Malaga Airport to Fuengirola: Practical Travel Tips [2024]

Malaga Airport to Fuengirola: Practical Travel Tips [2024]

How do you get from Malaga airport to Fuengirola quickly and conveniently?

This article has answers to all the transport questions you might have!

As I am a long-term resident in Fuengirola and travel to Malaga Airport often, I have plenty of experience with the various transport options.

In this article, you will find seven different transport options, but if you prefer to book the most convenient one, I have added a link in the box below.


Fuengirola in August

If you need a hassle-free to get to Marbella quickly from the airport, I recommend booking a private Airport Transfer service, to get the best price and easiest transport option.


Malaga Airport to Fuengirola: Transport Options

There are seven different transport options from Malaga airport to Fuengirola. I have added the overview for each option in the table, followed by a detailed breakdown for each of them.

TransportDurationOne Way Cost
Private Airport Transfer30 mins€30
Car Rental30 mins€8 / day
Private Transport30 mins€50
Train30 mins€2.70
Busnot availablen/a
Taxi35 mins€35
Uber35 mins€30

1. Airport Transport to Fuengirola

If you’re looking for the most convenient and private option for a transfer from the airport, booking a dedicated airport transfer is the right call.

I recommend using, they will give you prices from many different transport companies, so you will always get the best value for your money.


The price for your airport transfer depends on seasonality (higher prices in the summer), the number of people travelling, pick-up time and the date. A trip to Fuengirola in the spring months would cost for example, around 30 euros.

Other advantages of booking a dedicated airport transfer:

  • Professional drivers with good English
  • 30 mins waiting time included in the price
  • FREE cancellation up to 48 hours
  • Meet and greet service
  • Range of different vehicle types and sizes available

Usually, if you book in advance, you also get a price compared to last-minute bookings.

fuengirola, spain
fuengirola spain hotels

2. Malaga Airport Car Rental

If you’re staying in Fuengirola, I highly recommend renting a car. Having a car will allow you to explore much more than just the city; there is so much to see in Southern Spain!

If you still haven’t selected your car rental company, I recommend checking the best deals at Discover Cars. This price comparison website gives you the best prices from many small local but also international car rental companies, so you get the best value for your money, and the convenience of your rental car waiting for you at the airport.

You can enter your travel dates in the form below to get a quick estimate for your car rental – don’t forget to change the residence country and age group at the bottom of the form, if applicable.

To give you an idea about the cost you can expect, a five day car rental with pick up and drop off in Malaga Airport would cost under 40 euros, which is a total bargain (this price estimate is for spring, summer months it could be easily double that).

Driving to Fuengirola from Malaga Airport

The distance from the airport to Fuengirola is about 24 kilometres, and in normal traffic, you can expect the journey to take approximately 30 minutes, via the main AP-7 highway.

The route is highlighted on the map below.


Parking in Fuengirola

There are a number of public parking options available in Fuengirola, which are marked on the map below. Opening up the map will show you the parking opening hours for each option on the listing.

There are also free parking places around the Paseo Maritimo, but these get booked up pretty much right away, so if you want to drive to the beach, I would suggest getting there as early as possible in the morning.

Although not officially indicated as a public parking location, public parking is available on Recinto Fuengirola, where the local markets are held on Saturdays and Tuesdays. The location is marked on the map below.

This is possibly the biggest outdoor parking option in Fuengirola.

Fuengirola in August
June in Fuengirola

3. Private Transport from Malaga Airport

If you want a convenient transport option from the airport, that doesn’t involve driving and navigating the local traffic, I recommend also checking

I have used this company on a couple of longer-distance trips, and they always work out cheaper than any local taxi companies I contacted. They might not be as cheap as local taxis for short journeys, but it’s worth asking for a quote.

The website works as a price comparison platform, so they will source quotes from local transport companies so you can find the best deal for this trip in just a few seconds.

Enter your travel details on their website via link below to get quick price estimates.


4. Malaga Airport to Fuengirola by Train

The train connection between Malaga Airport and Fuengirola is a local suburban C-1 connection from the city, which runs frequently.

The trains run approximately every 20 minutes and the journey between the airport and Fuengirola takes around 30 minutes. The price of a one way ticket is 2.70 euros.

Train Tickets from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola

There are ticket machines at the station at Malaga airport.

To find the train station, just walk straight out of the arrivals hall and you will see signs for it navigating you towards the back of the parking lot.

The ticket machines are available in the English language, just press the little flag icon in the bottom left corner. Choose a day ticket and select a destination in Fuengirola – the train stops in Carvajal, Torreblanca, Los Boliches and Fuengirola main station.

You can pay by card or cash. The tickets are then printed with a QR code.

The tickets have a QR code that you place on the reader next to the gate and it opens it up for you. At some stations, there are no gates so the ticket is not required to exit, but it’s better to have it with you for the journey for possible inspections.

train station in Los Boliches, Fuengirola
train station in Los Boliches, Fuengirola

Train Times and Stops

The first trains start around 5.30am and the last trains from the airport leave just before midnight, around 23.40pm. Here is a complete timetable that lists all the trains.

The C-1 line calls for the following stops:

Los Boliches
Benalmadena-Arroyo de la Miel
El Pinillo
La Colina
Los Alamos
Plaza Mayor
Malaga Airport
Victoria Kent (Change for Línea C-2)
Málaga María Zambrano (Change for AVE, Regional and Línea C-2)
Málaga Centro-Alameda (Change for Línea C-2)

Train Facilities

The trains are pretty spacious and have plenty of room for luggage, although there is no dedicated luggage storage. There are also toilets suitable for the disabled and you can easily travel even with a bike. The more spacious coaches are towards the beginning of the train usually.

The trains are equipped with toilets and plenty of seats. Some of the platforms are not easily accessible and have a higher step, so you might need help if you are lifting heavier luggage or getting into the train with a pram.


5. Malaga Airport to Fuengirola By Bus

As far as I know, there is no direct bus connection between Malaga airport and Fuengirola.

There is a regular bus connection between Malaga and Fuengirola, but the bus does not stop at the airport.

To use the bus, you would have to take the train to Malaga Maria Zambrano, and cross the road to get to the main bus station. It’s just too much extra time and hassle – you’re better off getting on the train and heading straight to Fuengirola.


6. Taxi from Malaga Airport

The taxi rank is right outside the arrivals. As you walk out, turn towards the right, and you will see taxis parked at the back.

The journey time and cost depend on your final destination in Fuengirola, and what time you’re taking the taxi. Taxi journeys late at night tend to be more expensive.

I have also previously used pre-booked taxi companies for the airport – the driver will wait for you by the arrival hall.

On both occasions, the price was higher than taking a taxi from the airport, or an Uber to the airport. But again, that depends on your destination – if you’re going as far as Mijas part of Fuengirola, the price difference might not be that big and you prefer the convenience of having someone waiting for you as you arrive.

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7. Uber from Malaga Airport

Uber service is available all around Malaga, including Fuengirola. If you want to get an uber from the airport, you might have to wait a while for a car to be available or to travel there to pick you up.

I have experience taking an uber to the airport from Fuengirola, not from the airport back to the city. Taking the uber from the city (Los Boliches) costs between 25 euros up to 35 euros, depending on the time of the day and availability of the drivers.

If you want to consider this option, in my opinion, it almost always works out cheaper than a standard city taxi. But you should only take it from the city back to the airport – it’s not easy for the drivers to access the airport arrivals as they do not have the same license as the taxi that can wait there.

Fuengirola: Recommended Day Trips & Experiences

  • Caminito del Rey Day Trip with Guide – explore the world-famous pathway of the king, and admire the stunning views from the gorge El Chorro. Includes pick up in Fuengirola, entrance to Caminito del Rey and helmets.
  • Day Trip to Gibraltar with pick up from Fuengirola with a minibus, with free time in Gibraltar for shopping and an optional tour of the nature reserve.
  • Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Tour – a more structured day trip with a full tour of the nature reserve, showing you all the highlights, with free time for shopping. Pick up from Fuengirola.
  • Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas Day Trip – see the famous Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda, with one of the oldest bullrings in the country, and admire the homes and restaurants built into caves in Setenil. Pick-up in Fuengirola – includes a walking tour of Ronda and a complimentary glass of wine in Ronda.
  • Day Trip to Granada with Alhambra Tour – see one of the architectural wonders of Spain, the Moorish Palace complex of Alhambra, with free time to explore Granada. Includes pick-up from Fuengirola, tickets to Alhambra and a guide.

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