Malaga Airport to Torremolinos: Your Detailed Transport Guide

If you’re arriving at Malaga airport for your holiday in Torremolinos, you’re probably wondering what’s the easiest and fastest way to get to the city.

This article has all the practical tips that will help you navigate your way from the airport, and save you a lot of time and money!

Malaga Airport to Torremolinos: Distance

The distance between Malaga airport and Torremolinos is about 8 kilometres. The location of Torremolinos is marked on the map below.

Malaga Airport to Torremolinos: Transport Options

There are a few transport options available to you once you arrive in Malaga airport, here is a quick glance on how they compare, followed by detailed tips on each option below.

  • by train: the easiest and fastest option, also very cheap. Trains do not run late at night or very early in the mornings.
  • by bus: slower and not as convenient as the train, but there is a direct connection via line M-110 towards Benalmadena
  • by car: a short 10-minute journey, depending on the traffic
  • by taxi: taxi is a convenient way to get to Torremolinos, especially if you have a lot of luggage or are arriving too late/early and can’t catch the train.
Molino de Inca Botanical Garden in Torremolinos
Botanical garden in Torremolinos

1. Malaga Airport to Torremolinos by Train

The train connection between Malaga airport and Torremolinos is serviced by the C-1 commuter train from Fuengirola, one that I’m very familiar with. I’ve been using the train for a few years now, having lived in Fuengirola and making regular trips towards Malaga.

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 Torremolinos 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 10 minutes.

The train stops at the following stations:

Plaza Mayor

Los Alamos

La Colina

Torremolinos

Train Timetables

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.

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Malaga Cathedral

2. Malaga Airport to Torremolinos by Bus

The M-110 line between Malaga and Benalmadena passes through the airport, so you can get a bus to Torremolinos directly from the airport.

It is much slower and not as convenient as the train, as there are more stop on the way and the bus station is not located too conveniently within the premises of the airport.

The bus stop ‘cruce aeropuerto’ is marked on the map below.

You can get the tickets from the driver and check the timetable in advance here.

3. Malaga Airport to Torremolinos by Car

The car journey from Malaga airport to Torremolinos is a short 10-minute journey via MA-21 and then AP-7.

The journey time often depends on when you’re driving, as you may hit rush hour either passing through Malaga or in Torremolinos.

4. Malaga Airport to Torremolinos by Taxi

There is a taxi rank right outside of the airport arrivals. Once you leave the main building, turn to your right and walk to the end of the building. In there you will see lots of taxis parked outside.

If you’re arriving very late or early in the morning, there should be still taxis available as they wait there for the plane’s arrival.

If you prefer a bit more convenience, you can book a taxi in advance, but in my experience, it tends to be more expensive than getting a taxi directly from the airport.

Taxi from the airport (the one from the arrivals) will cost around 20 euros, based on 1 to 4 people sharing the car. The journey is around 10 to 15 minutes, so it’s very close.

Alternatively, you can also book an Uber if you arrive and have the app on your phone. The only issue is with the limited access they have for parking and reaching the arrivals, so you will have to track the car down in the main parking lot.

Molino de Inca Botanical Garden in Torremolinos
Botanical gardens in Torremolinos

Frequent Questions about Malaga Airport to Torremolinos Route

How much taxi from Malaga airport to Torremolinos?

The taxi from Malaga airport to Torremolinos costs between 25 to 30 euros, depending on where in Torremolinos you’re going to.

How to get from Malaga airport to Torremolinos?

The easiest, fastest and cheapest option is the train, which runs every 20 minutes and the journey takes 10 minutes. The other option is a taxi, which is a 10 to 15-minute ride and costs around 30 euros.

How far is it from Malaga airport to Torremolinos? 

The distance between Malaga airport and Torremolinos is 8 kilometres.

Is there a train from Malaga airport to Torremolinos?

Yes, there is a regular commuter train C-1 which runs between Fuengirola and Malaga centro. There are 3 stops between Malaga airport and Torremolinos and the journey takes 10 minutes.

How long from Malaga airport to Torremolinos?

If you’re travelling by train, the journey takes 10 minutes and by car or taxi it would take 10 – 15 minutes, depending on the city traffic and where in Torremolinos you’re going to.

Can you get a train from Malaga airport to Torremolinos?

Yes, you can get a direct commuter train which arrives in Torremolinos in 10 minutes. However, the train only runs till midnight, so if you’re arriving in the middle of the night, it’s better to take a taxi.

Is there a bus from Malaga airport to Torremolinos?

Yes, line M-110 towards Benalmadena stops at the airport.

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