Are you travelling from Malaga airport to Benalmadena? If you are wondering what are the easiest and fastest travel connections to get you to your final destination, this article has all the answers you need.
Below you will find practical tips, including timetables, prices and details to save you a lot of time and money. Best of all – it’s written by a local expat who knows the destination inside out, so you are only getting the most accurate local information first-hand.
Are you ready to plan your journey?
Distance from Malaga Airport to Benalmadena
The distance between Malaga airport and Benalmadena is roughly 15 kilometres. The location of Benalmadena is marked on the map below.
Benalmadena actually consists of three separate areas – Benalmadena Costa (the area by the coast), Benalmadena Pueblo (which is further towards direction of Fuengirola, up in the hills) and Arroyo de la Miel which is North of Benalmadena Costa, where the trains stop.
Malaga Airport to Benalmadena: Transport Options
There are a number of transport options available to you, here is a quick glance at all of them, with a more detailed guide available for each option below.
- by bus: 50 minute journey with bus M-110 which goes very frequently, from 6am till 1am.
- by train: the commuter C-1 train will get you to Benalmadena
- by car: a short 20 minute journey
- by taxi: 20 minute journey that will cost around 20 euros, depending on where you’re going to
- by uber: also 20 minute journey (depending on how long you wait for driver) and the cost can be between 15 to 20 euros
1. Malaga Airport to Benalmadena by Bus
There are a few direct bus connections between Malaga airport and Benalmadena. The buses are leaving from the bus stop called Cruce Aeropuerto, which is marked on the map below. The bus stop is located by the main MA-21 highway.
The direct bus connection to Benalmadena is bus number M-110, and you can find the timetable here.
The first buses leave at 6am from Malaga Centro and the last ones from Malaga leave around 1am. There are over 20 connections per day, the buses go roughly 2 – 3 times every hour. The journey with the bus takes about 50 minutes.
Between the airport stop and Benalmadena, there are roughly 18 stops on the way. In Benalmadena, the bus stops in Puerto Marina, Hotel Triton, Antonio Machado, Selwo Marina, Bil Bil, Los Maites, Residencia Marymar and Sunset Beach Club.
2. Malaga Airport to Benalmadena by Train
The train network from Malaga airport is on the commuter C-1 line going to Fuengirola. The trains run very frequently and its a convenient, fast and affordable way to get to Benalmadena.
So how do you take the train?
When you get out of the main airport building at arrival, head straight down the road following the signs for the train stop. The train station is at the far back, behind the parking lot.
You will take the escalators down and you get right to the platform, make sure you’re taking the train in the direction of Fuengirola, not Malaga.
There are ticket machines by the entrance, select a day ticket and find Benalmadena Arroyo de la Miel in the list. The tickets should cost just a few euros per person. You can pay by card or cash.
The machine will give you a printed ticket with a QR code that you scan at the gates. Some stations do not have gates, so don’t be surprised by that (Torreblanca for example).
Train Facilities and Journey
The trains are very spacious with lots of room for luggage and rarely that crowded that you wouldn’t be able to get on. The train has also space for bikes and toilets. There is usually a security guard on the train (not checking the tickets, just ensuring order) and masks are still compulsory on all forms of public transport in Spain (accurate as of late Sept 2022).
The trains run every 20 minutes or so, and the journey takes 15 minutes.
The train stops at the following stations:
Benalmadena-Arroyo de la Miel
The first trains leave around 5.30am and the last ones before midnight, at 23.40pm.
Please be careful where you check the timetables for these train connections as they are almost always not accurate. The best way is to check the renfe website and their timetable here.
3. Malaga Airport to Benalmadena by Car
The journey from the airport to Benalmadena takes about 25 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions and also where in Benalmadena you need to get to. If you’re travelling to Benalmadena Pueblo, the journey would take a little longer.
There are two routes you can take from the airport to Benalmadena:
Route 1 – via N-340 motorway, which is a public free motorway connecting the city with the coastal towns. It’s usually quite busy, especially at rush hour.
Route 2 – via AP-7 connection – this route is slightly faster but this highway is a toll highway, so you will have to pay a bit to get through.
4. Malaga Airport to Benalmadena by Taxi
Malaga airport taxi to Benalmadena is an easy and convenient way to arrive at your destination, without the hassle of dragging your luggage to a train station or bus station. Especially if you’re travelling with more luggage, or in a bigger group, it makes sense to opt for the taxi option.
There is a taxi rank just outside the arrivals hall and there are always plenty of taxis available, so you don’t need to worry about having to wait long.
As you get out of the airport arrival hall, turn to the right and walk all the way to the end of the path. You will see taxis parked right at the end of it.
The journey will take about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic, and should cost around 20 euros. The price depends on the time of the day and the final destination for your journey.
5. Malaga Airport to Benalmadena by Uber
Uber is a popular service on Costa del Sol and covers almost all of the major cities. If you’re planning to get one from the airport, it’s certainly an option, although not as convenient as getting a taxi from the rank at the arrivals hall.
Uber cars don’t have the same privileges as a normal taxis when accessing the airport, so you will have to probably navigate through the parking lot and locate the driver there.
If you arrive late at night or are not sure if there will be enough taxis available, you can also pre-book your uber driver in advance on the app. The costs will of course vary, mainly depending on the availability of the drivers and time of travel, but you can expect to pay similar as a normal taxi, or slightly less.
Frequent Questions about Malaga Airport to Benalmadena Route
How much is a taxi from Malaga airport to Benalmadena?
Taxi from Malaga airport to Benalmadena costs around 20 euros.
How long from Malaga airport to Benalmadena?
The fastest journey is with a taxi or by train – both are around 20 minutes.
How long is the transfer from Malaga airport to Benalmadena?
If you’re using a taxi or a train, the journey takes about 20 minutes.
How to get from Malaga airport to Benalmadena?
The fastest option is a taxi, the cheapest will be a train. There are also buses available, but you will have to walk outside of the airport to the bus stop and the journey takes too long.
How far is it from Malaga airport to Benalmadena?
The distance is about 15 kilometers, so it’s fairly close.
Is there a bus from Malaga airport to Benalmadena?
Yes there is a direct bus connection, but the bus stop is not conveniently located within the airport but outside of it, by the main highway. The buses run quite frequently, but the journey takes twice as long as with the train (50 mins).
Is there a train from Malaga airport to Benalmadena?
Yes, there is a direct train you can take straight from the airport. It’s the C-1 commuter train in the direction of Fuengirola.