Malaga Airport is located 65 km from Nerja. With flights providing transport for over 10 million passengers per year, including a huge timetable to the UK and many more International Flights.
There is an local train service that connects Malaga Airport to Málaga - Maria Zambrano mainline station. From the Malaga Bus Station next door one can catch a connecting bus direct to Nerja. There is also an frequent airport bus directly to the Malaga bus station.
The nearest mainline train station to Nerja is Malaga - Maria Zambrano.A frequent high speed train from Madrid to Malaga takes two and a half hours, from Barcelona to Malaga a twice daily service takes five and a half hours.
There is no local train service east of Malaga towards Nerja.
There is a local train service that connects Malaga Airport to Malaga Airport to Málaga - Maria Zambrano mainline station and from the Malaga Bus Station next door it is easy to catch a connecting bus straight to Nerja.There is also an frequent airport bus directly to the Malaga bus station. There is also a twice daily bus from Malaga airport to Nerja.
Buses do not go to Nerja directly from the Airport, first you have to travel to Malaga Bus Station (you can do this by bus or by the connecting underground train service from the airport to Maria Zambrano Bus / Train Station) and catch a bus from there to Nerja. This costs about 5€ (2020) and takes about 1 hour 30 minutes.
What is referred to as ‘Nerja Bus Station’ is actually a layby and a small ticket kiosk by the side of the road. It is located on the N-340 at the North Eastern end of town, close to Plaza Cantarero (known locally as Orange Square). It is about a ten to fifteen minute walk from the bus station to the centre of town. Note that it is necessary to take another bus from Nerja to the caves. See Getting around page
More visitors rent cars in Spain than any other European country and a hefty percentage of these are in Andalucia. Car rental in Spain is the cheapest in Europe due to the strong competition and in Nerja car rental is no exception. Although parking can sometimes be problematic, especially in the centre - you should check with your hotel or accommodation provider that there is parking available. Most people who travel to Nerja in a hire car will hire it from the airport on arrival, However, there are car rental offices based in Nerja itself. More about Car hire at Malaga airport.
Taxi's from Malaga airport costs about 60 to 80€ but a convenient time-saver. There is a taxi rank just next to the Malaga train and bus bus station and outside the airport. pre-booking an airport transfer to Nerja is more economic.