Travelling between the UK and the Costa del Sol

transport options to costa del solOne major reason that the Costa del Sol is such a popular destination for British expats to live and work is how easy it is to travel back home and have visitors come to see you. It’s just a few hours travel time from the UK, yet the climate and the lifestyle couldn’t be more different. With many low cost airlines flying out of different regional airports in the UK to Malaga, the competition is fierce and therefore prices are kept down.

Michael O’Leary has announced some great perks for travellers with Ryanair, including decreased ticket prices and simplifying and reducing tariffs for luggage and cases. Something of interest to residents of the Costa del Sol who need to travel regularly to see family or for work is that if you join the My Ryanair Club, you will get a free flight for every 12 flights reserved from October. These are just a few of the range of improvements announced by Ryanair last month and you can read the full list here

As we mentioned back in February, anyone living on the Western Costa del Sol should also consider flying from Gibraltar airport, which now has more routes than ever before and as a small airport is very quick and easy to get through. Firefighters gave a water salute and there was an official guard of honour to welcome the first Monarch flight into Gibraltar on the 1st of May and EasyJet’s route from Manchester will start on the 3rd of July. This will make this an increasingly attractive option for anyone west of Estepona.

If you don’t want to fly, or you have a lot of possessions to move over if you’re relocating, driving can be a good option. It is a journey of 1,400 miles from Marbella to London, which would take around 23 hours, traffic dependent. However, if you have a few days then it can be a really nice trip and a great start to a new adventure in the sun.

Alternatively, there are some good value bus routes from London to Malaga with eurolines and Alsa for around £100 and a travel time of just under 35 hours. This is a slow way to travel, but if you have big bulky luggage and don’t want to drive it can be a good option.

Finally, train lovers might want to ride the rails. You can go from London St. Pancreas to Malaga in between 17 and 22 hours, with three or four changes along the way. While not the most direct, or cheapest route it does allow you to have a wonderful journey and visit Paris, Barcelona and Madrid, before riding the superfast AVE to Malaga, so it can be a great way to combine an amazing holiday with the start of your new life in Spain.

However you get to the Costa del Sol, life here is amazing and it’s great to know that it’s very easy to get back to the UK or have friends and family over to stay. If you fancy trying life on the Costa del Sol, but don’t want to over commit, we’d suggest arranging a long term rental property in your favourite area. This gives you a great way to try to lifestyle, explore the area, look for a job and start putting down roots, without being too tied.

Long term rentals on the Costa del Sol are also surprisingly affordable, normally being the same as a one week rental in the summer and starting from around 400€ per month. Let us know if we can help you make your dream of living in the Costa del Sol a reality, by finding you a great place to live.

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