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How to Get to Nerja

How to Get to Nerja?

Travelling to the Nerja / Torrox area is easy. If you are coming from Malaga Airport via the N-340 coastal highway, you only have roughly 65 kilometres between you and Nerja. Malaga itself is about 55 kilometres away from the town. Time-wise, the journey only takes about 50 minutes.

To get from Malaga Airport to Nerja, you can board a taxi, bus or minibus, or rent a car. It all depends on your personal preferences, budget, time, and alsoaeroplane arrival time.

Some of the common transfer companies include Nerja Taxis, Transfers Sol, Malaga Shuttle, Holiday Taxis and Hoppa. All are locally based. You can request from them a Taxi, Minivan, or Minibus and alsopay in cash. But out of these three options, Taxi transfer has always been a favourite of many because it’s comfortable and more convenient. The average price for a taxi around the time of writing is usually €65 each way. Prices are generally cheaper if you book before travelling rather than finding a taxi at the airport.

If you come as a group, a minivan would be great or a private car that fits all of you. If you book early enough, all arrangements will be made for you to be picked from the airport. A driver will hold a placard bearing your details at the airport and he/she will help you take care of everything from there.

Best Taxi Services

Client feedback is the best way to evaluate the reliability of a business and in Nerja, Nerja Taxis have stood the test of time. Their high ratings on TripAdvisor are proof that they offer excellent services. If you intend to travel as a group of not more than four to Nerja from Malaga Airport, you will only pay about €53. You can visit their website to book or call +34 600 54 12 99or email them at bookings@nerjataxis.net.

Why Choose Taxi Transfer?

Finding a place to park your car in Nerja can be a problem. It’s an old Spanish town, and not designed around car travel. Even if you find one, you’ll probably have to pay an hourly fee, or park quite a distance from your accommodation.Out of season this is less of a problem, but in the summer months it can be difficult.

If you a rent a car, this is one of the major challenges you’ll have to overcome. Some hotels and apartments do have parking, so check when you book. But you can avoid this by opting for a taxi transfer. Unless you intend to use a car to go sightseeing or touring other places, a taxi transfer will serve you right if you look to just exploring the town and its local area. There is a good bus service, and everything in the town is a walk away. But it can be hilly in parts.

Is Pre-booking Necessary?

Well, if you wish to have an easy time and fair rates, which we all do,  pre-booking is a necessary option. If you do, pick any of those reputable Nerja companies we mentioned earlier or any other you may know of. The drivers will show you around and even get you to those little-known places. Unfortunately, if you choose to pick a cab at the airport, you might be overcharged especially over the weekends or late nights.

How about a bus?

If your trip starts from Malaga airport, then you’ll have to,first of all,take a bus (An Express bus- Line 75) to the Malaga bus station, a journey that usually takes roughly 20-30 minutes. The buses often wait for passengers at the T3 arrivals and operate between 07:00 hours – 01:00 hours. If you are coming from Malaga to the airport, you can board the bus anytime between 06:25 hours – 23:30 hours.

Normally, the busestake the following route/pass through the following places when either leaving the airport or coming from Malaga:

  • Avenida de Velazquez
  • Heroe de Sostoa/Maria Zambrano Railway Station
  • Heroe de Sostoa
  • Avenida Andalucia
  • Almeda Principal
  • Paseo del Parque

Once you arrive at Malaga Bus Station, you can go straight to the Alsa Bus Company office from where you can purchase a ticket and then board the bus at bay 38.  A direct bus takes roughly one hour to arrive at Nerja from the bus station and only stops at three stations along the way.

However, normal buses take a little longer. Usually 1 ½ hours.

Overall, the buses are pretty comfortable and air-conditioned and the cost is only€ 5 or thereabouts as fare from the bus station to Nerja, and around € 1 from the airport to the bus station.

Unfortunately, the busesdon’t operate weekends and public holidays.

Renting a car

Alternatively, you can as well rent a car from Malaga airport. It’s a journey that might take almost an hour depending on the traffic.

Coming out of the airport is pretty easy because there’s only one way out. Thereafter, join the M23 and drive on until you spot the M20. This will lead you to the A7/E15 which is going to take you straight to Nerja. Along the highway, you will see an exit 292 that leads not just to Nerja, but to Torrox Costa and Frigiliana.

Visit Nerja Car Rental for more information on how to rent a car.

Taking a Train from Malaga Airport

Another means of transport you can use from the airport to Malaga Center is the train. Just thirty minutes from the terminal, you’ll find a train station from where you can book a train to take you straight away to Malaga city. With the station’s closeness to the airport, it means you don’t have to go through the pain of having to carry your bulky luggagethrough a long stretch before you finally arrive at a place you can board a bus or taxi.

The train operates from 07:00 hours to 00:00 hours and it leaves/arrives at the station at intervals of 30 minutes.

Once you get to Malaga centre you can then opt to go by bus or taxi transfer.