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Getting around on the Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol busesComing on holiday to the Costa del Sol is a great idea as there’s so much to see and do in a relatively small area. However, it can be hard to know how to get around as all the information is in Spanish and there’s not much of it available!

The main towns are linked by the N340 road and this is the easiest way to move around, either in a hire car or on the bus. If you are looking to go to the large towns the buses work well and are inexpensive. Here are a few good routes:

220 – Fuengirola to Marbella (buses go approximately twice an hour)

Marbella to Puerto Banus – L1 takes you into the very centre of Banus and goes twice an hour, this bus also takes you to La Canada shopping centre in the other direction.

San Pedro to Puerto Banus – L4

Marbella to Estepona – 27 This is a good bus which also take you within easy walking distance of Puerto Banus and into San Pedro from Marbella

For more information on buses visit the Portillo website which has all the timetables. These timetables can change in winter and summer and they aren’t always the most reliable. Unfortunately it they also don’t tell you the number of the bus that you need, so check out the information on the bus stop, or call the customer service line 902 450 550. Tourist offices are also a great source of information for travel and they are very helpful so don’t be afraid to ask.

There is a trial being done in Benalmadena and Mijas which is testing a mobile service where passengers can find out via their mobile phones when the next bus will arrive or where the nearest stop is. I think this sounds like a great idea, so let’s keep our fingers crossed!

There are also trains connecting Fuengirola and Malaga. The new airport terminal has made it even easier to take the train from the airport to either Malaga city or to Fuengirola, this is inexpensive and there are two trains an hour until around midnight to Malaga and 22.30 to Fuengirola. Website AngloInfo has a good section on public transport on the Costa del Sol with lots of useful numbers click here for more.

You can even take the new AVE train to Madrid from Malaga and be there in around two and a half hours – this is a great option if you want to have both a city break and a beach holiday in one! 

If you want to have the flexibility to move around and explore inland or on routes which are less well served by public transport then hiring a car is the best idea. Check out our website for great Costa del Sol car hire