Last year, I wrote about a daily bus service operating from the Axarquía region to Málaga airport. I know that many people find my blog by searching the internet for information about buses from Málaga airport heading to the eastern Costa del Sol, so here’s the current situation for Summer 2013.
According to the ALSA bus schedule, the airport service is operating between 1st July and 8th September 2013. The bad news being that the service (like last year) will only operate once a day in each direction.
The Alsina Graells (ALSA) website is in English, and from here you can study bus schedules and purchase tickets in advance of your trip.
Travelling to Málaga airport (AGP)
The bus leaves Motril at 8am calling at Salobreña, Almuñecar, La Herradura, Maro, Nerja, Torrox Costa, El Morche, La Caleta de Vélez and Torre del Mar. The service then travels direct to Málaga without further stops, arriving at the airport at 10.25am.
From Motril a single trip to the airport costs €8.96, or €16.18 for a return ticket.
The timetable shows the bus leaving Nerja at 9am, with a single ticket costing €4.43 or €8.02 for a return trip
From Torrox Costa the bus departs at 9.10am, from where a one-way ticket would cost €3.77 and €6.83 for a return journey.
The bus leaves Torre del Mar at 9.38am and, this time, a single journey ticket is €2.61 with the return trip costing €4.73.
Although there is only one bus each day direct from the Axarquía region to Malaga airport – don’t let this worry you. There are plenty of buses to Málaga (Larios) bus station from where you can get a further bus to the airport. This second bus will drop you off right outside the new terminal (T3) building.
If you prefer to continue your journey by train, right next door to the bus station in Málaga is the Maria Zambrano railway station. Just cross the road and you can jump on one of the frequent trains direct to Terminal 3 of the airport. You will need to catch the local commuter train (known as Cercanias) C-1 in the direction of Fuengirola. Trains to the airport leave every half hour between 5:23am and 10:33pm. The journey only takes 8 minutes and the fare costs between €1.70 and €2.60 depending on the time and day of travel.
Travelling from Málaga airport to La Axarquía
The once-a-day bus from Málaga airport (AGP) leaves from outside the new Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall (Llegadas) at 11am, taking the reverse route to Motril, arriving in Nerja at 12.23pm. The cost to Nerja is €4.43 for a one-way journey or €8.02 for a return ticket.
If this bus time is not convenient, you can also catch a bus from outside T3 into Málaga bus station, from where you can hop on another bus along the coast.
[Bus timetable image credit: here]
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