Most frequently asked questions about Malaga Airport – (FAQ)

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Are you planning to visit or pass through Malaga airport? Then this guide with the most frequently asked questions about Malaga airport will be useful for you. From timetable information to means of transport, services and all kinds of useful tips. Do you have more questions?

Does Malaga airport stay open all night?

Malaga airport is open 24 hours a day all year round. As the security checkpoints close at night, passengers must remain in the public area. In the terminal there are some benches without armrests on the ground floor. There are no restaurants open and only vending machines are available.

Is there a hotel inside Malaga airport?

No, the airport does not have an on-site hotel where staying overnight. The nearest hotel is the Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport 1 km away.


Is there a cheap place to sleep near Malaga airport?

In this link you can see all available hotels near Malaga airport. Depending on the distance and quality, you can find rooms from 40€/night.

Map with cheap hotels near the airport:,-4.4714634,13z

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Welcome to Malaga airport, let’s find answers to all your questions.

Best transport means from airport

Deending on your destination you might find some transport means better than others. As example, if you plan getting to Marbella from Malaga airport using public transport, you should take the direct bus which leaves directly in front of the T3 every hour.

Are there means of transport from Malaga airport to Torremolinos and Malaga city centre?

Yes, there is both a suburban train that runs in both directions every 20 minutes and an express bus to the centre of Malaga with 7 intermediate stops.

If your destination is Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Malaga city or even closer, then the Malaga airport train could be enough for your needs. However when travelling with more than hand luggage, we recommend hiring a car or booking an airport transfer.

What is the cheapest way to get from Malaga Airport to Marbella?

The cheapest way to get from Malaga Airport to Marbella is the direct bus which costs €5 – €7 and takes about 40 min. It leaves right in front the T3.

Is there a train from Malaga airport?

There is a suburban train from Malaga airport, which connects with Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola, Malaga city centre and the Maria Zambrano train station with medium distance and AVE trains.

How to get from Malaga train station to Malaga airport?

Malaga airport trains connect the airport with the Maria Zambrano long-distance train station in Malaga centre and with Fuengirola on the other end, known as the C-1 suburban line. The train stops at Malaga airport’s station every 20 minutes.

Malaga airport trains

How much does a taxi cost from Malaga Airport?

The prices for a private taxi service depend on the distance to your holiday destination. Currently (Februar 2023) approximate prices are:

  • Transfer from Málaga Airport to Torremolinos, Benalmádena, Fuengirola, Mijas from 40 €.
  • Transfer from Málaga Airport to Marbella from 57 €.
  • Transfer from Málaga Airport to Estepona from 90 €.
  • Transfer from Málaga Airport to Nerja from 75 €.

How far away is Malaga airport from the city centre?

Malaga airport is 8 km from the centre of Malaga.

Is it possible to rent a car at Malaga airport?

Yes, there are car rental offices both inside the airport and within walking distance, offering courtesy minibuses. For the best value for money, we recommend taking a look at our recommendations.

Assistance for people with reduced mobility

Aena airports offer an assistance service for people with reduced mobility (PRM) or disabilities to make your stay before and after your flight easier.

You must request assistance at least 48 hours before the departure of your flight by calling (+34) 91 321 10 00 or by emailing or at this link

Is it possible to hire a wheelchair at Malaga airport?

There is no wheelchair rental service inside the airport. There is a free assistance service available for passengers with reduced mobility.

Can I leave my car at Malaga airport?

There are different companies that offer parking, or you can park at the airport itself. You don’t need to book in advance if you park at the airport, but it’s cheaper if you belong to Aena Club Cliente. This is an AENA application for booking on your mobile phone.

Where can I park for a couple of hours at Malaga airport?

You can park either inside the airport or in the immediate vicinity, where there are several companies dedicated to providing both parking and courtesy transfers to and from the terminal.

Where can a private car pick me up at Malaga airport?

In Departures is P1, the first parking building. This is the “express car park” for dropping off and picking up passengers. It is free for the first 15 minutes.

How long before I have to be at the airport?

The general recommendation is to arrive at Malaga Airport at least two hours before a flight within the Schengen Zone and at least three hours for non-Schengen Zone flights.

How long does it take to get through security at Malaga Airport?

According to official AENA sources we can calculate 10 minutes to get through security. However, this time can vary considerably in high season, so we recommend that you always arrive in plenty of time.

There is also the option of a fast-track channel, and tickets for this can be purchased online or at airport.

Can others accompany me into the airport and wait with me until I go through security?

Yes, no problem at the moment.

Can I arrive at Malaga airport several hours before my flight?

Yes, you can. But baggage most probable your assigned counters and/or check-in gates are not open yet.

Can I bring a dog into the airport?

Yes, you are allowed to bring a dog into the airport, but they must be properly leashed and, depending on the breed, muzzled.

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What services does Malaga airport offer?

The airport offers passengers various additional services:

  • Fast Lane
    Priority access to the security checkpoint through a fast lane, making it easier to pass through the filters.
  • Meet & Assist
    Exclusive attention at the airport with a welcome service and premium assistance on departure, arrival or transit.
  • Fitness room
    Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport has a fitness room located at the beginning of pier C on floor 1.
  • Silence room
    Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport has a brand-new space reserved for peace and quiet located at the beginning of boarding pier C.

What is AENA Club?

Aena Club is a service offered to passengers whose purpose is to improve the experience inside the airport. Just by registering you will have access to all the advantages available to Aena Club members in car parks, VIP lounges, shops, restaurants and other airport services.

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More information at:

AENA App for Android & Apple

Is there a room where I can retire to pray?

Yes, there is both a Multi-Faith Oratory and a chapel. They are located on Floor 0 in the Arrivals Hall. Their opening hours are from 7am to 10pm.

Are there services for families at Malaga airport?

family services at the airport

Yes, at Malaga airport there is a large space available free of charge for families with babies and children, with a dining room, toilets, crawling area and breastfeeding room.

Baby services and children’s areas to make waiting time more pleasant for families with children. It is located on Floor 1 in the Boarding Area.

Are there cash machines at Malaga airport?

Yes, Malaga airport has a total of 7 ATMs that accept Mastercard, Cirrus, Maestro, EC, Union Pay, American Express, JCB, Visa, Visa Electron and Plus.

Are there VIP lounges at Malaga airport?

Yes, the VIP lounge is located in the boarding area, 2nd floor. The opening hours are from 5:30 am – 10:30 pm.

Is there WiFi / wireless Internet access at Malaga airport?

Malaga-Costa del Sol airport provides free internet access via its Wi-Fi network. You can enable the wifi connection on your laptop, mobile or device and select the wifi connection with SSID: Airport_Free_Wifi_AENA.

Are there showers at Malaga airport?

No, there is currently no shower service at Malaga airport.

Is there a supermarket?

No, there is no supermarket as such at the airport, but there is a large duty-free shop. If you need other products, we recommend the nearest supermarket at the Plaza Mayor Shopping Centre, 3 km from the airport, that you can reach by commuter train.

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Is there a map of the services in the terminals?

The official AENA website provides an excellent map with all the points of interest inside Malaga airport.

Can I store my luggage at the airport?

There is no luggage storage at the airport. The nearest luggage locker is at the Plaza Mayor shopping centre, just a few metres from the suburban train stop (one station from the airport).

Does Malaga airport have a smoking area?

No, Malaga airport does not have a smoking area inside the building, but outside you can smoke without any problem. We recommend to check the security control and plan getting to the departure gates depending on the queue.

We hope this FAQ about Malaga airport will be useful for your next trip, let us know if you have any more questions that are not answered in this article.

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