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Getting Around in Costa del Sol

April 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Travel Guide

Let’s face it…, traveling for holidays can sometimes be a pain. This is why the tourism community has made getting around in Costa del Sol easier than ever. Visitors from nearby locations may decide to drive their own vehicles, but most visitors tend to fly into the area. Luckily there are numerous rental car agencies and bus systems to aid in any transportation needs.

The city of Málaga, the capital of the province by the same name, is the hub of all mass transit systems in the area. The western portion of the area is served by the Portillo bus company. It’s buses run all the way into the province of Cádiz. Alsina Graells serves the eastern side of the Costa del Sol out to Almería. Its buses run from Malaga City to the Andalusian capitals of Seville, Granada, and Córdoba. These buses are usually on time, with any occasional delays being caused by unusually heavy traffic on specific days during the year.

Train lines also run in the region, and like the bus lines, originate from Málaga. The C-1 line originates at the Málaga-Renfe station. There is a connector train route from Centro-Alameda station in the historic centre of the city, next to the Guadalmedina River and the Alameda Principal. It stops at San Andrés, Guadalhorce, Málaga Airport, Plaza Mayor, Los Álamos, La Colina, Torremolinos, Montemar Alto, El Pinillo, Benalmádena-Arroyo de la Miel, Torremuelle, Carvajal, Torreblanca, Los Boliches and Fuengirola. The whole route takes 45 minutes to complete. The trains begin running at 5:45 a.m. from Málaga City and 6.30 a.m. from Fuengirola. There is normally a train every 30 minutes.

The C-2 line runs from Málaga City out to Álora, stopping at Los Pardos, Campanillas and Cártama, which are the main towns of the Guadalhorce Valley. The trip takes 35 minutes. This service begins at 6 a.m. from Málaga and 6:45 a.m. from Álora. Trains run approximately every two hours. A total of eleven trains run in both directions every day.

Connector trains exist to connect these stops to other smaller towns, but the main routes lead out to important destinations. They are the quickest way of getting around in Costa del Sol, and they are definitely the most comfortable!

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