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General
The local Renfe 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 trains run every 20 minutes except early mornings and late nights and the timetable is the same every day including Sundays, public holidays and even Christmas Day.
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. This can be useful as you are not allowed to take dogs on the buses.
Part of the line is single track, so 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.


Timetables for main stations

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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 €.
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.


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 is supposed to start in January 2018). If you are staying out of the centre then one of the other railway stations may be better for you.

Picture of the main Torremolinos station
Here is the main Torremolinos station. Many people don't recognise it as such. It is a bit odd looking.

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 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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