Malaga Airport to Estepona: Your Insider Transport Guide

Are you travelling from Malaga airport to Estepona? In that case, you’re probably looking for the easiest and most convenient transport options for this route!

In this article, you will find all the local information and detailed insights you need to make your journey fast and easy.

If you are travelling directly from the city (Malaga), please check the Malaga to Estepona transport guide instead.

Distance from Malaga Airport to Estepona

The distance between Malaga airport and Estepona is approximately 80 km (50 miles).

Malaga Airport to Estepona: Transport Options

Here is a quick glance view of the transport options from Malaga airport to Estepona, followed by a detailed breakdown for each of them below.

  • by car: a 1 hour drive via the AP-7 (road with tolls)
  • by train: no train connections available to Estepona, only up to Fuengirola. From there you can take a local bus.
  • by bus: tickets from 8.70 euros one way, for 1 hour 10 minute journey. Up to 10 direct departures per day.
  • by taxi: between 80 to 100 euros, for 1 hour journey
  • by uber: approximately 85 euros, depending on when you book and the type of car
Malaga airport to Estepona - Estepona coast
Coastline of Estepona

1. Malaga Airport to Estepona by Car

The drive from Malaga airport to Estepona is pretty easy, via the AP-7. The only issue is the fact that it’s a toll road, so you will have to pay some fees.

The road runs along the coastline, alongside the A-7 which is a toll-free road, but it doesn’t run as far as Estepona (only up to Marbella). If you want to avoid some of the fees, you can take the A-7 from Malaga airport and join the AP-7 after Marbella.

The tolls paid are usually around 10 euros for this journey, but you can calculate the correct amount using the Spanish toll road calculator.

The driving route is marked on the map below – according to the estimates, it will take under an hour to drive there, depending on the traffic conditions.

2. Malaga Airport to Estepona by Train

Unfortunately, the train network doesn’t run any further south of Fuengirola, and the only way to get to Estepona from Fuengirola is by car or bus.

If you still prefer to take the train from the airport, the local C-1 commuter train connects Malaga airport with Fuengirola. The journey will take around 30 minutes and the trains run every 20 minutes.

Once you get to Fuengirola’s main station, you can take one of the long-distance buses to Estepona (they go in direction of Algeciras).

The bus journey to Estepona usually takes around an hour, with two stops on the way.

More on the transport options between Fuengirola and Estepona is in this guide.

Malaga airport to Estepona - Estepona old town
The blooming Estepona Old Town

3. Malaga Airport to Estepona by Bus

There is a direct bus connection between Malaga airport and Estepona, with up to 10 departures per day.

Bus Tickets Malaga Airport to Estepona

If you’re checking the times and prices, it’s best to put in your destination and dates on the Avanza website, to get the most accurate information.

I found the other local timetables to be very unreliable.

Head over to the Avanza website and enter your destination and dates, and a few bus options will pop up. You can buy the tickets in a few clicks and just show the QR code from your phone to the bus driver.

Please remember you have to take your ID with you, they will ask to see it along with your ticket.

The tickets start from 8.70 euros per person, one way. The prices vary depending on which connection you take and the season.

There are approximately 10 different bus connections available every day (the weekend schedule may vary).

The first bus leaves the airport at 8.55 am and the last one departs at 21.35pm.

The journey takes on average 1 hour and 10 minutes, with one stop in between in Marbella.

Alternative Bus Route from Malaga Main Station

In case the bus times available directly from the airport don’t work for you, you can also get to Malaga main bus station and take the bus from there. Normally you would have more connection options because not all the buses towards Estepona stop at Malaga airport.

To check the connections and times, just head over to the Avanza website and select Malaga Estacion de Autobuses as your departure point.

At the moment, there are between 14 to 16 connections per day, so much better option than the limited bus departures directly from the airport. The price of the ticket is between 9.63 euros and 10 euros per person, depending on the bus you take.

The total travel time varies between 1 hour and 30 minutes, and 2 hours depending on the connection you take.

The first bus from the main bus station leaves at 6.45 am and the last one at 21.15 pm, so it gives you a bit more flexibility.

Malaga airport to Estepona - Estepona old town
Street art in Estepona old town

How to get to Malaga bus station from the airport?

The easiest and fastest way to travel to the bus station is by taking the local commute train C-1 towards Malaga Centro. The train stop is just outside of the arrivals terminal, a 5-minute walk.

By the escalator stairs, you will see a ticket booth where you get a one-way ticket to Malaga Maria Zambrano. It’s a short 10-minute journey and will cost just a few euros.

Once you get off at Malaga Maria Zambrano, you simply walk across the road and you have arrived at the main bus station, they’re right next to each other.

Estepona Bus Station

Estepona has a very small bus station at the beginning of the town, it’s quite far off from the centre alongside a long stretch of the highway. I would imagine it’s probably 15 – 20 minute walk if you want to go there on foot.

Just behind the bus station is a taxi rank, almost hidden behind the bushes, where you can get a local taxi to your hotel or the old town.

The taxi to the old town would cost under 10 euros, depending on where you go.

There is very limited Uber service in Estepona, so I was able to get an uber to the bus station when there were no taxis available once we arrived.

The terminal building is small, but there are toilets, ticket machines and a small vending machine. A short walk away from the bus station towards the city centre is a big supermarket where you can get some sandwiches for your trip and other necessities.

Malaga Bus Station

If you decided to take one of the buses from Malaga bus station, just be prepared that it’s a very basic and dated station with almost no facilities.

Luckily it’s located right next to Malaga Maria Zambrano train station, which is like a mini shopping mall with lots of amenities and everything you might need ahead of your travel.

Malaga airport to Estepona - Estepona holiday residences
Pretty holiday residences outside Estepona

4. Malaga Airport to Estepona by Taxi

According to some online estimates, the taxi journey from Malaga airport to Estepona takes around an hour, and will cost you anywhere between 80 euros and 100 euros.

It’s much better to book your taxi in advance, especially if you’re arriving in the late evening or very early morning, to secure better prices and get someone to wait for you by the arrivals.

For long-distance journeys, I also recommend checking gettransfer.com which allows you to get taxi prices from a number of companies and you can select the cheapest one, it’s like a marketplace for taxi services.

I have used them on one occasion and the whole service was pretty smooth.

5. Malaga Airport to Estepona by Uber

According to my uber app, the same journey would cost around 85 euros, but prices will fluctuate quite a bit depending on when you book, how many people are travelling and the demand for uber services.

While it may be tricky to get an uber to pick you up at Malaga airport, it’s not impossible and some drivers will make the effort, especially for a long journey like this one. Most uber drivers circulate around Malaga so you might have to wait a while for someone to pick you up.

To make things easier, you can walk outside of the airport building somewhere by the main road, where they can pick you up without paying parking fees at the airport.

Malaga airport to Estepona - Estepona old town
Archaeological Museum in Estepona Old Town

Malaga Airport to Estepona: Frequent Questions

Is there a bus from Malaga airport to Estepona?

Yes, there is a direct bus from Malaga airport to Estepona. The tickets start at 8.70 euros one way and the journey takes 1 hour and 10 minutes.

How far from Malaga airport to Estepona?

The distance between Malaga airport and Estepona is approximately 80 km (50 miles).

How much is a taxi from Malaga airport to Estepona?

The estimated price for a taxi from Malaga airport to Estepona is between 80 to 100 euros.

How to get from Malaga airport to Estepona?

There are a few options: car, bus or taxi. There are no train connections between Malaga airport and Estepona. Check this article for detailed local information on each of these options.

How to get from Estepona to Malaga airport?

There are a few options: car, bus or taxi. There are no train connections between Estepona and Malaga airport. Check this article for detailed local information on each of these options.

How long from Malaga airport to Estepona?

The drive from Malaga airport to Estepona will take around an hour, depending on the traffic conditions.

How much is a taxi from Estepona to Malaga airport?

It depends on the taxi company and the time of travel, but generally, it should be between 80 to 100 euros.

Does Estepona have a train station?

No, Estepona does not have a train station. The trains towards the south run only as far as Fuengirola. From there it’s possible to take a local bus to Estepona, with a journey duration of around an hour.

How much is the bus from Malaga airport to Estepona?

The tickets start at 8.70 euros one way, per person.

Can you get an Uber at Malaga airport?

While it may be tricky to get an uber to pick you up at Malaga airport, it’s not impossible and some drivers will make the effort, especially for a long journey for more money. Most uber drivers circulate around Malaga so you might have to wait a while for someone to pick you up.

To make things easier, you can walk outside of the airport building somewhere by the main road, where they can pick you up without paying parking fees at the airport.

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