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Car Rental at Malaga Airport
Most of the larger rental companies have desks in the arrivals area, and have vehicle collection at the airport. Companies that operate directly out of Malaga Airport include Auriga Crown, Autos Lido, National Atesa, Avis, Europcar, Record, Goldcar, Hertz, Solmar, and Sixt.
The smaller rental companies are located a short shuttle bus journey from the arrivals area. Many are located on the approach road which connects the Malaga Airport arrivals terminal to the vehicle collection terminals. Most of the smaller companies operate a "Meet and Greet" service and will direct you to the shuttle bus.
Before booking check in the "Rate Details" of the quote form whether the company has on-airport collection if this is a concern.
Booking in advance at Malaga airport will help you secure the best deal, but be aware that even if you pay in advance, all car hire companies will still require that you show them a credit card so they can take a holding deposit.
TIP: During busy periods to avoid queues, the driver of your rental vehicle should head directly to the rental car desks, while other passengers collect the luggage.
Distances from Malaga Airport (by road)
Malaga Airport Hotels
The Holiday Inn Express is located around 1km from Malaga airport and offers easy access (less than 5 minutes drive to the airport terminals) and is very reasonably priced. However there is no courtesy hotel bus service to the 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. Read reviews of Malaga Holiday Inn Express
TIP: Local Malagan produce such as wine, olives and tobacco and souvenirs are generally more expensive at outlets inside the airport than in the local shops and supermarkets.
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.
Transport Options at Malaga Airport
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.
There is a train station at Malaga Airport which offers a regular service to Malaga city centre. From Malaga centre you can catch a train west to resorts such as Torremolinos, Marbella and Fuengirola.
Airlines Operating at Malaga Airport
Airlines that regularly fly to Malaga from within Britain include Jet2.com, Thomson Flights, Flybe, Ryanair, Flybe, Monarch, EasyJet, flythomascook.com charters, AerLingus, and British Airways. From Wales Bmibaby also offers flights, and from Scotland there are additional flights to Malaga offered by Air Europa and Air France in addition to airlines mentioned above in the Britain airline list.
The approximate flight time from any UK airport to Malaga is about 2½ hours to 3 hours. There are over 30 different airports in the UK that offer flights to the Malaga Airport from around eight different airlines, although the frequency and number of flights varies throughout the year with the peak travel time occurring during the summer.
Malaga Airport Shops and Food Options
Malaga Airport has a large selection of shops offering everything from presents and souvenirs to clothing and other designer goods. Most popular purchases include cigarettes (at around half the price of UK cigarettes), cosmetics, perfumery, alcohol, foodstuffs, and alcohol given the high duty free allowance for UK citizens.
Finding a place to grab a quick bite to eat or a full meal is not a problem at Malaga airport and you can find everything from sandwich bars to cafes to a self-serve restaurant spread out throughout the three terminals. In addition, there are also a few bars for those who simply want a drink and to relax before their flight takes off or their transportation arrives.
Prices at Malaga Airport (like most airports) are high for food, drinks, and snacks so if you have time to eat before your flight it is recommended. Those who just want a quick snack will find plenty of fast food options woven throughout the airport such as the Whopper Bar, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, and more.
In general you can get reasonable prices on many goods at the airport shops due to the tax free shopping. However prices are usually cheaper in the local Spanish shops.