Do you need to get from Málaga to Marbella easily and without wasting too much time?
I have created this detailed transport guide to help you do just that!
I’ve been living on Costa del Sol since 2020, and have plenty of personal experience with the local transport options, both public transport and driving.
In this guide, you will find detailed personal recommendations for the best transport options between Málaga and Marbella, including departure times, ticket prices and the best ways to save time and money.
Whether you’re planning on enjoying a cosy meal at Plaza de los Naranjos, doing some luxury shopping in Puerto Banus or wandering through the picturesque streets of Marbella old town, this article will show you the easiest and cheapest ways to get from Malaga to Marbella.
Let’s dive in!
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Transport from Malaga to Marbella
|45 – 60 mins
|From €7.22 one way
|70 – 120 mins
|From €6.60 one way
|Daily car rental price
|€40 – €50
Málaga to Marbella: Distance from Malaga to Marbella
The distance from Malaga to Marbella is approximately 60 km.
How to Get from Málaga to Marbella: Transport Guides
In this section, I have included detailed guides for all the transport options from Malaga to Marbella.
If you’re traveling directly from Malaga airport, not the city, you can check this detailed guide which has all the direct connections from the airport.
1. Malaga to Marbella by Train
There are no direct train connections between Malaga and Marbella.
|Train from Malaga to Fuengirola
|€3.60 one way
|Bus from Fuengirola to Marbella
|30 – 90 mins
|from €3.00 one way
If you want to use a train connection, follow the guide below.
Journey 1: Malaga Maria Zambrano to Fuengirola
Head over to the C-1 Cercanias platform at the main train station and catch the train to Fuengirola. The trains run every 20 minutes and the journey takes approximately 35 – 40 minutes.
First trains leave around 6am and run until midnight. Here is a detailed transport guide for connections between Malaga and Fuengirola via train. For train connections from the airport check this guide.
The ticket price is based on zones, in this case you go through 5 zones and the ticket costs 3.60 euro.
Get your tickets for Fuengirola main train station (Estacion de tren de Fuengirola at Calle Alfonso XIII) – there are other stops in the city before that but you should get off at the very last station.
Journey 2: Fuengirola to Marbella
Once you arrive at the train station, you will simply walk down from the main roundabout at the train station. In about 5 minutes walk, you will reach the bus station terminal in Fuengirola.
It’s an old yellow building with a big Avanza sign at the entrance.
From there you can get your bus tickets to Marbella – there are either local buses (1.5 hrs) or faster long-distance buses (30mins).
If you want to take the faster bus, they only stop at the main bus station in Marbella (see notes below), so you will have to take a taxi from there to your hotel as it’s far away from the city center and the coastline. The slower buses stop alongside the main road near the coastline.
For departure times, prices and more info, please see this transport guide for Fuengirola to Marbella connections.
Train Stations in Malaga
There are two train stations in Malaga – Malaga centro and Malaga Maria Zambrano.
The Fuengirola train stops at both of these. You can get the tickets at the renfe machines at each station, or from the ticket booth. You cannot buy them online in advance.
The train also stops at the airport, so if you’re flying it, it’s very easy to get on the train – simply follow the signs at the airport for the train connection.
Getting to Malaga Train Station
If you’re staying in Malaga, the easiest way to get to the train station is by taxi. It would be a lot of hassle navigating through public transport.
If you’re coming from the airport, as I mentioned the train stops at the airport, and it’s only a short walk from the arrivals terminal.
2. Malaga to Marbella by Bus
|Every 30 mins
|Number of Connections
|Up to 30 / day
|From €7.22 one way
|45 – 60 mins
There is a direct bus connection between Malaga and Marbella with frequent buses going roughly every 30 minutes.
The one-way bus tickets start from 7.22 euros and can be purchased on the Avanza website.
On this website you will also see the up-to-date bus schedules for the different travel options, with ticket prices displayed for each. You can also buy the tickets at the booths at the station or from the bus driver.
The ticket you buy online is just a PDF with a QR code that the bus driver scans on departure.
The journey times are between 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on which bus you take.
Malaga Bus Station
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 station has limited facilities, and no restaurants or shops, so if you want to buy something ahead of the trip, you should do so at the train station next to it.
The train station has a selection of restaurants (most opening after 1pm) and big Mercadona supermarket. There is also a kiosk with books, newspapers and a few souvenir shops.
Marbella Bus Station
The main bus station in Marbella is North of the town center, a somewhat inconvenient location for most people.
Check the bus itinerary for the stops closest to your accommodation, most buses stop on the main road closer to the center before they head north to the station.
The bus station in Marbella has almost non-existent 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.
Getting Back to Malaga
To get back to Malaga from Marbella, you can simply wait at the same stop (opposite side of the road) where you got off, or head to the main bus station.
If you didn’t buy a return ticket, you can get one from the ticket office at the station, or from the bus driver, or buy it online at Avanza website.
3. Malaga to Marbella by Car
|Toll Cost (AP7)
The journey from Malaga to Marbella by car takes between 50 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on which highway you take.
The AP-7 is slightly faster (by only about 10 minutes) and less busy, but it’s a toll road. The tolls cost 7.50 euros during the summer, and 4.60 euros for the rest of the year.
The other option is to take the busier A7, which has a lot more cars but it’s only 10 minutes longer and doesn’t cost anything extra.
This road is also used by buses which stop on the highway frequently, so beware of that and keep your distance.
Parking in Marbella
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.
Marbella Parking Options
|Parking Indigo at Avenida del Mar
|One of the biggest and most central car parks, behind Alameda Park. Access from Av. Macintosh or C. El Fuerte.
|Close to the beach and central area, with a charging station for electric cars. Access from Calle El Fuerte.
|Plaza de la Victoria Car Park
|Great for visiting the old town, minimal walking required. Access from calle Huerta Chica.
|Municipal Market car park
|Located next to the old town. Access through Avenida del Mercado.
|A 24-hour public parking option with surveillance cameras, centrally located.
|Benabola Car Park
|In Puerto Banus, under the Plaza Suites Hotel. Convenient but expensive. Access through Avenida José Banús.
|Saba Car Park
|In the centre of Puerto Banus, with charging stations for electric cars.
|An economical option in Marbella, not open on weekends and closes at 4.30pm on weekdays.
4. Malaga to Marbella by Taxi
If you want a hassle-free trip, getting a taxi is also a great option.
Both Malaga and Marbella have a good network of taxi services, and you can get a taxi directly from Malaga train station or anywhere in the city.
The average taxi cost for this journey would be about 60 euros, for up to 4 passengers.
5. Malaga to Marbella by Uber
Uber operates both in Malaga and Marbella, and offers competitive prices that are usually a little cheaper compared to standard city taxis.
The other advantage is the fact that they can pick you up even in the middle of nowhere and you don’t need to scout the city for the nearest taxi rank.
According to my app, this journey would cost between 40 to 50 euros, depending on demand and also your account. If you’ve been using Uber before, you can get uberX at the cheapest prices.
6. Malaga to Marbella by Private Transport
The service works like a marketplace where local transport companies offer their prices and you can choose the best or cheapest one from the list.
I used it as we needed a taxi with a child car seat, which you can’t get in uber or taxi. They also have a business portal, so if you’re traveling for work you can get an invoice with company details pretty easily from there.
FAQ: How to Get from Malaga to Marbella
How much is a taxi from Malaga to Marbella?
A taxi from the train station in Malaga (Maria Zambrano) for up to 4 people costs around 60 euros, so if you’re dividing that between other passengers, it’s not a bad price. It will also get you directly to your accommodation, saving you the need to book another taxi once you get to Marbella.
The journey takes under an hour, depending on your drop off point.
How far is Marbella from Malaga?
The distance between Marbella and Malaga is about 60 kilometers.
Where to book a taxi to Marbella and back
You can either book your taxi ahead of time online, or simply take one of the taxis available at the taxi rank. There are always plenty of taxi options available at the train stations or at the airport.
What is the fastest way to get from Malaga to Marbella?
The fastest way to get from Malaga to Marbella is definitely by car. The cities are connected via a fast highway that will get you to your destination in just under an hour.
Keep in mind there are two highways connecting the cities – the AP-7 is a slightly faster and less busy option, but it has tolls to pay. The other option, only slower by about 10 minutes, is the A-7 with no tolls and goes along the same route.
What is the cheapest way to get from Malaga to Marbella?
If you’re looking to save money, you would probably skip renting a car.
The cheapest travel option is taking a bus straight from Malaga to Marbella, the line Avanza L-307 takes you there in just 45 minutes. See below for bus connection details.
Can I get from Malaga to Marbella without renting a car?
Definitely! You can take a bus as mentioned above or get a taxi.
So there you have it, all the options for traveling between Malaga and Marbella. If you’re on a tight budget, your best option is to take the cheap and fast local bus. If you plan on exploring beyond the city, renting a car while staying in Marbella is a must.
If you’re wondering whether you can do Marbella from Malaga as a day trip, that’s certainly a good option. There is plenty to see for a whole day (see guide below) and you won’t have to spend too long time in the car on the commute.
Thank you for reading!