey
- tour guide with the English language included
- no need to worry about timing your arrival correctly
- travel in an air-conditioned comfortable bus
- free cancellation and reserve now pay later policy
- pick up from a central location in Fuengirola
If you click the link above you will be able to see the available dates and prices for this tour – in the summer months they tend to sell out pretty fast, so it’s recommended to reserve your post as soon as you know the schedule for your trip to Fuengirola.
The last entrance to Caminito del Rey is at 4pm, and there are dedicated time slots available which you will be able to choose from the travel company website.
For more details on online booking, and other practical travel tips to know before visiting Caminito del Rey, scroll lower down in the article.
CAMINITO DEL REY DAY TRIP FROM FUENGIROLA
No 2: Day Trip with Rental Car
If you have already rented a car for your stay in Fuengirola, it makes complete sense to drive to Caminito del Rey with the car.
The outline of the journey is below, and here is a quick glance overview of what you need to know:
- The distance travelled is approximately 80 km
- The duration of the journey will be just over one hour, depending on the traffic
- You should park at the reception center parking lot, from where you will get a shuttle bus to the entrance to Caminito del Rey (north access)
- It is recommended that you reach the parking lot at least ONE HOUR before your scheduled entrance to the path
- The shuttle bus costs 2.50 euros return, and they run every 20 minutes (the last bus back to the parking lot is 7pm)
- The bus will drop you off on the main road, where you will see a small tunnel with the sign for Caminito (in pic below)
- From the sign, you walk through the tunnel and continue until you reach the entrance point, about 1.5 km which should take roughly 20 minutes
- Most important – buy your tickets in advance, you can’t get them on the spot!
CAMINITO DEL REY DAY TRIP FROM FUENGIROLA
No 3: Caminito del Rey with Public Transport
Using public transport from Fuengirola for this trip is not exactly convenient, but also not impossible.
The only thing that will delay your trip is the fact that you have to take the train from Fuengirola to Malaga, which is an extra 40 minutes to get to Malaga.
From Malaga, there is a new train connection that opened in spring 2023, which will take you to El Chorro from where you will be able to get a shuttle bus to the entrance route.
This route will need quite a bit of advance planning to get your train departures to aling correctly, and to make sure you get to the entrance of Caminito del Rey on time.
Check the train times at Renfe website before purchasing your entrance tickets, to make sure you have enough time to make it to the entrance (taking into account the shuttle bus journey – the buses run every 20 mins from El Chorro).
First, you need to take the local C1 train towards Malaga and get off at Malaga Maria Zambrano station – the trains run every 20 minutes and the journey takes 40 minutes.
From Malaga, take a train to El Chorro – there are 8 departures per day from Malaga, with ticket prices of 3.50 euros one way.
The journey duration is about 40 minutes.
From El Chorro, you need to catch the local shuttle bus to Caminito del Rey, which runs every 20 minutes and its a very short journey. From the drop-off point, it’s about 1.5 km walk to the entrance where you need to be at least 15 minutes before your indicated entrance time on the tickets (to listen to safety instructions and pick up your helmet)
Book Online: Caminito Del Rey Day Trip From Fuengirola
- use the link above to select your trip dates from the calendar
- this trip includes transport and a guided tour (helmets are provided too)
- if you see that your dates are sold out, in most cases you can still get entrance tickets here, and then rent a car or use the public transport option
- it is highly recommended to book this trip as soon as you know the dates for your stay in Fuengirola, as its very popular and sells our pretty fast
- if you don’t see available dates for this trip either as a day trip or just buying entrance tickets, you can still check at your hotel as they might recommend other local company that will have tickets available
- to book your tickets you will need to provide your ID details, and also take it with you for the trip as they might ask to see it by the entrance
Top Tips for Caminito Del Rey Day Trip From Fuengirola
Here are some practical tips you should keep in mind before visiting:
- in the information provided, they say that backpacks are not allowed, by they mean large camping style backpacks. You will be fine with a standard-size backpack.
- bring water with you, you will need it!
- choose your shoes wisely – wear something comfortable (on my trip there were two ladies in flowy mini dresses and shoes that were definitely not intended for hiking)
- no hiking sticks or umbrellas are allowed
- no selfie sticks or tripods
- you will need to wear the helmet at all times, even for pictures
- there are some areas where there is a high risk of rocks falling, so you should not stop there for extended periods of time (your guide will indicate this)
- do not remove any rocks, flowers or other natural elements
- no smoking
- stick to the trail as indicated
- you will need to cross a suspension bridge, so for those who are afraid of heights you can ask help from a member of staff that’s standing at the entrance to the bridge
- this trip is not recommended for people with reduced mobility and kids under the age of 8
- at the end of the trail, you will hand over the helmets
- at the exit of the trail there are some stalls with refreshments (drinks and food), toilets and some small stalls with souvenirs
FAQ: Caminito Del Rey Day Trip From Fuengirola
Is the path dangerous?
No, it’s not! There have been zero incidents since it’s been reopened following a full reconstruction.
Do I need guided tour in Caminito del Rey?
If you’re buying tickets for Caminito del Rey, you will see that you have the option to have either a simple ticket to explore on your own, or a ticket with a guide. There is no obligation to have a guide walk you through the trail as the direction is fairly easy to follow.
I had tickets with a guide only because the basic ones were sold out. While the guide was useful to find some interesting info about the trail, it wasn’t something that was crucial to enjoy the experience, so I would happily skip it next time.
How long does the Caminito del Rey path take?
On average it would take you about 1.5 hours to walk, depending on if you’re with a guided group or on your own.
Is Caminito del Rey worth it?
For me personally, definitely! It is such a unique experience and the views are definitely worth it. It’s not at all a very hard or demanding trail either, anyone with ok mobility can walk it. It is not suitable for kids under the age of 8.
Do you need hiking booths for Caminito del Rey?
No you don’t, basic trainers will be fine.
Is Caminito del Rey open in bad weather?
No, in bad weather, rainy conditions and through the winter, the trail is closed for visits.
Can I take a backpack to Caminito del Rey?
Yes you can! Only large camping style backpacks are not allowed.
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