Estepona to Gibraltar Day Trip: Expert Travel Tips [2024]

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Estepona to Gibraltar Day Trip: Expert Travel Tips [2024]

Are you searching for the best options for Estepona to Gibraltar Day trip? In that case, you’re at the right place!

I took the day trip to Gibraltar from Estepona when I was staying there last time (my 2nd time!), so in this article, you will find all the insights and practical tips for booking this trip, including the options available to you.

If you prefer to check the trip details and book right away, you will find the link to the tour operator below.

BOOK ONLINE: Day Trip To Gibraltar from Estepona

Your Options for Estepona to Gibraltar Day Trip

There are a number of options on how to organize your day trip from Estepona to Gibraltar.

If you prefer convenience and value for money, I highly recommend the tour operator trip you can book online, but on the other hand, if you want to have more flexibility with your arrival and departure times, the car is certainly also an option to consider.

Below you will find a detailed breakdown of the different ways you can see Gibraltar on a day trip from Estepona.

Option 1: Tour Operator Estepona to Gibraltar Day Trips

I think this is the easiest and most cost-effective way to get to Gibraltar from Estepona, without the hassle of driving a car and navigating the local traffic. Great value trip that will leave you plenty of time to explore Gibraltar and do a bit of shopping, before returning to Estepona.

This trip has a basic fare which is just for a trip to Gibraltar and back, with free time to explore. You will also have the option to upgrade your trip if you want to see also the Nature Reserve, where you can see some of the highlights like St Michael’s Cave, Skywalk, Pillars of Hercules, and of course, the famous Gibraltar monkeys running freely here. Click the link below to select the option with ‘Rock Tour Included from Estepona’ after selecting your dates, if you want to also want to see the Nature Reserve.

BOOK ONLINE: Day Trip To Gibraltar from Estepona

Gibraltar monkeys
Gibraltar monkeys
Skywalk in Gibraltar
Views from Skywalk in Gibraltar

Option 2: Estepona to Gibraltar Day Trip With a Rental Car

Driving to Gibraltar from Estepona seems like a convenient option due to the short distance (50km or 31 miles), which would only take you about 50 minutes.

Even though it’s a short drive, there are a few things you should know once you get to the border crossing.

It is highly recommended to park the car at La Linea de la Conception parking lot close to the borders, as crossing the borders in a car can take hours (the lines are notoriously long, especially in the main season). I have seen the lines when we were there off-season, and it looked like at least 30-minute wait in the morning.

Once you park your car at La Linea, you can cross on foot via the pedestrian checkpoints, and then walk to Gibraltar (around 20 minutes) or take a local Gibraltar taxi from there. Local taxis or buses do not cross the borders. Pedestrian crossing and border control are much faster and there is virtually no waiting time involved, compared to the line for cars.

A lot of rental cars companies also specify in their terms & conditions that crossing the borders with the car is not allowed, possibly due to insurance reasons.

Option 3: Estepona to Gibraltar Day Trip Using Public Transport

Estepona is very close to Gibraltar and there is a regular bus connection available between these two destinations, however, the buses only go to the next-door town of La Linea de la Conception, as they cannot cross the borders to Gibraltar.

The best option to get to Gibraltar is to book the bus to La Linea, and then walk from the station to the border crossing (it’s about 10 minutes walk). There are between 8 to 10 connections per day, with an average journey time of around 45 minutes.

While it’s certainly fast option, you will have to plan your day around the bus departures and arrivals, and also get your tickets online in advance to ensure you get a seat on the bus.

gibraltar old town
Old town of Gibraltar
Gibraltar old town
Gibraltar old town

Option 4: Estepona to Gibraltar Day Trip With a Taxi

This is the option that I had to take when I was staying in Estepona as we planned a very last-minute trip to Gibraltar and we were travelling with two kids.

Instead of a regular taxi, which tends to cost more, I booked an Uber from my app, and a one-way trip with a big van (5 people travelling all together) cost 90 euros one way. If you take a regular uber for up to 3-4 passengers, you would pay approximately 50 euros one way.

Uber is a good option if you don’t want to consider the above, or you happened to miss a chance to book a tour operator day trip.

Book Online: Estepona to Gibraltar Day Trip

As I mentioned earlier, I highly recommend booking your trip online with a tour operator, which has a number of advantages:

  • Cancel up to 24 hours ahead of the trip for a full refund
  • Reserve your spot now and pay later
  • Check trip reviews from other travellers before booking
  • Runs 3x a week
  • 9.5 hours total trip duration which is perfect for a day trip
  • Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned bus with wifi and USB sockets
  • Information about Gibraltar from English speaking guide on board
  • Option to book a nature reserve tour (not included in the basic trip rate)
  • Free time to explore Gibraltar on your own

BOOK ONLINE: Day Trip To Gibraltar from Estepona

How to Book Estepona to Gibraltar Day Trip: Step by Step

  • Head over to the day trip info page here, and select your dates from the calendar.
  • Add the number of tickets you want for this day trip
  • Once you have the date selected, you will be shown a number of options with different departure locations, make sure you select the one which says Estepona
  • PLEASE NOTE: the list of the pickup locations is long, and if you scroll down further you will see Including Rock Tour from Estepona as a trip option – select this if you would like to see the Nature reserve while on this day trip (for a different price of course)
  • Once you found the correct trip from the selection, you will see the meeting point marked on a link and also added starting time for the day trip (usually around 7am)
  • Click book now which will navigate you to a payment page
  • Once you complete the transaction, you will get a confirmation email which lists all the details you need to know for your trip

BOOK ONLINE: Day Trip To Gibraltar from Estepona

view from Pillars of Hercules
view from Pillars of Hercules
Gibraltar skywalk inside the nature reserve
Gibraltar skywalk inside the nature reserve

Essential Info For Estepona to Gibraltar Day Trip

  • It is your responsibility to check the entry requirements to the country, especially if you’re from a non-EU country.
  • Gibraltar was annexed to the UK by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, following the end of the war. It is considered a British territory abroad, most often referred to locally as ‘the Rock’ (no, not the actor).
  • As a British territory, the same rules will apply as if you’re visiting the UK. These rules have changed a little since the UK left the EU.
  • Before you plan your trip, please make sure that you check the legal requirements for entry to this UK territory on the official Gibraltar government website, where you will get advice for every nationality
  • As of spring 2023, you can enter Gibraltar with a valid EU passport without any additional paperwork, or even a valid national ID card (EU citizens only).
  • If you’re not from the EU, VISA requirements may apply – check the link above for more details
  • There are some restrictions on how much good you can bring to Spain from Gibraltar and another way around, you can check the HM Customs page which has more details. The customs check is both on entry to Gibraltar and also exit.
  • Following the passport checks, you will have to cross the airport runway to get to Gibraltar town, sometimes this can take a while if you have to wait due to scheduled plane departure or arrival
  • To make sure you don’t have to wait for the runway crossing too long, you can check in advance at what time the planes are landing or taking off, to avoid extra waiting time – check at the official airport site here. At the moment, the planned departures and arrivals are at 10.40 am, 16.50 pm (arrivals) and 11.15 am and 17.40 pm for departures.
  • Traffic in Gibraltar drives on the right, not left like in the UK
  • Allow plenty of time for the border crossing, especially if you’re travelling by car

BOOK ONLINE: Day Trip To Gibraltar from Estepona

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Hi, I'm Lucia

The founder and writer of Viva La Vita, a blog about traveling in Spain.

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