Torremolinos to Marbella: By Bus, Train, Boat or Car [2024]

Torremolinos to Marbella: By Bus, Train, Boat or Car [2024]

Do you need to get from Torremolinos to Marbella?

This article has all the details you need to plan this journey: in short, the fastest way to do this trip is by car or by local bus. There are no direct or boat train connections available between Torremolinos and Marbella.

I have been living on Costa del Sol since 2020 and use public transport extensively, so in this guide, I will also share a lot of practical tips that will save you time and money!

Let’s dive in!

Torremolinos to Marbella: Your Transport Options

Here is an overview of all the transport options available:

Method Details
Car (A-7) 40 mins, free
Car (AP-7) 40 mins, 12 euros toll
Direct bus 1 hour 10 mins, 5 euros one way
Train + Bus Min 45 mins, 5.80 euros one way
Taxi 40 mins, 50 – 65 euros one way
Boat Not available

Distance Between Torremolinos and Marbella

The distance between Torremolinos and Marbella is approximately 47 km (29 miles).

A map showing the journey from Torremolinos to Marbella.
The journey from Torremolinos to Marbella.

1. By Train From Torremolinos to Marbella

There are no direct train connections between Torremolinos and Marbella. There is no train station in Marbella, the train line stops in Fuengirola.

Your best option is to take the train to Fuengirola, and continue with a local bus from there.

Train Torremolinos to Fuengirola

Torremolinos is on the C-1 suburban line connecting Malaga with Fuengirola, and passing through all the stations in Torremolinos (Montemar Alto, El Pinilo & Torremolinos).

The train will get you to Fuengirola in about 20 minutes, and from there you will have to walk down the road to get to the bus station, it’s just 2 minutes walk.

The C-1 trains run every 20 minutes, from Monday to Sunday, with the first one leaving 5.41 am and the last one leaving Torremolinos at 23.51 pm. Here is the full timetable.

Torremolinos Train Station

Torremolinos train station is on the main square in the old town. Once you get there, take the escalators or lift and head to the purple Renfe machines.

See the exact location on the map:

There you can get a one-way ticket, by selecting your destination and the number of people traveling. The tickets have a QR code printed on this which you just scan at the gate. If you press the flag in the bottom left corner, English language is available in the machine.

One-way ticket costs around 2.05 euros and you can’t get any seat reservations.

The entrance to Torremolinos train station.
The entrance to Torremolinos train station.

Fuengirola to Marbella Bus

Once you get to Fuengirola, head to the central bus station building, you will spot it on your right side with a big sign and buses waiting there (see station photo below).

Here is the outline of the walk:

Get inside the hall and ask for a ticket to Marbella – they will give you one for the next available bus, make sure you check what time it leaves. They normally have a timetable displayed in the window where you get the ticket.

The Marbella bus is the M-220 bus, which is green and yellow color, and stops on the side of the bus station. You can check the timetable and details of the route here.

The M-220 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.

This bus also stops on the main street in Marbella, so you can easily get to the old town or the coastline on foot.

In addition to the M-220 line, there are also faster buses, which are part of the long distance connections. They are run by Avanza and stop only in Fuengirola and then at the main bus station in Marbella, so the journey is much faster, about 30 minutes.

Please keep in mind that the bus station is Marbella is further from the city, so you will have to walk quite a while to get to the coastline or old town, or take a taxi.

You can get the tickets and check the prices at Avanza website, they start from 3.75 euros one way.

The building of the main bus station in Fuengirola.
The building of the main bus station in Fuengirola.

Fuengirola to Marbella Bus & Train Cost

So the total travel time one way, using the train and bus, will be approximately 45 minutes, if you manage to get the faster bus and do not wait a long time for the connection.

The total cost of this trip one way is approximately 5.08 euros.

2. By Car From Torremolinos to Marbella

There are two routes you can take to Marbella from Torremolinos.

Route 1 – The Toll Road AP-7

The faster way to drive to Marbella from Torrremolinos is following the AP-7 highway all the way to the city. It’s a modern speedy highway with much less traffic compared to the A-7 which goes alongside it.

The AP-7 is a toll road, I believe on this journey you would pay around 7 euros for the toll.

The journey should take around 40 minutes, depending on the traffic, and cover a distance of 47km (depending on your final destination).

Route 2 – The Free Road A-7

The second option is using the free Mediterranean highway, which runs just under the AP-7, offering gorgeous views on your way to Marbella.

It is much busier with heavier traffic compared to the toll road, so you may need to count on some delays, especially as you’re approaching the city.

The toll gates on the highway near Marbella.
The toll gates on the highway near Marbella.

3. Torremolinos to Marbella by Bus

There is a direct bus connection between Torremolinos and Marbella, which are run by Avanza.

There are roughly 8 to 10 connections per day, with the one way tickets costing from 5.20 euros per person. Your best bet is to get your tickets in advance on the Avanza website, where you will be also able to see the timetables.

The bus journey takes 1 hour and 10 minutes, and it only stops in Fuengirola on the way to Marbella.

The first bus leaves at 7.45 am and last one 10.50pm. If you’re going back from Marbella, the first bus leaves at 10.45am and the last one at 9.45pm.

The website is available in English and very easy to use.

You will get a PDF ticket with a QR code that you can simply show to the driver. They will also ask to see your ID, so have your passport or other identification ready.

Local buses near Marbella bus station.
Local buses near Marbella bus station.

Bus Station in Torremolinos

The bus station in Torremolinos is located at Calle Hoyo 8, see the map below:

Bus Station in Marbella

As I mentioned earlier, the bus station in Marbella is further away from the center of the city, you can see the location marked on the map below.

It is a pretty small station, there is a ticket booth, some vending machines, toilets and a taxi rank outside. The easiest way to get to the center of the city is by taxi, the walk would be quite long.

The junction next to the bus station in Marbella.
The junction next to the bus station in Marbella.

4. Torremolinos to Marbella by Boat

There are no boat connections between Marbella and Torremolinos.

5. Torremolinos to Marbella by Taxi

The taxi journey from Torremolinos to Marbella would take around 30 – 40 minutes, and cost in the range of 50 to 65 euros.

Taxis can be also pre-booked, where you might save some money especially if you’re travelling late at night or very early in the morning.

Uber is also an option, as they operate all the way to Marbella. You can open the app and check the fare from your desired destination to the location in Marbella.

According to my Uber app, the same journey would cost around 50 euros.

Taxis and buses parked at a bus station.
Local buses and taxis at the station.

10 Best Activities and Things To Do in Marbella

So what do you do and see once you get to Marbella?

I’m presuming you’re visiting on a day trip, or have a few hours you want to spend exploring Marbella. Here’s a roundup of the best activities in Marbella to enjoy in this vibrant city.

1. Explore Marbella Old Town

The heart of Marbella is its Old Town, or Casco Antiguo.

This area is a picturesque maze of narrow streets with white-washed buildings, vibrant flower pots, and charming boutiques. Central to the Old Town is the Plaza de los Naranjos, an orange-scented square filled with historic buildings, outdoor cafés, and the Renaissance-era town hall.

Pretty flower decorated streets of Marbella old town.
Pretty flower decorated streets of Marbella old town.

2. Spend Time at a Beach

No visit to Marbella is complete without spending some time on its beautiful beaches.

For a lively beach experience, Playa de la Fontanilla is one of the most popular and well-equipped beaches, with plenty of amenities and restaurants. If you’re seeking tranquility, head to Playa de Cabopino, known for its dunes and more secluded setting.

3. Explore Museo Ralli

Art lovers should not miss the Museo Ralli, which houses an impressive collection of Latin American and European art. One of the highlights is the collection of sculptures by Salvador Dalí.

The best part? Admission is free!

4. Hike La Concha Mountain

If you love spending time outdoors, hiking La Concha, the mountain overlooking Marbella, offers a rewarding challenge.

The hike is strenuous but provides spectacular views over the Costa del Sol, Gibraltar, and on clear days, even North Africa. It’s a great way to connect with the natural beauty of the region.

5. Play Golf

Marbella is a golfer’s paradise, home to some of the finest golf courses in Europe. With over 20 courses in the area, options range from the prestigious Aloha Golf Club to the picturesque Santa Clara Golf Marbella. The pleasant climate allows for year-round golfing.

7. Visit Puerto Banus

Just west of Marbella, Puerto Banús is the city’s luxury marina and shopping complex. It’s a great place to spot luxury yachts, shop in high-end boutiques, and maybe even catch sight of a celebrity. The area also has a vibrant nightlife scene with upscale bars and clubs.

Boats and yachts at the luxury marina of Puerto Banus, Marbella.
The luxury marina of Puerto Banus, Marbella.

8. Taste Andalusian Tapas

Sampling the local cuisine is a must. Marbella’s dining scene offers everything from beachside chiringuitos serving fresh seafood to gourmet restaurants offering innovative dishes. Be sure to try the local specialties like espetos (sardines on a skewer) and gazpacho.

9. Walk the Golden Mile

The Golden Mile is a stretch of luxury real estate on the Paseo Maritimo, which is the coastal promenade connecting central Marbella with the district of Puerto Banus.

Locals love strolling along this long promenade, taking their dogs for a walk or enjoying a bike ride.

The promenade is lined with restaurants and chiringuitos, offering plenty of options to stop for a refreshing drink.

10. Walk Through Avenida del Mar

Avenida del Mar connects the old town of Marbella with the beachfront, and is located right next to the Alameda Park. This pedestrian zone is know for public art display – the sculptures by Salvador Dali and other artists turned this quite zone into an outdoor art center.

Scultures at Avenida del Mar, Marbella.
Scultures at Avenida del Mar, Marbella.

Questions: Torremolinos to Marbella Transport

How to get from Torremolinos to Marbella?

You can get there by car or bus, which are the easiest option. By car it would take around 40 minutes on the highway, with a bus just over an hour, with tickets costing around 5 euros one way.

How far from Torremolinos to Marbella?

The distance between Torremolinos and Marbella is 47 km.

How much is the bus fare from Torremolinos to Marbella?

The bus tickets from Torremolinos to Marbella start at 5.20 euro if you buy them online. Price may vary depending on availability and time of travel.

How much is a taxi from Torremolinos to Marbella?

The taxi would cost between 50 to 65 euros, depending on where you’re travelling to, how many people and what date/time.

Is there a train from Torremolinos to Marbella?

No, there is no direct train connection between Torremolinos and Marbella. The trains only go to Fuengirola and you would have to take the local bus to Marbella from there.

Final Thoughts

I hope this article answered all the questions you have about getting from Torremolinos to Marbella.

If there is something specific you wanted to know, please leave a comment below and I will be happy to help!

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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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