NOTES: Timetable improvements. Trains now every 20 minutes. Special rules for travelling with bikes. See separate page
After more than two years of work on the two Costa del Sol railway lines, the new and/or refurbished stations were added in September 2010. Fuengirola is now linked to the centre of Málaga via the airport and there is a new convenient connection for line C-2 at Victoria Kent. This latter connection means that is no longer necessary to go into Málaga centre to access the C-2 line that terminates in Álora.
The C1 line is:
Fuengirola, (Terminus), Los Boliches, Torreblanca, Carvajal, Torremuelle, Benalmadena-Arroyo de la Miel, El Pinillo, Montemar-Alto, Torremolinos, La Colina, Los Alamos, Plaza Mayor, San Julián, Aeropuerto, Terminal de Carga, Guadalhorce, Victoria Kent ( Connection with line C-2), Málaga María Zambrano ( “main station” – connection for all long and middle distance trains including the AVE)
and Málaga Centro-Alameda.(Terminus)
The new C-2 line is:
Málaga Centro-Alameda, (Terminus), Málaga María Zambrano ( “main station” – connection for all long and middle distance trains including the AVE),Victoria Kent,(Connection with line C-1), Los Prados, Campanillas, Cártama, Aljaima, Pizarra and Álora.(Terminus)
You can download a full timetable and an updated map here whilst full details of all RENFE long and middle/distance trains from Málaga María Zambrano are here. (Victoria Kent and María Zambrano are famous Málaga daughters who have had stations named after them. Check María Zambrano and Victoria Kent)
The increase in local train fares from Malaga Airport means that the cost of a single ticket has risen by as much as 12.7%. If you are catching the C1 train from Malaga Airport to Fuengirola there will be a rise from either 2.95 euros (during the week) or three euros (weekends) to a standard 3.35 euros. The day return discount has been abolished so that a round trip on the same day now costs 6.70 euros instead 4.50 euros.
Renfe claim that the day return discount (which was only used by 7% of passengers) has been replaced by a new tariff deal. The Bonotren offers ten train trips which are valid for a month and can be used by more than one person travelling the same route. For Malaga-Fuengirola ten tickets cost 23.45 euros. Malaga is one of the first provinces for the new deal to be implemented. Further information here
As a matter of interest, here is an article about the Spanish rail system from The Independent newspaper.