Travel and Transfers
It’s much more cost effective for you to utilise the budget airlines from your nearest regional airport to Malaga, or perhaps Granada, rather than us trying to provide a limited number of flights from the likes of Gatwick & Manchester and you having to incur travel / accommodation costs in the UK. Also, experience tells us that delays seem to be much less likely using regional airports and thus we recommend staying clear of the large hubs if possible.
The best flight prices are usually those obtained by booking direct (and booking early!). We recommend using the SkyScanner flight search engine as they list all airlines, including budget, flying from your choice of local airport – you then book direct with the airline.
Top Flights Tip
Remember that you don’t have to use the same airline for both the inbound and return flights – many clients use easyJet or Ryanair coming out, and then return with BA, Veuling or Norwegian. And, we can easily do non Sat to Sat holidays for you if you find a great non Saturday deal.
Airport Transfers as scheduled are included in your holiday price.
Malaga airport is approximately 58 miles (94 km) from Almuñécar – approx. 60 mins transfer journey time. All the main operators fly here incuding easyJet, Ryanair, Norwegian, Vueling, Iberia, BA, Jet2, etc..
Airport Transfers as scheduled are included in your holiday price.
Granada airport is around the same distance away as Malaga (63 miles 100 km) – approx. 90mins journey time. It is much smaller than Malaga, and at the time of writing there are only limited flights from UK into Granada operated by BA, Ryan Air & Iberia.
Transfers from Granada can be arranged at no surcharge.
Complimentary day time transfers to and from Malaga airport are included in the price of your holiday where indicated. Normal arrival and departure times for Sat to Sat holidays are as follows, but as always if you can get a better deal on off peak flights just let us know.
Pick-up from Malaga: Saturdays 08:30 – 15:30
Return to Malaga: Saturdays 07:00 – 15:00 (approx. your flight departure time minus 3 3/4 hrs)
Please bear in mind when booking flights that if you land later than approx. 15:30 on a Saturday you may miss the welcome meal.
In order to keep prices down there may be a short wait for later flights – This also aligns with our stance on reducing our carbon footprint as much as possible by not running vehicles inefficiently.
Out of hours transfers
Late evening and night time transfers (21:00 – 07:00) are subject to small supplement of €50 per vehicle (1-5px) per leg.
A taxi transfer can easily be arranged to or from either airport. Prices vary depending whether it is a Malaga city or a local Almuñécar cab, but expect to pay in the region of €90 each way for Malaga for a local cab from Almuñécar – around €110 each way for a Malaga based one.
Wherever possible we will coordinate taxi sharing to keep costs down unless requested otherwise.
Contact us and we will have a local driver waiting to greet you in arrivals and whisk you straight to your hotel.
Self Drive Deductions
See the Prices pages for current self-drive discounts
Self Drive Car Hire
Car hire is not essential on our activity holidays as your airport transfer from Malaga (as above) as well as all internal transfers to and from activity sites are included. However, for those wishing to hire a car we offer the following discount on-line, or alternatively we can organise a car locally at a later date if you wish.
We offer all our clients a 15% discount on Helle Hollis car hire from Malaga airport. In order to obtain your discount simply use this link. You will see the discount right away when you make your booking.
The Malaga collection office is just 800m from the terminal, with their courtesy bus stop right outside the arrival hall. The courtesy bus runs continuesly and the office is open 24 hours 7 days a week.
Helle Hollis are one of the leading independent car hire companies in this area, with 33 years experience, and have a fleet of around 1,000 cars on average no more than 6 – 8 months old – if you wish you can check out their customer reviews. Refreshingly, there are no daft rules regarding petrol – you simply pick it up with a full tank, which you pay for on arrival. If you return it full you get a 100% refund, 75% full 75% refund, down to 25% full 25% refund. Simple!
You will find the roads a lot less crowded than those in England, and the motorways now are all of a very good standard. If you decide to self drive please let us know which airport you are using and we will send full details and a map with your final confirmation pack, as well as any information we have on any road works or diversions which may effect your journey.
Malaga airport is approximately 58 miles (94 km) from Almuñécar. This is an easy drive straight along the E15 Autovía del Mediterráneo which will take you around an hour and a quarter to an hour and a half depending on traffic around Malaga – we will supply you with full directions.
Bus / Coach
Alsa Graells run good modern and punctual coaches from Malaga coach station which call at Almuñécar. There are several departure times from around 07:00 through to 19:30 in the evening – return journeys 01:30 through to 21:15 (N.B. local time). Check their web site ffi (in a variety of languages). Malaga coach station is fairly centrally located (about 15 min walk to the main shopping area) so it is quite possible to spend a bit of time shopping or sight seeing if you have time to fill.
The coach station is around a €15 taxi ride from the airport, or there is a transfer bus which runs about every 30min and used to cost €1 (allow between 15 – 30m depending on traffic). The direct route from Malaga to Almuñécar takes 1h 30m, and costs around €6 – €8 each way though there are a couple of other routes which take in more villages and are thus longer. Alsina’s web site has a drop down box for each route which handily shows the names of the stops plus ETAs.
It’s worth noting that the coaches are usually very punctual, and if there’s a queue it will be a Spanish queue (so get ready to stand your ground or you will simply wind up at the back!). You will usually need to load & unload your own bags from the luggage bay – so watch out for which one the driver opens to let the offloading passengers get theirs and get in there swiftly.
If you let us know which coach you will be arriving on we will meet you at Almuñécar coach station and transfer you on to your accommodation.
NB. Check Fiestas, Ferias & Holiday dates as coach or taxi services may be restricted on some fiesta or Puente days – if in doubt contact us and we will check.
There are no train links to Almuñécar.