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Malaga Airport is Spain's fourth-busiest airport. Located just an eight mile or three mile drive from Malaga or Torremolinos, respectively, the hub is mainly used by European tourists, especially those from the UK and Germany, for accessing destinations around the popular Costa del Sol region. Car hire in Malaga Airport is a great way to tour the coastal resorts.
Who to Book With
Those interested in arranging their own personal transportation can find a suitable vehicle through one of the 23 companies that serve Malaga Airport. Nine firms; Autos Lido, Aurigacrown, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Goldcar, National, Record and Sixt, have desks in the terminal. Off-site companies usually pick their customers up in a courtesy bus.
Need to Know Essentials
You will need to show the following documents at vehicle collection:
- Full valid driver’s licence (both parts)
- Credit card used for the reservation
- A passport for confirmation of driver’s identification
- Booking confirmation
Driving around Spain's towns and cities is often hectic and parking spaces can be hard to find. Fines of up to £80 can be issued to drivers who park illegally. Driving across Spain without a map can be a stressful experience, especially in areas where one-way or no left-turn roads are commonplace. Drivers on Spain's highways must rest every two hours or risk a fine. Most Spanish filling stations accept payment by card or cash, with payment usually made after filling, as in the UK.
Malaga Airport is easy to access as it is connected to key roads in the area. Drivers travelling from Marbella or other destinations to the west can use the AP-7, while the A-46 connects with the north. The E-902 links with towns and cities to the east. Buses, taxis and trains are the other options for those without their own vehicle.
T3 has its own train station which connects Malaga Airport to Malaga city centre and popular destinations around the Costa del Sol, such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. Trains run every half an hour from 07:00 until 00:00 and fares cost around £1 per person but vary depending on the time of day. The service is provided by Malaga Cercanias.
Taxis at the airport leave from outside T3's Arrivals area. Official taxis have an orange sign on their roof and either a meter or a book full of set fares to key destinations around the area.
Malaga Airport to Torremolinos is about £15
Malaga Airport to Fuengirola is about £30
Malaga Airport to Marbella is about £55
Airport buses run between Malaga Airport and Malaga bus station. They cost around £7 per person and take around 45 minutes. Budget-conscious travellers can cut costs by opting to take the bus into Malaga and then a taxi, especially if travelling to destinations such as Puerto Banus.
Malaga Airport has three terminals that are all easy to travel between given their position adjacent to one another. Each year, around 12.5 million passengers use Malaga Airport to access destinations around the Costa del Sol and southern Spain.
Malaga Airport has four parking areas: P1 and P7 general public car parks, P3 for long stays and VIP parking. Parking is supplied by Empark. Typical rates stand at around £5 per day.
Wi-Fi at Malaga Airport is supplied by MOVISTAR and registration before surfing is required. Accessing the internet for one hour costs about £5, while 24 hours of access costs about £10. Those that require 30 days’ access must pay around £70.
Most information desks and meeting points around the hub are located in T3.
Aena (Spainish Airport Authority): +34 902 404 704
Airport Information: +34 952 048 838
Airport Management: +34 952 048 875
Malaga Airport is easily accessible to all passengers, including those with reduced mobility. All airlines that operate here have agreements with the hub to ensure that any required equipment, such as crutches or wheelchairs, will be supplied if requested prior to travel.
Restaurants and Bars
Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 have the largest amount of restaurants and bars. Across these terminals, big chains such as Burger King and Upper Crust can be found, alongside popular cafés, including Starbucks. Four Arrows in Terminal 3 is a popular bar for alcoholic drinks.
Money and ATMs
Airport Change operates currency exchange services across Terminal 3. ATMs from numerous Spanish banks can be found in all terminals.
Terminal 3 has the majority of shops and is where big names such as Adidas (Floor 1) and Lacoste (Floor 1) can be found. Terminal 2 is the location of further stores, while Terminal 3 has Aldeasa-run duty-free outlets (Floor 1, Departures) where perfume, alcohol and tobacco can be purchased. Two Prensa outlets sell reading material.