It is important that you have purchased a ticket before you board the train, or you will be liable for a fine of around 10 times the cost of the fare. There are two automated ticket machine at the airport train station, but you will need Euro coins (sometimes notes are rejected, especially the 50€ note). Occasionally the machine will only accept the exact fare. So be prepared!
The walk from the airport building to the station is a good five minutes - normally no problem, but in the melting August mid afternoon sun or a winter torrential rain storm, you may think twice about the benefits of saving on a taxi fare. It is also worth mentioning that when you reach the station, there are escalators down to the train platform. So, if you have a disability or are traveling with awkward, heavy luggage there is also a lift.
There is an excellent train service linking Malaga Airport to Malaga city to the East and Fuengirola to the West.
And there are many new stations opening (you can now travel to Ronda on the C2 line).
Price of Train Ticket:
Most one way journeys are approximately 3 euros depending upon destination and day of the week. (slightly higher tariff on Saturdays and public holidays).
Please don't forget to check with latest time table, and also note that there may be changes to the timetable due to works on the line (Please see standard timetables below).