Currently undergoing major renovations, Malaga Airport is a little difficult to navigate at the moment. To help you out, here's a brief guide:
General Info: No. of terminals: 2, interlinked on the second level. No. of inbound flights per day from other Spanish airports: 17 UK Airports which fly into Malaga Airport each day: Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds, Liverpool, Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Manchester, Manston, Newcastle, Norwich, Southampton, Stansted, Teeside, and Ireland
Parking/ Access: When you arrive at Malaga's Airport, parking is available free of charge in P3 and has been since January 2007. Works on the newer location housing 2,500 cars finished last month, so that is open too. However, the coach terminal and latest access roads still remain unfinished.
Car Hire: There is an excellent selection of local, national, and international car hire companies from which to choose at Malaga's Airport, which is relatively inexpensive.
Buses: The bus stop at Malaga (AGP) Airport can be found by exiting arrivals on the right, and when once outside, turning right and walking for approximately 60 metres.
The number 19 bus travels from Malaga (AGP) Airport to Malaga city every half hour from 7am till midnight and returns from Malaga city to Malaga Airport every half hour from 6.30am till 11.30pm.
The bus also travels the 45 minutes from the Airport to Marbella bus terminal approximately every 2 hours in winter and every hour in summer. It is advisable to check the timetable prior to travelling to make sure of exact times, though.
Trains: Two rail lines currently exist from the Airport. One to Malaga City, leaving every half hour between 7am and midnight, and the other to Fuengirola departing at twenty to six until 10.30pm. The cost is between 1 and 2 Euro's depending on when you travel. At present it is not possible to travel to Marbella via train. Plans for a platform within the terminal at the Airport are underway, however yet to be completed.
Taxis: Taxis are located at the rank, which can be found outside the arrivals hall (first exit to the right). Malaga Airport taxis will not take more than 4 people (including children) at one time, so if your party exceeds this then you should consider booking a private transfer.
Also, Malaga's Airport taxis do not show their rates. They are listed in a book they carry with them, which they will begrudgingly show on demand. A copy of this list is on display at the taxi rank. Although the waiting bay is shaded, be prepared for queues of more than 15 minutes in the summer.
Private Transfers: Private transfers from the Airport can alleviate some of the inconvenience of finding a taxi, haggling a price, worrying about safety and so forth, as the driver will wait in the arrivals hall, take the luggage, and transport your party to your holiday accommodation for a similar price to that of a taxi. He/she will also wait for up to one hour if your flight has been delayed.
Duty Free/ Shopping: Malaga (AGP) Airport offers a selection of 3 duty free shops, 1 shop selling computer and electrical goods, 6 clothes shops of designer brand labels, a selection of cafes, delis, and gift shops as well as 3 shops selling fine chocolates, wine, and cigars.
Hotels: Unfortunately, Malaga's Airport does not have any hotels.
Telephone numbers: A couple of other numbers that might come in handy are: Malaga Airport lost luggage - 0034 952 136 203 visitor information - 0034 952 243 784
For any other major enquiries, call Malaga Airport direct on 0034 952 048 838
Get in touch with the industry experts at http://www.buyspain.co.uk for more details. Steve Magill has written several articles with regard to the Spanish property business. As a Fellow in the British Association of Entrepreneurs (FBAE) he is considered an expert consultant when it comes to real estate in Spain.