You can get from Malaga to Nerja by taxi or minibus transfer, renting a car or by bus. The choice depending upon such factors as time constraints, budget etc.
Taxi transfer is by far the easiest and most comfortable way of traveling from Malaga Airport to Nerja. If you are planning a transfer it is highly advisable to pre-book as it is considerably cheaper and you will usually get a better standard vehicle. You will also be met inside the airport and the driver will normally help you with your luggage.
Pre-book online and have a driver waiting for you with a luxury vehicle at the airport and pay less than a standard airport taxi!
Nerja Taxis charge €69 and you can pre-book with their English speaking staff here or by calling (+34) 693 900 900. They have a high level of good feedback from online reviews and user recommendations (in October 2015 they had 557 reviews on www.reviewcentre.com with 99% of users recommending them). They provide a luxury class service for the price of a standard taxi. They also have a fleet of Mercedes minibuses for parties of up to 20 passengers.
If you queue up for a taxi at Malaga airport without pre-booking, the official rate for this journey is currently €95,78 on Saturdays, Sundays and Festival Days and after 10:00pm and €80,98 at all other times, although it’s not uncommon to be charged more.
The journey time is approximately 50 minutes with almost all of the trip on motorway.
Getting to Nerja by bus involves first getting from Málaga airport to Málaga bus station. Although it may well involve a total journey time of around 2 hours, the buses are comfy and air-conditioned.
Getting from Malaga Airport to Malaga Bus Station:
The A Express bus (Line 75) leaves from outside the T3 arrivals area and follows the route:
Malaga-Airport: Paseo del Parque (Plaza del General Torrijos)-Alameda Principal-Avenida Andalucía-Héroe de Sostoa –Héroe de Sostoa (María Zambrano railway station)-, Avenida de Velázquez (level with Puerta Blanca). The buses are every 20 to 30 minutes from 06:25 until 23:30 (to the airport) or 07:00 until 24:00 (from the airport). The journey time is 20 to 30 minutes.
Alternatively, you can take the train from the airport to the centre of Málaga.
Train from Málaga Airport to Málaga City:
September 10th 2010 saw the construction of a new subterranean train station at the airport, thirty metres from the terminal, meaning an end to long treks with heavy bags. It is a very quick, convenient and easy way to get to Málaga bus station or the centre of Málaga city. The suburban train station forms part of the Terminal T3 building.
First train from the airport to Maria Zambrano railway station is 07.03 and then every 30 minutes until 00:03.
First train from Maria Zambrano railway station to the airport is 05:33 then every 30 minutes until 22:53.
At Málaga Bus Station, purchase a ticket from the Alsa Bus Company office. The Nerja bus usually goes from bay 38.
MÁLAGA – NERJA
07:00 08:15* 09:15 10:30 11:00*** 11:45 12:30*** 13:00 14:15 15:15 16:30*** 17:30*** 18:45 19:30*** 20:15 20:45*** 21:30 23:00
The journey time is approximately 1 hour 25 minutes on a ‘normal’ bus and about 1 hour on a direct bus. The current cost is €4.31 one way.
* Not on Sundays and Public Holidays
** Not Saturday, Sunday or Public Holidays
*** Direct. Only stops in Torrox, Torre del Mar and Muelle de Heredia
If you rent a car at Malaga airport its is very easy to get on the motorway to Nerja. Head out of the airport (there is only one way out) and you will join the M23. Keep on this road until you join the M20 in direction: Motril. From here it’s the A7/E15 until you reach Nerja. Take exit 292 for Nerja, Costa, Frigiliana. Driving time +/- 50 minutes depending upon traffic.
Malaga Airport Transfers – Pre-book low-cost taxi and minibus transfers to Nerja.
Alsa – Full bus company timetables, routes, travelling times and fares.
Train Timetables & Fares – National and International