Are you planning a day trip from Fuengirola to Mijas?
If you wonder what’s the best way to travel to Mijas, whether you can take a local bus or it might be cheaper to get a taxi, this article will answer all of your questions.
As I live in Fuengirola and have visited Mijas many times over the years, I can also share lots of practical travel tips from my personal experience that will help you plan the perfect day trip.
Below are all your travel options, followed by my tips on what to explore in Mijas.
One Day Trip from Fuengirola to Mijas: Your Options
Here is an overview of travel options, followed by a detailed breakdown of the instructions further down.
- Day trip by bus: easy and affordable, tickets 1.55 euros one way from main bus station
- Day trip by car: a short 20 minute drive
- Day trip by train: no train connections available for this route
- Day trip with tour company: easy option with 2 pick up locations
- Day trip by taxi: from 14 euros one way
1. Day Trip from Fuengirola to Mijas by Bus
I have taken the bus to Mijas many times and it’s by far the cheapest way to commute to the pretty white village. Here are detailed instructions and tips on how to take the bus option.
- Bus Tickets: 1.55 euros one-way
- Buying Bus Tickets: directly from bus driver
- Bus Connection: the M-122 line
- Bus Departures: every 15 – 30 minutes
- Bus Timetable: check online here
- Departure Station: Fuengirola main bus station
- Arrival Station: Mijas Pueblo bus stop (see notes)
- Bus Stops: check on the route map here
- Travel Time: approx 20 minutes
The M-122 green bus leaves from the main bus station in Fuengirola.
The place is pretty chaotic, and you only need to remember that it’s the green bus with number M-122 that leaves from the side of the road (Terminal Fuengirola Sur), not the main road where all the other buses stop.
I have marked the exact location of the stop on the map below.
Please note that they are planning to build a new bus station for Fuengirola so the stop will change, but as of 2023 nothing is happening in this respect.
Once you locate the bus, you can load your luggage into the storage (or baby prams) and get a ticket from the driver. Just say the name of the village (in Spanish you pronounce it Michas Pueblo) and how many people (personas) traveling. The bus drivers speak some basic English so you shouldn’t struggle, plus there are many English-speaking people on the bus if you need help.
If you’re traveling with kids, you should know that there are two types of buses on this route. One has space for luggage and prams in the middle of the bus, and the other one is a typical ‘coach’ style of bus that doesn’t have any space in the middle and you need to load the pram into the storage area under the bus.
The bus has only one stop in Mijas Pueblo on the main square, marked on the map below. That’s where you also take the same bus back to Fuengirola. There are only 2 – 3 buses that stop here, so finding the right one won’t be an issue.
The road to Mijas Pueblo is pretty steep with sharp turns, and the bus drivers often race down and break like lunatics, so make sure you’re seated properly and if you have kids with you, keep an eye on them.
There are a few stops between the two cities on the main road.
The buses are pretty popular in the summer months when many people from Fuengirola day this day trip option as an easy escape from the city. The buses run pretty frequently and if you can’t get on the first one, you should be able to board the next one.
2. Day Trip from Fuengirola to Mijas by Car
If you already rented a car in Fuengirola, driving to Mijas Pueblo is pretty easy.
- Journey Duration: 18 minutes
- Tolls to Pay: no toll road
- Distance: 9 km
I have marked the suggested route on the map below.
Parking in Mijas Pueblo
I haven’t driven to Mijas Pueblo by car, so I don’t know how much the parking would be, but the public parking spaces are marked below.
The village has pretty narrow roads, so I would recommend parking on the main square or somewhere central, and then exploring on foot.
3. Day Trip from Fuengirola to Mijas by Train
Even though Fuengirola has its own train station (with 4 different stops), there are no trains running between Fuengirola and Mijas Pueblo.
4. Day Trip from Fuengirola to Mijas with Tour Company
If you’re staying in Fuengirola and don’t like the hassle of navigating the local traffic or using public transport, getting a trip with a local tour company is a super convenient option to see Mijas Pueblo.
The tour company I recommend offers pick ups from the bus station and also Los Boliches, and as part of this day trip you will also visit the flashy coastal resort of Marbella with the famous millionaire playground of Puerto Banus.
Click the link below to reserve your spot – this day trip is available once a week in the main season.
The day trip comes with free cancellation policy up to 24 hours before the trip, English speaking guide and convenient pick up and drop off in Fuengirola. You will also have free time in Mijas Pueblo, Marbella and Puerto Banus to explore on your own.
5. Day Trip from Fuengirola to Mijas by Taxi
Taxi is another transport option I used many times, mainly when I got fed up with crowds or there was too big gap in the bus schedule.
The one-way taxi ride from the bus station in Mijas to Los Boliches in Fuengirola costs around 14 euros, depending on the number of people traveling and the exact address.
There are usually 4 – 5 taxis parked directly next to the bus stop, so you won’t have any trouble locating them.
The other option you have is to call an Uber – they operate in Fuengirola and will reach you also in Mijas, but you will have to wait longer for the car to arrive there.
What to See & Do in Mijas Pueblo, Spain
If you are visiting Mijas Pueblo on a day trip, you will have a few hours to explore this pretty hilltop village. That’s plenty to see everything it has to offer and you certainly won’t miss out.
Start your day in Mijas Pueblo by exploring the main square next to the bus station, and take photos of the horses and donkeys parked nearby. While there, walk to the Ermita de la Virgen de la Pena, a small chapel on the side with a small park offering stunning views of the coastline (Mirador del Compas).
From there, head up the hill towards the village and make a first stop in Plaza de la Constitution, where you will find my favourite local restaurant – Blue Bike Cafe. If you’re thirsty or fancy a quick snack, stop there for a quick refreshment.
Plaza de Toros in Mijas is a must see – it’s the smallest one in Spain (so they say!). The tour won’t take long but it’s worth it!
From there, you will get to my favourite part of the village – the park with botanical gardens called La Muralla. Enjoy the spectacular views, stroll in the shade of the trees, and sit down by the tricking stream to enjoy the serenity of this place.
From the park, you will head back via Calle Cantera, and pass next to the pretty little cafe called La Boveda del Flamenco – a great option for a quick drink or snack.
After that, let yourself get lost in the narrow streets of the old town, visit the local pottery shops or artisan shops, and enjoy the rest of your day trip finding beautiful corners of Mijas Pueblo.
Other Day Trips from Fuengirola
If you fancy venturing out a bit more from your base in Fuengirola, some of the most popular day trip options include those to Granada, to Seville, or even to the beautiful village of Ronda. Keep in mind that travel time will vary, so if you want to have more time to explore chose the destinations that are closer.
I hope you found everything you needed to plan the perfect day trip from Fuengirola to Mijas Pueblo!
If you have any questions about planning this day trip, I will be happy to answer them below.
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