Malaga to Torremolinos: Detailed Transport Guide

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Malaga to Torremolinos: Detailed Transport Guide

Are you planning to travel from Malaga to Torremolinos?

I know both of these destinations really well as I live right next to Torremolinos and have prepared this in-depth local guide to navigate you through the transport options available.

I have covered all the details you need to plan this journey, but if you have further questions feel free to leave a comment under the article.

Malaga to Torremolinos: Distance

The distance between Malaga and Torremolinos is approximately 14 km (8.6 miles).

The location of Torremolinos is marked on the map below.

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Malaga to Torremolinos: Transport Options

There are a few transport options available for this journey. Here is a quick glance at how they compare, followed by detailed tips on each option below.

  • by train: easy 15-minute ride, 2.70 euros one way ticket
  • by bus: tickets from 1.51 euros one way, with the journey taking 15 – 20 minutes
  • by car: 23 minute drive on the MA-21
  • by taxi: uber would get you to Torremolinos for around 15 euros, depending on the demand

1. Malaga to Torremolinos by Train

The train connection between Malaga 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 where do you take the train from and get the tickets?

Malaga Maria Zambrano Station

Even though the local C1 commuter trains go also to Malaga Centro, I would recommend using the Malaga Maria Zambrano station as it is much better equipped.

If you’re staying in the old town, on the other hand, the Malaga Centro is a walking distance to many of the place in the old town and might be a more convenient option for you. It’s also the departure station for the train so you’re guaranteed a free seat.

Casa de los Navajos, Torremolinos
Casa de los Navajos, Torremolinos

Where to Get Train Tickets

There are ticket machines by the entrance to the platforms, on both of the stations in Malaga.

In the machine, you can click the little flag in the bottom left corner to change the language to English. Select a day ticket and find Torremolinos in the list. The tickets cost just 2.70 euros one way, 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).

There are no ticket checks on the train itself, you just need the ticket to get in and out of the station, the same as you do on a metro.

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 spring 2023). They also recommend wearing masks at the station, but it’s not mandatory.

The trains run every 20 minutes or so, and the journey takes around 15 minutes.

The train stops at the following stations:

  • Malaga Centro
  • Malaga Maria Zambranoo
  • Victoria Kent
  • Guadalhorce
  • Malaga Airport
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Los Alamos
  • La Colina
  • Torremolinos

Train Timetables

The first trains leave around 5.00 am and the last ones before midnight, at 23.00 pm.

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.

Train Station in Torremolinos

The train station in Torremolinos has been just recently renovated (late 2022), and has lifts for barrier-free access and ticket booths. It’s located in the centre of the old town, so if you’re heading to the coast it’s about 10 minutes walk down the hills.

Torremolinos train station
Torremolinos train station

2. Malaga to Torremolinos by Bus

There is a regular service between Malaga and Torremolinos provided by Avanza.

Below are the details for this connection.

  • Bus Departures: 7 to 10 connections per day
  • Bus Ticket Prices: from 1.51 euros per person, one way
  • Where to Buy Tickets: online at Avanza website
  • Travel Time: 15 – 20 minutes
  • Departure Point: Main bus station in Malaga (Estacion de Autobuses de Malaga)

Bus Departure Times

Below are the current bus departure times just to give you an idea of how frequently they run. Please always consult the Avanza website by entering your destination to see the most accurate departures and to get your tickets.

  • 7.30 am
  • 9.00 am
  • 10.00 am
  • 11.30 am
  • 14.30 pm
  • 19.50 pm
  • 20.30 pm
Torremolinos coastline
Torremolinos coastline

3. Malaga to Torremolinos by Car

The car journey from Malaga to Torremolinos is a pretty easy one, following the MA-21 out of town and heading south towards Fuengirola.

  • Travel Time: 26 mins, depending on traffic
  • Tolls to Pay: toll free road
  • Distance: approximately 14 km (8.6 miles)

4. Malaga to Torremolinos by Taxi

If you prefer to travel by taxi, Malaga is not that far from Torremolinos, so the taxi journey would not be that expensive.

If you’re considering a taxi ride, I suggest checking Uber app first as they tend to be cheaper than a standard taxi and you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in traffic in the city.

According to my app, you can expect to pay around 15 euros with uber saver option.

Frequent Questions: Malaga to Torremolinos Route

How far is Malaga to Torremolinos?

The distance between Malaga and Torremolinos is approximately 14 km (8.6 miles).

How to get from Malaga to Torremolinos?

There are a few easy options, including a train or a bus, which are just 15 minutes rides costing around 2 euros each, one way. The other option is driving, which is 26 minutes and taking an uber which would cost around 15 euros.

How far from Torremolinos to Malaga?

The distance between Malaga and Torremolinos is approximately 14 km (8.6 miles).

Can you walk from Malaga to Torremolinos?

You certainly can, although it will take a while. According to online estimates, the walk would take nearly 3 hours.

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