Málaga Airport Guide

If you’re visiting Granada it’s quite likely that Málaga Airport will be your point of entry. 

Málaga Airport – Aeropuerto Costa Del Sol – has been running commercial domestic and international routes for over 70 years. It’s a large, modern airport serving millions of passengers every year. There are numerous carrier and route options available between the UK and Málaga. 

The airport has three terminals. T2 is where you’ll find check-in/bag-drop for Easyjet and Ryanair and T3 is the main terminal for arrivals, departures, buses and train station. T1 is now rarely used. 

Getting there and away by public transport

Buses

Bus tickets are available to buy at the office on the left-hand side as you exit arrivals.

To Málaga centre

From Level 0 Arrivals you can catch the A Express (Line 75) which connects the airport with Málaga city centre with the airport in just 15 minutes.

This is a 24-hour service and single ticket costs €3. Luggage is carried free. You can buy tickets (cash only) onboard the bus.

To Granada and other destinations

The company Alsa offers bus connections from the Málaga airport to Motril, Seville and Granada.

The journey to Granada takes approximately 2.5 hours and the ticket price is €12.

Trains

The Terminal 3 train station links with Málaga Renfe at Maria Zambrano Station (8 minutes) Málaga city centre (12 minutes) in one direction and the resorts of Torremolinos (10 minutes), Benalmádena (18 minutes) and Fuengirola (34 minutes) on the Costa del Sol in the other.

There are three trains an hour to Málaga City Centre from the airport running between 06.44-00.54 and from the city to the airport from 05.20-11.30. Tickets costs

From Málaga Renfe at Maria Zambrano Station, four stops from the airport, you can change for Madrid, Seville or Barcelona and connect with Renfe’s AVE high-speed trains.

There are no direct train links to Granada from Málaga airport. From Málaga centre, you can catch a bus or train to Antequera to connect with Renfe train to Granada. Taking a bus as described above is a much simpler, faster and cheaper route.

Taxi

Radiotaxi and Unitaxi operate out of Málaga airport and the taxi rank is found outside arrivals on Level 0 Terminal 3. You can find more details on tariffs to the city and beyond on the aena website.

Car hire

Car hire desks are in the arrivals hall. If you’re not travelling alone, a good trick to beat the summertime queues is to send someone ahead to sort out the car while you collect the luggage. 

Watch the variable speed limit when driving away from the airport if don’t want to get caught on camera.

The journey to Granada is 125 km.

At the Aiport

Accessibility and Airport Assistance

Málaga Airport offers special assistance free to passengers with reduced mobility. There are a number of assistance points at the airport including carparks, the rail and bus stations, arrivals, departures, check-in and baggage reclaim. 

It is recommended to request support at least 48 hours in advance which you can do by phone on (+34) 91 321 10 00 or through a chat service for the hearing impaired. See aena website for more details.

Children’s areas and Nursing rooms

Located between zones B and C airside at Málaga Airport there is space allocated for families with babies and small children including a room for breastfeeding mothers.

These facilities also include a dining area, with microwave and sink for passenger use, and toddler area with toys, and toilets with baby seats and changing area.

The area is accessed by a video intercom.

Wi-Fi

You can get online quickly, easily and free of charge by connecting to the  ‘AIRPORT FREE WIFI AENA’ network and registering via e-mail, Facebook, LinkedIn or Aena Club Cliente.

Shopping at Málaga Airport

There’s plenty of shopping opportunities at Málaga Airport with duty-free at the Málaga Arrivals shop in arrivals on Level 0, and at two locations in departures on Level 1. 

Other outlets include designer stores Desigual, Superdry, Parfois and Adolfo Domínguez. You’ll also find food and wine, accessories, luggage, perfume and cosmetics, toys and books. 

Restaurants and cafes at Málaga Airport

As well as some fast food and drinks options in the public areas in departures and arrivals you’ll find there are a number of food outlets in departures beyond security. These include Giraffe, Jamie’s Deli, Kirei by Kabuki for sushi fans, healthy Mediterranean food at La Boutique and a self-service restaurant Mum’s Kitchen.

Currency exchange and banking services

Currency exchanges can be found in the baggage reclaim and arrival halls as well as boarding area D.

Cash machines accepting Mastercard, Cirrus, Maestro, EC, Union Pay, American Express, JCB, Visa, Visa Electron and Plus can be found in baggage reclaim and arrival halls, check-in areas and boarding areas C and D.

Where to stay in Málaga

Check out the map below for hotels in and around Málaga.

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Things to do in Málaga