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How to get to the Costa del Sol

The Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) stretches for more than 150km (93mi) along the south coast of Spain, from Tarifa in the east, near Gibraltar, to Almuñecar, near Granada.

The most convenient route to the Costa del Sol is by air to Málaga Airport (AGP), also known as Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport, located 8km (5mi) southwest of Málaga and 5km (3mi) north of Torremolinos.

Málaga is located about 100km (62mi) east of the Strait of Gibraltar, about 130km (81mi) east of Tarifa (the southernmost point of continental Europe) and about 130km (81m) to the north of Africa.

The city has a frequent daily train service from Madrid (via Córdoba) as well as to and from Barcelona, Valencia and Seville. A bus service links the Costa del Sol with Granada.

From the airport, a frequent bus service links all the towns along the Costa del Sol. Taxis and hire cars are also available.

A train service also operates from Málaga town centre to Fuengirola with stops at Torremolinos and Benalmádena. Typically, the better hotels can arrange pick up from the airport.


Flight times to Málaga

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Málaga Airport (AGP).

Within Spain: Iberia, Vueling Airlines and Air Europa offer convenient daily direct flights from Madrid to Malaga.

Madrid to Malaga is 1 hr 10 min, direct flight
Barcelona to Malaga is 1 hr 45 min, direct flight


From United Kingdom: British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet offer the most convenient daily direct flights to Málaga Airport (AGP).

London to Malaga is 2 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Manchester to Malaga is 3 hrs, direct flight


From Ireland: Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer the most convenient flights to Málaga Airport (AGP).

Dublin to Malaga is 3 hrs, direct flight


From France: Vueling Airlines, Air Europa and easyJet offers the most convenient direct flights to Málaga Airport (AGP).

Paris to Malaga is 2 hr 25 min, direct flight


From Germany: Eurowings, Lufthansa, Ryanair and easyJet offer the most convenient flights to Málaga Airport (AGP).

Berlin to Malaga is 3 hrs 25 min, direct flight
Dusseldorf to Malaga is 3 hrs, direct flight
Frankfurt to Malaga is 2 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Hamburg to Malaga is 3 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Munich to Malaga is 3 hrs, direct flight


From United States: Iberia, Delta Air Lines, British Airlines and American Airlines offer the most convenient daily flights to Málaga Airport (AGP).

New York to Malaga is 7 hrs 45 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Malaga is 11 hrs 5 min, connecting flightˆ
Boston to Malaga is 9 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Malaga is 11 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Malaga is 13 hrs 15 min, connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Malaga is 13 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Malaga is 13 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet and British Airways offer the most convenient daily flights to Málaga Airport (AGP).

Montreal to Malaga is 6 hrs 55 min, direct flight

Toronto to Malaga is 9 hrs 35 min, connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Malaga is 12 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qantas, Alitalia, British Airways and Qatar Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Málaga Airport (AGP).

Adelaide to Malaga is 25 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Malaga is 26 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Malaga is 24 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Malaga is 25 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Malaga is 22 hrs 10 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Qatar Airways offers the most convenient scheduled flights to Málaga Airport (AGP).

Auckland to Malaga is 26 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Málaga Airport (AGP).

Singapore to Malaga is 16 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Málaga Airport (AGP), also known as Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport, is located 8km (5mi) southwest of Málaga and 5km (3mi) north of Torremolinos.


Transfer between terminals

The three terminals are all adjacent and easily accessible on foot.


Public transport

Taxi: Taxi ranks are located in front of Terminal 3 Arrivals and Terminal 2 Departures.

Journey time into central Málaga takes around 12 minutes, with the fare around €15, varying according to season, weekends and holidays.

Pre-bookable taxi services are available from Taxi Malaga (tel: +34 952 401 773; www.taxienmalaga.net) and Unitaxi (tel: +34 952 333 333; www.unitaxi.es).

Bus: The Airport Express bus route A (tel: +34 902 527 200; www.emtmalaga.es) connects the airport with central Málaga, taking approximately 15 minutes with a fare of €3.

Other bus services are available, connecting the airport with Torremolinos, taking around 30 minutes, with a fare of €3.55, and Marbella, taking around 45 minutes, with a fare of €8. Full details are available on the airport website.

Rail: A local train service (tel: +34 902 320 320; www.renfe.com) runs between Malaga Airport's Terminal 3 and the city centre, taking around 12 minutes, with fares from €1.70.

Trains run from 07:00am to 10:00pm, and also connect the airport with Marbella, Torremolinos and Fuengirola.


Car rental

Car hire companies at Malaga Airport include Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Goldcar, Hertz, Record Go and Sixt. Desks for these operators are located in the Arrivals Hall of Terminals 2 and 3.


Terminal facilities

Money: Bureaux de change and ATMs are located in Terminals 2 and 3.

Food: A wide choice of cafés, bars, restaurants and fast-food outlets are located in Terminals 2 and 3.

Shopping: A range of shops at Málaga Airport include fashion, giftware, books, edible goods and electronics, as well as a duty-free for passengers leaving the EU.

Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout Málaga Airport, and public telephones are available throughout the terminals.

Other: Other facilities available at Málaga Airport include a medical service, pharmacy, baby changing room, pets and children's areas, a police station, an exhibition area, a multi-faith chapel, an aviation museum and numerous travel agencies.

A number of business lounges are also available at the airport,


Disabled facilities

Malaga Airport is well-equipped for disabled travellers with lifts, ramps, adapted toilets and reserved seating.

Reserved parking spaces are available for disabled badge holders in the car parks.

'Green Jackets' provide assistance and wheelchair facilities in all terminals. For further assistance, passengers should contact their airline prior to travel.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.


Getting around

Apart from walking, taxis, buses and hire cars are all available to explore the Costa del Sol.


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Latest update: How to get to the Costa del Sol: 13 February, 2020


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