Travelling in Malaga requires very little effort. From the moment you step off your plane and enter the terminal, you are met with a number of transportation options for arriving at your hotel. Many of the most wonderful sites are located in the city centre, within walking distance, while busses and taxis can carry you to other points of interest. The Province if Malaga is a state and a municipality, with Malaga the capital city. It is the second largest city in Andalucía, the southern region of Spain, and the sixth largest city in the country. It is part of an excellent highway system, and is easily accessible by rail or bus, as well. The airport is located eight kilometres from the city and provides full transportation services to Malaga as well as nearby Costa del Sol towns. Services include car rentals, taxi, train and bus. Familiarize yourself with the bus and train schedules if you are planning to use public transportation. Check with your hotel for maps, guides and travel services. Keep your passport with you at all times.
The Express Line A bus leaves from the curbside in front of the arrival area of the airport. The transit time is approximately fifteen minutes from the airport to the city centre of Paseo del Parque. The bus operates every thirty minutes from 5:30 A.M. until midnight and costs two euros.
The Cercanias train departs from Terminal 3 every twenty minutes. The twelve-minute ride takes you to the Malaga Centro - Alameda Station. From there, it’s a ten-minute walk by foot to the Old City. The cost is 1.65 euros.
From the station, the train’s first stop is the nearby Renfe station (Maria Zambrano Station/ Vialia). Stay on the train if you wish to arrive at the centre, or if you are travelling to Torremolinos, Benalmadena, or Fuengiroia. Visitors travelling by air with plans to continue to other destinations by train, should change trains there.
There are over 150 car rental services located in the city of Malaga, but only ten of them have offices at the airport. All other car for hire services will service from the public car park area or offer a free courtesy bus to their offices, which are usually close to the terminal.
Renting a car can be less stressful and take up less paperwork if you take out an insurance policy beforehand. Although most rental companies will state you are only responsible for tyre and glass damages, the insurance contract will often have a list of exclusions. You can avoid questionable insurance policies by taking out an independent insurance policy, which is easily found on the Internet and usually at a cost cheaper for its annual fee, than the price for a one-week car rental insurance policy.
There are several multi-national car rental services with good reputations, such as Hertz, Sixt and Budget, as well as other dependable dealers, so shop around. These dealerships have a wide network of offices located throughout the Andalucía district, so if your automobile breaks down, there will be an office nearby to service you. In some circumstances, you may find it more convenient to hire an off-airport service that will take you to its desks through a complimentary bus. Sometimes, there are long lines within the airport grounds waiting to hire services. It may feel more time-consuming, but often, when you arrive, you will be the only picking up a rental car.
A fairly common thing to do is rent a car and drive around the countryside, enjoying the magnificent scenery and the numerous attractions. This is a great way to get an in-depth view of the many things the Andalucía has to offer, but unless you are already familiar with driving in Spain, there are a few things you should know, such as in Spain, they drive on the right hand side of the road.
If you are holding an EU driving license, you do not need the International Driving Permit. You will need your passport however, and all other identifying documentation, as the Guardia Civil for ask for them if they stop you.
You will need insurance. If your insurance company does not provide coverage for driving in Spain, you will need to include insurance from your car rental service company.
There are roundabout’s in Spain. The driver who is already in the roundabout has the right of way, unless there are traffic lights governing the flow of traffic. There are very few turn-left arrows in Spain. If you wish to turn left, you should drive on the right hand side of the road until you reach a roundabout where you can turn.
Malaga’s extensive bus services make it very easy to get around and view not only everything within the vicinity, but into the wider area of Andalucía, with connections throughout Spain and even into other countries. Malaga’s main bus station is located directly behind the main Renfe train station and is served by many companies to numerous destinations.
Have all your important documents available if you are travelling by automobile or using a car rental service. Documents should include passport, driver’s license or International Driving Permit, and insurance. Plan ahead to plan smart for a thoroughly enjoyable stay in the sunny province on the southern coastal tip of Spain.