Malaga Airport Information
Getting to Costa del Sol Resorts from Malaga Airport
Malaga Airport is located approximately 8km to the south west of Malaga, and offers excellent transport links to the rest of the Costa del Sol.
Malaga Airport is located adjacent to the coastal A7/E15 motorway making it very easy to drive to the nearby resorts of Fuengirola, Puerto Banus, Marbella, and Torremolinos.
Malaga Airport has two new access routes that are exclusive to the airport providing easy access to the motorway. From the south the A7 will lead you directly into the airport, or from the north you can easily get to Malaga Airport by following West ring road. There is also work on an underground station that will soon allow travellers to take the subway system from Malaga into the airport making transportation even simpler for those heading to the Costa Del Sol.
There is a new (underground) train station at Malaga Airport close to Terminal 3 which offers a regular service to Malaga city centre, but also connects directly to a number of the Costa del Sol resorts to the west including Torremolinos and Fuengirola.
Taxi ranks are located directly outside Terminal 3 and Terminal 1, however, taxis in Malaga are not metered so it important to ask for a quote to your destination before leaving. Most taxis will automatically use the coast road due to the fact that it is faster but the Toll Road is safer and most taxi drivers will reluctantly use it instead if you ask for it in advance and are willing to pay the toll which is around 5 Euros.
There are two major bus services operated by the Malaga Airport Bus transit that run from the airport to the Marbella Bus Station which is about a 45 minute trip and to the Malaga City Centre which runs on a variable schedule so check the summer and winter schedules before embarking on your holiday.
Malaga Airport Food and Shopping
Bars and Restaurants
Prices at the bars and restaurants at Malaga Airport are around double those you would find on the Costa del Sol, so unless you want to use up your holiday Euros you may be better off eating before you arrive at the airport or bring your own food.
Bars and restaurants at the airport include the usual Burger King's, Pizza Hut's and Pizza Hut's (with higher prices than outside the airport), as well as a seafood bar, sandwich bars and the obligatory Irish bar (O'leary's).
Malaga Airport has a large selection of shops selling gifts, souvenirs, designer clothing and other designer goods. The most popular items to bring back from Spain to the UK include cigarettes and alcohol.
Although Spanish cigarettes cost around half the price of those sold in the UK, airport cigarettes prices are higher than those sold in the local tobacco shops (called Tabaquerias - look for the yellow "Tabacos" signs). Spanish wine and spirits can be purchased at the airport, but in Spain airport alcohol prices are a lot higher than in the local supermarkets, so it makes sense to buy alcohol before you get to the airport.
Perfumes, clothes and Spanish foods such as olives sold at the airport are generally not especially good value unless you find promotional offers.
Malaga Airport Hotels
The Holiday Inn Express is the closest hotel to Malaga airport and offers easy access (less than 5 minutes drive to the airport terminals) and is very reasonably priced.
There is no courtesy hotel bus service from this hotel to Malaga airport, so if you don't have a rental car you will probably need to get a taxi (or walk if you don't have much luggage). The hotel is rather difficult to find from the road and it is easy to miss the exit.
There are a number of other hotels including Hotel Campanile, Hotel Ibis and a Novatel located along the main MA-20 route into Malaga city centre. These hotels can be rather easy to miss (especially at night time) , so it is recommended that you know which exit you need to take if you are driving.