Torremolinos Info - Trains

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Local Trains

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The local commuter service (Cercanias) and the high speed long distance trains (AVE) are both run by Renfe. The Cercanias trains stop at Torremolinos but for AVE trains you will need to go to Málaga.
Cercanias railway runs from Málaga to Fuengirola with stops at the airport, Torremolinos and Benalmádena Arroyo de la Miel among others.
The Renfe website doesn't have a full timetable though you can use it to find the times of trains between any two stations.
The most useful timetable is on the Transporte Consortium de Andalucia website.
The trains run every 20 minutes most of the day including Sundays, public holidays and even Christmas Day. They leave from Torremolinos for Málaga at 3, 23 and 43 minutes past the hour. For Fuengirola it is 13, 33 and 53 minutes past the hour. If you need to travel early in the morning or late at night then you should check the timetable.
You are allowed to take a bicycle on the train and there is no additional charge for this.
You can also take a dog on the train and there is no additional charge though check the conditions. This can be useful as you are not allowed to take dogs on the buses and most taxi drivers are not keen.
Part of the line is single track, so at these stations make sure that you get on the train going in the right direction. Málaga Centro Alameda is one such station but as it is the end of the line there is no problem. However there is a second line that goes from Málaga to Álora from the same platform, so make sure that you get on the train marked Fuengirola.

Zones

The stations are divided into zones and the price for a ticket depends on how many zones you pass through. There are five zones and the ticket price varies from 1.80 € to 3.60 € (Dec 2018).
Málaga Centro Alameda & Málaga Maria Zambrano are in Zone 0.
Victoria Kent, Guadalhorce & Airport are in Zone 1.
Plaza Mayor, Los Álamos, La Colina, Torremolinos, Montemar Alto and El Pinillo are in Zone 2.
Benalmádena Arroyo de la Miel, Torremuelle, Carvajal & Torreblanca are in Zone 3.
Los Boliches & Fuengirola are in Zone 4.
But all of the prices are cheap compared to the UK.

Torremolinos stations

The main Torremolinos station does not have any lifts and only has a single up escalator when travelling from the Málaga direction. This makes it very difficult if you are disabled, old, infirm or just have very large cases or pushchairs. It is hoped that improvements will be made before too much longer (Work was supposed to start in January 2018). Torremolinos station
If you are staying out of the centre then one of the other railway stations may be better for you.

Buying tickets

Many stations do not have a ticket office but they all have self service machines. Click the little flag symbol at the bottom left of the screen to get English. Choose your ticket (Single), choose the destination station, choose the number of tickets and insert cash. You can put in coins or notes, usually up to 20 Euros. If it asks you if you wish to continue then click "Yes". It just means that the change will all be in coins - this always seems to be the case.

Discount tickets

Children under six can travel free (up to two per adult) but they are not supposed to occupy a seat.
You can buy a Bonotren pass from stations with ticket offices. This gives ten journeys and about one third discount.
If you are 60 or over, you can also get a Tarjeta Dorada from ticket offices and from some Travel Agents. Pinsapo Travel Agent is convenient for the main Torremolinos station and they speak English. The card costs about 6 €, lasts for a year and gives a 40% reduction. When using the card, select the "Dorada" ticket option and type in the 9-digit number from your card.

Going further

If you wish to travel further then you will need to go to Málaga Maria Zambrano station.


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