Taking a taxi in Malaga or at Malaga airport is significantly more expensive than in the rest of Andalusia. A study by the City of Malaga concludes that the capital of the Costa del Sol is the city of the region where it is most expensive to travel in these vehicles, since, on average, using this public service can make about 7.58 Euros per journey.
Malaga, compared to other Spanish cities, ranks seventh in the average weekly fee; although of course far from the 9.84 Euros in Madrid or 8.87 Euros in Barcelona, Malaga ranks above other cities such as Seville and Palma de Mallorca.
Bearing these data in mind, a car rental in Malaga is more than interesting, even for short stays.
If you do not belong to the tourists who only move between the hotel and the beach and you would like to discover your environment, a car hire in Malaga is virtually the best option. On the Costa del Sol the public transport links are excellent, unfortunately, only between Malaga City and Fuengirola.
A commuter train connects at half-hour intervals the larger resorts such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. But if you would like to continue to Mijas Costa, Marbella and Estepona prepare yourself for an uncomfortable ride in a crowded bus or a more expensive taxi.
As well those who would like to explore the hinterland with its wonderful nature and the many beautiful white villages will have to pay a fair amount if they want to travel in taxi; for public bus services provide quite bad service to these locations.
Let’s look at the prices more closely in comparison. For example, having your hotel in Fuengirola you would like to take a day trip to Marbella. Taking the bus, the cost is there and back 2 ½ hours of your precious time and almost 6 € per person. Taking a taxi, you will be there in half an hour, and with a round trip, you spend about 50 €.