Transportation in Marbella
Transportation in Marbella is mainly by motor vehicle. The Autovía and Autopista del Meditarráneo run straight through Marbella and connect it to all neighbouring towns. City busses are operated by the Corporación Española de Transporte Portillo (CTSA-Portillo) under the trademark Urbanos de Marbella. CTSA-Portillo also runs bus routes throughout the Costa del Sol and city busses in Benalmádena, Estepona and Torremolinos along with Marbella. There are eight city bus lines in Marbella, seven of which are day routes and one of which is a night bus route that makes its rounds after daytime service terminates. They are numbered L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, L6, L7 and Nocturna, which follows the exact same route as L1. City busses provide service not only to Marbella, but also to the surrounding townships such as Puerto Banús or Nueva Andalucía.
Alas, Marbella is the only town in Spain with over 100,000 inhabitants that lacks a rail station. The closest RENFE station is 27 kilometres away, in Fuengirola. A project is underway to build the corredor de la Costa del Sol, a rail line that will link Malaga to Algeciras, with stops in between covering all Costa del Sol municipalities, including Marbella, which will get several stations. It is even possible one of these will be a high speed AVE station. It will be quite a long time before it is finished, however. For the moment, the best way to get around by rail from Marbella if you don't have a car is to take the bus to Fuengirola or, for long distance trains, to the María Zambrano Station in Malaga. Malaga does have a high speed AVE connection to Madrid and Barcelona.
Marbella uses the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Malaga International Airport, some 45 kilometres away. A direct bus is available. Malaga's Airport handles many daily flights, both domestic and international. You can also come in via bus from the Gibraltar Airport, some 100 kilometres away.