Getting a train from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola is affordable, fast, and easy. In this article, you will find all the practical details you need to make it an easy journey.
I live in Fuengirola and have been using the local train to the airport on many occasions, so here I will share practical tips from my personal experience that will save you a lot of time and money.
C-1 Cercanias Train Connection
The train connection between Malaga Airport and Fuengirola is a local suburban C-1 connection from the city, which runs frequently. They are called ‘cercanias’ locally, which basically means a commuter local train.
The trains run approximately every 20 minutes and the journey between the airport and Fuengirola takes around 30 minutes.
Timetable For Train from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola
The first trains start around 5.30am and the last trains from the airport leave just before midnight, around 23.40pm. Here is a complete timetable that lists all the trains.
You should always consult the Renfe website I linked earlier as they have the most accurate times. Do not trust any listings in Google as they are not updated correctly.
The train times also vary slightly between seasons, for example in the summer the trains run slightly longer and more frequently compared to the winter months.
Stops For the Train from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola
The C-1 line calls for the following stops between Fuengirola and Malaga Airport. Please note it also continues to two main stops in Malaga – the Malaga Maria Zambrano station and Malaga Centro.
There are 12 stops in total between Fuengirola and Malaga Airport, if you’re getting off at the main station in Fuengirola.
Fuengirola (main station)
Los Boliches (part of Fuengirola)
Torreblanca (part of Fuengirola)
Carvajal (part of Fuengirola)
Benalmadena-Arroyo de la Miel
Train Tickets For Train from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola
There are ticket machines at the station at Malaga airport, by the stairs leading down to the platform. There might also be some ticket booths at the airport, but I don’t remember seeing one in there.
As far as I know you can’t buy tickets for the commuter train in advance online or on the app (but you can do that for the long distance trains).
To find the train station, just walk straight out of the arrivals hall and you will see signs for it navigating you towards the back of the parking lot.
The ticket machines are available in the English language, just press the little flag icon in the bottom left corner. Choose a day ticket and select a destination in Fuengirola – the train stops in Carvajal, Torreblanca, Los Boliches and Fuengirola main station.
You can pay by card or cash. The tickets are then printed with a QR code.
The tickets have a QR code that you place on the reader next to the gate and it opens it up for you. At some stations, there are no gates so the ticket is not required to exit, but it’s better to have it with you for the journey for possible inspections.
Cost of Train from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola
The price of a one way ticket is 2.70 euros.
The prices are based on the number of zones you cross.
Train Facilities and Practical Tips
The trains are pretty spacious and have plenty of room for luggage, although there is no dedicated luggage storage. There are also toilets suitable for the disabled and you can easily travel even with a bike. The more spacious coaches are towards the beginning of the train usually.
The trains are equipped with toilets and plenty of seats. Some of the platforms are not easily accessible and have a higher step, so you might need help if you are lifting heavier luggage or getting into the train with a pram.
Train from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola: Frequent Questions
How much is a train from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola?
One-way train ticket from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola costs 2.70 euros.
How to use the train ticket machine at Malaga airport?
The ticket machines are located by the entrance to the platforms. You should click on the little flag in the bottom corner to change the language. After that you can select a single ticket, choose your destination and enter the number of tickets you need.
The machines allow payment by card or cash. A QR ticket will then be printed and you need to scan this at the entrance to the platform and when you exit again.
Where to buy train ticket from Malaga airport?
The ticket machines for the local commuter trains are located by the entrance to the platforms, at the back of the airport parking. There are clear signs navigating you to the train station from the arrivals hall.
How long does the train take from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola?
The train journey from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola takes approximately 30 to 35 minutes.
How often do trains run from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola?
The trains from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola run every 20 minutes, with the last train leaving before midnight.
How many stops on the train from Malaga to Fuengirola?
There are 15 stops between Malaga and Fuengirola, and 12 stops between the airport and Fuengirola.
Do trains run from Malaga airport?
Yes, there are only local commuter trains that run to Malaga Airport. The C-1 suburban line can get you to destinations in the direction of Fuengirola (for example Benalmadena or Torremolinos), or you can take the train to get to central Malaga which is less than 10-minute ride.
What time is the last train from Malaga to Fuengirola?
The last trains from Malaga to Fuengirola normally leave around 11.30 pm, just before midnight.
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