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Layover In Málaga, Spain

| December 18, 2014

Stuck on a Málaga layover at the Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport in Spain? The airport is the fourth busiest in Spain, and is located 5 miles from Málaga city center, which makes it an accessible destination for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to figure out if you are able to leave the airport on your Málaga layover, click here for useful tips.

Stopover in MalagaIf you’re stuck inside the airport during your Málaga layover, there’s plenty to do during your wait. The airport has a number of restaurant and shopping options, as well as dozens of additional services including chapels, baby care rooms, currency exchange, ATMs, children’s play areas, Internet access, medical care and more. There is also a Museum of Air Navigation and Transport in Terminal T3, in the Arrivals Hall.

The Málaga Airport has a VIP Lounge in Terminal T3, on the second floor of the Boarding Area. It is open from September to June, 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM and from July and August, 6:00 AM to 2:30 AM. Cost per passenger not holders of business class tickets or club cards is adults: €26 and children: €12.50.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are a number of hotels of varying price points in Málaga, as well as right near the airport.

There are a number of transportation options if you decide to leave the airport during your Málaga layover. You can travel by taxi (make sure the taxi driver started the meter at the beginning of the trip), as well as several bus lines which connect the city to the airport, and a suburban train line with connects Terminal 4 with Málaga city center as well as a few other destinations on the Costa del Sol.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Málaga Layover:


Built by the Hammudid dynasty in the 11th century, Alcazaba of Málaga is a hilltop fortified palace overlooking the city. It’s considered the best preserved Moorish palaces in Spain.

Address: Calle Alcazabilla, 2, 29012 Málaga, Spain

Puerto de Málaga

Puerto de Málaga is the oldest continuously operated ports in Spain, and is a great place to spend an afternoon. With outdoor bars and restaurants, shopping, playground areas for kids, there’s a little something for everyone.

Málaga Cathedral

This Renaissance church has an interesting history as well as unusual features – it is the only church in Spain with 23 cupolas. It also has a domed ceiling, 4,000 organ pipes in working condition, and a museum.

Address: Calle Molina Lario, 9, 29015 Málaga, Spain

Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción

The impressive Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción gardens date all the way back to 1855 and contains flora from five continents. Considered a historic artistic garden, the beautiful and serene settings are perfect for a tired traveler.

Address: Camino del Jardín Botánico, 3, 29014 Málaga, Spain

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  1. José F. Ramírez says:

    I highly recommend taking the train instead of the bus: it’s faster, cheaper and convenient 🙂