Do you need to travel from Torremolinos to Fuengirola and wonder what’s the easiest and most convenient way to get there? Should you use a train or a bus?
This article has all the detailed transport information you need to plan your trip, and best of all – it’s written by a local expat that actually travels on this route!
I have been commuting from Fuengirola for many years now and know the travel options inside out, so you are only getting the most accurate and detailed information out there.
Let’s dive in!
Distance Between Torremolinos and Fuengirola
The distance between Torremolinos and Fuengirola is about 20 km (12.4 miles).
Torremolinos to Fuengirola Transport Options
|by car||25 minutes||cost of petrol and car rental||n/a|
|by train||20 minutes||train every 20 minutes||2.05 euros one way ticket|
|by bus||50 minutes||M-120 bus||2.40 euros one way|
|by taxi||25 minutes||Uber or Local Taxi||20 – 25 euros|
1. From Torremolinos to Fuengirola by Car
There are two route options for driving from Torremolinos to Fuengirola.
You can either drive up north out of the city to join the toll road AP-7, or drive along the coastline on the Mediterranean highway. In addition to the AP-7 being slightly faster, it’s also a paid toll road, but no tolls should be due for this short journey.
ROUTE 1 – TOLL ROAD AP-7
This highway is generally faster than the A-7 Mediterranean highway as its a paid toll road. Having said that, between Torremolinos and Fuengirola for such a short distance it won’t make too much difference in your overall journey time, just a few minutes depending on your traffic.
You can join the AP-7 by driving up north to the hills. You might drive through the whole city which will slow you down considerably, depending on when you’re driving.
The journey on AP-7 should take approximately 23 minutes, and you enter Fuengirola via the A-7 highway.
According to the toll road calculator, for this short journey, you shouldn’t be paying any toll fees.
ROUTE 2 – A-7 HIGHWAY
The second route may be slightly slower at first glance, but I actually think it’s more convenient and might save you time as you don’t have to drive through the town up north to reach the AP-7 highway.
The route follows the A-7 which runs along the coastline, so it may be a faster option for you if you are staying near the coastline.
The journey should take just 4 minutes longer according to the map, but it may also be much faster as you don’t have to drive through Torremolinos to reach AP-7.
See the grey route option on the map below.
2. From Torremolinos to Fuengirola by Train
I have travelled on this route many times and in my opinion, it’s the most convenient option to get to Fuengirola, if you’re not planning on renting a car.
The train connection is a local commuter train called ‘cercanias’ which runs between Malaga Maria Zambrano and Fuengirola main train station.
The trains run approximately every 20 minutes, and the journey will take nearly 20 minutes, depending on which station in Fuengirola you’re getting off at.
As of autumn 2022, face masks are still compulsory on all types of public transport.
The trains from Torremolinos leave from the small main station up in the city. You can see the location of the train station on the map below.
The station is on a bigger square right next to shops and restaurants, but currently also under construction. You can still use it without problems.
The main train station in Fuengirola is currently under construction (autumn 2022), but you can still access it to get on the train. The facilities are pretty much non-existent at the moment. There is a taxi rank outside the train station, and a short walk down the street you will find the main bus station and the main street with shops and cafes.
The first trains from Torremolinos leave at 5.42 am and last ones at 23.53 pm. You can see all the train departure times here.
Between Torremolinos and Fuengirola, the train will stop at the following destinations:
- Montemar Alto
- El Pinillo
- Arroyo de la Miel (Benalmadena)
- Carvajal (Fuengirola district)
- Torreblanca (Fuengirola district)
- Los Boliches (Fuengirola district)
- Fuengirola main station
The price of the ticket depends on how many zones you cross, in this case, it’s three. The tickets cost 2.05 euros one way, per person.
The tickets are available from the booths at the station, and they have a menu available in English.
Children under 6 years travel for free and there are discount tickets available to seniors.
The trains are fairly spacious with lots of seating and space to travel with bikes, prams or even wheelchair. For the last two options, the arrival in Fuengirola is a bit tricky as the train stairs are quite high up above the platform, with no barrier-free way to get off the train.
The train also has toilets available and security personnel is normally present on the train.
3. From Torremolinos to Fuengirola by Bus
There is a direct bus connection between Torremolinos and Fuengirola. It’s the bus number M-120 and you can check the detailed timetable here.
The first bus from Torremolinos leaves at 07.00 and the last one at 22.25.
There are over 20 stops on the journey, and you can check all the bus stops in the timetable here.
The tickets cost 2.40 euros one way and can be bought from the bus driver. The buses go roughly every half an hour, with the journey taking around 50 minutes.
4. From Torremolinos to Fuengirola by Taxi
A taxi from Torremolinos to Fuengirola will cost between 20 and 25 euros, depending on your pick-up and drop-off points.
I personally find Uber always cheaper than the local taxis and more convenient to use. If you don’t have the app on your phone yet, install it before your trip and it will save you a lot of hassle and money. You can pay in cash or card, and I’ve had a very good experience with the drivers (apart from a couple of exceptions).
The journey will take similar to the car option above, around 25 minutes depending on the traffic.
Fuengirola: Recommended Day Trips & Experiences
- Caminito del Rey Day Trip with Guide – explore the world-famous pathway of the king, and admire the stunning views from the gorge El Chorro. Includes pick up in Fuengirola, entrance to Caminito del Rey and helmets.
- Day Trip to Gibraltar – with pick up from Fuengirola with a minibus, with free time in Gibraltar for shopping and an optional tour of the nature reserve.
- Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Tour – a more structured day trip with a full tour of the nature reserve, showing you all the highlights, with free time for shopping. Pick up from Fuengirola.
- Ronda and Setenil de las Bodegas Day Trip – see the famous Puente Nuevo bridge in Ronda, with one of the oldest bullrings in the country, and admire the homes and restaurants built into caves in Setenil. Pick-up in Fuengirola – includes a walking tour of Ronda and a complimentary glass of wine in Ronda.
- Day Trip to Granada with Alhambra Tour – see one of the architectural wonders of Spain, the Moorish Palace complex of Alhambra, with free time to explore Granada. Includes pick-up from Fuengirola, tickets to Alhambra and a guide.
Frequent Questions about the Route
Can you walk from Torremolinos to Fuengirola?
Yes you can! If you want to walk from Torremolinos to Fuengirola, you can do it using the coastal road that goes all the way to Fuengirola and has a walking path. The journey on foot would take around 3 hours.
How much is train from Torremolinos to Fuengirola?
The train tickets for the journey from Torremolinos to Fuengirola cost 2.05 euros.
Can you cycle from Fuengirola to Torremolinos on the seafront?
Yes, you can. Most part of the journey is on the coastal path, and then there is a bigger two-lane road which also has a walking path next to it.
Can you get a bus from Fuengirola to Torremolinos?
Yes, you can. The local bus M-120 is a direct connection between Torremolinos and Fuengirola, with the journey taking around 50 minutes.
How far from Fuengirola to Torremolinos?
The distance is about 20 km.
How far from Torremolinos to Fuengirola by bus?
The bus journey will take around 50 minutes.
How much is a taxi from Fuengirola to Torremolinos?
Taxi from Fuengirola to Torremolinos will cost between 20 to 25 euros, depending on your destination. Uber drive might work out cheaper.
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