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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), officially Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport, which is 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 the United States: Iberia, Delta Air Lines, British Airlines and American Airlines offer the most convenient daily flights to Málaga Airport (AGP).

Atlanta to Malaga is 11 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Malaga is 9 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Malaga is 11 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Malaga is 13 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Malaga is 7 hrs 45 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Malaga is 13 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Malaga is 13 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ


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

Toronto to Malaga is 9 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Malaga is 6 hrs 55 min, direct flight
Vancouver to Malaga is 12 hrs 55 min, with 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, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Malaga is 26 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Malaga is 24 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Malaga is 25 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Malaga is 22 hrs 10 min, with 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, with 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, with connecting flightˆ


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

London to Malaga is 2 hrs 55 min, 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

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

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

The airport provides a train link to the city centre and a service to Fuengirola with stops at Torremolinos and Benalmádena, as well as a bus service to Málaga and Marbella. Taxis and hire cars are also available.


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: 23 June, 2019


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