Marbella and Puerto Banús are considered the jewels of the Costa del Sol, so there are many people that they are not including Malaga city in the plan and they are going directly to these places.If it´s your case, I´ll explain you all the available options of transportation to get from Malaga to Marbella and Puerto Banus.
Unfortunately, no train is available from Malaga city or Malaga airport to Marbella. The train network of Cercanias Malaga is limited to Fuengirola and Marbella is not included in the route.
In order to get to Marbella from Malaga we have to take a bus (Avanza bus), car (rental), taxi or premium services. Let´s explain all options to get from Malaga city or Malaga airport to Marbella.
Transport from Malaga airport to Marbella
How to get from Malaga to Marbella by bus.
Direct Bus Malaga-Marbella from the airport.
The company Avanza offers connections to Marbella bus station from Malaga Airport. The only problem is that the schedules are changing many times so please check in advance the updated schedule in the website.
If you are travelling during the peak season (July-August) you can easily get a bus from the airport because there are many of them (frecuency: 45 min.) but if you travel during low season there are only 3 options: 11:45, 19:45 and 22:30.
The good point is the price, it costs only 6,15€ or 8,20€ for the plus service (wifi, press).
If your final destination is Puerto Banus you need to take a taxi from the Marbella bus station to your accomodation. The price is around 10€ and it takes only 10-15 min.
Bus to Marbella from Malaga bus station.
If you arriving to Malaga by train or bus the best option is to take a bus from the regular line to Marbella from the Malaga bus station, located 5 min walking from the Maria Zambrano Train station.
This is also the best (and the cheapest) option to get Marbella from Malaga if you´re in the city.
The bus company Avanza offers buses every 15-30 minutes, with different types of routes (normal, direct, express). The prices are around 5,5€ to 8,5€.
Shuttle Bus from Malaga Airport to Marbella.
Another good option but most expensive is to share a private transport with other people. There are many companies that offer this service, so please check on internet.
The price is around 15-25€ depends on the quality and if there is a door-to-door service or not.
How to get from Malaga to Marbella by car.
Rent a Car at Malaga airport.
There are several companies at the airport, so you can book in advance and drive the 50 km between Málaga Airport and Marbella.
You need to take the A7 or AP7 (toll road), towards Cadiz-Algeciras, and the travel time is around 45 min.
Taxi Malaga-Puerto Banus or taxi Malaga to Marbella.
If you´d like to take a taxi from Malaga airport to Puerto Banus or a transfer from Malaga airport to Puerto Banus, this is your option.
The most expensive option but maybe the most confortable and fastest. You can choose between economy taxis and premium. The difference is the price and the vehicle (premium are Mercedes, Audi and BMW).
There are taxis outside the airport terminal and also you can arranged in advance the service with other companies.
The price per person is around 60€ for the economy service and 80-90€ for the premium.
There are several companies for the transfer from Malaga airport to Puerto Banus, I let you some of them>