If you fly into Malaga Airport (Airport Code: AGP) there are several ways to get airport transfer from the airport to Marbella – and of course the price varies depending of what kind of transportation you choose.
The cheapest way, is to take the Airport Bus. It is parked right outside the terminal where all passengers gets out, no matter what flight you have arrived with. When you come out of the terminal, there are benches on your right hand side, where people mostly sit and smoke. In front of you you’ll see the escalators to the top level of the airport and to the parking garages for cars.
Walk straight ahead, towards the escalators and you’ll see the bus stop for the Airport Bus. There are a few different busses, but it is easy to see which one you are going to take, as it clearly says “Marbella” on the front of the bus. If you still have doubts, ask the drive. Even if you do not speak Spanish, you can still say “Marbella??” and look like a question mark in your face and the driver will for sure know what you mean.
It is possible to buy the tickets in advance, but often you won’t have much time between arriving and the bus departures – and it leaves on time, even thought everything else in Spain is not on time! But it also runs on a frequently schedule, so if you miss the bus, there will be a new one real soon.
The price is 8€ pr. person. The driver do not take credit cards, only cash and again he is not happy with 50€ bills or anything bigger than 20€ bills, so remember that when if you exchange money from home. Bring small bills or coins for the bus.
The Airport Bus from Malaga Airport, takes the toll highway, and do not make any stops on the way, so it takes around 20-30 minutes to get from the Airport to Marbella Bus Station, where the bus stops. From here it is a 5-7€ taxi drive to Marbella city center and to our apartments, depending on which one you have booked. Please be aware that if you have booked our apartment in the Old Town of Marbella, you’ll always have to walk the last bit, as there are no cars allowed inside the old town.
The taxis are parked outside the bus station at all hours, on your left hand side when you get out of the building. Now a days all taxi drivers take credit cards, or they should – so it is a good idea to bring some cash.
Another way to get from Malaga Airport to Marbella is by taxi. There are plenty of taxies waiting outside the terminal where all passengers comes out, no matter what flight you have arrived with. When you come out of the terminal, there are benches on your right hand side, where people mostly sit and smoke.
Walk right, past the benches – or stop for a minute and have a smoke if you feel like it – and you’ll see all the taxies in line, at all hours right in front of you. If there should’t be any taxies there, for instant in the high season, just get in line and wait for one to arrive, it won’t take long.
Taking a taxi from Malaga Airport to Marbella is however quite an expensive way of transportation. First of all, the price is often between 85-100€ pr. taxi and second, you can only be 4 people in most taxies in Spain, so if you arrive a lot of people together, it’s going to be even more expensive. It is also not prohibited by law in Spain, that children should be in car seats or chair, so if you are bringing a child, they’ll have to sit alone on the seat or on your lap, which potential cold be dangerous, when going on the highway.
We do however have contact to one small taxi company from Marbella who does the trip a lot cheaper and who are in every way unique from other Spanish taxi companies. First of all they have special cars for disabled people with a lift on the back of the car, and room to take an electrical wheelchair into the back of the taxi. Even if you don’t need that, it’s a huge plus that someone have thought that far, as to buy the facilities to drive disabled people around!
Second, this company always drives around with children’s car seats or cushion for most ages, and if you book in advance, they’ll make sure to bring the size and amount that you need, to the airport when they pick you up. The company also have a car with room for 6 people, including luggage – and the trip, from Malaga Airport to Marbella (depending on where you are getting off) is 60€ – which in any way, is a lot cheaper than any other company that we know of. A huge bonus is that both drivers speaks a little English. The trip from Malaga Airport to Marbella, take around 30 minutes, depending on traffic.
Another way to get to Marbella from Malaga Airport is to rent a car, with one of the many many car rental companies that are all in some way located either in the airport or close by. If the company have office and pick up outside the airport, they always send a car to pick you up and take you, and your luggage to their offices.
It is therefor always a real good idea to check up on where your rental car company is located, before you arrive. If it is one of the big companies, they are probably located inside the airport and you will then just have to follow the “Car Rental Pickup” signs inside the terminals.
If you have rented from one of the smaller companies, they will either be waiting for you in the exit terminal with a sign with your name on or you’ll have to walk out to the area, where all rental companies pick up guests who have rented a car with them.
When you walk out the main terminal – where all passengers comes out, no matter what flight they have arrived with, you go to the right. Past the benches with the smoking people, past the taxi lines and follow the curves around till you see an endless line of small mini busses with different company logos on the sides. Find the company you have booked from, get in and let them take you to your car.
However, there is a BIG however no matter what company you have rented your car at – except if it is one of the huge American Rental Car services like AVIS and Hertz (who are always more expensive) In Spain there is this annoying culture where it seems like all rental car companies are trying to outdo each other, in cheating the customers, who are tourists, the most.
And you’ll never know, until you have arrived.
Imagine this, you are tired after a long day of transportation, flying, traveling etc. You have acing arms because of your luggage, it is 30 degrees outside, perhaps you are hungry and thirsty and perhaps you are bringing impatient children. Perhaps you arrive in the middle of the night. Either way, when you arrive the car rental company will try to cheat you into first, buying an extra insurance, as they will claim the one you have at home or the one you have already booked is not enough. Some places they won’t even give you the keys for the car before you pay, lets say 100€ extra, on top of what you have already paid for an extra insurance, as it is “company policy” – which you did’t know about before you arrived, as it is written no where or if it is written somewhere, then it is well hidden.
The other way they will try to cheat you for more money is one of the classic ones, that we ourself have tried every single time we have booked a car for friends or family. It never ever fails. Sometimes they even do both, take more money for insurance and then this one, gas money!
Gas money you might think? Yes gas money! We have never ever rented a car, where we did not have to pay for one full tank of gas, upon arrival to pick up the car. It is never stated in the papers when you book the car, but you’ll be presented with this extra bill, when you pick the car up. The price for one tank of gas, no matter the rental car is always minimum 100€, sometimes it is 120€ or 150€, but be sure, it will be at least 100€. (Unless you rent from Hertz or AVIS) And when you return the car, you have to return it with a full tank of gas (most of the times) which means that the company always makes gas money, extra on top of the rental price.
So imagine this, you have just arrived, it’s nearly midnight on a hot summer night in Spain. You got 2 children with you, who are so overdue on bedtime that they can hardly walk, as they of course had to stay awake during the entire exciting flight. Your significant other are there with you, and you both know that all you want to do now, is to go get the car and drive straight to your apartment, and go to bed. The car is booked and paid in advance so all you have to do is to pick it up.
At the counter you are first presented with the extra insurance that the company demands you to buy, perhaps you argue with them for a bit, but then gives up, as they either do not speak anything but Spanish or because your children are as tired as you are. Then, when you finally think “Okay I must have not seen that extra insurance thing before I booked, but let’s just get the car” the person behind the counter asks for your credit card again and want’s to swipe an extra 100€ (or more!) on top of the already paid for car booking, the booking fee and the suddenly extra insurance…
Your significant other will at this point be starring at you wheezing “I thought you had everything under control from home!”
And there is nothing you can do, except walk away with no car and no refund – as you most of the time book the cars through an affiliated site or through a broker, meaning a site not directly controlled by the car rental company, and that is not really an option at this point, is it?
So, what we suggest is that you either book through one of the big companies like AVIS and Hertz. They don’t cheat you, but they are expensive. Or that you use this small very see through car rental company that we ourself found, after many many overpriced episodes!
The company is so small, that they do not even have an office at the airport or near the airport. They are located in Calahonda, but they will meet you with a sign in the airport and walk you to your rental car, simply giving you the keys.
When you are going home, you simply park the car at one of the airports paying parking areas, leave the ticket for the parking inside the car, roll the window down a little, get out, lock the car and slide the keys through the open window. You then take a picture of the car and send on a text to the company, so they know where it is parked and they’ll take it from there. If your phone can not send pictures, you simply write a text saying what number the car is parked on and that’s it. Simple. Easy.
The company is called Fetajo and just by reading the front page on their site, you can see that they are well aware of how other rental companies do business, and that they do not want to be compared with them. Normally you pay pr. day for renting a children’s cushion at other companies, a cushion that cost maximu 10€ in any shop. At Fetajo you pay a one time fee for the entire rental period.
It is very easy to book and use Fetajo and we can only recommend that you do not get attracted by other companies, because they seem cheaper – in the end you’ll end up paying more, because of the hidden “must pay” fees.
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