How to get to Malaga from the Malaga Airport?

Malaga airport, also known as Pablo Picasso Airport, is located eight kilometers southwest of the capital and within its municipality. It is the most important airport in Andalucía, occupying the fourth place among Spanish airports and is perfectly connected by public transport (bus, train and taxis) to the city center and its surroundings.

Malaga Airport Arrivals

Malaga airport, despite its daily volume of flights, is a small and accessible airport, for example the arrivals terminal only has one exit, so it is very easy to find public transport by following the existing bus signs, train, car rental or taxis.

  • If you want to eat or have a drink, the airport has this cafeteria-restaurant in the arrival hall: Coffee Daily
  • In the baggage claim area you have a Duty Free shop where you can buy food products, perfumery and drinks, among others: Málaga Arrivalshop
  • In the arrivals hall there are ATMs from different banks. Currency exchange offices are available in the baggage reclaim hall.

Malaga Airport Transport

These are the public transport options available to get from Malaga airport to the city center. At first glance, we see that there are 2 main options, suburban train and bus, to get around Malaga by public transport.

  • Train: C1 Line Cercanias Malaga Aeropuerto.
  • Bus:
    • Express Bus (Línea A – Aeropuerto Málaga centro).
    • Long distances buses.
    • Intercity buses.
  • Taxis.
  • VTC (Uber and Cabify)

Public Transport from Malaga Airport

Express bus (Line A Express Airport).

It connects the airport with the center of Malaga in just 15-20 minutes.

  • Price/Fares: 4 €.
    • There are two possibilities to buy the travel title:
      • The checkpoint located at the exit of the terminal, where you can pay in cash or by credit card.
      • Pay directly inside the bus in cash.
  • Timetable.
    • Destination Airport: from 6.25 to 23.30 hours.
    • Destination city center: from 7.00 to 0.00 hours.
    • Frequency: 30 minutes.
  • Stop: Terminal T3. Floor 0. Arrivals. Front transport exchanger.

The advantage of the bus compared to the commuter train is that it has a greater number of stops, so you can reach many more points in the city directly.


Express Bus Malaga Airport – Stops

Malaga airport train. (Cercanias Malaga)

Line C1 of Renfe Cercanías connects the T3 of the airport with Malaga center and with Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Torremolinos. It is the fastest way to get to the center of Malaga or to the towns on the Costa del Sol that have stops: Torremolinos, Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmádena and Fuengirola.

Please check this link to know how to get from Malaga Airport to Marbella, because there are no trains, only buses.

It is accessed from the outside arrivals square and from the departures floor sidewalk.

Malaga airport train prices.

Malaga airport is located in zone 1 of the Malaga Cercanías network, so we will have to see in which zone our destination stop is located to buy the corresponding ticket.

Here I put the prices of the main stops of the Cercanías Aeropuerto-Málaga.

    • Airport and Torremolinos: 1.80 €. (zone 1/2)
    • Benalmádena: 2.05 €. (zone 3)
    • Fuengirola: 2.70 €. (zone 4)

Check here all the information about the Cercanias Malaga: timetables, stops and prices.

Malaga airport train schedule.

    • Destination Airport : de 6.20 a 23.20 horas.
    • Destination Fuengirola: de 5.42 a 22.42 horas.
    • Frecuency: 20 minutos.

Travel time from Malaga airport.

    • Fuengirola: 34 minutes.
    • Benalmádena: 18 minutes.
    • Torremolinos: 10 minutes.
    • Málaga María Zambrano (AVE): 8 minutes.
    • Málaga city centre: 12 minutes.

Cercanías Málaga Airport – C1 Line Málaga-Airport-Fuengirola

Intercity and Long-distance buses

  • From Malaga airport we can go with long-distance buses to Algeciras, Motril, Seville and Granada.
  • For the journey to Motril, Seville or Granada, consult the Alsa website.

M-135: Malaga-Santa Amalia

Line M-135 connects the airport (cargo terminal) with Alhaurín de la Torre, Málaga and Santa Amalia.

Malaga Airport Bus to Estepona

  • Avanzabús connects the airport with the town of Estepona.
  • Check Avanza website for the Estepona-Málaga Airport bus schedules.

Nerja-Airport Line

  • Alsa buses connect the town of Nerja with the airport.
  • Check the timetable for the Nerja-Málaga Airport bus schedules at the Alsa website.

Algeciras-Airport Line (Avanzabus).

  • Price: €19.80
  • Destination Airport: 7.00 and 14.15.
  • Destination Algeciras: 11.30 and 18.50.
  • Duration: 1 hour and 55 minutes.
  • Stop: Terminal T3. Floor 0. Arrivals. transport interchange front

Other options: taxi, car.

In addition to public transport, you can take a taxi or rent a car. The approximate taxi fare to the center of Malaga is around € 20-22, perhaps interesting if we travel in a group and with lots of luggage.

For more details on these options, I recommend consulting the website of the Malaga airport on transport.

Bus A del Aeropuerto Málaga-Costa del Sol

VTC (Uber and Cabify).

Cabify and Uber services are available at Malaga airport. It is advisable to request a prior reservation of the service so as not to have longer waiting times.

The pick-up point varies, but it will be very close to the departure point of the terminal, so when you book you will receive all the information to get to the meeting point.

You have free access to the Wi-Fi network at Malaga airport, so it will not be a problem to have data on your mobile. Select the AIRPORT FREE WIFI AENA network and register via email, Aena Client Club, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Alejo Tomás