Commuter trains are a good option for moving around the Costa del Sol. These trains leave from Málaga – María Zambrano Train Station, where the High Speed Train (AVE) also stops. Málaga capital also has two metro lines in operation and several others are still under construction but will be opening soon.
Everything you need to know about travelling around the Costa del Sol using the commuter train and metro network is detailed below.
The commuter train
There are actually two commuter lines:
The most well used is the C-1 that connects Málaga with Fuengirola, and stops in Torremolinos and Benalmádena. This line includes a direct connection to Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport and the Plaza Mayor shopping centre, one of the largest recreational centres in Málaga province. It departs from Málaga-María Zambrano Train Station and connects with the High Speed Train (AVE). There is a train approximately every 20 minutes.
The C-2 line connects Málaga with Álora and stops in Cártama and Pizarra. This is a good option if you want to explore the Valle del Guadalhorce. Some of the most stunning interior landscapes of Málaga province are hidden away here. This line can also be caught from the María Zambrano station and there is a train every 60 minutes, although at certain times of the day the frequency is reduced to one train every 120 minutes.
Travelling on the metro
The Málaga metro is one of the new infrastructures available in the capital. There are currently two lines in service that connect with the El Perchel – María Zambrano interchange, located next to the central María Zambrano station. Line 1 runs to the University of Málaga, whilst line 2 links the centre with the Carretera de Cadiz district and the Martín Carpena Sports Arena.
The next section, which is still under construction, will take the Málaga metro into the old town and will extend from the Guadalmedina river to the Civil Hospital.