Malaga Airport has a train station with direct connections to Malaga, Torremolinos and Fuengirola. There are plans to make the rail connection go further west so that Marbella will also be accessible by train, but the plans will not be realized until 2012 at the earliest.
The train station is outside the Departures Hall and is accessible via the pedestrian bridge (five to ten minutes walking). There are only machines for buying tickets. Do not go on the train without a ticket because the fine is ten times the normal price. For people who are not able to walk very well, the station is difficult to access.
Car and bus
Malaga and Marbella are also accessible from the road N-340. Cheap shuttle buses for tourists leave from Terminal 1. In the high season (summer) the bus leaves to Malaga every half hour and every 45 minutes to Marbella.
The airport is also accessible from the main roadway E-15 that runs along the coast. Malaga Airport is clearly indicated on the route signs.
Car rental - Malaga Airport
There is no shortage of car rental companies, there are about 20, therefore, you have a choice from cheap to expensive. You can find the rental counters in the “basement” of Terminal 2, a floor lower than the Arrivals Hall. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Here is an indication of the taxi rates (by day) to known places along the Costa del Sol: Torremolinos costs €9.00, Malaga €12.00, Fuengirola €23.00, Marbella €47.00. The prices are higher in the evenings and nights. The taxi rates are indicated on large brown signs.
Parking garages P-T1 (long -term parking) and P-T2 (short-term parking) are by the terminals, but they are not very large. Therefore, there is a new parking site, P3, which is a little further away, there is a free shuttle bus from there to the terminals. P3 is next to the future Terminal 3, that is being built at the moment. Five hundred meters from the airport, there is the HolidayCar Hire parking space with guards and surveillance, there is also a free shuttle service to the airport.