A Quick Guide to Benalmadena Buses: Timetables, Routes and How to Get to Your Favourite Tourist Attractions 

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A Guide to Benalmadena BusesIf you’re planning a holiday in Benalmadena and are looking for a cheap and easy way to get around town and explore your favourite tourist attractions, look no further; this quick guide to Benalmadena Buses will become your trusted travel companion!

Located just 20 minutes from Málaga airport, with a privileged location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and an extensive range of services and tourists attractions, Benalmadena is the perfect base from which to explore the Costa del Sol. 

A visit to this wonderful part of Spain offers travellers a fabulous selection of towns, attractions and other unique locations to explore. The easiest and most economical way to get to all these amazing places is by using the extensive bus network which communicates Benalmadena and its three main districts (Benalmádena Pueblo, Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmádena Costa) with the Coast’s main cities and towns.

The municipality of Benalmadena is actually integrated in Malaga’s Metropolitan Transport Consortium (Consorcio de Transporte Metropolitano del Area de Málaga) which means that you can use the local Travel Card on local buses, those that connect Benalmadena with other towns and cities and urban buses in Malaga City.

travel card for Benalmadena Buses

Travel Card to use on Benalmadena Buses

To read all about this useful Travel Card please read this blog post which explains everything you need to know. These cards can be bought in local tobacconists (the closest is near the Bil-Bil Castle, just 5 minutes walk from the hotel) or at specific sales points for the local transport company (CTSA Portillo). Here are some of the benefits of purchasing a travel card:

  • It’s easy to use. You just have to swipe it past the machine which then emits your ticket. This will show the price of the journey, the remaining balance on the card (you need to charge it when you purchase it) and the time limit for changing buses.
  • Personalisation of the travel card depending on the number of trips you plan to make (0, 1, 2 or 3 zones).
  • An important discount on the price of a regular ticket (can be up to 40%), depending on the configuration at the time of purchase.
  • It can be used by up to 15 people at a time.

So what about the bus routes available to tourists visiting Benalmadena? Here’s a quick breakdown of the different routes that run through Benalmadena with links to timetables and the actual stops along each route.

M-103 Estupa – Nueva Torrequebrada See timetable & stops
M-110 Málaga – Benalmádena Costa See timetable & stops
M-112 Málaga – Mijas See timetable & stops
M-116 Benalmádena – Teatinos See timetable & stops
M-120 Torremolinos – Fuengirola See timetable & stops
M-121 Torremolinos – Benalmádena- Mijas See timetable & stops
M-123 Churriana – Benalmádena Costa See timetable & stops
M-124 Carola – Torremolinos See timetable & stops
M-125 Patronato – Torremolinos See timetable & stops
M-126 Benalmádena – Torremolinos See timetable & stops
M-320 Málaga – Marbella See timetable & stops
M-620 Mijas Pueblo – Benalmádena Costa See timetable & stops

If you’re on holiday, chances are you’ll want to know the best way to get to the main tourist attractions in the area… Here’s a list of the main attractions and the buses you’ll need to jump on to get there:

  • To get to attractions located in Arroyo de la Miel and the surrounding areas: Selwo Marina, Paloma Park, Benalmádena Cable Car and Tivoli World, you can use the M-103 line which stops outside Sunset Beach Club. The following buses also go to the above attractions but the bus stop is located just in front of the windmill roundabout that leads up to Paloma Park: M-112, M-121, M-126.
  • If you fancy taking a trip up to Benalmádena Pueblo to visit the Museo Precolombino, the Butterfly Park or the Buddhist Temple, take the M-103 (bus stops outside Sunset Beach Club) or the M-112, M-121, M-124 or M-126 (from the bus stop in front of windmill roundabout).
  • To visit the Marina and Sea Life Aquarium, buses M-110 and M-120 will get you there in just a few minutes. (both stop outside Sunset Beach Club)
  • Bioparc Zoo in Fuengirola is another popular attractions, especially if you have kids. Bus nº M-120 will take you to the centre of Fuengirola and then it’s just a short walk to Bioparc. (Please note that this bus stops on the opposite side of the road, just in front of the Best hotel)
  • To go to Torremolinos and visit Aqualand Water Park or the Crocodile Park, you’ve got a few options: From Sunset Beach Club take the M-110 and M-120 buses; from Arroyo de la Miel, the M-112, M-121, M-124, M-125 or M-126 buses.
  • Fancy visiting the picturesque village of Mijas and take a ride on their famous donkeys? You’ve got a couple of options: Walk up to the windmill roundabout (15 minutes) and then take the M-112 or M-121 buses which run all year. Note that during the summer months there is a night bus service on this route (M-620). The second option is to take the M-120 bus to Fuengirola (bus stop in front of Best hotel) and then take the connecting bus service up to Mijas.
  • Malaga City Centre is a must-visit, especially for culture vultures! A visit to the famous Muelle Uno waterfront is also highly recommended. To get to the centre of Malaga just take the M-110 bus (from outside the hotel) and get off at the last stop. From Arroyo de la Miel or the windmill roundabout, you can take the M-112 bus.
  • A visit to the capital of glamour and the jetset, Marbella, is also possible by taking the M-320 bus from just in front of the hotel. Please bear in mind that the travel card only covers part of the journey (as far as Mijas Costa) as Marbella is not part of the consortium that runs the travel card service.

If you’ve got an Android smart phone (sorry iPhone users, the iOS app isn’t available yet UPDATE: the iPhone app is now available to download on iTunes) you can download a free app from Google Play which allows you to see information on all the Benalmadena Bus services (timetables, etc).

We hope you enjoy your stay in Benalmadena and that this guide helps you get out and discover the wonderful sights and attractions our resort has to offer. And don’t forget, if you’re looking for great value accommodation in Benalmadena, be sure to check out our website www.sunsetbeachclub.com 🙂

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49 Responses to A Quick Guide to Benalmadena Buses: Timetables, Routes and How to Get to Your Favourite Tourist Attractions 

  1. Sid April 9, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

    Hi Can you tell me what number bus I must get on to go to the FLATOTEL in Benalmadena from the MELIA hotel in Torremolinos please, and where to board it.. Also can you tell me what the bus fare will be and the times that they leave the Melia and also to return from the Flatotel. Thank you very much for your time on this as I do not understand the timetables on this site. Many thanks to you again. Sid (England)

  2. Justin April 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Hi Sid, you have to get on the nº120 bus. I’m afraid I can’t help you with bus times but maybe the reception at the Melia hotel will be able to help you.


    Community Manager
    Sunset Beach Club hotel

  3. Hélène April 21, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

    Is there a bus from the Malaga airport to the sunset beach hotel in benalmadena ? Is there a schedule ? And what is the price ?

  4. Justin April 26, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    Hi Hélène, I’m afraid the bus service from the airport to Benalmadena was discontinued last year. You will either have to take a taxi or the train to Benalmadena.

  5. Gerard Geoffrion June 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi, we will pass many days in Fuengerola next spring, around a month. From there we would like to go to Malaga, Grenade, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Mija at differents excursions.
    – Can i buy a bus travel card in Fuengerola?

    We are close to the train station. Do Renfe offer a train card?


  6. Neil June 21, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    What no bus do I need to get from benalmadina to cabopina??
    Cheers Neil

  7. Justin June 28, 2016 at 4:41 pm #

    Hi Neil, you need to take the 120 bus to Fuengirola and then change at Fuengirola to take the bus that goes to Marbella.

  8. Justin June 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

    Hi Gerard, it’s best to ask at the train or bus station in Fuengirola.

  9. Stephen Leonard August 4, 2016 at 11:38 pm #

    Can I just purchase a ticket on a bus or do I need a card?

  10. Justin August 9, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    You can purchase tickets directly on the buses Stephen

  11. Andrew Ottewell August 10, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

    Can I just pay cash on a ‘one off’ journey from Benalmadena to Malaga and a return fare? We don’t want to be buying a travel card if we don’t need to.

  12. Justin August 12, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    Yes, of course Andrew. Just pay when you get on the bus.

  13. Gerry Warren September 14, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    Hi Justin. Checking in to Sunset Beach on Sunday 18th.
    How easy is it to get from hotel to Marbella Orange Square


  14. Lorna October 12, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

    Hi can you tell me what is the latest bus you can get down from mijas pueblo to benalmadena probably Friday or Saturday evening

  15. Justin October 18, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    Hi Lorna, you’ll have to check on the links provided in the post as we don’t have this information ourselves.

  16. Richard mullins December 19, 2016 at 10:20 pm #

    Hi there, is a direct bus that we can get on from the holiday world that will take us to marbella I realise it will have many stops but looking for me my wife and two children to go and any indication of cost thank you

  17. Justin December 20, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    Hi Richard, afraid not. You’ll have to get the bus into Fuengirola and then change to get the bus to Marbella.

    Regards, Justin

  18. Angela January 8, 2017 at 9:16 pm #

    Hi is there a bus service from Malaga airport to benalmadena,,, ?. flying tomorrow. Thanks

  19. Justin January 9, 2017 at 11:03 am #

    Hi Angela,

    I’m afraid there is no longer a bus from the airport to Benalmadena. You can either take the train or a taxi.



  20. Knut January 10, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    Hi! Do you happen to know if there’s some kind of a monthly, unlimited bus card? I work in Fuengirola for 3 months but live in Benalmadena, so I’ll be using the bus for two times a day. It gets quite expensive, even though the travel card is cheaper than bying a ticket every time. Thank you for your help!

  21. John Dowell January 13, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    Can you please tell me what bus I should take to get from Sunset Beach Club to the Benal Arroya de la Miel railway station? Thank you.

  22. Justin January 17, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    Hi John, You can take the 103 bus. 🙂

  23. Justin January 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    Not sure about that one Knut but we’ll certainly look into it for you.

  24. RJ February 2, 2017 at 9:12 am #

    Hi, I need to be in Arroyo de le Miel in 11:20 and leave from Benalmaldena Pueblo.
    What bus number I need to have?

    Kind regards,

  25. RJ February 2, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    never mind, found it 😉

  26. Joanne Clarke Farant February 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

    Hi Justin. Thanks for all the excellent info in this blog! I do have one question about travel in Malaga city. We have the green bus card “Consorio de Transporte Metropolitano” area de Malaga, which we keep loaded up and do use frequently. In Malaga, we always get off at the very last station, but can the green card also be used to board a Malaga city bus? Or do they have their own bus cards we should purchase for touring the city? Thank you!

  27. Justin February 6, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    Hi Joanne,

    Thank for your kind comments! As far as I am aware, you can use the green card on all buses in Málaga city. I will check it for you though and make sure.

    Regards, Justin

  28. Joanne Clarke Farant February 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

    Thanks for the info, Justin. We plan on ordering the Malaga Pass that was posted on your blog, so hopefully we’ll make good use of the city buses to tour the different sites and restaurants. 🙂

  29. Leanne Farley May 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

    Hi Justin,

    We will be travelling from Barcelona to Malaga by train and will arrive at the Maria Zambrano Station. Rome2Rio says to walk from Maria Zambrano Station to Malaga Train Station (5 min walk) and take the M110 bus from there straight to the Sunset Beach Club. Strangely, this information is not coming up on Google maps, which we normally rely on for transport options abroad.

    Our train arrives at Maria Zambrano Station at approx 10pm.
    Is taking the M110 from the train station to the hotel a feasible option or do you reckon it would be better to get a taxi from Maria Zambrano directly to the hotel?

    Thank you,

  30. Justin May 22, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    Hi Leanne, taking the M110 is a feasible option but it’ll take approximately 1 hour to get to the hotel. A taxi will cost about 35€ but is a lot quicker. I hope that helps.

    Regards, Justin

  31. Amanda Fox June 18, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

    Hi what bus do i get from torremolinous to benalmadina.and his much please

  32. Justin July 3, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    You need to get the nº110.

  33. Jacqueline August 28, 2017 at 7:02 am #

    Avenida Estrella del Mar, 4
    Benalmadena, Malaga 29630
    Good morning we arrive on 17 Sep is there a bus stop near this hotel/apartment thank you

  34. Justin August 29, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

    Which hotel Jacqueline? Sunset Beach Club?

  35. Jacqueline August 29, 2017 at 10:34 pm #

    No we are staying at art platinum
    There was nothing we could see there

  36. James vass September 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    what bus goes from Best Hotel into Bonanza square

  37. Justin September 28, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

    If you mean the Best Benalmadena, then the M103 is the one which stops nearest to Bonanza Square (Paloma Park).

  38. Andy October 30, 2017 at 5:46 pm #


    Is there a bus that goes from Malaga to Playa de Benalnatura ?


  39. Justin November 6, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

    Yes, the M110 takes you very near to the beach. It’s the last stop.

  40. Fiona February 6, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

    Can I use public transport to travel from Malaga city to Benalmadena plaza de toros

  41. Justin February 9, 2018 at 9:22 am #

    You can Fiona, but you’ll have to change buses at least once.

  42. Marcia March 20, 2018 at 9:02 am #

    Can we catch a bus from Benalmádena to Marbella if so where do we catch it

  43. Diana Elder April 5, 2018 at 8:34 am #

    is there any buses that pass near Holiday Hydros im going there in august.

  44. Justin April 6, 2018 at 10:56 am #

    Yes, there are buses which stop nearby.

  45. Justin April 6, 2018 at 10:58 am #

    You’d have to take the M120 bus to Fuengirola and then change for the bus to Marbella.

  46. Cora July 1, 2018 at 5:13 pm #

    Hi there, staying with you in a few weeks, just wondering if travelling to Mijas via Fuengirola what stop do we get off in Fuengirola?…you mention in a previous post it’s the Best hotel in Fuengirola…has it changed its name? Will it pass the Flatotel and make a stop there.? Thank you

  47. Justin July 9, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    Hi Cora, you need to get off at the main bus station in Fuengirola. The bus does pass by the Flatotel.

  48. Gerry Shaw September 16, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    Hello. Is there a bus service please to Caminito del Rey. Best wishes, gerry

  49. Justin September 18, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

    Hi Gerry, I think the M-236 service should take you from Málaga to Caminito del Rey. There is also a train service that you can take.

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