Are you planning a trip from Fuengirola to Marbella? It is one of the easiest destinations to reach from Fuengirola, with or without a car.
Here is your practical guide on travelling from Fuengirola to Marbella.
The best way to drive to Marbella is via A-7 which goes along the coastline and has no tolls.
It does get busy and there are frequent bus stops on the highway, so drive carefully.
The journey takes approximately 20 minutes with a car, depending on the traffic.
The other option, slightly faster, is the AP-7 which is North of the A-7, usually less busy but you have to pay a toll to use it (around 7 euros for a one-way trip, less in winter months).
It is slightly faster and considerably less busy compared to the A-7, the journey takes approximately 15 minutes.
If you take Uber from Fuengirola to Marbella, it will cost between 40 – 50 euros one way, depending on the time of day and day of the week.
It also depends on the drop-off point, if you’re going all the way to Puerto Banus, it will be more expensive.
If you’re taking a standard taxi, it might be slightly cheaper as they have better rates for out of town trips and the driver will be able to give you an estimate for the price before you get into the car.
One way ticket costs around 3 euros and can be purchased at the station or directly from the bus driver.
If you’re starting your journey at Fuengirola main station, you should get the tickets at the booth as the driver will ask you to do that.
Make sure you have some small change with you as the drivers are not happy if you hand over a 20 euro bill.
The train network ends in Fuengirola main station and doesn’t continue further south.
The best place to take the bus is from the main bus station in central Fuengirola.
The bus goes every 30 mins and the journey takes between 1 hr 10 mins to 1 hr 30 mins. Just a word of warning – the bus stops a lot (especially on the highway), so arm yourself with patience.
It stops in a few locations in Fuengirola and the outskirts, and then the allocated bus stops for urbanisations along the highway.
The station booth also displays the bus times (on the window).
Don’t get confused about the two places where buses stop.
The main routes go from the side of the main building (Calle Alfonso XIII), while the local bus to Mijas Pueblo (and others) stop around the corner at Av. Matias Saenz de la Tejada (known as Terminal Fuengirola Sur).
Parking in Marbella is no fun task, especially in the summer.
The old town and Puerto Banus are some of the hardest places to find a parking spot if you just want to leave your car somewhere on the street.
Even though there are public car parks, they tend to be quite expensive. Here are some options:
Parking Indigo at Avenida del Mar – this is one of the biggest and most central car parks in the city, it’s right behind Alameda Park. Car access is from Av. Macintosh or C. El Fuerte.
Parking Fuerte – very close to the beach and central area, plus a bonus point – it also has a charging station for electric cars. Access also from Calle El Fuerte.
Plaza de la Victoria Car Park – great location if you’re visiting the old town and don’t want to walk too far. Access from calle Huerta Chica.
Municipal Market car park – also located next to the old town, with access through Avenida del Mercado.
El Molino – this is a 24-hour public parking option with surveillance cameras with a great location in the centre.
Benabola Car Park – this car park in Puerto Banus is located under the Plaza Suites Hotel. As with everything in Puerto Banus, it’s quite expensive, but in a convenient location. Access through Avenida José Banús.
Saba Car Park – also located in the centre of Puerto Banus, it offers charging stations for electric cars too.
El Calvario – if you want an economical parking option for Marbella, this is your best bet. The only issue is that it’s not open at weekends, and during weekdays it closes at 4.30pm.
It has the best of both worlds – the charm of an old village in the old town, but also flashy beach clubs, a long beach promenade and an opulent display of wealth in Puerto Banus.
Marbella has some of the best restaurants and beach clubs on Costa del Sol, and thanks to the long beach line, you will not struggle to find a free sun lounger in the summer months.
If you’re only coming for a day trip, there’s plenty to see to fill your whole day.
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