Malaga airport is sometimes known as the Costa Del Sol airport as it is the gateway for you adventure in the sun. It is one of the oldest Spanish airports and handles passengers primarily holiday makers from the UK and Ireland as well as France, Brussels, Netherlands and Germany. The airport also has a lot of internal flights to and from Madrid and Barcelona and out the island of Mallorca. The great thing about flying into Malaga airport is that you now have the entire Costa del Sol at your fingertips. The airport is about 10kms from Malaga town itself and then other resorts, towns and attractions are a little further afield. The best way to explore the Costa del Sol is by rental car.
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Malaga airport is a really busy airport, particularly at peak summer time when there are thousands of tourists just waiting to get to their destination. There is public transport and sometimes resort shuttles available, but by far the best way to get to your destination and to see what the Costa del Sol has to offer is with a rental car. You can book the car in advance, pick it up at the airport and be on your way to enjoy your time in the sun. There are seven main car rental providers located in the airport including Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Sixt, Enterprise, Goldcar and Record. Car Booker works with all these providers and compares prices and deals they have on offer to give you the best deal.
Malaga airport is hectic when you arrive and getting a taxi to many of the popular resort destinations can be costly. If you are looking to go by taxi, just be aware that there are minimum fees depending on whether your route is urban or further afield, day or night, and you can be charged more for larger pieces of luggage. There is an airport train which but it only goes as far as Fuengirola. Buses travel from the airport to Malaga city centre and to towns along the coast. These are really busy during the summer and more than likely you will have a long wait. By far the best way to travel around the Costa del Sol is with a rental car.
Malaga city is only about 10 minutes away, but the real attractions for the sun worshipers, the party animals, the golfers and the families looking for some rest and relaxation, is the resorts along the coast. All the main resorts are easy to access with your airport car rental and are only a short drive away. The most popular resorts are: Torremolinos (10 minutes), Benalmadena (15 minutes) Fuengirola (20 minutes), Calahonda (25 minutes), Marbella (30 minutes), Puerto Banus (40 minutes) and Estepona (60 minutes). For day trips, we would recommend Axaruqia region to see the most beautiful villages in all of Spain or head east of Malaga city to Nerja, home to the Nerja Caves.