Getting to Nerja
Nerja is on the seashore approximately 55 kilometres from Málaga and 65 km from Málaga airport on the N-340 coastal highway. It is the eastern tip of Malaga’s Costa del Sol.
You can get to Nerja by bus, taxi or private/hire car, the choice depending upon such factors as time constraints, budget etc. Hiring a car can, in many cases, work out cheaper than taking a taxi there and back, something to consider.
Taxis leave from right outside the arrivals area and the journey takes approximately 40 minutes.
If you are planning to travel from Malaga Airport to Nerja, it is highly advisable to pre-book your taxi. If you jump into 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. Nerja Taxis charge €69 and you can pre-book with their English speaking staff here or by calling (+34) 693 900 900
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 two hours, it is pretty straightforward, cheap (less than €7 in total) and actually a very pleasant trip. The buses are comfy and air-conditioned.
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) and the cost is currently €3. 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
Leaving the airport by car, the left lane over the flyover takes you to Málaga, Granada, Motril, Nerja and the Eastern Costa del Sol, and the right lane takes you to Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella, Estepona, Sotogrande, Gibraltar, Cadiz, and the Western Costa del Sol.
To get to Nerja, follow the (only) exit road from the airport. After the roundabout you will see the ‘San Miguel’ brewery on the right. Resist the temptation and take the left lane over the flyover, heading for Málaga. Take the exit Ronda de Málaga (Málaga Ring Road), direction ‘Motril’, connecting back to the N340. From here it’s the A7/E15 until you reach Nerja. Take exit 292 for Nerja, Costa, Frigiliana. Driving time +/- 35 minutes depending upon traffic.
Alsa – Full bus company timetables, routes, travelling times and fares.
Train Timetables & Fares - National and International
Blue Valley Car Hire – low cost internet car hire at Málaga Airport