How to Get from Malaga to Mijas Easily & Fast [2024]

How to Get from Malaga to Mijas Easily & Fast [2024]

Are you travelling from Malaga to Mijas and wondering what’s the fastest and easiest way to get there?

This article has the answers to all the transport questions you might have about this route.

Best of all – it’s written by a local expat who knows both locations inside out, so you’re only getting the most accurate insider information that will save you a lot of time and money.

Let’s look at your options for getting from Malaga to Mijas.

Before we jump in, I need to clarify one thing: Mijas is actually a misleading location name as it can refer to three different locations. It can mean Mijas Pueblo, which is the village in the hills overlooking Fuengirola, La Cala de Mijas – urbanisation just outside of Fuengirola, or Mijas Costa which is also a residential area within Fuengirola.

For the purposes of this article, I will cover all options.

old town in Mijas Pueblo
The white streets of Mijas Pueblo

Where is Mijas Located?

As I mentioned the term Mijas is used for three different locations, which I will mark on the map below.

Mijas Pueblo

Distance between Malaga and Mijas Pueblo: 32 km.

Mijas Costa

Distance between Malaga and Mijas Costa: 29 km.

La Cala de Mijas Urbanisation

Distance between La Cala Mijas and Malaga: 38 km.

Traveling from Malaga to Mijas: Your Options

Here is an overview of travel options for each destination, followed by a detailed breakdown of the instructions lower down.

Malaga to Mijas Pueblo

  • by car: the fastest route is via AP-7 (tolls may apply) or A-7 following the coastline, and heading up north after Benalmadena. The journey takes roughly 30 – 40 minutes depending on the traffic.
  • by bus: a direct bus connection with the local bus number M-112 which goes 4 – 5 times per day, and the journey takes between 1hr to 1.5 hours. It also stops at the airport.
  • by train: there are no trains running directly to the village, so you will have to take the commuter train C-1 to Fuengirola, get off at the main station and take the local bus number M-122 to Mijas Pueblo.
  • by taxi: taxi would cost in the range of 35 to 45 euros and the journey would take around 30 minutes.

Malaga to Mijas Costa

  • by car: a 25-minute drive to Fuengirola, following the AP-7 or A-7 highway.
  • by bus: take the Avanza bus connection to Fuengirola, with tickets costing 3.5 euros one way. From there walk or take an uber to Mijas Costa.
  • by train: take the commuter C-1 train towards Fuengirola, get off at the last stop in Fuengirola and walk or take a taxi to your destination in Mijas Costa.
  • by taxi: the journey will cost around 35 euros.

Malaga to La Cala Mijas

  • by car: follow the AP-7 all the way to Fuengirola and you will reach La Cala Mijas just after the city, after an approximately 35-minute drive.
  • by bus: take the Avanza connection to Fuengirola (7 to 9 departures per day) and change at the main station in Fuengirola for the local M-220 bus towards Calahonda.
  • by train: trains only go to Fuengirola main train station, from there you will have to take a local bus towards Marbella and get off at La Cala Mijas. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or drive.
  • by taxi: the journey will cost in the range of 50 to 65 euros.
Mijas Pueblo Gardens
The donkey ‘taxi rank’ in Mijas Pueblo

1. Malaga to Mijas Bus

FOR MIJAS PUEBLO

There is a direct bus from Malaga main bus station to Mijas Pueblo – it’s the connection number M-112 with 4 to 5 departures per day. You can check the timetable and bus stops on the Malaga local bus portal.

The departures from Malaga are at 6.35 am, 9.50 am, 1 pm, 3.25 pm and 9 pm. Check the timetable for the particular day to ensure you have the most accurate times.

The journey according to the timetable will take between 1hr 10 mins up to 1.5 hours depending on the bus connection (some have more stops than others).

The tickets can be bought directly from the bus driver and should cost just a few euros.

FOR MIJAS COSTA

To get to Mijas Costa, you will have to take the bus to Fuengirola and continue in the city on foot, by taxi or by taking one of the local buses. The last option is not recommended as they do not run very frequently. You can also take an uber and the journey from the bus station will cost you just a few euros.

The buses from Malaga to Fuengirola are operated by Avanza, with 7 to 9 departures per day. The first bus leaves at 7.30 am and the last one at 9 pm. The tickets cost 3.5 euros one way and you can buy them in advance at the Avanza website. The journey should take between 40 minutes to 1 hr 10 minutes depending on the bus connection.

FOR LA CALA DE MIJAS

To get to La Cala de Mijas by bus, you will have to take get to Fuengirola from Malaga first, and then change in Fuengirola for the local bus number M-220 in the direction of Calahonda. That bus stops at La Cala Mijas.

The buses from Malaga to Fuengirola are operated by Avanza, with 7 to 9 departures per day. The first bus leaves at 7.30 am and last one at 9pm. The tickets cost 3.5 euros one way and you can buy them in advance at the Avanza website. The journey should take between 40 minutes to 1 hr 10 minutes depending on the bus connection.

In Fuengirola, you will change the bus to the M-220, where you can get the tickets directly from the bus driver. The tickets will cost just a few euros.

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Pretty blooming corners of Mijas Pueblo

2. Malaga to Mijas by Train

FOR MIJAS PUEBLO

If you need to get to Mijas Pueblo, you can’t take the train all the way there as there are no train connections. From Malaga, take the commuter C-1 train to Fuengirola from Malaga Maria Zambrano station and get off at the last stop.

The journey lasts approximately 40 minutes and the tickets cost around 8 euros one way. From Fuengirola train station, you can walk down the road from the roundabout, where you will find the local bus station. In there, a local M-122 bus will take you directly to Mijas Pueblo. It stops on the main square in Mijas Pueblo.

FOR MIJAS COSTA

From Malaga take the local commuter train C-1 towards Fuengirola. The train runs every 20 minutes and the journey takes 40 minutes. The trains depart from Malaga Maria Zambrano or Malaga Centro station, and tickets cost around 8 euros one way.

Get off at the last stop in Fuengirola, and you’re only a short walk away from Mijas Costa (depending on where exactly you need to get to). Outside the train station is a taxi rank if your final destination is further away.

FOR LA CALA DE MIJAS

La Cala Mijas is located outside of Fuengirola and can be best reached by car or bus, as the trains only run to the city centre of Fuengirola. To get to Fuengirola by train, follow the directions listed above.

To get to La Cala Mijas, you have the option to take a local bus in the direction of Marbella (bus number M-220) from the main bus station.

Mijas Pueblo Gardens
Views from the local park in Mijas Pueblo

3. Malaga to Mijas by Car

FOR MIJAS PUEBLO

Take the AP-7 (tolls may be due) or A-7 towards Fuengirola’s direction, and join the A-368 just after Benalmadena. The journey to Mijas Pueblo will take around 35 minutes depending on the traffic.

Alternatively, you can follow the AP-7 or A-7 all the way to Fuengirola, and get on the A-387 which might be a bit easier to drive.

FOR MIJAS COSTA

The journey to Mijas Costa from Malaga is a very easy one as you just follow the AP-7 (tolls may be due) or A-7 all the way to Fuengirola until you reach your destination within the Mijas Costa district.

The journey will take approximately 25 minutes, depending on the traffic.

FOR LA CALA DE MIJAS

The journey to La Cala Mijas is pretty straightforward, following the highway AP-7 (tolls may be due) all the way to Fuengirola, and you will reach the urbanisation just outside of the town. The journey should take around 35 minutes.

Plaze de Toros in Mijas Pueblo
Plaza de Toros in Mijas Pueblo

4. Malaga to Mijas by Taxi or Uber

The distance between Malaga and Mijas is not that great, so you can easily take a taxi and split the fare with someone travelling with you.

In Malaga, a large taxi rank is available at Malaga Maria Zambrano train station (bus station is right next to it), but no taxi rank is at the Malaga Centro station. If you’re staying in a hotel, they will be able to call one for you. There is also a good size taxi rank close to Malaga cathedral and you can normally catch a taxi on the fly at one of the main traffic junctions.

FOR MIJAS PUEBLO

The taxi from central Malaga to Mijas Pueblo would cost in the range of 35 to 45 euros, depending on where you take it from and the time of day.

If you pre-book your taxi you might save some money by finding the best quotes online. Alternatively, you can install the Uber app on your phone and check the rates there, often the fees are much better than what you would have paid with a traditional taxi.

FOR MIJAS COSTA

The taxi price for the journey from Malaga to Mijas Costa is similar to the above, in the range of 35 euros. The price depends on whether you take a taxi from the stand, a pre-booked one with an arranged price or if you use an uber. The journey would take around 25 minutes, depending on traffic.

FOR LA CALA DE MIJAS

The taxi for this journey will cost in the range of 50 to 65 euros, and as I mentioned above, you might get a better deal if you do a bit of research online and ask for quotes from a few taxi companies. The journey would take around 35 minutes, depending on traffic.

I hope this answers all your questions about the transport options – I have added some additional ones below. Feel free to leave a comment here if you have anything specific you wanted to know.

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Ceramics shop in Mijas Pueblo

Frequent Travel Questions

How to get to Mijas from Malaga?

To travel to Mijas Pueblo, you can take the local bus – it’s the connection number M-112 with 4 to 5 departures per day. You can check the timetable and bus stops on the Malaga local bus portal. No trains are available directly to Mijas Pueblo, but you can take the train to Fuengirola and take a local bus to Mijas Pueblo from there.

How far from Malaga airport to Mijas?

Here are the distances from Malaga to Mijas:

  • Malaga to Mijas Pueblo: 32 km
  • Malaga to Mijas Costa: 29 km
  • Malaga to La Cala Mijas: 38 km

How far from Malaga to Mijas?

Here are the distances from Malaga to Mijas:

  • Malaga to Mijas Pueblo: 32 km
  • Malaga to Mijas Costa: 29 km
  • Malaga to La Cala Mijas: 38 km

How can I get from Malaga to Mijas?

To travel to Mijas Pueblo, you can take the local bus – it’s the connection number M-112 with 4 to 5 departures per day. You can check the timetable and bus stops on the Malaga local bus portal. No trains are available directly to Mijas Pueblo, but you can take the train to Fuengirola and take a local bus to Mijas Pueblo from there.

Can you catch a bus from Malaga airport to Mijas?

Yes, there is a direct bus connection that also goes through the airport – it’s bus number M-112 with roughly 5 departures per day. You can check the timetable and stops here.

How far from Malaga to La Cala de Mijas?

The distance is approximately 38 kilometres.

How far from Malaga airport to Trh Mijas?

The distance is approximately 24km.

How long is the transfer Malaga to Mijas?

Here are the journey durations for Malaga to Mijas:

  • Malaga to Mijas Pueblo: 35 mins
  • Malaga to Mijas Costa: 25 mins
  • Malaga to La Cala de Mijas: 35 mins
Mijas Pueblo in Spain, Andalusia
Village square in Mijas Pueblo

How much is a taxi from Malaga airport to Mijas?

Taxi between Malaga airport and Mijas pueblo will cost between 35 to 45 euros.

How to get from Malaga airport to Cala de Mijas?

The easiest option is to take the local commuter train C-1 towards Fuengirola, get off at the last stop and walk to the main bus station terminal in Fuengirola (2 minute walk). From there, there is a regular bus connection towards Calahonda – bus M-220 – that stops at La Cala de Mijas.

You can also drive, or take a taxi which would cost 50 to 65 euros.

How to get from Malaga to Mijas by bus?

There is a direct bus from Malaga main bus station to Mijas Pueblo – it’s the connection number M-112 with 4 to 5 departures per day. You can check the timetable and bus stops on the Malaga local bus portal.

The departures from Malaga are at 6.35am, 9.50am, 1pm, 3.25pm and 9pm. Check the timetable for the particular day to ensure you have the most accurate times.

The journey according to the timetable will take between 1hr 10 mins up to 1.5 hours depending on the bus connection (some have more stops than others).

The tickets can be bought directly from the bus driver

How to get to Mijas Pueblo from Malaga?

You can take the local bus connection number M-112 which goes from Malaga main station, with tickets costing 3.5 euros one way. The bus only goes 4 to 5 times a day though.

If you want to use a train, you can get the local commuter C-1 train to Fuengirola, and from there take the frequent local connection to Mijas Pueblo, bus number M-122 (green bus that stops at the bottom of the bus station).

mijas pueblo
Views of Mijas Pueblo from the park next to the bullring

Is a shuttle bus available from Malaga to Mijas costa?

To get to Mijas Costa, you will have to take the bus to Fuengirola and continue in the city on foot, by taxi or taking one of the local buses. The last option is not recommended as they do not run very frequently. You can also take an uber and the journey from the bus station will cost you just a few euros.

The buses from Malaga to Fuengirola are operated by Avanza, with 7 to 9 departures per day. The first bus leaves at 7.30 am and last one at 9pm. The tickets cost 3.5 euros one way and you can buy them in advance at the Avanza website. The journey should take between 40 minutes to 1 hr 10 minutes depending on the bus connection.

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Lucia has been living on Costa del Sol since 2020, and through her love of photography and travel, she has been documenting the best places to see in Southern Spain and uncovering hidden gems only known to locals. All the articles on Viva La Vita are written based on personal experience and local expertise.

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