Are you planning a holiday in Marbella and wondering about the easiest way to arrange transportation to Marbella? Or do you already own a house or apartment in Marbella and you need some tips on how to travel with your own car? This blog provides useful information on travelling to Marbella, including recommendations for reliable party services and car rental options available at Málaga Airport. By following these tips, you can ensure that your vacation in Marbella starts smoothly and you can truly enjoy your time there.

Later in this blog, you'll also find some helpful information about Málaga Airport that can come in handy when you're returning from your trip. You can learn about airport lounges, fast lane security options, a range of restaurants and shops, as well as some tips for travelling with children. This information will make your return journey smoother and more enjoyable.

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Travel from Málaga airport to Marbella

Getting from Málaga Airport to Marbella is a top priority after landing. There are various options available for this, including renting a car, taking a taxi, using a private driver service, travelling by helicopter, or taking a bus. Choose the option that best suits your needs and preferences to make the journey to Marbella smooth and enjoyable.

Renting a car

We recommend renting a car in Marbella. Renting a car is the ideal way to travel from Málaga Airport to your destination in Marbella and explore the city at your own pace during your stay. However, before renting a car, it is important to consider the location of your accommodation and whether it is convenient to rent a car from the airport. As Marbella is quite spread out, renting a car is highly recommended if you want to discover the city.

If you decide to rent a car, we suggest that you do so well in advance, especially during peak season or holiday periods. Due to COVID-19, many rental car companies have had to reduce their fleets, resulting in limited availability during these times.

Several car rental companies are available at Málaga Airport, including Hertz, Avis, Europcar, and Sixt. Their counters are located in the baggage hall, just down the escalator. If your provider is not directly located at the airport, a shuttle service is usually offered to take you there. The shuttle service is located outside the airport, near the taxi stand, and takes a maximum of three minutes to reach the car rental company. The journey from the airport to Marbella takes around 40 minutes, depending on traffic. However, keep in mind that parking in Marbella can be a challenge during peak season. If your destination in Marbella is Old Town or beyond, we recommend taking the toll road for a smoother and more efficient journey.

If you need more information on renting a car and its regulations, please refer back to our blog post on "Everything You Need to Know About Renting a Car." This will provide you with all the necessary details and guidelines to make your car rental experience hassle-free and enjoyable.


If you prefer a more comfortable and private ride, taking a taxi is a good option. Taxis are available 24/7 outside the arrivals hall at Malaga Airport. You will find the taxi place immediately on the right when you walk out of the exit. The journey from the airport to Marbella takes around 40 minutes, depending on the time of day and traffic.

The cost of a taxi ride in Marbella varies depending on your destination. If you're travelling with one to four people, expect to pay between 60 to 80 euros. For groups of four to eight people, the fare ranges from 80 to 110 euros. Keep in mind that an additional fee may be charged for luggage, particularly when travelling from the airport.

During peak season, it's worth asking the taxi driver if they're willing to take the toll road as this can save you a significant amount of time. However, keep in mind that the taxi driver will charge you for the toll road, which can range from 4.60 to 9 euros.

Uber and Bolt

Both Uber and Bolt are available in Malaga, so you can use these apps to book a ride from the airport to Marbella. The journey takes around 40 minutes and the fare is usually cheaper than taking a taxi. However, it's important to note that these services may not be available at all times and in all locations.

Private driver service

For those who want to arrive in style, you can hire a private driver service like Autos Bahía Marbella. This is the private driver service we always recommend as it offers luxurious vehicles and professional drivers who pick you up from the airport and take you directly to your destination in Marbella. While it is a more expensive option, it provides a high level of comfort and convenience.

Shuttle service from the hotel

When making a reservation, many hotels, especially the more luxurious ones, offer a pick-up service for their guests. If you're interested in using this service, simply mention it when making your booking. However, keep in mind that additional fees may apply. If you book your vacation with Silverjet Holidays, this service is always included in your package, so there are no additional costs to worry about.


For the ultimate VIP experience, you can take a helicopter from Malaga Airport to Marbella. This is a unique and unforgettable way to arrive in Marbella, and it offers stunning views of the coastline. However, it's also the most expensive option, and it's only available for a limited number of people.


Using public transportation is another option, and taking the bus is the best way to get to Marbella from Málaga Airport. There are several bus companies that operate services from the airport to Marbella, including Avanza and Portillo. Although you can take the train for the first part of the journey, you still need to take a bus from Fuengirola. To get the best deal, book your ticket as early as possible and travel outside of rush hours. On the day of travel, the average ticket price from Málaga to Marbella is around € 11,-. However, you can find cheaper tickets for as low as € 7-.

Travel with your own car from Málaga airport to Marbella

If you own a house or apartment in Marbella, it is more cost-effective to purchase a car instead of renting one. It's convenient if you can park the car at Málaga airport. Several companies offer this service, but we recommend Hola Car Parking.

Hola Car Parking has a location at Malaga Airport, featuring a new covered parking garage of 5500m2 and an outdoor parking area of 15000m2, located behind the airport. Hola Car Parking is one of the few parking companies at Malaga Airport with an officially licensed outdoor parking and garage. They provide an unlimited parking service 24/7, 365 days a year, with insurance, 24/7 security and camera surveillance, as well as free interior and exterior cleaning, ensuring that your car is in the best possible hands.

We always use this service, and it works perfectly. Upon arriving at Málaga Airport, give Hola Car Parking a call, and they will have your car ready for you at the express parking within 15 minutes. This means that you don't even have to wait, and the car is always ready and completely clean. How convenient!

When you want to return the car, send an email with the details and the time you will be at Málaga airport. Someone will be ready to receive your car at the express parking.

Everything about Málaga Airport

Málaga Airport is not only convenient because of its central location, but it also offers basic facilities for travellers to utilise while waiting for their flight. Below, you'll find more information about the airport lounges, fast lane security, restaurants, shops and nice to know if you are travelling with kids.

Airport lounge

Málaga Airport is not only convenient because of its central location, but it also offers basic facilities for travellers to utilise while waiting for their flight. Below, you'll find more information about the airport lounges, fast lane security, restaurants, shops and nice to know if you are travelling with kids.
Airport lounge
The VIP lounge at Málaga Airport is a great option if you need to pass the time, especially if you want to get some work done. It offers a more comfortable setting than waiting in the airport, with large windows that provide a view of the planes.

The food is decent, but don't expect anything extraordinary. We usually just grab a snack and some water here. If we want to eat a proper meal, we either purchase it at the airport or make sure we bring our own in advance.

The airport lounge is located after the large Duty Free shop after security, turn right, and the VIP lounge is just up the top of the stairs. There is also a lift that takes you to the VIP Lounge.

A word of warning! Do not solely rely on the screens to display your flight information. Flights begin boarding one hour before the departure time, and it's possible that the screens may not show your flight. So, it's always a good idea to double-check with reception.

You can access the VIP Lounge in one of the following ways:

  • If you hold a Business Class ticket or have associated club cards with your airline, you can enter the lounge.
  • You can use your Priority Pass membership (more information available here).
  • You can pay for entry at the lounge's reception desk. The current prices are €35.95 for adults and €16.55 for kids, while children under six can enter for free. Please note that prices are subject to change, so it's best to check with the lounge beforehand.

Fast lane security

Fast Track is available at Málaga Airport, and you can purchase tickets online for €10 per person. Children under five can enter for free.

Fast Track may only be worth it during peak season, as security lines at Málaga Airport are generally manageable. However, it might be recommended if you're travelling with children, so that they don't have to wait in line.


Málaga Airport offers a variety of food and beverage options. Here are some recommendations for your stay:

  • BiBo Dani García Delibar (for coffee and croissants and tapas)
  • Starbucks (coffee, sweets, sandwiches, and juices)
  • Giraffe World Kitchen (great for breakfast, lunch, drinks and dinner)
  • Jamie's Deli (sandwiches, drinks, and hot food)
  • Olé Food Market (pizza, pasta, and salads)
  • Burger King (fast food)
  • EAT. (sandwiches and juices)


There are also various small stores at Málaga Airport, ideal if you have some time to kill before your return flight to the Netherlands. Here are some tips:

  • Sunglass Hut
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Duty Free
  • Desigual
  • MAC
  • Lacoste

Nice to know if you travelling with kids

If you are travelling with children, there are a few children's areas at Malaga Airport where they can play and make waiting just that little bit more pleasant. In addition to the usual facilities, such as changing facilities for your child, there is a children's area at the end of terminal D at the end of the escalator. The airport also has large windows that allow you to see the planes landing and taking off, which many children enjoy watching together.


traveling from Málaga Airport to Marbella can be a smooth and enjoyable experience if you plan ahead and choose the right transportation option for your needs. Renting a car is recommended for exploring Marbella, and there are many car rental companies available at the airport. Taking a taxi or private driver service can provide a more comfortable and convenient ride, while taking the bus is a more cost-effective option. If you own a house or apartment in Marbella, using a parking service like Hola Car Parking is a great choice.

Málaga Airport also offers basic facilities for travellers, including an airport lounge, fast track security, a range of restaurants and shops, and children's areas. Be sure to double-check your flight information with reception, and consider purchasing fast track security tickets if you're travelling with children or during peak season. Overall, following these tips will help ensure that your vacation in Marbella starts and ends smoothly.

Bart Eichhorn
Author: Bart Eichhorn

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