Getting from Malaga to Torremolinos Travel Guide
Scattered all along Spain’s Costa del Sol coastline you will find a host of stunning Mediterranean seaside gems.
One such being Torremolinos, situated only around 20 minutes from the closest city and airport, Malaga.
If you are planning a trip to Andalusia, and more specifically looking to stay a few days in Malaga or Torremolinos, then you may be wondering exactly how to travel from Malaga to Torremolinos.
In this post, I will outline how you can do so by either train, bus, car, taxi or even private transfer.
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Bus: Malaga – Torremolinos
Journey Duration: Between 15 – 20 minutes
Coach company Avanazbus operates a quick and frequent Malaga to Torremolinos bus service, connecting these two Spanish cities.
With the journey lasting between 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the bus booked, and at a cost ranging between €1.46 to €1.70, it’s easy to see why this option is an extremely popular choice.
You are able to consult schedules, tariffs, as well as pre-book your tickets directly through the Avanzabus website too.
Note: I have to point out that you can usually book around a month and a half in advance through the site. So, if you are planning well in advance and don’t see any availability, then be sure to return closer to your departure dates and check again.
Malaga Torremolinos Bus
The bus from Malaga to Torremolinos has just over 20 daily departures, operating between the hours of 05:00 am until 22:15 pm at night on weekdays and Saturdays.
The Sunday departures are more or less aligned, but with the last bus leaving Malaga around 21:45 pm.
Torremolinos Malaga Bus
Upon the return, the bus from Malaga to Torremolinos offers the same amount of services but at different times.
On this route, buses start running from 08:05 am up until 23:35 pm on weekdays and Saturdays.
On the other hand, the Sunday schedule differs slightly, operating between 09:10 am until 23:40 pm at night.
These times are all accurate as at the date of publication. However, it may change over time.
I urge you to check back and reconfirm prices and departure times when planning for your specific travel dates, in order to ensure you have all the necessary and up to date information on hand.
When travelling from Malaga to Torremolinos by bus, you will depart from Malaga’s bus station, named the Estación de Autobuses de Malaga and situated at Paseo de los Tilos in the city centre.
The bus station is located fairly centrally and is a short walk from the Maria Zambrano train station and also quite close to the El Perchel metro stop (220 metres away).
Important: Do beware, when using Google Maps, to ensure you are making your way to the correct bus station. There is another station located closer to the port, which services local buses and who’s name is very similar.
As such, be sure to reconfirm your exact departure point. The Avanzabus ticket and itinerary should also clearly indicate the address.
Arriving into Torremolinos, you would arrive at the Torremolinos bus station which is situated at Calle Hoyo, 10, 29620, Torremolinos.
The station is also pretty central and depending on where exactly you plan to travel to, you may be able to walk or even catch a taxi to your destination from here.
Malaga to Torremolinos by Train
Journey Duration: Around 22 minutes
The next option available to you by means of public transport is to consider taking the train from Malaga to Torremolinos, which lasts only 22 minutes in total journey time.
The C1 line is operated on the Renfe Cercanias service, connecting Malaga with various towns and cities along the coast, including Torremolinos.
On this line, Torremolinos is located in Zone 2 which currently costs €1.80 for a one-way adult ticket.
Unfortunately, you cannot pre-book these, as tickets are sold through the ticket offices and ticket machines located at the train stations.
Currently the Malaga Torremolinos train operates between the hours of 05:20 am up to 23:30 pm.
Upon the return the Torremolinos Malaga train runs from 06:33 am until 00:43 am the following morning.
Again, I would advise to check back and reconfirm up to date times & schedules by visiting the Renfe wesite when planning out your itinerary and times.
When departing from Malaga to Torremolinos by train, you can do so from either the Malaga Centro – Alameda station, the Malaga Maria Zambrano station or directly from the Airport too.
Arriving into Torremolinos, you will get to the Torremolinos train station which is situated at 715 Plaza de la Nogalera.
The Torremolinos train station is again located quite central within the city, and you can get by on foot quite easily. Alternatively, you may opt to make use of taxi services to get around too.
Driving from Malaga to Torremolinos by Car
Journey Duration: Approximately 20 – 25 minutes
Lastly, you may decide to rent a car and drive yourself from Malaga to Torremolinos.
Given that the distance from Malaga to Torremolinos is roughly 17 kilometres (from the city centre), it should take around 20 – 25 minutes to travel by car.
Do take note that certain roads may be tolled. An example would be when travelling on the AP-7 motorway.
Check out this great Spanish road map. It shows which motorways you can expect to be free versus tolled. It may come in very handy if you are embarking on a Spanish road trip and plan on travelling further afield and throughout the country.
Renting a car
If you still need to book your rental car for the duration of your trip then have a look at RentalCars.com for rates & availability.
Having personally used them, I’ve always found their prices to be quite competitive and their website very user-friendly.
RentalCars.com is an online car rental comparison site that will display a range of different providers, their rates & terms based on your specific search criteria.
As such, you can search and book on one site, without having to jump between different provider websites!
Malaga Airport to Torremolinos
Are you flying into Malaga and plan on travelling directly from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos?
Then read on below for the different options available, departing directly from the airport.
Bus from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos
Unfortunately, the Avanzabus service does not offer departures directly from the airport.
Train from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos
As previously mentioned, the C1 Renfe Cercanias line does allow you to directly travel by train from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos.
Taxi from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos
Given the relatively short distance from the airport to Torremolinos, you may also prefer to make use of a taxi service.
At Malaga Airport, the taxi rank is located outside Terminal 3.
According to Taxi-Union, you can expect a fare of between €16 – €20 for a one-way journey when taking a taxi from Malaga to Torremolinos from the airport.
To read up more about the taxi service from the airport, consult the Malaga Airport official website.
Private Transfer from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos
If you don’t want the hassle of locating a taxi and not knowing the exact cost, then you may want to pre-book a private transfer from Malaga Airport to Torremolinos.
On average you can expect to pay between €21 – €25 for a one-way journey for 2 adults. This is for a door to door, private transfer that also includes a meet & greet at the airport.
Note: Do note that these sites connect you with local transfer providers. So, Welcome Pickups and Sun Transfers are not the actual operator. But both companies are reputable and have a good trust pilot rating.
Where to stay in Torremolinos (and Malaga)
Still need to confirm your accommodation for either Torremolinos or Malaga? Have a look at the following links below to view rates & availability for both destinations through Booking.com.
What to do in and around Torremolinos
Want to spice things up and book an excursion or two? Then have a look at the links below for tours & activities that you can book in either Torremolinos or Malaga. Click here for Torremolinos tours & activities. Click here for Malaga tours & activities.
If you’ve visited the Costa del Sol and travelled from Torremolinos to Malaga and vice versa, then I’d love to hear your thoughts on the best way to get between these two Spanish destinations.
Feel free to share any insider suggestions and advice that I may have missed out on?
Have you got any questions or thoughts on this guide? Then share your comments in the comments section further below.