How to get to the Costa del Sol

Castillo de Gibralfaro, Malaga
Castillo de Gibralfaro, Malaga – Image courtesy of Spain On Line (

Where is the Costa del Sol . . .

The Costa del Sol stretches for more than 150km along the south coast of Spain from Tarifa in the east near Gibraltar to Almuñecar on the Costa Tropical, near Granada.

Getting to the Costa del Sol

By air, the Costa del Sol is easily accessed via Málaga Airport, with hundreds of flights daily to and from major European cities including London, Paris and Rome.

The airport is located 10km from Málaga town centre and provides a train link to Fuengirola with stops at Torremolinos and Benalmádena, as well as a bus service to Málaga and Marbella. Typically, the better hotels can arrange your pick up from the airport.

Málaga 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 Australia: The most convenient and quickest flights to Málaga are on Thai Airways via Bangkok and Madrid or on Emirates via Dubai and Madrid.

From New Zealand: The most convenient flights to Málaga are on Air New Zealand to Los Angeles connecting with Iberia to Madrid.

From the UK: British Airways, Aer Lingus, EasyJet, Thomson and Monarch Airlines offer direct flights daily from London Gatwick to Málaga. British Airways and Iberia offer daily direct flights from Heathrow to Madrid.

From the USA: A huge choice of airlines fly from New York Kennedy and Newark to Madrid with connecting flights to Málaga. The most convenient flights from Los Angeles are via Madrid on Iberia.

Flight time to Málaga

Madrid to Málaga is 1 hour 5 minutes, direct flight
London to Málaga is 2 hour 45 minutes, direct flight

Flight time to Madrid

Brisbane to Madrid is 25 hours, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Madrid is 24 hours 35 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Madrid is 25 hours, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Madrid is 21 hours 15 minutes, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Madrid is 26 hours 45 minutes, with connecting flightˆ
London to Madrid is 2 hours 20 minutes, direct flight
New York to Madrid is 7 hours 25 minutes, direct flight
Los Angeles to Madrid is 11 hours 20 minutes, direct flight
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Málaga Airport (also known as Malaga Costa Del Sol Airport and Pablo Ruiz Picasso Airport) is located 10km southwest of Málaga and 5km 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.

Madrid-Barajas Airport is located 9km from the city's financial district and 13km northeast of the Puerta del Sol, Madrid's historic centre. The airport has a rail link to the city centre.

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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