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Malaga Airport to Fuengirola: Your Travel Options
There are a few travel options from Malaga airport to Fuengirola.
- by train: easy, convenient and cheap, but the trains do not run late at night or very early in the mornings.
- by bus: a bus is also a convenient option but it doesn’t go as often as the trains and there is no direct bus connection.
- by car: you can pick up a rented car straight from the airport and drive it to your accommodation in Fuengirola in around 20 minutes.
- by taxi: there is a taxi rank just outside the arrivals and the journey will cost around 30 euros.
- by uber: uber is usually cheaper than a standard taxi, however, getting one at the airport might be a little tricky.
Below are more details on each travel option.
1. 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 very frequently.
The trains run approximately every 20 minutes and the journey between the airport and Fuengirola takes around 30 minutes.
Where to buy train tickets?
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.
How do the tickets work?
The tickets have a QR code that you simply 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.
When are the first and last trains from the airport?
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.
Is there enough space for luggage or prams on the train?
The trains are fairly spacious and have plenty of room for luggage, although there is no dedicated luggage storage. There are also toilets also 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.
What facilities are there on the train?
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.
Do I need to wear a mask on the train?
Yes, masks are currently (Sept 2022) obligatory on all public transport in Spain. Even if you’re landing by plane, you have to put the mask on as soon as the plane enters Spanish territory.
What stations does the train stop in?
The C-1 line calls for the following stops:
Benalmadena-Arroyo de la Miel
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)
2. 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.
3. Malaga Airport to Fuengirola: By Car
If you would like to drive with a car, you can ask the rental company to wait for you at the arrivals to do the handover.
Alternatively, there are car rental companies available at the airport, but you are more likely to get a better deal if you book one in advance and do a bit of research online.
The distance from the airport to Fuengirola is about 24 kilometres, and in normal traffic, you can expect the journey to take approximately 20 to 30 minutes, via the main AP-7 highway.
4. Malaga Airport to Fuengirola: By Taxi
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 pretty much 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 arrivals.
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.
5. Malaga Airport to Fuengirola: By Uber
Uber service is available all around Malaga, including Fuengirola. If you would like 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.