Train from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos: Your Detailed Transport Guide

Train from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos: Your Detailed Transport Guide

Do you need to get the train from Malaga airport to Torremolinos? If you’re looking for transport details for this journey, you’re at the right place!

As a local expat that lives close to Torremolinos, I am able to share local insights and detailed tips that will save you a lot of time and frustration.

Let’s look at the transport options for train from Malaga airport to Torremolinos!

Journey Details for Train from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos

Train from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos is serviced by the C-1 commuter train from Fuengirola, one that I’m very familiar with and have been using it for years.

Where to Get the Train from the Airport

When you get out of the main airport building at arrival, head straight down the road following the signs for the train stop. You will pass a parking lot on your right side, keep going all the way to the back following the footpath and signs.

You will take the escalators down and you get right to the platform. Double check that you’re on the right platform with trains heading in the direction of Fuengirola.

Where to Get the Train Tickets

There are ticket machines by the entrance to the station, next to the escalators.

At the bottom of the screen in the left corner you will see a sign with flags – click that and select English language.

Select a day ticket and find Torremolinos in the list. The tickets should cost 2.70 euros one way. You can pay by card or cash.

The machine will give you a printed ticket with a QR code that you scan at the gates.

Some stations do not have gates, so don’t be surprised by that (Torreblanca for example).

You just get on the train with your ticket, there is no need to validate the ticket anywhere apart from the gates by the entrance and upon exit.

Molino de Inca Botanical Garden in Torremolinos
Botanical garden in Torremolinos

The Train Facilities

The trains are very spacious with lots of room for luggage and rarely that crowded that you wouldn’t be able to get on. Having said that, if you arrive in the middle of the summer with a lot of lights arriving at the same time, it might get more busy than usually.

The train has also space for bikes and toilets.

If you’re travelling with a baby pram, the steps to get on the train are a bit higher up, so you will need help to get the pram on the train.

There is usually a security guard on the train (not checking the tickets, just ensuring order) and masks are still compulsory on all forms of public transport in Andalusia (accurate as of spring 2023).

The train doors open by pressing the button in the middle of the door as soon as the train stops and the light turns green on the button. The train does not open all doors automatically, so if you want to get out you need to open the door yourself.

Train Times & Journey Time

The trains run every 20 minutes or so, and the journey takes 10 minutes.

The train stops at the following stations:

Plaza Mayor

Los Alamos

La Colina


The first trains leave around 5.30am and the last ones before midnight, at 23.40pm.

Please be careful where you check the timetables for these train connections as they are almost always not accurate. The best way is to check the renfe website and their timetable here.

Facilities at the Train Stations

Both Malaga airport and Torremolinos are very small stations with limited facilities. If you need to buy some last minute snacks or water, it’s best to do it while you’re still at the airport.

Torremolinos train station is in the centre of the old town, so you will have access to restaurants and shops as soon as you leave the station, and there is also a taxi rank.

If you’re staying by the coast, it’s best to get a taxi or a local uber to take you to your accommodation as the access to the coastal area in Torremolinos is through a maze of cascading streets which are not easy to navigate with luggage.

Tips for Travelling by Train

Trains in Andalusia are very clean, reliable and the journey has been always smooth for me.

The only issue you might encounter is overcrowding in the summer months, so if you want a more smoother transport in the summer without delays, you can always get a taxi outside of the airport, which won’t cost much.

I would also advise to use a taxi if you’re travelling with excessive luggage or extra large items which might be tricky to get on a full train.

The trains have wheelchair section but the steps to the train itself are quite high, and I have not seen many wheelchair users in the trains, so I’m not sure how well they’re equipped for getting the wheelchair on the train.

Another tip which I mentioned above – if you’re staying somewhere by the coast in Torremolinos, it’s probably easier to get the taxi instead of the train. The only reason is the fact that you might still need to get a taxi once you arrive in Torremolinos by train, and don’t want to walk all the way down with your luggage.

Other Transport Options from the Airport

For other transport options between Malaga airport and Torremolinos check this article.

Train from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos: Frequent Questions

How far is Malaga airport from Torremolinos?

The distance between Malaga airport and Torremolinos is about 8 kilometres.

Is there a train from Malaga airport to Torremolinos?

Yes, there is a direct train from Malaga airport to Torremolinos and the journey takes only 10 minutes.

Can you get a train from Malaga airport to Torremolinos?

Yes, you can get a train just outside of the arrivals hall. The journey to Torremolinos takes just 10 minutes.

How much is train from Malaga airport to Torremolinos?

The train ticket costs 2.70 euros one way.

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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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