Getting Around Marbella
The best way to get around Marbella is by car, but many travelers use a combination of walking and driving during their Marbella vacation. The city also offers bus service for those who would rather let someone else do the driving.
To reach Marbella, most travelers fly into Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP), which is located about 35 miles northeast of Marbella in Málaga. Travelers can rent a car to traverse the distance between the airport and Marbella, or they can take a taxi or a city bus. The A Express Line (No. 75) brings travelers from the airport to the city center in just 15 minutes. Tickets, which cost 3 euros, can be purchased on the bus.
If you're visiting other cities in Spain, such as Madrid or Barcelona, you can also travel to and from Marbella by high-speed Renfe train. The nearest station, Estación María Zambrano, is located in Málaga, which sits a little less than 40 miles from Marbella.
Renting a car gives travelers the most flexibility to explore Marbella and its surroundings on their own schedules. You can rent vehicles at the nearby airport, and you can also find them at various locales around Marbella. Keep in mind that booking your car in advance of your trip will ensure you get the best rate; you should also obtain an International Driving Permit in advance. Companies like Sixt, Hertz, Avis and Europcar all have outposts at the airport.
Exploring areas, such as Old Quarter Marbella or the Avenida del Mar, by foot is not only a great way to exercise but a great way to explore the city. However, not all of the beaches, accommodations and attractions are within walking distance of one another, so visitors will likely need to rely on another means of getting around.
Bus service is available through Corporación Española de Transporte Portillo (CTSA-Portillo). Route L1 tends to be convenient for travelers, as it passes through Old Town, from the Parque Comercial La Cañada shopping center to Puerto Banos. One-way bus tickets cost about a euro, or you can buy a rechargeable travel card, which can be purchased at the Marbella Bus Station or at the San Pedro Alcantara ticket office. You can also top them up at either of those offices or onboard any bus.
Taxis are plentiful, and visitors can book them by calling ahead or hailing them on the street. Travelers should note that taxi rates fluctuate depending on the day, the time of day and the distance traveled. To secure the best rates for traveling between Marbella and the airport, it's best to schedule your service in advance of your trip, which you can do by calling or emailing your chosen taxi company. Taxi-Union and Unitaxi are two companies recommended by the airport.
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