Malaga to Marbella Bus Connections: Detailed Guide by a Local

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Are you looking for some details on Malaga to Marbella bus connections?

In that case, you’re at the right place!

As a local expat living close to Marbella and Malaga, I am able to share local insights and practical tips that will save you a lot of time and hassle.

Let’s take a look at your travel options for Marbella.

Malaga to Marbella Bus Connections

There is a direct bus connection between Malaga and Marbella with frequent buses going roughly every 30-60 minutes.

The first buses leave from Malaga at 6.45am and the last bus for Marbella is at 11pm (subject to change due to seasonality).

The Avanza buses are a long distance buses, so they will only stop at the main bus station in Marbella (not in the town close to the coastline), and some of the slower ones also stop at the airport.

The one-way tickets start from 6.50 euros and can be purchased on the Avanza website.

To check the timetable it best to navigate to the booking system in Avanza linked above, which has the most up to date details on the connections available.

I recommend getting the tickets online to make sure you can get on the bus you need, instead of buying them from the bus driver.

To get on the bus you will need to present the QR code from the ticket and your ID or passport used for the booking.

The journey takes between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on which bus you take.

As of spring 2023, masks are still compulsory on all modes of public transport in Andalusia.

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Alameda Park in Marbella


All buses leave from the main terminal next to Maria Zambrano station (you can walk across the road from the station to get there, they’re almost connected).

The main bus station has limited facilities, with very little options for buying food and even water (apart from vending machines). If you need to get some snacks for the journey and would like to do some shopping, you can simply walk across the road to the main train station.

The train station has a selection of restaurants (most opening after 1pm) and a big Mercadona supermarket. There is also a kiosk with books, newspapers and a few souvenir shops.

The location of the bus station in Malaga is marked on the map below.


The main bus station in Marbella is North of the town centre, a somewhat inconvenient location for most people.

As I said earlier, the faster long distance buses from Malaga will only stop at the main bus station and not closer to the coastline.

The bus station in Marbella has almost non-existing facilities and no shops, only a few vending machines. It is also a fairly remote location with no other facilities like restaurants or shops located close by.

There is a small taxi rank outside of the bus station, and if you would like to walk from there to the coastline, it would take about 30 minutes.

The location of the bus station ins marked on the map below.

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Old town Marbella

Marbella to Malaga Bus Connections

To get back to Malaga, you’re best bet is navigating back to the main bus station and getting a bus from there. You will be able to get on one of the long distance buses run by Avanza, which are very frequent and the journey is really fast.

To get to the station, you can either walk there (about 30 min from the coastline) or take a local taxi. Alternatively, Uber is also available in Marbella.

Check the Avanza website for the timetable and to get your tickets in advance.

Malaga to Marbella Bus: Frequent Questions

How much is bus from Malaga airport to Marbella?

The bus tickets start from 6.15 euros one way, per person and can be purchased in advance via Avanza website.

Is there a bus from Malaga airport to Marbella?

Yes, there is a frequent bus service between Malaga airport and Marbella run by Avanza. The tickets start from 6.15 euros one way, and there are up to 20 connections per day, with first buses leaving around 8.55 am and last ones at 10.20 pm.

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Lucia is a founder and travel writer at Viva La Vita. She has been living on Costa del Sol in Southern Spain (Fuengirola) since 2020. She helps travellers plan the perfect trip to Spain thanks to her local insights, practical tips and unique insider perspective complemented by original photography.

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